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31  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Melted beads = stain glass-esque lamp shade on: July 12, 2011 08:46:30 PM
Wow!  Awesome project.  Turned out great!  I must try this one day.  Great, one more thing to tempt me at secondhand stores.  Pony beads, here I come!  Smiley
32  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / gRABBITS - Bunny-eared Plastic Bag Savers on: July 12, 2011 08:18:52 PM

My daughter and I made these plastic bag dispensers.  We use them by our small trash bins in each room, in the car, and when we go camping.  Never know when you'll need a bag.  Super handy.  Just thought we'd share the idea.

If you couldn't guess it, they're supposed to resemble a magician's hat with bunny ears sticking out.

They're completely constructed out of paper towel or tp tubes.  The large holds 10, while the small one holds 5 bags.  The bags are interlocked through the handle loops so that when you pull one out the next pops up.

We just recently came up with the idea of the magician's hat.  The daughter used to draw bunnies on them where the bag handles were the ears.  I just love this zombie bunny she drew.  Smiley  You can read more about how they work and see more pics on my craft blog here.  Thanks for lookin'.  I enjoy comments and would love to hear if you make your own bag dispensers!
33  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sugar Skull Papercutting on: July 07, 2011 06:27:18 AM
Oooo, pretty!  Your swap partner should be thrilled.  Very nice work!
34  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Steampunk Cereal Box Hat (pic heavy) on: July 07, 2011 06:24:11 AM
A fantastic idea, it's great to recycle old cereal boxes, but I've never imagined doing this.  Looks great ! Cheesy

Thanks!  Our family eats a LOT of cereal! Over time we've found all kinds of ways to reuse the boxes.  With a crafty kid in the house, we save all kinds of food containers, too. They're handy art supplies.  Cereal boxes are right up there with paper sacks, napkin tubes, egg cartons and meat trays. Smiley
35  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Steampunk Cereal Box Hat (pic heavy) on: July 04, 2011 08:59:15 AM
Oh WOW!!  My hats been featured!  How cool!  Thanks again to everyone who has posted such nice comments.

WOW i am a big hat nerd and i loooovvveeee this so much... the tissue is an awesome technique! thanks for sharing  Grin

We love decoupaging with tissue paper.  Really easy and gives a nice texture when stained.  My mom used to transform hobby horses into carousel horses.  And, she'd use the tissue on some of them for a cool effect.  She also tried printed tissue that turned out pretty cool.  Tissue is a great way to dress up ordinary gift boxes.  To get a good wrinkly leathery look its best to wad up the tissue into a tight ball before flattening it to apply to the project.  Same technique works really well with brown paper sacks and wrapping paper.
36  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Steampunk Cereal Box Hat (pic heavy) on: June 04, 2011 03:59:32 PM
...Did you prime/gesso the hat before painting?...

For this hat I didn't prime with anything.  I've had really good luck with paint sticking well to the paper mache, unprinted cardboard and glued tissue.  To paint the printed side of the cereal box, I sand off the shiny coating.  Plus, I sometime spray a flat coat of spray paint on things when I'm in doubt.  I did seal everything liberally with clear acrylic spray  paint when I was finished.  It should be fairly water resistant.  Though, not in a down pour.  Smiley  I did have the forethought to make a pattern copy before gluing it together.  So if I destroy the hat, I can easily make a new one.

...More Renaissance Festivals need a Day of Wrong.

I totally agree.  Of course, my garb is always "wrong".  Wink

...I also saw your staempunk'd nerf gun on your blog.  AMAZING.

You're very kind.  Thanks for stopping by my blog!  I'm glad you like my other stuff.  I'll be working on some smaller Nerf guns soon.

Fabulous use of cereal boxes . . . taking mine out of the recycle right now!

That's great!  Let me know if you need any pointer.

...How did you come up with the shape? How did you make the rounded brim stay in shape? Did the hat hold well on your head?

My man came up with the idea to slant down the front.  He's been dabbling in making hats out of leather and is pondering reproducing this one for me.  Can't wait to see how it turns out.  We were talking about adding a functioning clock to the top. 

The brim of the cardboard hat is easy to shape with a round pencil when slightly dampened.  Don't get it too wet or it will be too soggy to form.  Just need to wet fingers and rub it til it turns darker.  I've had a bit of practice on the witch boots I make for Halloween. 

The hat fits great on my head.  I did originally miscalculate my head shape and had it too round.  But, it's easy enough to just keep trimming til it fit perfectly.  It kinda suctions on to my head, so it isn't going anywhere in the wind.  If you wear it while it is damp, you will get a perfect fit.  Wink  I've been adding polar fleece sweatbands to my can tab hats for comfort.  It works well for the cardboard, too.
37  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Steampunk Cereal Box Hat (pic heavy) on: June 03, 2011 07:29:42 AM
Thanks, again, everyone!

..I could never turn cereal boxes into something that cool...

Yes, you can.  It's not as hard as it might appear.  Paint does some wonderful things.  Smiley

...The paint is amazing.. I never would have guessed cardboard!...

Thanks!  I went back and forth in my mind about painting it.  I'm very indecisive.  I almost painted it red.  Then I thought about it.    Has to match my outfits, be neutral enough to wear with many things.  Red wouldn't do.  Smiley  I'm still perfecting my faux wood look.

...This is exactly what reusing should be--you can't tell how cheap the materials were or that you were reusing...

Yeah, I totally agree.  I strive to make things out of discarded materials.  The more useless the better.  Smiley  It brings me more satisfaction knowing I can give it new life and keep it out of the landfill.  90% of my craft supplies are stuff someone didn't want anymore.  Plus, I've found poly clay, vintage notions, broken jewelry bits and other supplies at secondhand and garage sales.  It's truly amazing what you can find when you open you eyes to it.  People, in general, are very wasteful.
38  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Harvesting Spring Honey on: June 02, 2011 04:16:02 PM
I'm a follower, too.  Wink  I love MissingWillow's posts!  Such great info and pics.  We've even had the delight of trying some of their awesome honey, too.  Very delicious and unfortunately gone.  Ours had a very peachy/apricot-ish flavor, but yummy all the same.   If I lived near there, I'd be a frequent visitor of that farmers market!   

MissingWillow, I envy your farm life so much.  Not sure I could manage all that, though (and still be able to craft my heart out).  But, I can dream and read about it.  Cheesy
39  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Steampunk Cereal Box Hat (pic heavy) on: June 02, 2011 03:11:51 PM
...I made a Slash (of Guns and Roses) hat one Halloween from construction paper...

SLASH'S TOP HAT in construction paper!! That's something I'd LOVE to see!  Smiley  Bet it was super cool!  Was a wig involved?  Cheesy
40  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Steampunk Cereal Box Hat (pic heavy) on: June 02, 2011 02:03:10 PM
Thanks, everyone! 

mystical, I'm glad you couldn't tell.  If you could, I probably wouldn't have worn or posted it.  Hehe  Though, I wouldn't say never.  Wink

billiemarie, you're very kind.  I aim to please and inspire.  Hope you'll visit my other works.

sheepBlue, so happy you guessed wood.  I was going to make it like leather (hence the wrinkled tissue).  But, then I changed mid thought, and went for a wood look.  You can barely see the texture under the paint.  If I hadn't put the tissue on, it would have been much smoother.
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