I had the most fun with this challenge, thanks Craftster!!
Not only did i learn something, i have a new found respect for weavers...that is one time-consuming hobby!!!!
I came up with the design after my BF was moaning his desk was a mess...now he's got no excuses
first pic is the final product! - a waste paper bin /trash can but not just that...this one's guarded!!!
Here's my supplies:
1 large photo frame (£1)
1 small photo frame (2 for £1 - i will save the other for a rainy day!)
1 pack of disposeable BBQ skewars (£1)
2 balls of string (twinpack = £1)
1 bag of army men (£1)
Total = £5 (or $9.89)
From my stash, i used my hot glue gun and from my left shoe i took the shoe lace
(it seemed to fit the colour/theme soo well that i didnt mind the sacrifice!)
Here's what to do:
1. Mark out and drill the frame, make sure you use an odd number of skewars so you get an even weave:
2. Push skewars into holes and hot glue in place:
3. Weave the string through the skewars, pulling it slightly tighter as you go to create the shape, i left some evenly spaced gaps to create the design with the shoe lace:
(this was the most time consuming part...had no idea it would take soo long. Probably about 10 hrs!!)
4. When you get to the end push the small frame through from the inside so it sits on top of the last row:
5. Bind it into place then weave a couple more rows (i hot glued the base to secure it too). I also trimmed the skewars because they weren't all the same length - should have done that at the beginning
6. Trim the backing from the pic frame to size and hot glued in place on the inside:
I then weaved (or wove!?!) the shoelace through the spaces i had left earlier and hot glued the men on to protect it!!!!
you can see the colour difference in the string - the 2 balls of string were in the same pack and looked identical until i started weaving!
I was thinking of painting it camo pattern...what do you think?
also, where i have glued the men on the top you gan see the excess glue poking out. any tips on how to get rid of it??
thanks for looking. comments appreciated