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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Make mini wreath ornaments out of a dollar store garland (tutorial) on: December 05, 2014 06:46:45 PM
Hi everyone,
I thought I'd share my ornament craft for this year Grin It came to me while I was playing with the leftovers of some wired garland I had trimmed.

Eta: Holy moley the pics are huge! Sorry, I don't know how to fix that! Here is a Imgur album with more reasonable pictures:
http://imgur.com/a/VkdkT?


Step 1: Get a wired garland from the dollar store



Step 2: Unraveling and straightening it out, you will find individual wired branches



Step 3: Clip the main wire near each individual branch



Step 4: You may need some needle nose pliers to unravel the main wire to free the branches



This what you should be left with



Step 5: Loop the branch into a circle and hook it together using it's own wire to hold a wreath shape.



Step 6: Gather up more dollar store Christmas trinkets and get decorating!



Results! Here are some of the wreaths I made using the limited trinkets I had. I wish I had a bit more variety, but they'll do  I'll be attaching them to my gift bags this year. Smiley



Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and have yourself a wonderful holiday season!

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Link, a cop, & jailbreak baby stealing a cop car- Updated w/my costume pics 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!




3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Light up Googly eyes on: October 19, 2012 02:58:41 PM
Man, I can't see the pic... I saw it in the thumbnail, but not in the post Huh
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Dracula's Coach for Halloween on: October 03, 2012 11:24:58 AM
Holy cow! That's insane! Bravo!
5  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: El Senor Pumpkin con un Sombrero... on: October 03, 2012 11:17:44 AM
Love it! I might try this too, but cut out his eyes and mouth to see how it looks lit up. Thanks for the idea!
6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Light up Googly eyes on: October 03, 2012 11:12:51 AM
Ooooo! Please post a pic of them lit up at night! Smiley
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A little conductor and his train 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!"


8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The Grinch Costume complete with latex appliance on: November 06, 2011 03:20:10 PM
Fantastic! Was it hard to find the material for the green hair?
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A wagon turned into a train for a little conductor 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!
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Robot costume! (Pics & video) 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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