Ever find yourself inspired after you watch a movie?
Well maybe not so much inspired by the movie, but inspired by one of the character’s impeccable taste in home decorating.
That’s exactly how I felt when I watched 500 Days of Summer.
First of all, “it’s not a love story. It’s a story about love.” With that said, the movie is certainly a turbulent story about love. But this isn’t a movie review, no.
This is an apartment review, which is way more important.
For a good bit of the movie, Summer spent a great deal of time at her beau’s apartment. Once Summer finally allowed Tom into her apartment, it’s like he entered a room of whimsical romance.
Seriously, I can’t get over how much I love the decorating in her apartment. It’s all so perfect and precious. Like a secret world of vintage splendor, mixing old and new. From the wallpaper, to the purposefully placed hat with the green apple, down to the floor, I love it all.
The feeling of her apartment is very feminine and womanly, but not girly. A fine line that’s all too easy to cross. There’s nothing juvenile about this apartment.
One of my absolute favorite things in her apartment has to be the paper cranes hanging from the potted tree branches. Giving the home a handmade touch is important to me because I feel part of my environment rather than if I just picked something out at a store or shopped online.
Here are couple stills from the movie. We can see Tom’s intrigue with the paper crane tree. Isn’t that tree just lovely?
Another awesome aspect of any DIY project for your home is that only you know what you truly want. So, if you make it yourself, chances are you’ll be much happier your home, because you can customize whatever you’re making for your needs and wants.
Besides, making your own decor gives you bragging rights because you made something so cool it looks like you bought it from IKEA .
Fortunately, I was able to find a bunch of tutorials so I could make my own paper crane mobile. There are quite a few options as to how to go about this. For a more organic, natural look you could make one out of a tree branch, or you could use wire coat hangers for a more contemporary feel.
Before you start it’s a good idea to make a rough sketch of what you want. And you don’t have to be a great artist to sketch out your ideas. This is just a brainstorming process that will help you figure out what you want beforehand rather than just diving into the project head first and figuring the rest out later.
Here’s an example of a sketch. You can see it’s not super artistic. It’s just a easy way to communicate your ideas and have them worked out before you’re actually ready to start making things.
Mobile sketch via Jordan from Oh Happy Day
To make your own paper crane tree or mobile, first you’ll need paper cranes (obviously). There’s a bunch of places you can get a tutorial on how to make a paper crane, but I found this step by step video to be the most helpful. He gives a very thorough walk-through on the process. And you can pause and replay if you get stuck, so that’s definitely helpful as well.
Be creative when picking out the paper for your origami paper cranes. Think of the colors in your home or apartment. What colors do you have going on already? You can coordinate the colors of the paper crane with colors in your apartment for a more purposeful tied together look.
Or if your space is kind of plain think of a bold color that might compliment your space to add a nice pop. Nando’s restaurant in the Ashford, England, exemplifies this with their use of teal to help break up the space.
Here’s some examples of colorful paper cranes as well as the use of bolds just to give you some ideas as to what you can do with this project:
Images via Our Local Life
Image via (Tiny) Paper Crane
So, after you make your paper cranes it’s time to assemble.
The cool thing about this project is there are so many ways you can decorate with paper cranes. Here’s a bunch of examples to get your creative juices flowing:
- dried branches in a vase
Image via the bee’s knees
- fishing line straight across their ceiling
Image via Hepzebah
- chopsticks and ribbon mobile
Image via Craftster
- cut up wire coat hangers
Image via Oh Happy Day
- dried tree branches
Image via (500) days of inspiration
- stringing them all together
Image via Jeremy & Kathleen
With the versatility of this project, whatever look you’re going for, I’m sure you’ll be able to achieve it.
P.S. If you’re looking to make a mobile, check out this super awesome and thorough tutorial. Mobiles 101