Paper cranes

So… Last month i took up a mammoth of a task – to fold one thousand paper cranes. Yes, you heard me right.


Haven’t really done any kind of origami works before (although there was an attempt in a far far past, even got a book…) this was rather challenging, but who doesn’t like a good challenge.

I had a lot of time on my hands but initially i was only supposed to help out my boyfriend who’s idea it was to make 1000 paper cranes as a birthday gift for his dad. But since he is not that… consistent or hard-working, i ended up making like 800 of them.

I won’t be able to tell you the right amount of hours it took me to finish them, but i can tell you one thing – while folding i binge-watched almost all of the Grand Design episodes available on 4oD, got as far back in the series as year 1999. That could be a story on it’s own. Seeing how incredibly different things were back then, no internet, no cell phones…

So… but why paper cranes and why thousand of them. Well an ancient Japanese legend (according to google, of course) says that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish or even an eternal good luck, instead of just one wish. And that it is a popular gift back there.

We chose the West Ham FC colours since that is his dad’s team and our idea was to stick those cranes to a frame and make a pattern out of the colours that would look like the FC logo.

Man, you cannot imagine how incredibly hard and basically impossible it was to find claret origami paper. It’s like no such thing exists for some reason. All the weird colours out there are available but not dark red. It was so frustrating. We found a cool website that does perfect size pre-cut paper square packs, we order blue and yellow but then i ended up using A4 size cherry red craft paper.

I had to measure and cut 400+ squares and that, i tell you, was a massive paiiiiin in the back side compared to the folding.

Although dad’s birthday has already passed and we have already shown him the cranes, we haven’t actually finished the whole thing yet, hence the top picture is just a pile of cranes. The problem is that i can’t really figure out what would be the best way of attaching the cranes to the base, make them fixed. Tricky!

But dad was really happy and thankful so yaay and thumbs up for us! ^_^


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