DIY Cranes for Cancer Research

DIY Crane Chandelier Project

While I was digging around in the wedding websites for my green wedding articles, I stumbled across the Toronto based The Wedding Co. They have organized a worldwide DIY project called, The Crane Chandelier for cancer research.

The Wedding Co. is building a chandelier from origami cranes signed by brides and grooms from around the globe. For each crane they receive, they will donate 50 cents to cancer research. Their goal is to collect 10,000 of these peaceful tokens of love. The culmination of these efforts will be contributing to a community art installation piece. The project will end at The Wedding Co.’s 10th anniversary party in January 2011.

Why cranes? In Asia, the white crane is the bird that symbolizes peace. Originally it represented peace from prosperity and friendship. The crane later took on even greater significance as a peace symbol in Japan, right after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In 1955, a little eleven-year old Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki, was diagnosed with leukemia from exposure to nuclear radiation. Sadako heard that if she folded a thousand paper cranes, she would be granted a wish. She began folding one crane after another, wishing for a healthy body and a world of peace. Sadly, she died within the year. Her famous story became legendary to the people of Japan, and eventually to the world.

Many school children in the US read The Story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, a book that led to the creation of The World Peace Project for Children, an organization that devotes their mission to making cranes for world peace.

If you would like to send a crane for cancer here are the guidelines:

Who can participate:
- Engaged couples
- Everyone else to spread the word

Here’s how it works:
1. Request a crane here or make your own (see directions below).
2. Both partners sign the crane and include their general location and wedding date.
How to make a Paper Crane:


To date, The Wedding Co. has sent over 700 cranes to couples to be signed and received approximately 500 since January.

Ronnie Citron-Fink lives in New York with her husband, two children (when they come home to the nest), two dogs and a cat. Ronnie is a teacher and a writer. She has been a contributing writer for Family Fun magazine. She currently writes articles about education and home design. Her writings are in four books including Family Fun Home and Some Delights of the Hudson Valley.


Jo Asprec
Jo Asprec6 years ago

I wish I had known about this earlier. Anyway, I'll fold a paper crane for cancer research.

Joy Mcronald
Joy M6 years ago

many thanks for this..

Jose Gaspar
Jose Gaspar6 years ago


K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Lucasul L.
Lucasul L.7 years ago

i will come back with a new post after we will see some results. Thank you for sharing.

Lucasul L.
Lucasul L.7 years ago

WOW, i am impressed as a wedding planner. I will email this one to my boss and we will "enroll" in this movement.

Heather B.
Past Member 8 years ago

What a wonderful idea.

Glyn Jones
Glyn Jones8 years ago

Nice idea for a very worthy cause.....

Smith M.
.8 years ago

I soooo want to do this for my wedding, especially because of the symbolism behind this tradition. I am pretty good at origami cranes - so perhaps if I get started soon I can do this for my own wedding. Thanks for the reminder and inspiration, Miss Scissors!
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veronika p.
Veronica P8 years ago

That is awesome! Great and creative idea!