How to Fold 1000 Paper Cranes
A Daunting Task
I got married in October. During the planning I remembered the legend of 1000 paper cranes and on a whim I decided to do it. I didn't know much about it and I really didn't have any idea how much 1000 actually is. So I got out my paper cutter and cut up one of the many wedding planning workbooks that my mother gave me. (I'm her oldest child so she went crazy finding wedding books at thrift stores. Most of them are from the nineties and the advice is crazy. I figure I might as well make them into decorations because I'm not going to give them to my sister and I would feel a little bad throwing them away .
After I cut out all of my squares I decided I should probably look up the legend and make sure there was real meaning behind this task and I wasn't just being crazy.
A Japanese Tradition
In Japan it is a tradition for the father of the bride to fold 1000 paper cranes for the couple so that they may have 1000 years of happiness. Sometimes cranes will be folded for babies and children to give them luck in life.
You can also fold the cranes for yourself. If you are able to complete all 1000 within a year the legend says that a crane will grant you a wish.
Many times the cranes will be displayed outdoors and allow the elements to break them down and release the wish into the universe.
I've Always Loved Origami
You have to like origami to complete this task. I used to fold cranes in high school and give them to my friends. I spent several study breaks learning how to make new origami creations. It was just sometime to do with my hands if I got bored. I would sell them to boys in my class for sticks of gum.
I also made origami flowers and taught my husband to help me fold them.
Make This Project Easier
Whenever I made cranes in high school it would be from a piece of notebook paper. I would fold the corner over to make a square and then cut the bottom off by folding and ripping. For this project you will want a paper cutter. If the sheets are not perfectly square it makes it difficult to get the cranes to fold right. You can get a paper cutter for under $15 either through Amazon or in the office section at most stores. Your local library or school should also have a paper cutter available. One of those big ones with the knife arm. Using a paper cutter will also allow you to do multiple sheets of paper at the same time. I could get up to 5 sheets up paper with the one I bought. You could probably do 10 with an industrial one from a school.
How to Fold a Flapping Crane
1000 Paper Cranes Completed
Adding the Ribbon
All of the Cranes Fully Completed
Would You Ever Try This?
So in all this took me about 7 months of working on it off and on. Have you ever made 1000 cranes before? How long did it take you? If you haven't tried it have you heard of it or are you considering trying it? Let me know in the comments.
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