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1  Link, a cop, & jailbreak baby stealing a cop car- Updated w/my costume pics in Halloween Costumes by sonicsink on: October 27, 2012 05:29:20 PM
After months of planning and hunting down supplies mainly at second hand stores and dollar stores, I have once again gone a little nuts for my kids this Halloween. Grin

My oldest wanted to be Link from The Legend of Zelda video game series. I made his costume out of a green Gap hoodie from the second hand store, which provided the tunic and the hat. The turtleneck, pants, belts and pouch also came from there. I made the ears from cardboard and felt, the shield I cut from a scrap piece of wood and spray painted. The symbols on it I cut from crafting foam. The boots drove me nuts as for months I could not find brown boots at any second hand store that would fit him. Finally I found a black pair and I ended up spray painting them the proper colour. Tongue The sword and gauntlets were from the dollar store. I told him that I could/paint/change them, but he didn't want me to.







Action shots





For my youngest, it all started with a prison shirt and hat I had spotted at the second hand store for a buck. I wanted to build something around his stroller, but the thing was so darn huge, I didn't think anything I made would even fit into our van, until I took this picture...



a little sketching with an idea...



Which turned into this! I cut and sewed the prison shirt into a jumper, and got cutting, taping, and painting, some cardboard boxes into a police car. The licence plate in front is his birth date Smiley





And yes it even lights up Smiley There is an interior over head tap light, and 2 other tap lights for headlights from the dollar store. I also found some blinky battery powered lights at Michaels.



Not sure if it will work, but here is a little video of it going with all the lights on:
http://www.facebook.com/v/10152193465885058

My middle guy was going to be a pirate, but when he saw me and my husband trying out our costumes (we are going to be the cops whose car the baby stole) he decided he didn't want to be a "bad guy" anymore, and that he wanted to be "a copper" too. I got him his hat, shirt, pants, belt, and tie all second hand, and a police accessory kit from the $ store. I made the gun and handcuff holsters for his belt out of sewed up crafting foam, Googled a picture of a badge and printed it out on iron on paper for on his sleeves.



Freeze bad guy!



Keeping the neighbourhood safe.Where's you get all those Rupees buddy?



Unfortunately because of hurricane Sandy, they might not even get to show of their costumes around the 'hood because they'll have raincoats on unless I can find clear ponchos somewhere. The police car is made of cardboard so we might not even take it out at all Sad Stupid hurricane ruining our Halloween Undecided

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Update:

So we got really lucky on Halloween night, I went out and bought some clear rain ponchos in anticipation of the rain, but at 5pm it stopped! We did get a very very fine mist around 6, but we didn't even notice it. At 7:40 when we drove home, it started to really rain hard. The Halloween gods were good to us !

As stated above, my husband and I were going to dress up as the cops who's car our youngest stole. Here we are in our costumes, everything thrifted from the second hand store except the police accessories which were from the dollar store.



Oh no he stole our car!




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2  A little conductor and his train in Halloween Costumes by sonicsink on: November 08, 2011 02:20:35 PM
I just copy/pasted this from my original post since it describes the costume. It was a huge hit on Halloween. It came in so handy, and we got many compliments on it. The best part was seeing how proud my little guy was of his costume.

Original post:

My son Alex is a train freak and wants to dress up as a conductor for Halloween. The last few years we have had a bigger stroller with us because he does get tired, and out here in the boonies, not everyone gives out candy, and we do have to hoof it a bit at times. This year I decided that we should take the wagon with us, and hey, if we do, why don't I turn it into a train for my little conductor man? And so his costume project began...


Getting into it with his costume on


Full view from the front. The light is a flashlight so we can light our way at night Smiley


We usually have a bag attached to the stroller that we would put the heavier and bulkier things in that would take up room in their candy bags (chips and pop cans) but with all our crap hanging off the back, the stroller always tipped back and fell over... generally it was a pain in the ass. So for the wagon, I decided to use the box top flaps to keep an opening where we could secretly stash all our junk. I put a box inside so everything doesn't fly around loosely and our stuff will stay safe Smiley


The happiest little conductor in town saying "Cheese train!"


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3  A wagon turned into a train for a little conductor in Halloween Costumes by sonicsink on: October 28, 2011 10:11:47 AM
My son Alex is a train freak and wants to dress up as a conductor for Halloween. The last few years we have had a bigger stroller with us because he does get tired, and out here in the boonies, not everyone gives out candy, and we do have to hoof it a bit at times. This year I decided that we should take the wagon with us, and hey, if we do, why don't I turn it into a train for my little conductor man? And so his costume project began...


Getting into it with his costume on


Full view from the front. The light is a flashlight so we can light our way at night Smiley


We usually have a bag attached to the stroller that we would put the heavier and bulkier things in that would take up room in their candy bags (chips and pop cans) but with all our crap hanging off the back, the stroller always tipped back and fell over... generally it was a pain in the ass. So for the wagon, I decided to use the box top flaps to keep an opening where we could secretly stash all our junk. I put a box inside so everything doesn't fly around loosely and our stuff will stay safe Smiley


The happiest little conductor in town saying "Cheese train!"


Thanks for looking!
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4  Robot costume! (Pics & video) in Halloween Costumes by sonicsink on: October 27, 2011 06:59:58 PM
My son wanted to be a robot this year, and being a big fan of home made Halloween costumes, I took the challenge, and tried to make him the most awesome robot costume I could out of materials I had laying around the house.

