How to make a paper crane chain

Updated February 21, 2017

Paper crane chains, also known as paper crane garlands, can be beautiful home or wedding decorations, or they can be presented to a friend or a loved one. Paper cranes, also know as origami cranes, are beautiful individually, but stringing them together will allow you to hang them up for a striking display.

You can purchase origami cranes or you can make origami paper cranes yourself. To start your chain, cut a piece of yarn the length that you want your paper crane chain to be.

Thread about 5 cm (2 inches) of the yarn through a tapestry needle.

Knot the long loose end of the yarn. This knot should be large enough that the cranes will not slip through.

Locate the tiny hole in the paper crane's belly. This is the hole that was used to inflate the crane.

Push the needle through the hole and out through the centre of the crane's back.

Pull the yarn through until the crane is seated comfortably on the knot.

Tie a knot in the string where you want the next crane to rest.

Repeat steps 4 through 7 for each crane you want to put on the string.

Finish the paper crane chain by putting a knot above the back of the final crane or tying a loop in the yarn and hanging it from a location in your home.


You can also string the cranes one after another, creating a more solid chain. If you are hanging several garlands of cranes over a window or doorway, stagger them for a pleasing effect.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper cranes
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
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