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Topic: A Little Red Riding Hat (upcycled from cardboard and tissue paper)  (Read 10719 times)
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mieljolie
« on: June 10, 2012 01:09:15 PM »



For my paper challenge entry I give you an "upcycled" red riding hat made mostly of cereal box cardboard and tissue paper.



Even the decorations are mostly crepe and tissue paper, minus the couple of earring embellishments, the feathers and the veil (This veil is made from those net bags you get on produce at the grocery store.  I think these red ones are from Lychee at the Vietnamese Store.).



I made this cereal box cardboard hat as a pattern back when we were trying to work out the black leather version here.  But, I'd been wanting to go ahead and work it into a hat of it's own ever since.  It's just been sitting in my craft room in pieces for ages.  So, this challenge has motivated me to pick it up and put it together.  
 


Being a paper challenge, I tried to use mostly paper.  This is why I covered the whole thing in wrinkled red tissue, which gives a nice leathery texture to the surface what you cover.  We have a LOT of red tissue from many a Christmas gift from the past.



I used a few other product to finish the hat, as well.  I painted over the tissue with red acrylic craft paint and then stained the red with a dark brown shoe polish from Kiwi.  I'm beginning to favor this stuff over acrylic paint as a stain.  It's a nice color, goes one easy and has a pleasant smell, too.



I must say, I was excited when I read Elmer's was sponsoring this challenge.  How fitting that I glue the whole thing together with my daughter's Elmer's school glue she brought back for the summer break.  I adore Elmer's white glue.  At our house, we use it for so many purposes.  Smiley  (Thank you, Elmer's, for helping make us successful on so many projects throughout the years.)  This year we got the daughter the newer clear school glue.  I tried the clear glue to apply the tissue to the bare cereal box cardboard.  It worked great.  It's not really tacky and dries fairly slow, so the paper can be pushed around and doesn't stick too badly to your hands.



The flowers in back and cockade in the front were fun to make.  I experimented with different flower techniques I found online.  That's why none of the flowers are the same.  Most are made from crepe paper.  Though the carnations are the easiest/quickest of these flowers to make, I like how the far right one turned out, which is made from a thinner cardboard from a saltine cracker box

So, that's what I came up with.  Hope you like it!  Thanks for looking and don't forget to vote!
« Last Edit: June 11, 2012 07:29:51 PM by mieljolie - Reason: rearranged pics » THIS ROCKS   Logged

Antidigger
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2012 01:45:27 PM »

That looks amazing. I think it's a brilliant idea to use shoe polish to get the tone you want, and also I'm sooooo impressed that it's recycled like that.
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2012 07:26:40 PM »

I am truly madly deeply in love with this!!!
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2012 10:02:48 PM »

That is so beautiful, and I enjoyed reading the description of your process and the origins of all the materials Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2012 12:09:44 PM »

This hat is GORGEOUS! Any chance you would pop it in the mail to me? Smiley
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mieljolie
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2012 12:58:32 PM »

Thanks, everyone for commenting!   Please vote, if you like the hat.  I've really REALLY wanted one of those Craftster t-shirt for a long time now.  Smiley

...I think it's a brilliant idea to use shoe polish to get the tone you want, and also I'm sooooo impressed that it's recycled like that.

This shoe polish is pretty great.  It has a bit of glossy satiny sheen to it.   I've tried other cheaper brands with varying results.  But, this one, particularly the brown, looks really nice.  I've used it on leather, wood, painted plastic and now cardboard.

I am truly madly deeply in love with this!!!

Glad you like it as much as I did making it.  Smiley

...I enjoyed reading the description of your process and the origins of all the materials Smiley

I'm so glad to hear that others enjoy reading my babbling.  I get excited when I can find what I need around me, and I don't have to run around every place looking for supplies.  Smiley

This hat is GORGEOUS! Any chance you would pop it in the mail to me? Smiley

I would definitely do that, if my mom hadn't already put claims on it.  Smiley  And, I want to wear it at least once before I give it up to her.  Perhaps I will make a few more someday.  I should probably put some undecorated ones in my Etsy store.
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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2012 01:57:13 PM »

