I had originally made an origami leaf tree necklace way, way back when I started making origami jewellery and had just moved on from folding more than cranes. Since then my skills and knowledge have increased (read: I’m better at making leaves more precisely and better glued); so I decided I wanted to upgrade the leaves on the necklace so it will be worn more and not waste the reusable elements.
There’s nothing like mixing interests for special gifts 🙂 So I used family history research to create a canvas present 🙂 Handmade gifts are so much more special and specific.
The crane (a bird) is a traditional and beautiful origami. The pattern is often included in origami paper packs. There are a few variations, such as the flapping bird; however I like the design linked below because it gives the crane some body and delicate, thin tail and neck.