Origami Crane Jewelry Set

What is more magical than transforming a piece of paper into a three-dimensional object? Try transforming a tiny piece of paper into a miniature three-dimensional object. I wasn't convinced that this as even possible until I gave it a try. The result? A unique and charming set of origami crane earrings and a necklace.

Before you tackle this project, make sure you are comfortable constructing a basic origami crane. I'll warn you now that this project is not for the faint of heart or those with shaky fingers or poor eyesight. It takes a steady hand and a bit of patience. But once you make one of these adorable little birds you will want a whole flock.

Materials


  • 1 paper tamale wrapper or a piece of lightweight vellum
  • paper cutter
  • needle
  • 18 inches of thread
  • decoupage gloss sealer spray
  • 4 silver jump rings
  • 2 silver fish hook findings
  • 2 small pliers

Directions


I experimented with a few different kinds of paper for this project. I think paper tamale wrappers that you can buy at the grocery store worked the best, but you could also use a lightweight vellum.

Cut a 1.5 inch square from the paper.

The first time I made these I just used my paper cutter. However, for very precisely cut squares, you could use a die cut machine like a Silhouette or Cricut.






For this project I'm just going to go over the basics of making a crane. If you would like detailed instructions check out my previous post about how to make an origami crane. It's the same method on a smaller scale.

Fold a square base.









Fold a bird base.









Finish your crane.









Carefully poke a threaded needle through the crane's back.









Pull the thread through and remove the needle.









Lift your crane by the thread. Spray your crane with the clear gloss sealer. This will help make it water proof and give it some strength.

Remove the thread and let the sealer dry completely.






For a necklace charm, insert one jump ring through the hole in the crane's back and then a second jump ring through the first.

Slip your charm onto a chain.






For earrings, make two more cranes. Insert a jump ring through the crane's back and attach to the fish hook finding.

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