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How to Make A Paper Crane Backdrop

Learn how to make paper cranes with this handy DIY wedding tutorial and you will have the most breathtaking backdrop ever.

By: Jaclyn Holtzman, Editor, AllFreeDIYWeddings.com
How to Make A Paper Crane Backdrop
How to Make A Paper Crane Backdrop
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Outdoor weddings are, no doubt, spectacular, but it can be difficult to decorate the great outdoors. Take advantage of the vast beauty of the woods by pulling attention that way with a magnificent backdrop. Using the trees as your anchors, string paper cranes across the horizon for a truly awe-inspiring look.

With this simple tutorial, you'll learn How to Make A Paper Crane Backdrop that will quickly become your favorite wedding detail. Match the paper cranes to your wedding color scheme for a cohesive look that will take guests' breath away.

Photograph by Jose Villa, via Style Me Pretty

Time to CompleteWeekend project

MaterialsPaint, Paper

Primary TechniquePaper Crafts

Intermediate

Materials List

  • Square paper
  • Fishing wire
  • Heave washers or small, round weights
  • White paint

Instructions

1. Follow this tutorial to make paper cranes. Each column will have at least 10 cranes. Your total number depends on how many columns you want total. The distance between the trees will decide this. There should be about 6" between each column.

2. Once all of your cranes are folded, string columns with at least 10 cranes. This may be easier with a sewing needle. Make a knot above and below each crane to keep them evenly spaced.

3. Paint your washers white or any other complementary color.

4. Tie the painted washers to the bottom of each column to prevent them from flying in the wind.

5. Tie each column to one piece of fishing wire that is long enough to stretch between two trees.

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I have heard that paper cranes is traditionally a symbol of good luck and blessings and this stunning backdrop would provide a great avenue of well wishes! Wouldn't this look lovely with a translucent pale pink or silver toned paper? Or add some crystals here and there for sparkle as well as weight. Or even a bow or two here and there if desired. Love this idea and thanks for sharing!

This is an amazing idea. I love folding paper cranes, so this is a perfect way to incorporate that skill into wedding decor!

Oh wow. This is such a gorgeous decorating idea! However, I have never attempted origami...but it would be worth the effort to have an end result like this.

To be honest, this looks way out of my league, but the end result is simply breathtaking. Your guests will surely be impressed!

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