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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: CHILD: The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Butterfly costumes on: September 14, 2008 11:20:10 PM
Sorry...I haven't checked this thread in awhile... I didn't realize there were updated responses and questions!

Gosh, I'm not sure I can give much as far as detailed instruction as to how I made the wings....  They really were a figure-it-out-and-tweak-it-as-I-go kind of project.  Honestly, this was not an easy project, but once I committed myself and started, I just had to keep going and make it work  Smiley.  I did search for other butterfly wings how-tos, and they all sounded rather simple....  But mine had to be a very specific shape, and covered in tissue paper on top of the standard nylon covering, so I really had to come up with my own technique.

The wire is just from standard coathangers.  I tried other types, but none were as solid and stiff as coathanger wire.... I'm not sure what gauge it's considered?  A coathanger is only so long, so I made 4 different sections, and joined them with electrical tape.  I also needed to add circles of wire inbetween the sections to reinforce them.... otherwise they wanted to twist and bend under the pressure of the nylons.  After I was happy with the framing, I stretched standard queen-sized white pantyhose/nylons over the wire frame.  I now had 2 separate wings, each made of 2 wire quadrants.

The design was made by cutting shapes out of colored tissue paper, coordinating with the picture from the book, and attaching them to the nylons using lots and lots of Mod Podge Smiley  As I added more and more pieces to the design, the Mod Podge hardened and really created an outer shell that fortunately was strong but still not too heavy.  I had to do the same design basically 4 different times:  back, front, left, right.  And then the whole thing was covered with a final coat of Mod Podge.  It's really just a huge decoupage project.  It should also be noted that this project was done little by little over the span of a month.... 

I honestly can't remember how I ended up attaching the left wing to the right wing..... I think I just used a needle and thick embroidery thread....  I also somehow attached fat yellow ribbon shoulder straps and crossed my fingers that the whole thing would hold up to the activity of a 4-year old Smiley

I'm sorry I can't be of more help....  I'm often this kind of a crafter:  To heck with directions, I'll figure it out myself....  ha!  It was a great costume and I loved how it turned out, but I'm really trying to make this year easier on myself as far as costumes go....  Tongue
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Look what you can make with Christmas catalogs on: November 03, 2007 01:40:04 PM
So cool!  This reminds me of the 3D Christmas trees we made as kids by folding the pages of an old TV Guide!  Ha!

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: perfect little gift idea on: November 03, 2007 01:27:14 PM
I really like this Smiley  Everyone can use a thermos!  I'm trying to think of some crafty ideas that my daughter can make for presents for the relatives this year...  You've got my brain thinking now of how to pull this off.... hmmmm.

Thanks for the idea!
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: The dark side of pumpkins on: November 03, 2007 01:21:03 PM
HA!!!  That is the funniest carving I've seen this year!  Very clever!
5  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Calacas for Dia de los Muertos on: November 03, 2007 01:03:11 PM
Wow!  I totally know those skulls from Target and even have a few in my Halloween box, but I would've never thought to do this!  And I'm a big Dia de los Muertos art lover... Every year I make a DdlM carved pumpkin and surround it with marigolds Smiley  Next year I think I'll do some of these too...  Thanks for the great idea!
6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Ghost sucker holders :) on: November 03, 2007 12:47:43 PM
This is so much better than the Kleenex, rubberband, and black marker eyes lollipop ghosts we used to make as a kid.... ha!  Very cute!

7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Finally, my Mary Poppins Costume! on: November 03, 2007 12:44:53 PM
This is great!  I used to work as a nanny and always thought MP would be a cute idea for a costume Smiley  You got all the details just right!  Great job!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Adult?: The Monarch Butterfly (and the Twig She Landed On) on: November 03, 2007 12:40:05 PM
So incredibly clever and cute!  I hope you got lots of compliments Smiley  Great job!

9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Child Costume: Strawberry Shortcake on: November 03, 2007 12:37:01 PM
Just gorgeous!  Homemade costumes are so much more fun than store-bought  Wink...  You did a great job!

10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Adult Costume: Snail on: November 03, 2007 12:33:46 PM
Wow!  That is really clever!  I love it!  I hope you got lots of compliments Smiley

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