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1  Dr. Blowhole NotQuiteAPillowPet in Completed Projects by henri on: November 03, 2010 11:57:08 AM
My son requested a Dr. Blowhole (From Penguins of Madagascar) Pillow Pet and being the good Mom that I am, I made him one:





Here's what Dr. Blowhole looks like:



The tutorial is on my blog here:  http://allthingsshea.blogspot.com/2010/11/how-to-create-dr-blowhole.html

Basically, I used one stuffed dolphin (cut in two pieces), one pillow and one gray chenille throw blanket cut to pillow size.  I destuffed the pillow then sandwiched the pillow and chenille piece along with velcro tags to close it up and sewed them together.  I sewed the tail into the bottom part, then restuffed the pillow.  Then I added the head into the top and sewed it closed.    The tute is much clearer and has more pics, but that's it in a nutshell.
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2  Lego Minifig Costume for my Son in Halloween Costumes by henri on: October 22, 2010 10:26:30 AM
I made a Lego Minifig Costume for my son:



Here is the top of the head:


And from the back:


I'm really proud of this one.   You can get a few more details from my blog here:http://allthingsshea.blogspot.com/2010/10/lego-minifig-halloween-costume.html

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3  Pinewood Derby Skateboard Car in Completed Projects by henri on: April 15, 2010 05:38:34 PM
We completed this project a couple of months ago and forgot to post it here:



My oldest kid wanted something cool and different for the pinewood derby this year and it had to have street cred.  This was our brainchild.   The kid and his dad cut the shape.  Then he (the kid) painted it with hemi orange spray paint. 

We didn't want to just paint flames on it since every kid this age (he's 9) puts flames on everything.   The only thing that had the kind of designs we wanted and that were the right scale were temporary body tattoos that I found at Michaels.   

I covered the whole thing in a 2 part epoxy resin to get that high shine.     

The dad and kid sanded the heck out of those wheels with varying degrees of sand paper and ended with a 2000 grit sand paper to get them super smooth and very shiny.

We were going for the creative award, unfortunately, it wasn't us that won it.  But there's always next year, right?
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4  Circus Clown Hats in Completed Projects by henri on: April 15, 2010 05:12:02 PM
Circus day is coming up for my youngest son's preschool and I decided to make his class some circus clown hats.  I used stiff felt (11 x 17) sheets from Michaels for the base,  a big pompom for the top, smaller pompoms around the bottom edge, sticky backed jewels, more small pompoms and shapes cut from sticky back felt all on the sides of the clown hats.  Here's how they turned out:



It was a pretty quick project once I figured out the best way to make the cones and got past the obligatory hot glue burns.   Grin

PS - I wasn't sure where to put this.  It's not quite regular clothing and it wasn't for a holiday occasion, so I figured the misc. forum would be best for this project.
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5  Easter Bunny Hats for Kids in Easter by henri on: March 31, 2010 06:53:09 AM
My Youngest's class party is today and I decided to make some Easter hats for them.  Here's how it turned out:



I made them from the Foamies sheets that you can get at the craft stores.  I purchased mine from JoAnn's.  I used a giant roll (36" x 60") of white and used two (11" x 17") sheets of pink.

The band around the head is 4" x 20" and stapled in the back.  The ears were cut out (each white part is approximately 10" tall) and then assembled with glue and then the entire ear was also stapled to the band in the back. 

Super easy.   Using the giant roll and a 40% off coupon saved tons of money.  Each hat (there were 12 of them) only cost $.56 each.

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6  DIY WPI Tool and Link to Tutorial in Knitting: Completed Projects by henri on: March 16, 2010 03:51:15 PM
I made my own WPI (Wraps Per Inch) Tool with Shrinky Dinks!



For those that don't know:  If you want to know the size of a yarn, and the ball band isn't right there with you, you can wrap the yarn around the middle of the tool from one side to the other.  Then count the number of times it's wrapped.  Using the chart below, you can find out what size of yarn you have.  

