The Hamlet Spring Challenge

1000 Origami Crane Birds Challenge
The Hamlet Spring Challenge

We want to create, with the help of everyone at The Hamlet (staff, students, members, children, volunteers and friends), a beautiful, colourful display for Spring, giving a message of hope and healing during these challenging times for each of our centres.

In Japan, the crane bird is a mystical creature and is believed to live for a thousand years. As a result, in the Japanese, Chinese and Korean culture, the crane represents good fortune and longevity. The Japanese refer to the crane as the “bird of happiness”. Traditionally, it was believed that if you folded 1000 origami cranes, your wish would come true.

It has also become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times.

We want to make display of colourful crane birds in both centres by the Spring Equinox (Saturday 20th March) as our own symbol of hope and healing for the future as we continue to battle with the coronavirus pandemic.

We are asking you to be part of this special Hamlet event by making some crane birds and sending them to our centres to add to the display. If you like we also suggest that you write a message on the paper before you fold, a wish, a hope or maybe a message for a special person in your life.

You can use any paper you like, as long as you start with a square! Or you can request a pack of origami paper from The Hamlet along with  instructions of how to make a crane bird, please email  We will send out 20 squares at a time  - if you do these you can have some more if you wish. Packs can be picked up from one of our centres or posted to you. 

If we can make 2000 we can have two displays, and if we reached 3000 we would be able to have one at each centre!

 You may also like to take a look at this YouTube video that provides step by step visual instructions of how to make a crane bird. Origami: Crane [tutorial] - YouTube

Pauline, The Hamlet CEO has created already to start off our display.

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