Hello everyone, welcome to November! I am so excited to share today’s post for two main reasons reasons: (1) it involves my absolute favorite holiday, Christmas AND (2) it is a part of a huge blog hop with tons of amazing bloggers, the 2015 Ornament Exchange put together by the lovely Erlene at My Pinterventures!! We teamed up with over 80 bloggers to exchange ornaments around the world. Some of us (like myself and Brittany) created their ornament and we are sharing the tutorials on our blogs for the next two weeks and others went on a shopping trip to find the perfect ornament for our swap partner.
This is actually the third day of the ornament swap and I am posting my tutorial along with these other fabulous ladies:
Paper Crane Christmas Ornament
Without making you wait any longer, I am here to share the ornament I created for the awesome girls, Jen and Rachel behind the blog, The Evolution of Mom (check it out, they’re great!). Since I live in Japan I thought it would be so amazing to share a piece of this culture which is the reason behind my Paper Crane Christmas Ornament! Paper cranes have deep cultural significance for Japanese people, one of which being the “Thousand Origami Cranes” tradition. The legend is that when one folds 1,000 paper cranes they are granted a wish by a crane or can recovery from serious illness or injury. They are also special gifts for family and friends (which is the main reason I chose this particular origami sculpture). Before this project I have never before dabbled into the art of paper folding and I must say that I am now hooked on the craft. It is an incredible feeling to go through the process of folding and at the end realize you’ve created something three dimensional from a flat piece of paper. In addition to the crane, I found a beautiful bird cage from my local 100 Yen store and though that would make a nice addition. Tie that all together with colors that resonate with Christmas like white and red and you have a beautiful paper crane ornament.
- Origami paper
- Small bird cage with hook
- Ribbon (to match crane colors)
- Hot glue & glue gun
The first, and honestly most time consuming and challenging step, was to create the origami crane. I have created a short video to show you the process. I found videos to be the easiest to follow for origami, but if you find pictures easier to understand more power to you, there are lots of picture tutorials on Pinterest!
Maneuver the paper crane into the bird cage. I should mention, this is no easy task. HINT: If you fold the wings up you can easily fit the paper crane through the bird cage door and then reconfigure it once inside. I should add that the crane shown here was my original color only until my husband so kindly informed me that black is not a Christmas color (my monochrome loving eye was sad, but agreed).
Weave a matching ribbon along the bird cage and tie a bow in the front as shown.
To ensure the crane does not move around inside the bird cage I used a hot glue gun to attach it to the bottom of the cage. It worked very well!
Chilling on a pumpkin!
The 2015 Ornament Exchange
Participating in the 2015 Ornament Exchange was a lot of fun, I can’t wait to see what my partners created for me (and to put it on my tree). I have a feeling they will love this ornament as one of them actually lived here in Japan themselves! Make sure to check out the other ladies in my group who are posting today (link above) as well as all of the participants in the ornament exchange – who knows, it might provide you some inspiration to create your own swap with your friends!
Have you ever participated in an ornament exchange? Did you DIY your ornament or pick one of up from the store?
If you like 100 yen store (basically the dollar store) projects here’s a few more!
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