Oh wow, that's very cool. I can't believe it started its life as a cereal box!
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« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2012 02:14:11 PM »

Yeah, rackycoo, not to brag or anything, but I think it just does look better perched on my head than it did covering the shreaded wheats. Grin
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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2012 06:56:50 PM »

Really love that the form is made from throw aways. Nicely done!
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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2012 09:23:03 AM »

Love this hat!
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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2012 05:11:06 PM »

I have to pin this. So awesome.
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« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2012 06:37:32 AM »

This hat is amazing! So many, many cool and wonderful techniques you put into it: paper flowers, shoe polish, why did I even start listing there are so many! It's stunning even without being paper.
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« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2012 12:01:16 PM »

I can't stop looking at it - it's so pretty and there are so many gorgeous details! Just...wow!
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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2012 11:29:03 PM »

Impressive. This hat needs to be worn somewhere it can be seen. I think it calls for a special occasion. International Look At My Awesome Hat Day.
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« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2012 10:35:47 AM »

Thanks, again, everyone for the kind comments. 

I have to pin this. So awesome.

Double thanks!  I'm honored!

Impressive. This hat needs to be worn somewhere it can be seen. I think it calls for a special occasion. International Look At My Awesome Hat Day.

LOL!  That would be a great holiday!  Hat Day should be EVERYDAY!  Ahh...just googled it and "National Hat Day" is not til something like the middle of January.  I can't wait THAT long to wear it!  Cheesy  Guess I'll have to sport it at our local swap meet this weekend.  On occasion, we've been known to wear our crazy steampunk creations there because people request to see what we're doing with their stuff we bought.  Now, people expect us to wear strange things.  Shocked  Hehehe
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« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2012 06:32:29 AM »

I love this. You do cereal box magic...........so creative and gorgeous, mieljolie. I'm looking at my Boo't right now and I know it started life the same way!
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« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2012 07:20:59 AM »

Congrats on the win! Well done!  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2012 08:08:49 AM »

HUMUNGOUS THANKS! to everybody for voting for my hat!  I'm thrilled that you liked it!!  Once I've hear something official, I want to announce a celebratory giveaway on my blog sometime in the month of July to show my appreciation to everyone for their support!  But, shhhh...don't tell anyone!  Wink

...I'm looking at my Boo't right now and I know it started life the same way!

Ahh, thanks, Cackle!  I think I'll never exhaust my cereal boxes' potential uses.  One of my next projects is to make much needed hat boxes with them.  We're getting quite the collection of hats made from just about everything from cardboard, to can tabs to reshaped felt to leather.  Who knew hats would be so fun!  But, it's getting about that time I'm itching to get back to painting some boo'ts!  Smiley

Congrats on the win! Well done!  Smiley

Thanks, rackycoo!  I really enjoy these challenges!  I still feel SO honored to just receive votes from anyone besides my own mother.  Smiley 
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« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2012 01:52:28 PM »

Wow, I love the shape of the hat! And the color! But really, that shape is so elegant. Thanks for putting in all the progress pics!
I can't believe you made all those flowers, too.
Did you put something on the hat and flowers to make them waterproof?
This hat is so beautiful, and I'm jealous of everyone who gets to wear it!
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« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2012 02:28:39 PM »

...Did you put something on the hat and flowers to make them waterproof?..

Yes, sorry I forgot to mention that.  I like to put a coat or two of an indoor/outdoor waterbase polyurethane varnish or spray on clear acrylic.  Staining it with the shoe polish also probably adds to making it water repellant.  Smiley  Though being cardboard/paper, it would be near impossible to make completely waterproof.  But, it should withstand light sprinkles of rain.
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« Reply #20 on: June 26, 2012 05:20:35 PM »

So excited to see you won. While I probably will never attempt this, I loved it so much.
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« Reply #21 on: June 26, 2012 08:18:01 PM »

So excited to see you won. While I probably will never attempt this, I loved it so much.

Thanks!  I'm excited to get a t-shirt!  And, I hope you DO try it.  If all fails, you're only out a couple cereal boxes and some glue.  Wink  I remember what I think was the 1st costume piece I made with a cereal box.  It was a bat-shaped halloween mask for the daughter when she was really young.  Smiley
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