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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Plumeria Nylon Flower on: February 08, 2011 04:21:55 PM
That's beautiful! I've tried making flowers and you're right, getting the shape right is the hardest!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / How-To Make a Foam Cupcake Stand on: February 07, 2011 10:29:07 AM
I am a newbie to the forums, but I look forward to interacting with everyone and learning new techniques and being inspired! Here's a recent project I did after I received an emergency call from a friend asking for my help when her cupcake stand didn't show up the night before her wedding. Her father and I worked on this for her and it came out great - quick, inexpensive and easy! It can be adapted to baby showers or birthday parties, just change the shape of the tiers to hearts or stars or whatever you want! If someone does this project for their event, I'd love to see photos!



Materials:

4' x 8' x 1.5" White Foam Sheet (from Home Depot or other hardware store)
Hot Knife (I used one from Hot Wire Foam Factory)
Warm Temperature Glue Gun
8' x 1/4" Wooden Dowel Cut into 1' Pieces
1.5' String or Yarn
Marker
Quart of Water-Based Paint (The solvents in non-water-based paints can eat away at the foam)
Ribbon, Flowers, Tulle, Rhinestones, or Other Embellishments

Directions:

Tie one end of the string onto the center of the marker. Be sure to allow enough room for the marker to spin around within the string but tight enough so it won't slip loose.

Draw circles on the foam, using the string or yarn and marker to measure and draw a 3 foot circle, a 2 foot circle, a 1.5 foot circle and a 1 foot circle. Hold the string down where you want the center of your circle to be - you could use a thumb tack or tape to hold down the string. Pull the string taught and, keeping the marker perfectly upright, use the string to outline the circle. This will give you a perfect circle.

Cut out the circles with the hot knife and set aside.

With the extra foam, draw 15 smaller 2 inch diameter circles for use as risers. Cut out the circles with the hot knife.



Paint all the circles and dowels in the color(s) of your choice and let dry.

Stack and glue 2 of the 2" circles together and set aside until you have 4 risers for the bottom. The remaining 2" circles will be used as risers for in between the tiers. In between the largest (bottom) tier and the second largest tier will have 4 individual risers and the next level will use the remaining 3.



Once the paint is dry, assemble the risers and 3 largest tiers and glue together. You may wish to use any remaining foam from the sheet as additional stabilization for the bottom tier by stacking and gluing two layers together and gluing them to the bottom middle of the tier.



For the top tier perched on the dowels, push the dowels approximately 1/4 inch into the foam of the bottom of the tier, then remove them and brush with glue and replace into the foam dents you made. Push the dowels into the foam of the tier they will rest on the same way, remove and brush with glue and replace back into the dents.



Add ribbon, flowers, rhinestones or other embellishments to suit your event. Holds 150 medium sized (not regular, not mini) cupcakes.

3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Heart Suncatcher Project for Kindergarten on: February 07, 2011 10:25:06 AM
That is such a great project! More durable than a macaroni necklace and something to be treasured forever!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Yarn house, in the middle of yarn street! on: February 07, 2011 09:51:15 AM
These are adorable! And functional! Can't get better than that Smiley
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: The Stargazers Cottage (20ish pics) on: February 04, 2011 04:20:39 PM
Oh my goodness, the detail! It's adorable inside and out, and it's obvious you poured love and patience into it. What a lovely project, thank you for sharing it with us!

My favorite part of playing Barbie with my sister was not the doll. It was arranging the little items in the fridge and all her little house accessories, so all the miniature details really speak to me Smiley
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: The best thrift store find EVER! on: February 04, 2011 03:39:10 PM
What a fun project! I have repainted some thrift store finds in bright colors, but what a different take with the zebra stripes on the top! A really great project, good job!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Toadstool...Stool (Pic Heavy) Now With Tutorial Page on Page 3 on: February 04, 2011 03:26:10 PM
That is such a cool project! Decorative AND useful!
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