How to Make a Wired Folded Paper "Flying Billboard" Announcement Tag

Out of a piece of paper you might otherwise have had to just recycle, you can make an attention-getting note to someone who is about to pass by a tree or through a door, etc. On a long flexible stalk of braided telephone wire it stands or jiggles several inches out from whatever it is attached to, carrying a picture or up to a hundred words, and can be taken in hand and read like any card without removing from its attachment.


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    Take with you on the bus (or wherever you are going to do the work): (a) any piece or pieces of paper with any vacant or desirably colored or decorated area on either side, (b) a two-inch strong sharp safety pin, sharpened nail or comparable tool, (c) pen, pencil or other inscription device, (d) a foot or more length of thin solid-core insulated wire such as the 1-mm outer-diameter telephone wire found by the 50's in large grey cables in old office buildings-- when they tear one of these down, talk to the demolition company and have them let you salvage the wire which can be used in thousands of useful and educational ways.
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    Start folding the paper at right angles in such a way that writing or images you don't want seen on the outside are covered up.
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    Aim to finish with two equal-shaped rectangular panels facing out, anywhere from an inch by inch and a half up to, say, 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".
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    At the corner where the most loose corners of paper are (i.e. not just a folding) punch two holes in the paper, a quarter-inch in from the edge and a quarter inch from each other. Make the holes wide enough that the wire can fit through.
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    Folding a length of wire in the middle so it resembles a V, push both the free ends through the two holes and continue feeding the wire through the holes until you are within an inch of the V (folding) end.
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    Fold each wire at its hole through the paper, draw the V up next to the two extensions from the other side, and wrap it around them as far as it goes. There will seem to be a kind of thicker "wrist" for the first quarter inch or so out from the edge of the tag, and two "fingers" tightly gripping the tag and holding it shut as they extend from the edge of the tag to the transit holes.
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    With your two thumbs and two forefingers, start braiding the two wire extenders (about 12 half-twists per inch is normal). To avoid making mistakes I normally make it a point to braid-tighten by moving right thumb up and away and holding with left thumb, which yields the braid direction you would get if one end of the wire braid was in an electric drill moving in "forward" direction and the other end was held still. Even in the dark you will know to turn the opposite way to untie a wire braid.
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    Leave a few inches of unbraided wire leads for wiring the braided tag onto the object or structure it will be attached to-- for example, if the tag is a price tag attached to a one-inch-diameter tool handle, you'll need 3-1/7" plus a spare inch or so, total over 4 inches (10.2 cm), average 2 inches (5.1 cm) per lead, for tying the braid on, or you can use more lengths of wire to complete the attachment tighter or to even bigger things.


  • Suitable illustrations will be added as soon as jpg technology is accessed, meanwhile here is a Typewriter Compliant Diagram:
  • ________________________
  • | |
  • | Your Mess(age) |
  • | Goes Here | Pole or other
  • | | fixture
  • | \ / | | |
  • |__\/____________________| | |
  • X | |
  • X | |
  • x ___________
  • x ___________ wires
  • x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x ___________ tied
  • wire-braid ___________ on
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  • This will change your life! You'll never want to throw away a scrap of paper ever again.

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