From my first post: Paper cranes have always been a favorite of mine since I first read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. It is the story of a young girl in Japan after the atomic bomb. When she is 12 years old she is diagnosed with Leukemia from radiation exposure. Sadako spent her time folding paper cranes inspired by the Japanese legend that one who folds 1,000 paper cranes is granted one wish. She wishes to live. According to her family, Sadako folded 1,300 paper cranes before she passed away. A memorial was erected to her and all of the children who were effected by the atomic bomb. Every year thousands of people leave cranes near her statue.
I have always had a secret goal of folding 1,000 cranes in my life. It was a goal that I shared with a childhood friend of mine. We grew up and grew apart and I forgot about the goal, but she didn't. She wanted to have 1,000 cranes at her wedding but it didn't end up happening. When she unexpectedly passed away her friends and family came together fold 1,000 paper cranes for her memorial service. A few years ago I sat at her memorial surrounded by the many, many paper cranes that were made in her memory and I felt a powerful connection to them. Even more so than I did when I was a child. They are a beautiful, powerful reminder of the good in the world. My younger daughter shares her middle name with my friend and so when I was designing her nursery, paper cranes seemed like the perfect fit. This mobile is one of my absolute favorite elements in the entire nursery and is really easy to pull together.
You will need:
- a embroidery hoop
- origami paper in your color theme
- baker's twine
- washi tape in your color scheme
- yarn needle
Fold 6 paper cranes in your color scheme. You can see my step by step instruction pictures here. How to Fold Paper Cranes.
Thread a yarn needle with a baker's twine and thread it through the bottom of the crane and push it through to the top. Push carefully so you only make a tiny hole with the needle at the top of the crane. I used various lengths of twine the shortest being, 8 inches and the longest being 20 inches. Pull the twine almost all the way through the crane, tie a small knot at the bottom of the twine. Separate the two part of the embroidery hoop and tie the top of the string around the inner embroidery hoop. Tie the cranes equally spaced around the inner hoop.
Technically you can use each separate hoop for a mobile if you would like. I like to use both pieces of the hoop for one mobile so I know that the strings are not only tied on the mobile, they are pinched between the two hoops making the chance that any of them will fall off into the crib even that much more unlikely. Tie three piece of baker's twine 20 inches long equally spaced around both hoops and then tie them together. Hang from a hook in the ceiling.
I love how it turned out and the best part is my girls love it too!