Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thousand Paper Crane Mobile

paper crane mobile

Traditionally, a thousand paper cranes are given as a wedding gift to wish a thousand years of happiness and prosperity for the couple (Wikipedia).  For my bridal shower, my wonderful bridesmaid, Julianna, made paper cranes and used them to was beautiful.  Afterward, I couldn't fathom throwing away the beautiful cranes that she had spent so much time working on so I came up with a way to keep them and display them.

diy crane mobile

I wanted to bring some interest into the bedroom but didn't want to invest in a chandelier or anything since we're just renting. The mobile worked perfectly and became the focal point of this little nook we have.

diy paper crane mobile origami

Our bedroom's color scheme is gray, white, and green so I picked through the paper cranes and found those that would compliment our colors.

diy paper crane mobile origami

 Stealing Taking John's fishing line, I cut five differing lengths of string. I poked small holes in the top of the crane's body and thread the line through the hole on the top and out the natural hole on the bottom. I knotted the line several times and then dabbed some hot glue on it in order to keep the crane where I wanted it. Making sure to stagger each crane, I thread them on each string. 

diy paper crane mobile origami

Next, I strung two pieces of sting across an embroidery hoop to create an X and secured. This allowed me to hang a strand of cranes from the center of the mobile to fill it out a bit.  Then, I tied the other four strands of cranes around the embroidery hoop, staggering their lengths and voila!

diy paper crane mobile origami

I love that I was able to make a mobile using meaningful trinkets that remind me of my wonderful friend each time I look at it. It's also beautiful when we open the windows and a breeze comes in.

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  1. This is beautiful! I've been looking for something to hang in the corner of my son's room and something like this might be perfect!! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. I love this idea. Are Julianna's fingers still sore from all that folding?

  3. Thanks for stopping by The Veda House to check out the crane mobile I made. Your brightly colored mobile is fabulous. I'd love to see some pictures from your wedding. I always envisioned having paper cranes in my wedding.

    Love it!

  4. What a pretty mobile. I plan to make one in my daughters room. Instead of craned maybe I will make flowers.

  5. How pretty! What a great way to reuse a creative gift! The colors are great for spring too!

  6. What a great idea! I will have to make this soon!! Visiting from Paisley Passions and I am a new follower!
    Have a great day!

  7. I made the cranes for my wedding, except I put them in a frame. Love the mobile idea for my son's "around the world" themed room. Great idea!

  8. I love that you made this mobile. What fun memories! :) Thanks for including me in your post today!

  9. That is beautiful! What a great idea. Thanks so much for linking up to my Catch a Glimpse Party! :)

  10. Love this! It turned out so well...great job.

  11. Love this. I featured it on my blog!

  12. This is so pretty! My son loves making paper cranes, so we are going to make one of these for the baby's room (I'm due in August). So excited! Thanks for the brilliant idea.

  13. My daughter is on a mission to make 1,000 cranes (she has about 50 so far!). Thought of making it into a longer mobile that almost touches the ground and putting it in the corner of her room.

  14. Aw, this is so fun! I love how beautiful it turned out! Just lovely! I am so happy you shared this @ Show & Share, thank you SO much!

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