Ultrafine      (Lace Weight)          = 18 or more WPI
Fine            (Fingering Weight)    = 16 WPI
Medium       (Sport Weight)         = 14 WPI
Heavy         (Worsted Weight)     = 12 WPI
Bulky          (Bulky)                    = 10 WP
Very Bulky   (Extra Bulky)            = 8 or fewer WPI

Also, you can use it to make yarn substitutions in patterns.  If you are a spinner, these are pretty handy for sizing the yarn that you are spinning.

You can read more about how to use it and get the tutorial on how to make it at: http://allthingsshea.blogspot.com/2010/03/diy-wpi-tool-tutorial.html#ixzz0iNm8yc7M





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7  Aging Paper in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by henri on: February 26, 2010 02:03:00 PM
I worked with my son last night to Age some paper for a school project and thought that I would share.  Here's how we did it:

First, I took a legal size sheet of copy paper and put it into a jelly roll pan.  Then we poured a solution of tea (small pot of boiling water and a family sized tea bag) and lemon juice (maybe an eighth of a cup?) on it.  I added some loose tea leaves on top of the paper after pouring the solution in.  Warning: if you let it sit for too long the paper tears really easily so use care.  You can see the torn edge in the oven pic below.


Second, once it sat for a while, I moved it to a second cookie sheet and put it into a 200 degree oven.  The lemon juice really helped the aging process here.  I'm not sure how long it stayed in the oven.  I checked it quite frequently to make sure it didn't get over-aged.


Third, it still wasn't quite where I wanted it, so I rubbed some ground cinnamon onto the dried paper.

Here's where it stands now:



This weekend we're going to run it through my printer and make it look like an old letter. Once that's done we'll crumple it up a few dozen times to finish the process.

Anybody else have some different techniques for aging paper?
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8  Medusa Costume in Halloween Costumes by henri on: October 12, 2009 03:04:32 PM
Here's the Medusa costume that I made to wear to my son's halloween party at school.  He's been studying mythology and wanted me to go as medusa:



This was very easy and cheap to make as well!

1. Crown of snakes and armband were made with pipe cleaners and aluminum foil.  I made tongues out of felt and then scotch taped them on. 
2.The toga was a sheet and at the shoulder I pulled it through a silver bangle. 
3.My hair was piled on my head and then sprayed within an inch of it's life with silver hair spray purchased from party city. 
4.The make up was silver cream make up that was also purchased at party city.  I used several coats on my face and a thin one on my arms and shoulders.  I added black liner on the top lids and then black lipstick finished it off.

the whole costume might have cost me five bucks.
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9  Camping Themed Birthday Cake in Dessert by henri on: September 28, 2009 11:55:05 AM
My 9 y.o. son had a camping themed birthday party this year.  This is the cake that I made for it:




I used a 9 x 13 sheet cake and cut off a section on one end.  I broke that into pieces and used it to make a hill on the cake in one corner.  I then made a stream going down the hill and put chocolate rocks on the sides of it.  The trees were made from sugar cones and the fire from large pretzel sticks.  The tent was put together from graham crackers.

I'm very proud of this one.  This is probably the best cake I've made yet for a party and the best thing was that it was incredibly easy to make!
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10  Child's Mini Survival Kit in Completed Projects by henri on: September 25, 2009 12:32:46 PM
My son is having a birthday camp out party tomorrow and this is one of the activities that I cooked up for the kids to do.


You need an altoid tin (or something similar), spray paint, craft paint and survival goodies to go in it.

I spray painted all the tins first, but the kids will get to apply green and brown paint to make them look camouflaged like this:




Then, they get to fill them up with "survival stuff":



(Before the Nanny State comes after me, please be aware that the barb was removed from the fishing hook and the wire was then sanded to make this more safe for the children.)   Wink

If you wanted to use this for a girls party, substitute a light gray craft paint and some pink craft paint for the brown and greens used here.  Then fill it up with "girly" stuff like mini lip gloss, mirror, etc.

I go more in depth on this project on my blog if you want more details.  This is a super easy project.
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