When it comes to great crafting ideas for adults, the origami folding has many advantages – as I said, it has a calming effect, you only need paper, and the result looks just fantastic! The birds are one of the most popular origami motifs, because they look particularly delicate and cute, and can not be difficult to fold. In Japanese culture, origami birds have a special meaning and are considered symbols of longevity, love and happiness. Below, we’ll tell you which bird species play the most important role in Japanese art and culture, and we’ll also give you some simple folding instructions that are just perfect for beginners. Continue reading!
Crafting ideas for adults: Make origami cranes yourself
The crane is perhaps the most popular and widespread bird motif when it comes to origami folds. In Japan, it stands for luck, health, longevity and wisdom. He is often portrayed alongside the Seven Lucky Gods of Japan (Shichifukujin) and is highly prized. The cranes have a similar symbolism but also in other countries, such as China, where they are worshiped as divine heavenly messengers. In Christian symbolism these birds are seen as enemies of Satan and in Greek mythology they were associated with the goddess of fertility and harvest. The cranes are also a symbol of endurance – due to their very long hiking time, so they are often used as talismans for travelers. And last but not least, at the Japanese wedding there is still a tradition that a member of the bride’s family folds 1000 paper cranes as a wedding present. The origami crane garlands are actually a fantastic decoration for weddings and other festive occasions, and their wrinkles are fun – try it for yourself!
Crafting ideas for adults – fold owl
The owl (Fukuro), which is considered a symbol of wisdom, art and science, as well as a lucky charm, which is supposed to work against difficulties, has a special meaning in Japanese culture. Interestingly, in Greek mythology, the goddess of wisdom Athena is also depicted with an owl on her shoulder. It’s not difficult to fold an owl either, and we’ll give you a picture tutorial that you can try as you wish.
Origami cock: symbolism and folding instructions
Throughout Japan, the rooster is a symbol of courage. According to legend, he has lured the goddess of the sun Amaterasu out of her cave, to bring after light of dark darkness again light in the sky. Because of their relationship with the goddess, the roosters are worshiped as sacred birds that are allowed to move freely in the Buddhist temples. The idea of the cock as a sacred animal was also shared by the ancient Greeks and Romans. And the hen is considered a symbol of maternal love. Faltanleitungen for the two birds can be found above.
Crafting ideas for adults: Make origami swan yourself
Swans are among the most popular origami birds. Folding them is even easier than with the origami cranes, so they are just perfect for beginners. Origami swans are a popular decoration for the anniversary or wedding, because they mate for life and therefore are considered a symbol of eternal love.
Folding Nachigallen from paper
The nightingale – the bird that sings its melodic song only in the evening, is considered a symbol of longing and love. Origami nightingales are also relatively easy to fold, and above you will find a picture tutorial. For more inspiring ideas, see our photos below!
More inspirational ideas for origami birds