Origami paper cranes folded from brightly colored origami paper are perfect for making festive mobile decorations that you can leave up for months. Believe me! Because honestly, I made these origami crane decorations for my daughters birthday party back in July, and they looked amazing as Hanukkah decor as well! I think I'll take them down as we prepare for Tu B'Shevat, the next Jewish holiday, but I'll pack them away carefully to use again in the future.
You can certainly make strings of origami cranes as I did, and rather than hang them from your dining room chandelier, hang them from embroidery hoops or two crossed sticks, mobile style. That's my felt Hanukkah wall hanging there in the background, a perfect match color wise, lucky for me!
And an origami crane baby mobile would be just fabulous, with a view something like this for the little one!
I also used some of my origami crane garlands to hang from some wall sconces, which looks great too! The main thing is to make as many as possible, as they look fabulous in numbers!
- origami paper
- colorful crochet thread, or the string of your choice
- small craft pom poms
- plastic "pony" beads
- a long needle
Fold your origami cranes according to instructions you can find on YouTube or google. Once I got the hang of it it took me about 6-7 minutes to fold one crane.
Using a long needle, string origami cranes on a long string, by placing a pony bead on the string and tying a knot around it and then adding a crane to the string, such that the bead holds the crane in place, and looks nice! Alternate pom poms and cranes, spacing them out evenly. To decorate my chandelier, I used five strands with three origami cranes and 5 strands with two origami cranes, (my chandelier has 10 arms) and 1 strand of three origami cranes hanging in the center, for a total of 28 origami cranes.
And together with the four origami crane garlands that I used to decorate the wall, I made a total of 40 cranes! You can too, and you'll be very happy that you did! And I actually made these by myself late one night as a birthday surprise, but this certainly be a great family activity for adults and teenagers!