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Special acknowledgement to Sara Rivka for original paper crane image

We are looking to fold 3000+ paper cranes, which will be displayed as a suspended installation in Banbury to celebrate the Commonwealth Games taking place in Birmingham between July and August 2022.

If you are a Banbury business, local organisation or individual and would like to participate in the Origami Crane Arts Project between March and May 2022, please contact the project organisers at Banbury Business & Arts.


Information on craft materials together with a short tutorial video is available below for any individual, group or organisation wishing to practice before workshop sessions begin in 2022. Origami paper for these sessions will be provided for the purpose of the main installation.

Project Time Frame:

  • February March for practice folding, and folding final cranes for installation

  • April May quarantining the cranes

  • June wiring individual cranes (upto 3000)

  • July physical installation week beginning 18 - 22 July in Banbury

  • Public viewing - site specific - details tbc

  • August - preparation for a second installation

Helpful Hints

  • Individual practice - Fold at least 5 paper cranes initially to become confident & proficient

  • Scroll this page to video tutorial

  • Bumper packs of 400 Origami squares can be purchased from The Works - Banbury High Street for £5

  • Make 3 - 4 additional ones (or more), for the final suspended installation - paper provided




15cm x 15cm square paper or 20cm  x 20cm square paper

Small spatula or similar

Plain white or coloured - single colour or double sided colour

The video will demonstrate that the first fold of any double sided coloured square will determine the final colour of the origami crane - the colour inside the first fold will create the actual colour of the paper crane on completion

The tutorial can be paused throughout to practice each fold

The video loops automatically for continued practice


'Colours of Banbury' Origami Arts Project 2022

is kindly sponsored by:

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