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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Craft Project: Origami Glitter Cranes

Over the weekend I've been working on more Christmas ornaments. Above is a picture of the results, Origami Glitter Cranes. I've had this idea for awhile now but just finally got a chance to test it out. The craft came out just as I envisioned (love when that happens). The cranes are surprisingly quite elegant considering they're made with paper, glitter and glue.

Gold and Silver Paper - I used wrapping paper.
Gold and Silver Glitter
Acrylic Gloss Spray - can find at most craft stores
Paint brush or foam brush

* when working with glitter I recommend covering your mouth/nose with some kind of mask so you don't breath in the glitter.

1. First you will want to fold a crane. Here's a video that best demonstrates that. I used a 6" by 6" square for mine. Use the same color paper as the glitter you plan on using.

Once your crane is folded, paint one wing with glue. Cover in glitter. Shake off extra glitter. Continue doing this until all sections of crane are covered in glitter. You only need to cover the top of the crane with glitter. Let dry. Spray a coat or two of the acrylic gloss spray on the crane. This will help seal the glitter and prevent it from flaking off. Done.

I think these would look lovely in non traditional Christmas colors such as pink, blue and lime green. What do you think?


Tia said...

I think it's beautiful! And the glitter takes Origami to a whole new level - sweet :)

J+S said...

Oh these are beautiful. I love cranes + origami, and desperately wanted the Christmas cranes in the Pottery Barn catalog last year, but waited too long and they sold out. I'm totally going to try this with some Christmas paper. Do you mind if I re-post this on my blog and link to you with photo credit?


*~kAy~* said...

The glitter really adds on a bit of magic doesn't it? :) I wouldn't have thought of using these as ornaments! Such a great idea! :)

Before I used to make so many cranes out of newspaper.. i heard if you make 1000, you get a wish :P The crazy part was that it actually came true! :P

Emily said...

These came out so pretty! I think I`ll use some of these around the house for Christmas this year. Thank you for the tutorial!

coming out crooked said...

oh I love these! What a great idea, thank-you!

Danna said...

I love this idea! My first tree I had on my own was decorated with origami animals, including cranes.
The crane is the first animal I learned to make and is the only one I remember by heart.


Renata Barillari said...

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mayaluna said...

I love folding cranes this time of year... what a beautiful twist you always have!

embeshop said...

Those are amazing! I love this idea and will be trying it out when my daughter is old enough (she's only 1 this year).


Patricia said...

I´m so trying this!!!

Thanks they look gorgeous!


Elise said...

origami + glitter = stunning.

Such a "beauty full" idea.

{little.happy.things} said...

They are absolutely beautiful!

featherbed said...

these are adorable!! I'm always looking for an excuse to use glitter too!! haha

Ayie said...

those will make a beautiful xmas tree ornament

Dandy said...

We've just finished folding 1001 origami cranes for my wedding. But if we hadn't I would totally love this for myself!

In fact, you just gave me the idea to do somethng like this as part of a thank you for all those who helped me fold!

Anonymous said...

Why buy from Pottery Barn when I can make them myself! I even found glitter for cheap:

Sew Flippin Cool said...

Its all about the glitter! These are great! I've featured them in a holiday decorations tutorial roundup on my blog, The Handmade Experiment. http://wp.me/pkcUM-pE

Thanks for sharing!

Julia @ FaveCrafts said...

What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of glitter crafts! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/link-love-glitter-crafts/

Have a great day!

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