Sweet and simple without the fluff.
That’s how I like my spring decor. When I saw this origami tutorial I thought, exactly!
There is something so satisfying about taking a single sheet of paper and using only your two hands to create an object built of folds.
Using this instructional video, I made my own bunny basket. Proudly displaying it, I stepped back to admire my work and realized…
it looked a little less like deliberate decor and a little more like the work of a skilled student placed with pride atop their parent’s desk.
It needed a sense of purpose and permanence.
Enter plastidip. (Enter first it’s smell- wear a mask or open a window).
a square sheet of paper (I used card stock weight rather than origami paper. It makes the folding process a bit more difficult, but the later steps easier. Don’t worry if heavier paper shows misfolds since those will be covered later.)
Plastidip paint (This comes in a variety of colors and is carried at many home improvement stores. I found mine at my local Ace Hardware)
gloves & mask
glue dots (the permanent ones work best for paper of this weight)
paint in your choice of bunny color
To make the origami bunny base, head to this YouTube video by Leyla Torres. Her style of instruction is easy to follow with helpful tips and an ideal pace (and the benefit of any instructional video is the ability to pause and rewatch certain steps).
After your bunny basket is complete, use your glue dots to secure the inner folds of the ears to the basket interior. I’m certain this goes against the art of origami, but once you dip your bunny you don’t want the weight of the rubber paint to pull open your folds.
Next, learn from my mistakes and put on your gloves!
Here’s the technique I used. I am by no means saying it is the best, but it worked well for me.
With your wire, poke a small hole through the top and center of your bunny’s head. Hook the wire up so that it is secured, but not permanently. Do the same at the back of the basket so that you have 2 easy to hold wire “handles” for dipping.
I apologize for the lack of photography during these steps, but rubber paint plus my camera was not really a combination I wanted to explore.
Dip the bunny into the rubber paint, tilting it forward to coat the ears but not fully immersing into the plastidip. (I found it much easier to paint the interior with the rubber coating later)
Remove your bunny and after waiting for most of the major dripping to stop, place your bunny onto your scrap cardboard. (Alternately, you can create a dowel rod contraption over your newspaper to hang your bunny to dry).
After 5 or so minutes, use your wires to drag your bunny across your cardboard so that it doesn’t become permanently stuck. I did this a couple times just to make certain I’d have an easy time picking it back up.
Slide your wire out before your paint is completely dry.
Once your rubber paint is dry (30-40 minutes), you may want a second coat. Place your (still gloved) fingers into the basket of the bunny and open them so that you can hold the bunny without gripping the sides. Dip your origami once more and place back on your cardboard.
Use your paintbrush to coat the inside of your bunny with the plastidip. You can also paint on extra plastidip where you may have missed a spot or two.
After your coats of plastidip are completely dry, paint your bunny in your favorite bunny color.
Find a succulent or air plant and pop it in.
And if you need any accompanying art, this printable pairs nicely.