Friday, 27 April 2012

diy friday - peace crane treat toppers

Origami Paper Crane and Coconut Lemon Squares
Today on diy friday we're folding pretty, peaceful decorations for your favorite cupcakes and treats! 

The crane is a traditional Japanese symbol of good luck, long life, health, happiness and world peace. 

If you would like to read more about the significance of the origami crane, click here.

You will need:
  • Paper squares approx. 3" x 3".  You can use any thin, strong paper to make these.  Try origami paper for a traditional look.  Or even more peaceful - go green!  Recycle paper from colorful ads in magazines.  Scrapbooking paper tends to be thick, so save it for larger cranes.
  • Toothpicks or wooden/bamboo cocktail picks.
  • Treats, sweet or savory!  This is a nice decoration for fruit, little cakes and other sweet things but equally pretty holding the edges of your sandwich wrap in place or to fancy up your appetizers.

Follow these simple steps:

1)  Make a crane out of a square of paper 2"-3" per side depending on how small you would like your crane to be (and how nimble your fingers are!).  You can follow this diagram on Origami Club or this animated diagram
Recycled Magazine Paper Crane

2)  Insert your toothpick into the hole that is naturally formed on the underside of the crane's belly.  If you use the blunt, square ended cocktail picks you will not even need to use any glue as they will hold firmly and will not need any force to be inserted.

3)  Make as many as you like and stick them into your treats!

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