Wedding Printable: Origami Crane Postcards

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Designing Save the Date Postcards for Origami!
Welcome to J's pet project: origami crane Save the Date postcards. The paper goods are sort of at the bottom of our priority totem pole for this grandiose event, mostly because we're pretty adept at using Adobe Illustrator on our own. So why not go whole hog and print everything ourselves, too?

At-home printing was actually somewhat out of necessity. The square front of the postcard needs to be exact, and so the back of the postcard needs 1/4" bleed margin with nothing in it. You print the fronts first, feed back through the printer, and it prints at a slightly wonky location. If you want any chance of the fronts and backs lining up, you need to have the bleed margin. Also, the USPS has some pretty specific requirements for size & weight of postcards, and we would recommend printing on 80-95lb cardstock, if you can find it. We did these in 67lb, and it's okay but they tend to get a tiny bit shredded in the mail.

Also, if you're planning on printing your own invitations, might I recommend A Practical Wedding's 'How To Print Your Own Wedding Invitations'? We ignored much of the advice and it ended up costing us a bit. Basically, try not to print something with too much color, because the cost of ink will greatly drive up the cost of this process. Although, it still won't be nearly as expensive as printing as FedEx/Kinko's ($2.50 per sheet!). If you are going to go heavy on the ink, might I recommend using a lighter shade of grey? Black ink is cheaper than the color inks.

Just for fun, I've drawn up a basic paper crane postcard invitation, and shared instructions for making these beasts below. Just in case you too were feeling a bit nutty (only a bit) and wanted to do this yourselves. The bright side of printing them yourselves - you can adjust the color schemes as your printer runs out of the varying color inks!

Origami Crane Save the Dates
Pilot Testing the Origami Save the Dates
DIY At Home Wedding Stationary Studio
Completed Origami Save the Date Cranes!

  1. Print off postcards on 70-100lb cardstock, flip over and print on the other side of paper. The printables are below (full resolution available on flickr if you click through).
    Printable: Postcard Front (cut along black lines) Printable: Postcard Back (1/4" bleed margin)
  2. Cut postcard out of cardstock. We used an X-acto knife, but whatever works.
    Step 4. Cut postcard out of cardstock
  3. Step 4. Address, stamp, and mail to whoever! You're good to go!

How To Fold Origami Paper Crane

These directions are mediocre. We like this video instructional tutorial for making a paper crane:
  1. Cut off square along scissor line
    Step 5. (As a recipient) Cut off along scissor line
  2. Pre-fold along all 4 lines (2 diagonal, 2 perpendicular)
    Step 6. Fold along all 4 lines (2 diagonal, 2 perpendicular)
  3. Fold along diagonal line, then fold left and right corners inwards. The pre-fold lines should help you here.
    Step 8. Fold left corner inside
  4. Turn 180 degrees and do some more pre-fold lines (bring side corners to center line).
    Step 9. Flip around and pre-fold side corners inwards, and top corner downward.
  5. Pull bottom corner upward, folding along pre-fold lines. Repeat for other side.
    Step 10. Pull one side upward, folding along pre-fold lines from previous step
  6. Fold corners inward to center lines, these will become the neck and tail
    Step 12. Fold wings in and upward, fold remaining corners to center line (on both sides)
  7. Close neck and tail, then bring inward and upward.
    Step 13. Open up edges and fold head and tail inward and upward
  8. Fold head downward and you're done!
    Step 14. Fold down head and you're done!
Completed Paper Crane from a Postcard!
Note how the event details are printed and folded in such a way as to be visible in the final origami crane. It's pretty spiffy.

Typefaces used: Jenna Sue, available from Details were probably described in 'Verdana'.


rainmelon said...

And for extra flair, there's always the video. Making paper cranes with Iris and Jim (with special guest star Dizzy).

Nice nails -- very on-theme =p.

rooth said...

What an adorable and clever idea

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