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Anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane

Have you ever heard of The Thousand Origami Cranes legend?

An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes  will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. 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. In Asia, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person’s wish come true. This makes them popular gifts for special friends and family.

~ wikipedia

Origamis work for me as a therapy. I don’t make them very often but when I do have time I always feel the need to look for DIY stuff and I always end up looking for origamis. They take patience, practice and concentration. I think I might just make use of some old magazines I have in my wardrobe.


This is the best video to learn how to fold Cranes I’ve seen around.

Great video to learn how to fold hearts.

The stars are my favourite! And they’re so easy to make!

Do you have any good tutorials to share?

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Gosto de cartões postais, livros e tenho um amor infinito por animais. Pretendo conhecer toda a Europa em breve e, às vezes, gosto de me aventurar na cozinha.


  • EmiNo Gravatar

    Ooooh :) Your blog is so cute!

    I only know how to make tsurus, the cranes. And I did 1000 tsurus… but… I don’t know if my wish came true! D: mwauheua

  • AbbyNo Gravatar

    Have you ever heard of that book “Sadako and the Thousand Cranes” or something like that? I read that book and heard of the legend and wanted to fold a thousand cranes so that my ear (it was born deformed, deaf) could get better. I was like….8? I don’t know how many I got before I stopped. To this day I absolutely love origami, and cranes most of all.
    .-= Abby´s last blog ..Bend in the Road =-.

    • LelyNo Gravatar

      I never heard of it!
      A thousand cranes is A LOT! I certainly would love to fill my bedroom with some colourful cranes. They make me smile for some reason :)

  • andreaNo Gravatar

    adorei demais esse seu post =DD
    eu era super viciada em origami, a ponto da minha mãe brigar comigo pra eu ir estudar e parar de dobrar papel.. haushashasu. serio, eu tinha assim uns 13-14 anos
    tinha um canal, o discovery channel, que sempre passava tutorial de origami.. so sei que eu sabia fazer muuuuitas coisas.. Mas, como eu segui o conselho da minha mãe, fui estudar e esqueci qs todos =((
    Ainda lembro o tsuru.. esse eu sei fazer c os olhos fechados >__<
    Vou ver os videos p ver se aprendo os outros =PP
    .-= andrea´s last blog ..Manhã de Sábado =-.

  • Maria CelinaNo Gravatar

    I was just going to mention the same book that Abby did: “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes”. It’s about a girl named Sadako who fell ill from the effects of the atomic bombs and went to make a thousand paper cranes for her wish to be cured. It’s a great read, and I hope that even though it’s written for children, that you pick it up.

    I love the images that you posted for this entry. =)

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