Picture of Rubber Origami
Simple instructions to make origami a little more permanent. This project will teach you how to create rubber coated origami crane ornaments.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Originally, I made these as ornaments for my sad little Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

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
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blightdesign (author)  bjfong136 years ago
You should try to shake off as much excess as possible immediately after dipping, but more does drip off during drying. I have never needed to dilute the PlastiDip, but I have noticed that the consistency can change due to room temperature.
Does it really shake off pretty easily? I felt like my plastidip was really gooey and i had to wipe the excess off with a cotton swab... just to let you know, you've inspired the concept for my wedding favors! we're going to buy nice wrapping paper to cut into squares for the cranes and then hang the cranes from the centerpiece branches. i'm also going to make little shrinkydink tags with our name and date on it. at the end of the night, the guests will be able to take the ornament home with them! FUN!
blightdesign (author)  bjfong136 years ago
I wouldn't wipe it off with a swab or anything really. It would probably affect the finish. And my sister used the cranes for her wedding favors too. She tied little name cards with table numbers to the birds.

pls6 years ago
Keith-Kid7 years ago
This would be great for ornaments! Excellent!!!!!!!! I love it!!!!!!
Miqel7 years ago
Anyone tried doing a cheap version of this with candle wax, in my case that would come from old melted candle stubs? I´ll try this before the christmas season, might solve all my gift propblems.
willtanclan8 years ago
Hello my name is Will Tan and i'm 13. great idea this is. I live in Melbourne Australia can you tell me where to buy Plasti Dip. thanks
Plasti dip is available in Australia through the Australian Distributors Plastic Dips & Coatings. Local distributors can be found on www.plastidip.net.au "FIND A DISTRIBUTOR". If there is not a distributor in your area you can buy on line at www.plastidipaustralia.com Hope this helps.
blightdesign (author)  willtanclan8 years ago
I got mine from this site
Quilter's Husband
adidame8 years ago
I love your photo of the cranes flying in your window. I can't wait to try this with other projects!
whiteoakart8 years ago
GREAT! I linked to this from the Joe Bendy Plasti-dip instructable:
Make Your Own Bendy Toy

I have been using Plasti-Dip since I was in Design School in 1985!!! I love it!
This is really neat! Can you add color to the Plasti Dip? What is the paper like after it has been coated? Can you flap the wings, or do they get rigid or brittle? I've been curious about Plasti Dip for a while. Thanks for posting this neat instructable.
blightdesign (author)  Joe Lombardo8 years ago
Plasti Dip comes in black, white, yellow, blue, red and clear. And you can mix the colors as well (but I haven't tried that yet). The paper ends up feeling like rubber. The wings have a little give, but the whole crane is pretty rigid.
I'd be interested to see how the clear looks with a patterned paper. If anyone tries it, please post and tell us how it looks. Great idea!
canida8 years ago
What a beautifully simple solution! I love the idea of using a clear coat over snazzy paper.
joru8 years ago
If the plasti dip behaves anything like paint you can add just a little blue into the white and that may reduce any yellowing effect.
lemonie8 years ago
They've got a nice finish! (are they not supposed to be 'flappable' in the pure-paper state? L
This model is the traditional crane which is not an action model (i.e. it doesn't flap). A slight modification to the instructions and you can get the traditional flapping bird.


Jezza Bear8 years ago
What an absolutely brilliant idea. I have a couple of models that I have made and this idea would be a brilliant idea to preserve them. I love simple solutions..thanks for sharing
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