Introduction: Senbazuru : 1000 Paper Cranes

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Thousand Origami Cranes (千羽鶴 Senbazuru?) is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes (折鶴 orizuru?) held together by strings. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. Some stories believe you are granted eternal good luck, instead of just one wish, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. This makes them popular gifts for special friends and family. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise) and is said to live for a thousand years: That is why 1000 cranes are made, one for each year. In some stories it is believed that the 1000 cranes must be completed within one year and they must all be made by the person who is to make the wish at the end. Cranes that are made by that person and given away to another aren't included: All cranes must be kept by the person wishing at the end.

Step 1: Folding a Crane

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You can find severial tutorial about folding paper cranes. Everyone can do that, but to make a senbazuru you'll need a lot of PATIENCE

Step 2: Tie Cranes

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After you made 1000 cranes you have to tie them together. Traditional legends says to make 25 rows of 40 cranes each one. I used a string to sew curtains with a needle to guide it trough the paper and coloured beads at the end of the string to prevent cranes from sliding away, but you can use your imagination to do that.

Step 3: Hanging

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After I made the rows, on the other side of each string ( the top ) , I tied an iron ring and to hang them on a large iron circle used to hang and dry clothes. And now you're done!


dixieee (author)2015-09-30

wow seems cool, it reminds me of The Thousand Paper Cranes!

universidadtolima (author)2015-07-15

Really interesting for origami fans!

Seanwood (author)2015-05-22

nice colour combination

Ruprechtarne (author)Seanwood2015-05-30


nicholassscott (author)2015-05-29


shabbokamli (author)2015-04-27

very creative

Mary Rubinstein (author)2015-04-27


rajeevcool755 (author)2015-03-08

Creative activity, let try for my kid.

sarahhanahghan (author)2015-02-23

wow, that's going to take some time!

sursula (author)2014-09-26

very nice! i could imagine that it would look great if you would put a light source in the middle and it became some kind of lamp that threw the shadows of a thousand cranes onto the walls...

WUVIE (author)2014-09-23

Impressive! This has been on my bucket list for some time, but I may just have to admire yours. :-)

vmangual1 (author)2014-08-17

I will be making one of these to hang in my unborn sons room.

spaceofhearts (author)2014-08-17

Beautifull... Love it

Passion Make (author)2014-08-17

Wow! Awesome :)

Mielameri (author)2014-08-17

Wow, the final effect is so pretty. For what did you wish ;)?

djspanda817 (author)2014-08-16

Wow! That must've taken like, FOREVER!!! #longtime

mathesen1097 (author)2014-08-16

We did this in one of my classes a year ago but we ended up with about 1250 cranes. But the next year she hung them up on multiple strings and hung them from the ceiling

Lendss (author)2014-08-16

I just bought some coloured post-it without glue

tofugami (author)2014-08-16

Beautiful! I always wanted to make this and then grant someone the wish.

PandaBeaarAmy (author)2014-08-16

I think if you fold step by step (like fold each diagonal for all of them, then the next step, etc), it takes less time than to fold a whole crane at a time. (Just a guess by feel, I haven't timed it).

Did you buy origami paper or use regular coloured paper and cut it?

Lendss (author)2014-08-16

Folding a single crane took me about 3 minutes, so 1000 cranes took me 50 hours more or less.

1olovia1 (author)2014-08-16

It a lovely piece of work just curious. If. You have a rough

BigRed1973 (author)2014-08-15

It's a lovely piece of work! Just curious if you have a rough estimate of total time required to fold 1000 cranes.......Thank you for sharing.

seamster (author)2014-08-15

I love how they are strung up in a spiral pattern. Seeing all thousand of them that way is impressive! Nice work.

Lendss (author)2014-08-15

Thanks for your help :)

doodlecraft (author)2014-08-15

Amazing! Change the thumbnail picture to the finished Senbazuru mobile you made...and just change your title to something like Senbazuru: 1000 paper cranes...or paper crane mobiles...then it would be totally feature worthy! It is so much work to make cranes--I totally love this! :)

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