Saturday, August 18, 2012

Feeling artsy? Here's a cool DIY project!

Here's a fun DIY project I did to my room; Paper airplane hanging decorations! 

I also have my Chinese Lanterns in my room and together they look awesome :)

So, these are actually really easy (they do take a little while but you can do them over time, whenever you can spare a moment!) 
First, get paper: and lots of it! 
Its also really helpful to know how to make paper airplanes; so here's a guide to do simple ones:
01- Take a piece of paper (8' by 11') and fold it in half longways (see below).
02- Open it up again and fold the upper corners in until they reach the line.
03- Take the outer edge of the corners you just folded and fold it in again so it reaches the line.
04- Do that to both sides and then fold the whole paper in half along the line (longways again).
05- Now fold the side of it down so it touches the line at the bottom. Do this on both sides. 
06- Open it and pinch together the flap sticking down. Your done!
Now that you know how to make paper airplanes, you can make beautiful decorations! All you need is paper, translucent string (I used fishing line), scissors, and tape.

01- Make yourself a lot of paper airplanes. :) I recommend looking up lots of different kinds so your "sky" has some diversity.

02- Cut out paper clouds (they can be lots of different sizes, but make sure they are big enough to cover the tape you use to secure the planes to the ceiling). 

03- Cut the string and holes in the tops of the planes, then tie the string onto them and secure each one to your ceiling with tape. Tip: try to find the center of gravity of the planes so they are relatively horizontal when you hang them; this is the hardest part.

04- Once you have the planes secured to the ceiling in an arrangement you like, take the paper clouds you cut out and cut a slit to the middle of the cloud, along with a small hole in the middle. Slide the string of one of the planes through the slit so the string runs through the hole. 

05- Tape the cloud to the ceiling in a way that hides the other tape (I recommend doing a wrapped piece of tape to secure the clouds so no tape at all is showing). Do this for every plane.

Your Done! Now you have an artsy and cool hanging collage! For some added flare, try using pictures for the paper of the planes, or painting/drawing or doodling on the planes. 

Thanks for reading!

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