New Year, New Plans, and the secret of the Origami Cranes

Life is back to normal. We returned to Denmark, holidays are over, kids are in care again, husband left to Copenhagen for 3 days, snow is falling.

I realised that I haven’t even said hello to 2013 in a proper way, so here it is: Well, hello 2013! I have a lot of plans for this year. I don’t call them resolutions, because they don’t really call for any radical changes to my current lifestyle, but plans, because they need to be done.

First of all, I would like to apply for Danish citizenship, and I plan to get it as well πŸ™‚ That means an exam, how exciting!

Second of all, This year, and hopefully soon, I will open my own Etsy shop! Yay, hope you guys are excited about it too πŸ™‚

There are some DIY projects I would like to accomplish this year, like finishing Cherry’s retro circle blanket (almost done, by the way!), and make another blanket for Paddington, plus a huge, XXL size crocheted blanket for our big bed too. Lot of crocheting for this year πŸ™‚

Furthermore, I am certain that I am going to keep up a (relatively) healthy lifestyle, with good food, a lot of motion, gonna keep a better order at home, and train the dog, you know, the usual stuff πŸ™‚

 

Now, I also realised that I haven’t posted anything creative lately, well it is not easy while being on a visit and limited computer time, so to fill this gap, I am going to share with you the secret of the origami cranes,Β whetherΒ you’re interested or not πŸ™‚

 

the origami crane

 

  • Start with a square sheet of paper

 

steps 1 and 2

 

  • Step 1: Fold it diagonally with the blank side out, bring a corner to its opposite corner. Open up. Repeat it in the other direction. Open up again. Turn it.
  • Step 2: Fold your paper in half, this time the coloured side out, open up and repeat to the other direction. Open up. Now you have a sheet of paper with 4 folding lines in it.

step 3

 

  • Step 3: Using the creases you made, pick up the sheet by holding it by its middle, and bring the two and two of its corners to meet each other. Flatten in out.

step 4 and 5

 

  • Step 4: With the open side pointing downwards, take one of the side corners, and fold the upper triangular flap into the center and unfold. Now do the same to the other side.
  • Step 5: Turn it around, and repeat Step 4 to this side too.

step 6 and 7

 

  • Step 6: Now take the uppermost corner, and fold down a little triangle to one side to create a crease, unfold it, turn it around and repeat to the other side as well.
  • Step 7: Unfold the flaps you created in steps 4 and 5. Lift the upper flap and carefully open your model up while pressing the sides inwards at the same time. Flat it out along the creases.

step 8

 

  • Step 8: Turn it around and repeat step 7 to the other side.

step 9 and 10

  • Step 9: Fold top flats into the center, both left and right side.
  • Step 10: Turn it around and repeat step 9.

step 11 and 12

 

  • Step 11: Take of leg of the model, open its upper flap up, then reverse fold the leg upwards.Β 
  • Step 12: Repeat step 11 to the other leg.

step 13 and 14

 

  • Step 13: Take the wings, and fold them downwards, making a crease.
  • Step 14: It is time to decide, which “leg” is going to be the crane’s head, and which one is going to be its tail. Hold the top of the head, and invert fold a part of it downwards. Now gently pull the crane sidewards by holding its wings, to flatten its back a little bit. And ta-daaam, we’re done πŸ™‚

 

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I heart the heart garland

Since we only moved in to our house, well, let’s see… 4 month ago, there are still many things that are under progress. I am not talking about my family’s ability of making a terrible, stinky mess all over the place in less than four seconds, that part is totally working… Right now I mean that the whole concept of decorating is still evolving, mainly in my head πŸ™‚ But slowly-slowly, the small ideas are taking physical shape.

Like this easy little heart garland I wanted to make for so long for a door, that is standing in between our living room and the dining room. Watch out, a new tutorial-like post is coming up πŸ™‚

 

This afternoon I got a very long break from being a Mum, Paddington decided to sleep for almost 4 hours (whooa!), and Cherry was having a little rest, sitting with her Dad in the living room, watching (surprise) My Little Ponies. So after finishing some chores, and before starting to prepare dinner, I decided to make the heart garland at last.

I took out some origami paper, and ended up with Β 7 pieces of 7 different colours. I mainly went with the blueish-greenish colours, but for a pop I decided to include one piece of dark red paper, as a statement πŸ™‚ Then I folded very simple hearts of them, here is how I did:

(I would like to apologise for the poor quality of the photos – I guess you all know, that good photos require a lot of natural lights, but unfortunately we have just entered this few months of the year, when natural light is going to be a very rare guest in the Scandinavian countries)

The Origami Hearts:

Step 1: Fold your paper of choice in half twice, to make creases along the diagonals, then fold back

 

Step 2: First fold the upper corner to meet the center. Then fold the bottom corner to meet the top.

 

Step 3: Fold both sides into the middle, to meet the center line (Hey, it almost looks like a heart already πŸ™‚ )

 

Step 4: Turn your heart around, then fold in the little corners on the sides and on the top.

Step 5: Turn back around and you will find love πŸ™‚ See? I told you it was going to be easy πŸ™‚

Now I had a bunch of pretty paper hearts in front of me, it was time to make a garland out of them

The Garland:

I placed the hearts next to my sewing machine (well,you don’t really need a sewing machine, you can sew them together with hand) in the order I wanted them to hang, from top to bottom. You might have realised, that this kind of heart is tricky, because it opens up easily in the middle. So instead of just sewing them with simple stitches, I decided to zigzag them along the openings, to make them a little bit more, well, stable. As you can see, the little hearts turned out to be a little bit Frankensteinish this way πŸ™‚ Or, as if they had been broken, then mended, bless them πŸ™‚

So starting with the uppermost heart, I zigzagged along it, then pulled the thread still connected to its bottom for about 10 cms before I started to sew on the next heart. I tried to keep an approximately even distance in between the hearts.

Voila, about 15 minutes after I started to fold the first heart, I had a garland in my hands πŸ™‚ I just needed to hang it on the door, and secure it with some tape.

Cherry said: “Look, mummy! Ohhh, how pretty…” πŸ™‚ She is my best critic πŸ™‚