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DIY Wedding Kit #7 Origami Cranes – a symbol of patience and trust

Origami Crane

Origami Crane

Origami cranes not only look beautiful, but also hold great meaning in the institution of marriage.

It is an ancient Japanese tradition for the bride and groom to fold 1000 cranes to symbolise  their patience and trust – necesary to sustain a happy marriage. This process is called sembazuru and the tradition itself is called Tsuru wa sennen. A couple who could weather the long, time intensive folding process together, supporting each other, talking with each other for weeks while taking on a challenging task was proving their ability to maintain a long term, content relationship.

You can find the instructions on how to fold the crane here.

But once you’ve finished your 1000 cranes, what do you do with them? Well, I have found some weddings which took this simple and inexpensive idea, and used it to decorate their venues with stunning effect. Check out the wedding pictures below.

Take a look at this Japanese themed wedding, they suspended cranes on string and captured them in glass jars!

This Bride folded 1001 cranes in a rainbow of colours which were then suspended above the ceremony.

This couple went for all white cranes and displayed them as a backdrop to their ceremony. It looks absolutely breathtaking!

This couple used patterned paper for their cranes, and hung them on their table centrepieces which were mini trees. How cute!

If you have the time to spare and are trying to avoid buying or renting expensive decor, why not give this a go!?

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DIY Wedding Kit #6 Origami Butterflies

Are you having a wedding with a Butterfly theme? Here’s a great cheap way of decorating your venue or an idea for DIY favours.

Origami butterflies!

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Traditionally origami butterflies often appear at Japanese weddings. The Butterflies are known as “Mecho” and “Ocho” and usually adorn sake wine bottles during the ceremony. A central part of the Japanese wedding ceremony is the “three times three” sips of sake taken by the bride and the groom alternately. Although no one is sure exactly what the original “Mecho” and “Ocho” symbolised, it is safe to say that they are now a recognisable tradition of the Japanese wedding, and therefore denote love, union, and even friendship.

I bought the beautiful origami paper on ebay, it cost me £1.95 for 20 sheets but I’m sure you could get it cheaper if you were buying it in bulk.

Check out how to fold it at this website.

Want to see how you can use origami to make your wedding beautiful? Take a look at how  this couple  made a huge impact at their wedding with an abundance of origami cranes.  My next DIY will be how to fold origami cranes, so subscribe to my blog if you would like to keep up to date.

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DIY Wedding Kit #4 Personalised Fortune Teller Favours

Here’s a great idea to keep your guests entertained before dinner. Personalised fortune tellers!

fortunetellers

So, all you really need to know is how to fold it, then we can get creative!

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How to make it

  • First you need to make your piece 0f paper square. To do this fold the corner across as in pic 1 and then cut off the excess rectangle of paper.
  • Next fold your piece of paper in half in the other direction. You should now have a square piece of paper that has 4 triangles on it.
  • Now turn the paper so that it is curing upwards, rather than sitting like a pyramid. Fold each corner into the centre. You will now have a smaller square with 8 triangles on it.
  • Turn the paper over, this side should look like it had 4 squares on it. Now fold each corner into the centre again. When you’re done it should look like a square with 8 triangles on it again.

Vintage inspired LOVE themed fortune teller

So here’s a couple of ideas what you can do with them. First of all is a ‘Love’ themed fortune teller. Perfect for revealing little facts about the couple. Scroll past the pictures to find out how I made it.

Wedding Fortune Teller

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To make this cute, vintage inspired fortune teller you will need;

  • A piece of coloured paper
  • A piece of floral patterned paper
  • ‘Love’ sequins
  • An old dressmaking pattern

First off I cut my floral paper slightly smaller than my plain square, then i stuck it down in the centre with glue. Next I folded my paper into the fortune teller, when I was done I stuck on my little ‘Love’ sequins. I then cut out numbers from an old dressmaking pattern (you may want to photocopy these if you are making lots!). You can write whatever you like on the inside, but I would suggest little facts about the couple would be a sweet way to let your guests know a little more about them.

‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ Fortune Teller

Here is a bonkers idea perfect for a mad hatters tea party!

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 fortuneteller

 To make this Alice in Wonderland themed fortune teller you will need;

Here is a slightly less time consuming way to make a fortune teller. Simply fill in the blanks on the template and print off! The one I have made has the words ‘I DO’ on the outside, and the options on the inside flaps spell out ‘Why is a raven like a writing desk?’ – the famous Mad hatter riddle that never had an answer! Alternatively you could write riddles on these, then write the answers on the inside. Below are some ideas for riddles that may be fitting for the occasion.

Q. I never was, am always to be. No one ever saw me, nor ever will. And yet I am the confidence of all, To live and breathe on this terrestrial ball. What am I?

A. The Future

Q. If you break me I do not stop working,If you touch meI may be snared,If you lose me nothing will matter.

A. Your Heart

Q. What starts with a T, ends with a T, and has T in it?

A. A teapot

Q. A mile from end to end, yet as close to as a friend. A precious commodity, freely given. Seen on the dead and on the living. Found on the rich, poor, short and tall, but shared among children most of all. What is it?

A. A smile

Q. Two words is my answer. In order to keep me, you have to give me. What am I?

A. Your word

Q. What holds two people together but touches only one?

A. A wedding ring

Q. I go in dry and come out wet, The longer I’m in, the stronger I get. What am I?

A. A tea bag

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