Do you know the saying, 'see a penny pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck'? Well, I'm pretty sure that somewhere along the way, my boys have got their wires crossed and think that a penny = a stick. A quick peek outside my front door and you're greeted by a whole tree's worth. So, for quite a while now, I've been on a mission to find ways to use them up around the home. This DIY origami crane mobile, which used one of the biggest sticks from their collection, was so simple to make and looks great suspended from the ceiling (in my living room .... but would work really, really well in a child's bedroom too).
The stick I used was 120cm in length so perfect for five cranes set 20cm apart, and importantly, not too heavy to hang from the ceiling with a few strips of washi tape. To make the cranes, I tried following the instructions from a couple of different origami books and well and truly failed. But then, I stumbled across this video, and sailed through making them. It's perfectly pitched at beginners so well worth watching if you're considering make this mobile. I made my cranes from 15cm squares of Summer Palace wallpaper from Laura Ashley ... the bird and flowers print seemed quite fitting for the start of spring.
Cranes assembled, I then used a sewing needle to pierce the top of them and run white cotton thread through which I then tied in a loop ready to hang off the stick.
I made the cotton loops slightly different lengths as I didn't want the cranes to hang too uniformly.
Using florist's wire, I fashioned two twisted loops (is there an official term for this?) and placed the ends of the sticks in them.
Using six strips of washi tape on each end, I then hung the mobile from the ceiling. I used pink tape rather than white so it would show up on the photographs but, four weeks on, I've yet to change it. Four weeks on, and the mobile is still hanging perfectly with no need for anything stronger than washi tape to keep it up. Cool, right?
Here's how it looks in the room. I'm really happy with it. I had planned to take it down and move it to my littlest's bedroom but, for now at least, it's staying exactly where it is.
A quick mention. A few people have asked where my cushion covers and lampshade are from. They're from Welsh design duo, Peris and Corr and are absolutely brilliant. Both the colour and quality are amazing. They have more prints and colours available so do check them out if you're looking for something similar.
That's it! My DIY origami crane mobile. It couldn't be simpler.