Origami Crane Mobile



I made an origami crane mobile for Emmaly, and it’s really not expensive. This is what you’ll need:

  • Instructions for making a crane (if you don’t know it already) – free from the Internet
  • Bamboo skewers – $1.50 at supermarket
  • Cotton – usually some lying around, otherwise $2 shop
  • Needle – seriously, you must have one of these? If not… $2 is your friend!
  • Square paper (you can either just cut printer paper square, use some coloured paper from a memo cube, or buy actual origami paper) – $2 max
  • Beads (optional)
Plan ahead!

Plan ahead!

Draw up a rough plan of what you want the mobile to look like, trying to keep in mind that you don’t want things to collide. Fold as many cranes (or whatever shape you are folding) as you need. Cut the sharp stabby ends off the bamboo skewers before you put an eye out.

The bead needs to be big enough not to slip through.

The bead needs to be big enough not to slip through.

Tie the cotton onto the ends of the skewers, making sure to leave a nice long string every time because you don’t know how much you’ll need. Thread the cotton through the middle of the origami using the needle, then tie off with a bead to stop the thread pulling through. If you’re like me and you forget to bring the beads with you to your friend’s place where you made the mobile, you roll up paper really tight and tie it off instead. :p

Then it’s a fine balancing act of getting everything tied up together. Work from the bottom of the mobile up, otherwise you’ll have to keep rebalancing everything.

The finished mobile.

The finished mobile.

– Miriam


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ian Laidlaw
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 03:13:21

    That is a super-cool idea! We are due to have our first baby tomorrow – Kristy is half Japanese so I’m pumped to make one of these for our nursery! Love this crafty blog (^∇^)


    • twocraftykiwis
      Jan 27, 2013 @ 08:42:54

      Thanks Ian, glad you like it. There will probably be more origami stuff to come from me in the future, and as Kayleigh has a baby girl, she is often making stuff for kids, too! Best wishes to you and Kristy. Hope it all goes smoothly. – Miriam


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