DIY | Renters-Friendly Origami Ceiling Decoration

DIY | Renters-Friendly Origami Ceiling Decoration

DIY | Renters-Friendly Origami Ceiling Decoration

As you maybe already know, I am currently living in a sublet in Berlin. This means that I have very little furniture and stuff of my own. And most of all: no decorations. Because who packs decorations when you are living out of a suitcase, right?

Living like this made me realise how much a painting on a wall, or a pillow on a sofa can make a house feel more like home. So I have been looking into making a few decoration pieces, I don’t want to invest too much money into buying things to personalise my temporary home, but I also still want it to feel homy and a bit more ‘me’ instead of an empty sublet.

Combine the decoration cravings with my latest origami obsession and you have a renters-friendly-decoration-solution!

It was so simple to make and it doesn’t have to cost a thing, yes you read that right: you can make this project for free! All you need is paper, and a few pieces of rope/twine/ribbon.

I have the origami crane installation above my bed, which is so magical. It makes me smile every time I wake up and look up. But you can hang this anywhere: above a sofa, a dining room table or even better: a kids room!



**Extra note before we begin: I use small nails in the wall to secure the origami structure. If your renters home doesn’t allow you to use those, you can opt for lightweight paper, like crepe paper to create the cranes. And use washi tape to hang the structure, to avoid damaging the walls.


– Folding the origami cranes. There are so many great instructions online on how to fold an origami crane that it felt strange to add yet another step by step. So here are two of my favourite instructions that are extremely easy to follow:

Step by Step PHOTO instructions for folding a paper crane: click here
Step by Step VIDEO instructions for folding a paper crane: click here

– Fold as many as you like. You can mix and match with colours, paper (old newspapers for example) and even sizes.

DIY | Renters-Friendly Origami Ceiling Decoration


– For hanging a single origami crane, take a large needle and pull your thread through. Insert the needle in the top of the middle part (see photo above). Pull through and tie a knot to secure.

DIY | Renters-Friendly Origami Ceiling Decoration


– For hanging more than one origami crane on a strand, secure a long thread on the top of an origami crane as shown in step 2.
– Use the same thread and insert it with your needle into the bottom of the crane. Push it all the way through to the top en secure it at the top with a knot.

DIY | Renters-Friendly Origami Ceiling Decoration


– After you have prepped all of the cranes, prepare the hanging structure on the ceiling/wall. I used very small nails in the wall, 4 nails on each side spread evenly.
– Tie the thread around one nail and secure with a knot. Pull the thread over the the other side of the room (or another point on your wall/ceiling) and secure onto another nail with a knot.
– Repeat this for as many thread you need to hang your cranes.

DIY | Renters-Friendly Origami Ceiling Decoration


– Hang your cranes onto the basic structure. Mix and match with hight to create a playful effect.

DIY | Renters-Friendly Origami Ceiling Decoration DIY | Renters-Friendly Origami Ceiling DecorationDIY | Renters-Friendly Origami Ceiling Decoration

It is a magical view to wake up to: hanging the origami cranes above your bed. And when I open my window, the wind let’s them dance and fly on the ceiling. Also at night when my reading light is on, they create a beautiful shadow on the walls.

DIY | Renters-Friendly Origami Ceiling Decoration


Where would you hang your paper crane installation?

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  • daria 4th October 2016 at 11:46 am

    This looks really good! I love that you’re sharing renter-friendly ideas, I so need them!

  • Kam 14th October 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Gorgeous! Also, you hair is looking beautiful. Are you still using henna?

    • Lana Red Author 17th October 2016 at 1:24 pm

      Thank you so much! And, no I am actually not using henna anymore ( I plan on writing an update about it) I really loved the henna, but after a few months my hair became less red and more dark brown. So I guess I choose being a redhead over more healthy hair;) and went back to chemical dye..;(

  • emma 10th December 2017 at 1:30 pm

    I love this. I had made 1000 cranes and was putting them into close vertical rows, basically making a closet ‘door’, but I didn’t really like it. Your method is so much more organic and fluid. I also prefer the more subtle colors as you did so I may start folding again and pass the multi colored ones on to someone with kids :P)

    • Lana Red Author 13th December 2017 at 9:20 pm

      Hi Emma, Wow 1000 cranes! I can’t imagine how long that took, and maybe also how meditative that must have been:)
      The mobile in this project has a lot less cranes, so it will definitely be done faster. And I love that you like to start another paper crane project! Please let me know how it turns out! Lana x

  • MinecraftLover09 15th February 2018 at 8:52 am

    You are SOOÒOOO cool with DIY! Thankyou so much for the ideas and I will start making this right now!!!!Thx! Luv you! BTW, i had made 5,000 cranes!😊

    • Lana Red Author 16th February 2018 at 9:04 am

      Thank you!! And wow, 5.000 cranes! That must have been an amazing project!

  • Izzy 15th May 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Wow I am currently decorating my room and needed some inspiration on some ceiling art 💛 thank you so much

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