One of the most challenging parts of living on your own is finding easy, affordable ways to spice up your decor. It seems like everyone you know has the same free posters they picked up around campus or the typical cork board full of pictures of family and friends. Those decorations are great, but if you’re searching for something totally unique, Valley has the perfect solution.
Paper cranes are a popular type of origami and can be affordably cute to hang around your room or apartment. But first, you’ll need to know how to make them…
What you’ll need:
Square paper (as many pieces as you want cranes)
A toothpick or small hole-puncher
How to start:
1. Start by getting all of your square pieces of paper ready. You don’t have to use “origami” paper, but if you do, you can get some funky patterns at most art supply stores. Otherwise, any square paper (any size depending on how big you want to make them) will be fine. Typically, origami paper will be colored on one side and blank on the other to make it easier for folding.
2. Start with the colored side of the paper up. Fold the square diagonally, corner to corner, so the fold lines form an “X” on the paper. Try to be as accurate as possible when folding!
3. With the paper unfolded, flip it over, so the blank side is up. Fold the paper in half horizontally. Repeat this with the other side, so the folds form a “+” shape, on top of the “X”.
4. With the colored side down again, turn the paper so a corner is facing you. Bring the two side corners in to meet the corner that’s facing you. Take the top corner and press it down to join the other corners (as shown in the 8th picture below).
5. Fold the left and right sides into the middle, then flip the paper over and repeat the process. Then, fold the top over and press the crease.
6. This is a tricky step- be careful! Unfold the paper so it’s in the same shape you had in step 4. Lift up the top piece of paper, so you can see the blank side, and bring in the colored sides. Fold the sides in, on top of the blank side, so you form a diamond shape (like in the 12th picture below). Repeat this step on the other side of the paper.
7. Fold the sides of the diamond in again, so that they meet the line in the center. Flip the paper over and repeat. The shape should look like the 15th picture below.
8. Fold up the left and right sides to form a head and a tail, fold over the wings, and voila! You’ve made a paper crane! (Shown in pictures 16-20)
To hang the cranes, all you have to do is make a hole in between the wings with the toothpick or hole-puncher, and run a string through it. You can then take tape and hang them anywhere you like!
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Alexandra is a December 2016 Penn State graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience Psychology. During her time at Penn State, she was a senior print and web writer for Valley Magazine. She is a 2020 graduate of Pace University School of Law, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of Hearsay, her law school's newspaper, and the Managing Editor of Development and Relations and the IT Media Editor of the Pace Intellectual Property, Sports, and Entertainment Law Forum.
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As you maybe already know, I am currently living in a sublet in Berlin. This means that I have very little furniture and stuff of my own. And most of all: no decorations. Because who packs decorations when you are living out of a suitcase, right?
Living like this made me realise how much a painting on a wall, or a pillow on a sofa can make a house feel more like home. So I have been looking into making a few decoration pieces, I don’t want to invest too much money into buying things to personalise my temporary home, but I also still want it to feel homy and a bit more ‘me’ instead of an empty sublet.
Combine the decoration cravings with my latest origami obsession and you have a renters-friendly-decoration-solution!
It was so simple to make and it doesn’t have to cost a thing, yes you read that right: you can make this project for free! All you need is paper, and a few pieces of rope/twine/ribbon.
I have the origami crane installation above my bed, which is so magical. It makes me smile every time I wake up and look up. But you can hang this anywhere: above a sofa, a dining room table or even better: a kids room!
**Extra note before we begin: I use small nails in the wall to secure the origami structure. If your renters home doesn’t allow you to use those, you can opt for lightweight paper, like crepe paper to create the cranes. And use washi tape to hang the structure, to avoid damaging the walls.
– Folding the origami cranes. There are so many great instructions online on how to fold an origami crane that it felt strange to add yet another step by step. So here are two of my favourite instructions that are extremely easy to follow:
Step by Step PHOTO instructions for folding a paper crane: click here
Step by Step VIDEO instructions for folding a paper crane: click here
– Fold as many as you like. You can mix and match with colours, paper (old newspapers for example) and even sizes.
– For hanging a single origami crane, take a large needle and pull your thread through. Insert the needle in the top of the middle part (see photo above). Pull through and tie a knot to secure.
– For hanging more than one origami crane on a strand, secure a long thread on the top of an origami crane as shown in step 2.
– Use the same thread and insert it with your needle into the bottom of the crane. Push it all the way through to the top en secure it at the top with a knot.
– After you have prepped all of the cranes, prepare the hanging structure on the ceiling/wall. I used very small nails in the wall, 4 nails on each side spread evenly.
– Tie the thread around one nail and secure with a knot. Pull the thread over the the other side of the room (or another point on your wall/ceiling) and secure onto another nail with a knot.
– Repeat this for as many thread you need to hang your cranes.
– Hang your cranes onto the basic structure. Mix and match with hight to create a playful effect.
It is a magical view to wake up to: hanging the origami cranes above your bed. And when I open my window, the wind let’s them dance and fly on the ceiling. Also at night when my reading light is on, they create a beautiful shadow on the walls.
Where would you hang your paper crane installation?
DIY Origami Crane Decorations
This is a step-by-step DIY origami crane decorations tutorial. This is an inexpensive way to add color and decoration to your walls. Try this tutorial whether you are looking to spice up your living room or add a delicate touch to a nursery! If you are looking for something to put on a wall or hang from the ceiling, there are two paper crane decor ideas below. These are really fun for kids’ rooms and can be altered to color coordinate with the rest of the room decor. Have fun and enjoy!
2 Fun Origami Crane Decoration Ideas
Paper cranes are fun to make and probably the best know form of origami- the Japanese art of folding paper into a myriad of things. According to Alex + Ani, “The crane has always been a strong symbol of success and good fortune in Japanese culture, and when folded into origami, it is believed that your heart’s desire will come true.” Whether you enjoy the symbolism of paper cranes or you just enjoy the way they capture the imagination and fascination of children, origami crane decorations are fun ways to put the paper cranes to use.
DIY Origami Paper Crane Decor for the Wall
What you will need:
- Origami paper (5 7/8 in x 5 7/8 in)
- Branch from tree
- Glue gun
- Spray paint (optional)
How To Make Origami Crane Decor for the Wall:
- First, find a branch. The more smaller branches it has the more cranes you can put on it.
- Optional, spray paint the branch a different color.
- Next, get your origami paper out and make some cranes! I chose to do a warm color ombre effect, but you can choose whatever colors you please.
- Get your glue gun ready and glue the cranes to the branch!
- Lastly, hang it on the wall and enjoy!
If you do not know how to fold origami cranes here is a great step-by-step tutorial!
Hanging Origami Crane Decorations
- Grab 4 to 5 sheets of origami paper and make the cranes. See the link above if you need a tutorial for making the cranes.
- Next, use string and string it through the center of the crane. I suggest using embroidery thread and a large needle to make this easier. You can pass the same thread through multiple cranes for a stacked look.
- Secure them on the string by tying a knot at the bottom of it.
- Optional, add a small bead or jewel at the very bottom of the last crane.
- Now, hang! I personally like mine hanging off of my fan, but you could easily turn this into a mobile for a crib.
Do you enjoy making your own decorations? Would you make these origami paper crane decorations? Which DIY origami crane decor ideas appeal to you the most?
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