Have you ever heard of the Japanese tradition where a bride who folds a thousand origami cranes before her wedding ensures a prosperous and happy marriage? There's no way I'll have time to fold a thousand cranes before March (remember that law school thing?), but I've always thought this was a cute idea. But that's not why I'd attempt it. I would attempt it because it was my aunt who taught me how to make paper cranes when I was younger, because I know this is something she would have loved to have helped us to do for the wedding, and because she won't be able to be with us after a battle with ovarian cancer that ended two and a half years ago. I'm missing her a bit these last few weeks, and when this popped into my head, it seemed an appropriate way to remember her.
There are a million tutorials online (and some with video!), and I think Miss Scissors has a really fabulous one coming up for you, so I won't confuse you with my step-by-step. (You are spared!)
My goal is modest: maybe 25 of these, which I'll probably make from various scrapbook papers in our wedding colors. The next step is to figure out how to display them!
Hanging from the ceiling?
Together in one place?
Or maybe little mini-cranes on the place cards?
I actually have an idea or two up my sleeve, but to maintain the suspense, I'll have to tell it to you... later!
Did you take on any projects in honor of someone who couldn't make it to the wedding? What are you doing to remember them?