Origami Crane

I’m making origami cranes as Christmas gifts. The Japanese refer to the crane as the “bird of happiness”.  Traditionally, it was believed that if you folded 1000 origami cranes, your wish would come true. It has also become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times. As a result, it has become popular to fold 1000 cranes (in Japanese, called “senbazuru”). The cranes are strung together on strings – usually 25 strings of 40 cranes each – and given as gifts.

Here is a link to the famous story of Sadako Sasaki, a 12 year old girl who became ill with leukemia as a result of the Hiroshima bombing during WWII and how the paper cranes became a symbol of healing in Japan. https://voices.nationalgeographic.org/2015/08/28/how-paper-cranes-become-a-symbol-of-healing-in-japan/

My experimental origami paper using regular bond paper and watercolor. It is a bit stiff to fold. I’ll be trying out some other papers.

Paper before folding


Folded crane



25 thoughts on “Origami Crane

  1. Jill Kuhn says:

    Hi Sharon, what a wonderful project! 😍 I purchased a handmade box with beautiful Japanese papers on it a few years ago and inside were 2 orgami cranes. I didn’t know they symbolized happiness. 😊 I like how you are creating your own papers. Perhaps a rice paper may be easier to fold? Just a thought. 💕❤️


  2. Claudia McGill says:

    Wow, this is beautiful. I took a class on origami and while I did not want to go further with it, I was left with a huge appreciation for the art form and the patience and dedication that leads to such creations. Just fantastic.


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