Perfectly Pretty Paper Projects

I caught up on last Friday’s Design*Sponge this morning and LOVE the paper chandelier featured from designer Lena Corwin. The designs are inspired by traditional Polish paper chandeliers, which I had never heard of until now. They’re adorable — charming and colorful — an easy way to brighten any space!

paper chandelier


I may not be Polish (although my sister thought we were until last year) but I’m feeling inspired to make my own! I also just realized that I’ve already started a paper chandelier of sorts and may have a cross-cultural decoration project on the horizon…

My aunt is Japanese and when I was in elementary school she taught me how to make origami paper cranes. According to the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Sadako was a little girl who lived in Hiroshima at the time of the atomic bombing and later developed leukemia as a result of the radiation. Her friend taught her to make paper cranes while in the hospital since Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds one thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish, such as a long life or recovery from illness or injury.

Peace Flame in Tokyo

My aunt made 1,000 paper cranes and strung them as a hanging piece in my great grandmother’s nursing home room. They were beautiful — a rainbow of colors and patterns. My grandmother told me that if I made 1,000 of them she’d take me to Japan to put my cranes on one of the peace shrines.  I went nuts making paper cranes for months and got into the 500s or 600s until I got too busy with school or sports and failed to finish. (Fortunately for me, Grandma took me to Japan when I was 15, anyway.)

The other day I thought about those cranes and how I really should dig that box out of the back of my closet and finish them. Now seeing these beautiful paper chadeliers I’m inspired to come up with a chandelier made out of cranes as a beautiful and meaningful decoration for my place. Fingers crossed Mom and Dad didn’t throw that box away…


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