This week I've been making origami paper cranes to send in snail mail letters. They're a little bit addictive, calming to make and fun to pop into small envelopes to send my penfriends.
You might wonder what a penpal will do with a paper crane once it arrives. Well, it can be something nice to look at while they read your letter, something to enjoy while they're sipping a hot cup of tea or coffee, something to use as a book mark, something to sit out and keep them company while they write, create and/or work or something fun that they could even send on to a penpal of their own.
One of my favourite things about origami cranes is that because they are made from paper, the crane can also be popped into a worm farm or dug into a vegetable garden. So even if they're visually enjoyed for 5 minutes, they can still be recycled outdoors.
If you would like to make your own paper crane, there are lots of tutorials online. One of my favourites is THIS one, because it shows you each step separately and I find it easy to follow. Also, you don't have to rush out and buy a heap of origami paper to use for these - they can easily be made out of a page from an old storybook, a paper bag (cut up into a square), gift wrapping or even a page out of a magazine. Anything paper based product that you can find that is foldable!
Lots of my readers have asked for more snail mail letter ideas that can be sent in a flat envelope, so I'll be sharing more with you over the next few weeks.
Happy letter writing!