The Birthday Project Page

2018

 
Every year we are planning something special for Louis' birthday, which is on February 20th.

This year it will be an origami project with paper cranes. And everybody can be a part of it!
 
 
 
  
 
Senbazuru is the well-known Japanese tradition of folding one thousand origami paper cranes for special occasions. We're taking it one step further by having each paper crane carry a good wish for Louis on its wings.


Here's how you can participate:

1. You can send your wish or birthday greeting to ferreira_fest@louisferreira.org and we will fold a paper crane and write your wish on its wings. Please keep your wish short so it will fit! For example: "Happy Birthday from Maya in Atlanta, Georgia! Hope you get lots of presents!"

Please email your greeting NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 10, 2018!
 
 
 
2. You can print out the graphic below and write your wish on the grey areas - when folded they will be the top of the wings. You may then scan the image in and email it to ferreira_fest@louisferreira.org. You may send as many cranes as you wish, so feel free to get your kids or friends involved as well. We'll print them out and fold them into paper cranes for you.

Please email your paper pattern NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 10, 2018!
 
 
 
 
3. You can make your own origami paper crane, write on its wings and ship it to Ferreira Fest, folded or unfolded. You may send as many paper cranes as you wish, so feel free to get your kids or friends involved as well. Please email ferreira_fest@louisferreira.org for the shipping address. Please do not include autograph or contact requests.

Please make sure your paper crane ARRIVES NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 9, 2018! Check with your local post office - the crane will have to travel to central Georgia, USA.
 
 
To make your own origami paper crane please use a square piece of paper 6 inches by 6 inches (17 cm by 17 cm) and follow the instruction video below.
 

 
You can also find very simple step-by-step instructions here (perfect for the origami beginner!), or simply do a web search on "how to fold an origami paper crane". Here is a simplified graphic for those of you who are familiar with origami techniques:
 

(click instructions for the web link)
 
 
 
When all paper cranes have been assembled they will be threaded together in a garland and shipped to Louis, so he can hang them up wherever he pleases. A number of undecorated cranes will also be included so that Louis can pass them on to other people wish his own good wishes.
 
 
 
Of course you may always send a traditional birthday card, or both! Everything will be shipped to Louis in time for his birthday on February 20th. Please send an email to ferreira_fest@louisferreira.org for the shipping address.
 
Please do not include autograph or contact requests.
 

Note: all origami images and patterns are hotlinked back to the original websites.
 
 
 
photo by Louis Ferreira

Here's Louis with the 2017 birthday project -
a calendar with hundreds of good wishes, one for every day.
 
 

 
 

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