I used cardboard boxes, aluminum foil, ping pong balls, our old dryer hose, 2 old phone modems, some old screen, a round vent cover that my husband had in his work shop, bottle caps, the antenna off of an old remote toy that doesn't work anymore, some battery operated lights I had in my crafts drawer, and printed pictures I got off the net and laminated with contact paper.

The head and body


I made the head a flip-top, so that he could take a breather


Close up of the front panel


The stickers on the back


With the lights on in the dark


And on my son, who is totally in love with it


I also found a voice changing box that I had in my Halloween stash from about 10 years ago, so I stuck that in there too. Here is a 5 second clip of him saying Trick or Treat in his robot voice:


Tomorrow I'll be finishing a train costume for my other son, so I'll be posting that too! Thanks for looking!


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5  I think I found a good freezer paper alternative in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by sonicsink on: October 13, 2011 08:51:09 AM
I have been searching for one around the web for an alternative since I can't find any freezer paper where I live, and I haven't found this one mentioned yet, so I thought I'd share.

I want to make a maternity skeleton & baby t-shirt for halloween. I only have one shirt and one shot at it. I read about making my own freezer paper, and also about using the paper wrapper that is around some bundles of photocopy paper, but A) I'm too lazy to make my own, and B) I'd need to buy a few packs of paper for a full skeleton outfit, and at almost 9$ a package +tx, I'm also too cheap to go out and buy.

So today I was going through all my crafty crap thinking I must have something that has a shiney side that can be ironed on to fabric that I could use...and then I came across my address label sheets. I had already printed off a few labels and noticed that underneath it was shiney so that the labels wouldn't stick to it. So I grabbed my sheet and tore off a piece of the paper, grabbed the iron, an old towel, some paint and did a little test....





Excuse the extremely crappy stencil, but I was so excited to try it, that I just folded the paper and cut out some shapes with my scissors. I had to iron it down for over 30 seconds, it's probably not as sticky as freezer paper, it was pretty easy to remove, and I could see it loosening if you aren't very careful ( I plan to put a nice stiff piece of cardboard under/in my shirt to keep it taut and flat) but as you can see, it worked!


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6  Modge Podged Pet Tag in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by sonicsink on: August 12, 2011 02:33:53 PM
I have been taking care of a stray cat that started coming around a few months ago. I want to get him fixed, but he hasn't been around consistently enough that I'd be sure he was here on the day of his appointment. I decided to try putting a collar on him with a bell, hoping that the less prey he could catch outside, the more he'd come home to get a meal. He tolerated the collar very well, and then I thought that I should put an ID tag on him just in case something bad happened to him, like he got hit by a car or something...at least if someone else found him, they could contact me and let me know.

I live out in the country so there aren't much options out here for buying tags. I couldn't find anything locally, and I didn't want to wait for one ordered online. What I ended up doing was taking an old rabies tag off of my dogs collar. I then got some patterned scrapbook paper, and just printed out the cat's name and our contact info. I traced out a rough shape of the tag around the print, centered it and modge podged it onto the old tag. Then I just trimmed off the excess paper, and gave it 2 more coats of modge podge on the outside to seal it all up.

Here is Vinnie modelling it for you Smiley My modge podge is matte, I would have preferred glossy for this project, but meh, what can you do. Tongue



and here are the supplies and what the tag looked like before
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7  Funky wedding cake and a few more in Dessert by sonicsink on: July 27, 2011 03:31:13 PM
Just thought I'd show off a few of the cakes I have done lately. I love checking out this board for inspiration, so maybe I can inspire someone back Smiley

My friends sister was getting married and didn't want anything to do with a traditional cake. She wanted bold colours and crazy shapes. She asked if I could make a funky colourful cake for her, so here is what I came up with. She loved it Smiley



This was a graduation cake I did for my son's school. The hat is a small round cake and the flat part on top is actually just fondant on a piece of cut cake board. I didn't have any gum paste, and I didn't want to risk the fondant on it's own breaking. It was removed before we cut into it. The colours of the cake are also the same colours of paint used on the school itself Smiley



A My Little Pony princess castle cake as requested by my friends daughter.



Thanks for looking!
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8  A Toy Story cake for my son in Dessert by sonicsink on: February 28, 2011 08:59:48 AM
I wanted to make a Toy Story cake for my son's 4th birthday, but after Googleing for inspiration, I found they were all mainly Woody themed with his cowboy colours/pattern, and since my son is more of a Buzz fan, I changed up the usual a bit. The wings were inspired by another pic a friend of mine found, but I have no idea where she found it, so I can't give credit. I didn't have any gumpaste to make them, so I cut their shape out of the cake mix box, stuck my leftover fondant on them, and put them under the oven light to dry for a few hours.





Thanks for looking!



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9  Star Trek Birthday Cake in Dessert by sonicsink on: January 07, 2011 12:22:35 PM
My husband was a bit bummed about turning 50, so I told him I'd make him a fun cake and to tell me what he wanted on it. He just blurted out "I don't know...the Enterprise!" So this is what I came up with Grin.

The ship is fondant, planet Jupiter is hand painted fondant (though he thought it was Mars, go figure), the stars are sprinkles, and the rest of the cake is covered in butter cream. The cake itself is lemon flavoured with a blueberry jam filling.



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10  Cloudy with a chance of meatballs birthday cake in Dessert by sonicsink on: November 27, 2010 04:01:54 PM
I made this for my son's 7th birthday party today. I wanted it to look like the food falling from the sky, and of course my son wanted a giant meatball Grin. The top layer is vanilla and the bottom is chocolate fudge. There was cream cheese icing in the middle of both. I think it all came together rather nicely. C&C welcome Smiley



More pics here:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=569698&id=617160057&l=7502c982db
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