Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Getting Crafty on Fall Break: It's a 3D Cloud tutorial!

I have been dying to make a 3D cloud to hang over the little tug boat in my classroom. I have had the supplies for months, but as every teacher knows, somethings need to go on the back burner and that is where it has been. Now that I am on fall break, I finally have a chance to get it done. The supplies are simple:
white paper lanterns
masking tape
fishing line
spray adhesive

Because I wanted to hang this from the ceiling, it needed to be lightweight and the paper lanterns worked perfectly. I used two small lanterns, one medium lantern, and one large lantern.

Next, I began taping them together, trying to keep it flat-ish on the bottom so that it truly looks like a cloud.

I added the fishing line two the two points that it would suspend from and then covered any openings with masking tape. You want to make sure that all of the lanterns are connected and firmly attached. Don't feel like you need to go easy on the tape! At this point, if you are a perfectionist, you could spray paint it white and let it dry before adding the fluff, but I forgot to grab the paint from my classroom, so I decided to take a chance and just start attaching the fluff. I was happily surprised when I realized that the tape didn't show at all.

Start attaching the fiberfill using spray adhesive. *Make sure that it is a high, permanent tack adhesive and not a repositionable adhesive.  Attach the fiberfill in small sections. I spray on the adhesive, allow it to set for several seconds (to make it super tacky) and then attach the fiberfill. You can add or remove the fiberfill easily as you sculpt the shape of your cloud. 

It is that simple! It took less than an hour to make and I can't wait to install it in the classroom this weekend! I would love to hear what you think. 

What types of crafts do you do when you have some spare time?

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1 comment:

  1. I love this idea and am going to try this for my next weather unit!

    Thanks for sharing.
    Bookish Ways in Math and Science


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