A lovely and melodious good luck charm with next to nothing : two or three pieces of pretty paper, some beads, some thread, a little bell…
What you will need to make your origami good lucky charm:
– 1 piece of Washi patterned paper 3x3in.
– 1 piece of Washi plain paper 3x3in.
(If you do not have Washi paper at hands, you can use every thin or very thin paper, maximum paperweight 80gsm)
– 1 bit of golden paper.
– 2 gold oval beads.
– 1 antique gold tubular bead.
– 1 small pompom.
– 1 little golden bell.
– some unbleached twisted cotton yarn.
You can of course replace all the previous proposals by what you like most… Silver pearls, three pompoms, or no pompom, plain paper only…
In addition, you will need a bone folder (or you can use your nails to mark the folds), scissors and a needle.
Alright, let’s go with the folding !
(NØ) has created folding instructions in a pdf document that you can download here, or you can follow the steps described on the picture below, or you can do both at the same time… (The numbers on the picture are matching the steps described on the pdf document).
That’s it… It’s folded !
You can customize the wings by cutting and gluing small triangles or thin strip of golden paper. Up to you !
– Thread the small bell, the pompom, the tubular bead.
– Tie a knot about 0.5in from the top of the tubular pearl, so that it blocks the crane from dropping.
– Pass the needle through the body of the crane upwards.
– Pull the thread through an oval pearl bead.
– Tie another knot about 0.5in from the top of the oval bead.
– Thread the needle through the body of the second crane, then add an oval bead.
– Tie a final knot and cut the thread.
Ready for take-off !
Or wrap up as a gift…
A bit of ORIGAMI history :
Origami in the Japanese culture is the traditional art of paper folding, it was born in China in the 6th century and made its way through Korea to Japan carried in the Buddhist monk’s baggages.
The crane has become an icon, symbol of peace and longevity. Countless legends are associated to it. A popular proverb says : “anyone who folds a thousand cranes will have his wish granted”.
Get ready, set… Fold!