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« on: May 12, 2014 10:49:09 AM »

As some of you may be aware (by seeing the post on here), I have recently opened a barn in which I run a recycled craft group. Everything we make is taken from the junk that is thrown away.
It appears that local businesses have heard about it and I was donated a box full (at least 100 !!!!) of cardboard cones from a local "weavers" supplier. Apparently all their yarn comes wrapped on it.
So I pondered on how to use them........
At the same time, the children of the craft group members began nagging me to do something with them, and so in their next holidays Im going to run a kids group to make these little creations.


By way of working out timing etc, I asked my 7 year old - Ebbon, to assist, and he thought perhaps if I took some photos by way of explaining the process, you guys might like to make one too (that is if you have a supply of cones ready Smiley)
Without further ado..........

You will need.... a good solid cardboard cone, some fabric scraps, some glue (we used fabric glue but you could also use any easy craft glue), a little bit of modroc (the bandage stuff that is covered in plaster that they use in hospitals), some paint.

Begin by cutting your fabric scraps into closed "U" shapes, and also cutting out the door of your cone.

In strips, glue your fabric to your cone in a "cottage" pattern, that is the second layer always sits inbetween the first layer - Ill let Ebbon show you, its much easier Smiley

When all done - cut round your door way.

Ok so now you need to grab your modroc. Your going to need some little squares and some long thin rectangles...

Dip the modroc in water, drain it by sliding it up the side of your water vessel and then your going to line the outside of your door frame and the top of your cone....



Ok so remember that door bit you cut out...... take your long bits of modroc and use them to create a wooden panel effect ... again Ill let ebbon explain...


So now, you have got to let all that dry for at least a few hours.
Then you paint it all (or you get your mum to do it)
Then once the paint has dried, you need to spread all the painted bits with a clear drying glue, this will protect the modroc...
Once all that has dried, give it at least a night to be sure, you can use an electric drill to carefully drill some holes in the door and the door frame, and with a little bit of leather thong - you can make some hinges.
Then - if your really lucky, maybe a little visitor will move in over night




and just so you can see them all again Smiley



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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2014 11:27:21 AM »

Aww!!  Those little fairy/gnome/dragon/creature-houses are so adorable!

And your son Ebbon is the cutest assistant! Great tutorial!  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2014 12:33:29 PM »

That is so awesome! I wish I could be part of this group!
I love this colorful creation so much Smiley

I also realized I've missed modroc in my life. Need to hunt some down Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2014 02:57:09 PM »

Fun project and great tutorial.
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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2014 03:39:50 PM »

How fun!   Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2014 03:28:55 AM »

Awesome idea! I really love the dragon's lair Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2014 01:53:01 PM »

These are so cute. The kids are gonna love them!
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2014 05:13:23 PM »

Love it!
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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2014 10:59:30 PM »

Congrats on being featured P_E_S_T!
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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2014 06:32:00 AM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured Project. Smiley
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