Cutting out paper squares. 1000 of them to be exact, doesn't look all that many now they are done!
|1,000 paper squares, paper clipped in batches of 25|
So I had a bit of a look around and there are some lovely ideas and some very beautiful weddings showcased. Then I saw the article on 1000 paper cranes backdrop and thought it was a really lovely idea that I would like to recreate.
By legend anyone folding 1000 paper cranes or Senbazuru is granted a wish, and strings of 1000 paper cranes are often given or displayed as good luck charms and get well messages. I have only ever seen them in strings before though, as one long line all smushed together, never as a backdrop as Laura has done and I thought it looked amazing. So I began my recreation.
I don't have the dexterity to fold 2cm pieces of paper as Laura did so my cranes were going to be bigger. I had a look at some origami paper but decided that neither my budget or my patience would stretch to it, as it was quite expensive and there was nowhere locally I could buy it so would have to order it.
Instead I went to my local stationary store and bought A4 coloured paper in our three wedding colours (blue, yellow and pink). I also wanted a creamy/off white colour but couldn't find one I liked, they were either too white or too cream! So in the end I have used scrap paper, some of my old maths coursework on squared and graph paper, I really like the idea that my cranes will have maths all over them!
I cut each A4 sheet into six squares by cutting in three along the long side.
|A4 sheet cut in three|
|Third of an A4 sheet with corners folded in|
Here are the first few
|Yellow paper crane|
|Yellow, pink and blue paper cranes|
No maths cranes yet as I have been folding in packs of 25 as paper clipped and haven't got to a maths paper pack yet. I figured out I need to fold 62 cranes a week to get them all finished in good time for the wedding. Below are the first 70, so I'm already ahead!
|70 paper cranes|