October 29, 2009
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Rook No. 17: Do you work from books, online tutorials, or templates? How do you do it?
Hot Air Balloon Costume DIY Instructions
Yarn- off white, 'bumpy' yarn
Old dress with straps that you don't mind cutting up. Works best with straps that adjust.(Like overalls)
4 Brown paper lunch bags
Kids scuba mask
1) I found a 36" balloon at First Impressions Party Supplies in Monterey. (I was told this type of balloon is typically used for car lots when they want to advertise a big sale..)Note from the Rookery: our favorite online source for specialty and big ol' knock-your-socks off balloons is "Balloon Lovers Corner".
2) I bought a basket at Michael's craft store (half off!) and cut a hole in the bottom to fit around my daughter's hips.
3) I took an old dress with straps, and hot glued the bottom of the dress to the bottom of the basket. This way, my daughter could 'wear' the basket and it would stay upright.
4) I tied yarn to the basket and fastened it to the knot at the base of the balloon to make it seem as if the rope was holding up the basket.
5) To make stripes on the balloon, I used colored ribbon & carefully double taped them from top to bottom.
6) For sandbags, I crumbled and stuffed four brown paper lunch bags each with a plastic grocery bag (so it would be light) and hung them off the four corners of the basket.
7) To give my daughter an 'aviator' look, I dressed her in a jean jacket to hide the strapped dress, added a scarf and fastened a kiddie scuba mask (that I painted black) to a knit hat.
So there you go! I think that's everything...
Have you come up with a fun and original Halloween Costume this year?
October 20, 2009
Can you roll paper into a cone? Can you fold an old fashioned newspaper hat? Well, grab your hot glue gun and lets get going...Here's what you need:
- Glitter skulls (found mine at the Dollar Tree) Can't find glitter skulls? Buy a cheap plastic skull, cover with craft glue, then glitter liberally.
- Vintage sheet music and/or book pages (I pick up old dictionaries that are falling apart and would otherwise be thrown in the garbage at the end of a garage sale)
- Craft glue
- Ultrafine glitter, silver
- Glue gun
- Paper cupcake liners
- Tissue Paper Fringe ~ it's called Festoonery, but you knew that already didn't you, you crafty devil? If you don't have festoonery in your bag o' tricks, follow the easy tutorial below to make your own
Glue stack to the bottom of glitter skull to form a sort of Elizabethan Collar
Your final step is to fluff and glitter the ruffled collar. It may sound messy, but the best way I've found is to dip my fingertips in the craft glue, then brush lightly over the edges of the ruffles, shaping as I go. Dust with glitter and allow to dry.
Easy-Peasy Tissue Paper Fringe How-to
- HALLOWEEN SPIRIT (without it, what's the point?)
- (1) A grapevine wreath from the craft store (got mine at Michael's for $4)
- (2) Silk Japanese Lantern Stems (got mine at Pier 1 Imports, $2.99/stem)
- (2) Silk or dried cattail stems (on sale at Michael's for $1.67/mixed fall bunch)
- Dried Corn Stalk fronds (picked mine up off the ground in the pumpkin patch parking lot)
- wire or hot glue
- A few vintage inspired Halloween ornaments. If you don't have any cute little ornaments just laying around your house, here's a tip: Download some free vintage Halloween images from Matthew Mead. Cut out an 8.5" x 11" piece of cardboard from a cereal box (recycling ~ love it!). Most printers will print on this thickness of cardboard. It gives a nice vintage look, and has a good weight to it. Print on blank side (obviously). Cut out. Cover commercially printed side with craft glue and coat with glitter ~ voila! Your ornament is complete!
Next, stick in some of your corn stalk fronds. Secure with wire or hot glue. We have a little contrast going, but how about some color?
October 19, 2009
One winner will be drawn at random on Sunday, November 1
Your choice of
100% Cotton, made in the USA, babygags onesie, black
“I suck, therefore I am.”
Size 6 mo. –or- 12 mo.
“TRASHTALKER In his contemplations on what is real Plato uttered: “If a baby talks trash in the crib, and no one is there to hear, did the baby really talk trash?” 450 bc, Greece, Diaposium”
Size: 24 mo.
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