Step 1: Materials and Tools
Recently I have become some what addicted to dipping things in Plasti Dip www.plastidip.com. The stuff is originally intended to create rubber tool handles. But you'd be surprised how much fun it is to play with.
- Printer Paper 5 inch by 5 inch
- thin gauge wire
- Plasti Dip
- scrap piece of wood, about two feet long
- ribbon or string
- wire cutters
- 2 spring clamps
Step 2: Fold an origami crane
I started with 5 inch by 5 inch plain white printer paper. Anywhere from 4 to 6 inch paper squares should get the job done.
I recommend folding 5 cranes to start.
Step 3: Cutting the wire
Step 4: Forming and setting the wire
Poke the sharp end of the wire through the bottom of the crane and pierce the back.
Fish the wire all the way through, setting the "J" in the hind quarters of the crane.
Make sure the wire is secure. Pinch the wire if you need to.
Step 5: Dip the Crane
I'm using a gallon can of Plasti Dip. If you are using a smaller sized can and your crane's wingspan is too wide, you can pour the Plasti Dip into an empty coffee can (or something similar). You may also need a tool to help fully submerge the crane into the Plasti Dip. I used a plastic knife.
Slowly pull the crane out of the dip and let the excess rubber drip off.
Step 6: Hang them up to dry
It takes about 30 minutes to dry.
Step 7: Re-Dipping
Step 8: Clipping and forming the wire
Step 9: Tie a ribbon
You're done. All that's left is to hang it on the tree and get Snoopy and kids to sing around it.
Plasti Dip comes in many colors, and you could also use some fancy origami paper and use clear Plati Dip. The paper will show through the clear rubber.
I think a mobile of different sized and colored cranes is next.