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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 75 ENTRIES / A Little Red Riding Hat (upcycled from cardboard and tissue paper) 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!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 73 ENTRIES / Beer Goggles and Top Hat - Steampunk'd with Beer Cans/Tabs!! on: April 06, 2012 10:49:04 AM
I was wanting a "tabistry" project to make to donate to a silent auction at a Steampunk event we attending this past weekend.  So, as I normally do, I looked around for what I had on hand to make something with.  Who knew the project would be perfect for this challenge, too!  Though, it's never spring cleaning in our house, where everything is fair game for a crafty project all year round.  Wink

 - 2 Beers
 - Scraps of leather
 - Green-tinted Plastic from Soda Bottle
 - Can tabs
 - Remnants of Polar Fleece
 - Aluminum Wire
 - Rivets

Here's a shot of some of the materials used:

That's all it took to make these!  (Excuse me while I just pose them so elegantly on this old candlestick atop this old weathered palette.)

The hat is made like my other tabistry work, weaving can tabs together with fabric strips.  The remnant polar fleece I used on this one is part of an out of control stash I'm accumulating every time I go to the fabric store.  Seems this stuff is always on sale! And, with the additional discount for remnants, I can buy up the wide assortment of colors they have really cheap.  

I'm most happy with how the goggles turned out.  My family thought I was bonkers for making "beer goggles".  Such a supportive family I have.  No vision, I tell you.  

I used two Miller Lite Beers we had left in the back of the fridge from our last camping trip that were getting pretty old.  (Surprisingly still drinkable!)  The leather was all scraps form my sweetie's leather top hats.  (I can't throw anything away!)   The strap is attached with a larger can tab, probably from something like anchovies.  

The buckle is also a larger can tab, probably from a fruit can.  I don't find uses for these odd shaped tabs very often.  Made a perfect buckle!  

Here's a close up of the buckle.  I added a bit of aluminum wire I received in a craft swap.  

Inside I inserted some green-tinted plastic from a 2 liter Seven Up bottle I have saved.  (Yes, I told you I save everything!)  It is held in with the bottom of the can, which I cut out the center of.  The two layers of aluminum were sandwiched in between two layers of the leather and riveted into place.  So no sharp edges are visible.  Oh, and I forgot to mention that the leather was stained with bottle of old shoe polish I happened to have.

Hope you've enjoyed my entry!  I talk a little more about it and other projects like it on my blog here.

Good luck with your own spring (or not-so-spring) cleaning!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hope you had a Merry Twistmas! - 3 Handmade Moshi Monster Moshling Stuffies on: January 01, 2012 01:43:55 PM

For Christmas this year I decided to stick with last years homemade holiday plan (since Santa always gives the daughter the manufactured stuff these days).  The idea was to only make gifts from stuff I had on hand.  So I made her a couple Moshlings using mainly remnant polar fleece and whatever I could find in my craft stash.  I made her cousin the Liberty one.

The first one is Oddie, the Sweet Ringy Thingy.  He was by far the easiest to make.

Liberty, the Happy Statue, was made for the cousin.  She was the most complicated with all the parts.  Didn't manage to get her ice cream and wish list made in time.

Squidge, the Furry Heebee, was made with my DIY flexible knitting loom using furry yarn.

I discuss more about the construction of these on my blog here.  Hope they inspire others to make their own gifts for next year.  Thanks for lookin'!

Happy & Crafty New Year!!
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / New Witch BOO'ts - Paper Mache on: October 17, 2011 02:24:00 PM
Only had time for a few new Halloween paper mache Witch BOO'ts, but I'd thought I'd share them.  If you aren't familiar with these, I posted about some a while back here.  They are made with paper mache and cereal box cardboard.  I make them mostly for craft swaps.

Made this one by request to look vintage Halloween.  The star dangle is made using yellow polymer clay.  There are more pics on the blog.

I tried an experimental illusion.  It's called "star-crossed lovebirds".  There are birds on the back of the boot that help to make a skull image with the moon, while a black cat on each side are preparing to pounce.  This one is for a giveaway I'm hosting on my craft blog for my followers.  Again, there are more pics on the blog.

This one was for a swap I did earlier this year with ohmybees here on Craftster.  We're getting ready to do another in a few months.  I'm all excited to get started on another swap.  It's been too long already.  More pics here.

I'm so grateful for Craftster.  I wouldn't be making these boots if it wasn't for a Halloween swap I did a few years ago on here.  I'm having so much fun with them.   Can't believe time is going by so fast!  Thanks for lookin'

Have a SPOOK-tacularly Be-WITCH-ing Halloween!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / CORKGUY!! on: July 23, 2011 04:06:26 PM

Look familiar?  If you're a Craftster fan, it should be VERY familiar.  Cheesy   (If not, keep refreshing the top of this page 'til ya see 'em.)

My 8 year old daughter made me Craftster's CORKGUY!  Isn't he cute?

She's so sweet.  I just love him.  I mean, really, how could I not?  He's cool, huh?  Bet you wish you had one.  Wink

The daughter is constantly watching over my shoulder as I make my various projects for swaps and challenges with all my hoarded pieces of "scrap and junk".  The other day she expressed a desire to make something for me.   So, how could I resist letting her have at my tubs of supplies?  She found some corks and leftover bits of wire hanger from past projects and came up with him.  Her choice of gift should reveal two things about me:  I keep EVERYTHING! And, I spend a great deal of time on this site!  Cheesy   

I'd also like to take this time to thank Craftster and everyone who contributes there time and clever projects to this site for us to enjoy!  We appreciate all the wonderful inspiration and information.

Thank you, everyone!
6  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!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Steampunk Cereal Box Hat (pic heavy) on: June 02, 2011 11:58:08 AM
On a tight budget, but need a unusual hat for an event?  Well, I did.  Wink

This is a hat I made for the last weekend of our ren faire.  We went steampunk for "Day of Wrong".  It's painted to look kinda like an old trunk.  It's made entirely out of painted cereal boxes, except for the ribbon scarf hatband that hangs to my knees.

I used a "family-sized" Frosted Flakes box to make the brim all in one piece.  The crown was pieced together out of smaller boxes.

After gluing everything together and smoothing out some seams with paper mache, I covered the hat in wrinkled up tissue.  Then, I painted it with waterbase acrylic paints.

I glued on the hinges and other doodads on last and ran the scarf through the loops around the crown.  The nails are just painted on.  The long scarf was an idea inspired by the HBO series "Deadwood".  A character named Joanie Stubbs wears a similar scarf on her grey top hat.

Sadly, it doesn't open.  Wish it did.  If I make another, I may attempt to make it actually function.

Thanks for lookin'.  Any feedback would be well received.  I share more about this hat with more pics on my blog here.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dyed Pistachio Shell Hair Falls - for Daughter on: May 13, 2011 06:10:56 PM
Made another pair of pistachio shell hair falls like these, but making better use of the shells we dyed with our leftover Easter egg dye.  This pair is for the daughter.

We used scrap yarn I've saved to string the shells on.

The white yarn was supposed to match the natural shells, but my lighting was playing awful tricks on my eyes. Smiley

I'm really happy with how these are turning out.  And, it's great that they are made from things we already had.

Above is a pic of the Easter egg dye we used.  Shells had to soak in it a few hours.  We left them in overnight.  If you want more info on how we did it or to see more pics, visits my blog.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hair Falls made with Pistachio Shells and Pop tabs on: May 06, 2011 04:14:48 PM

I love finding ways to avoid throwing things away.  This time the daughter and I came up with a project to use a container full of pistachio shells I've been saving.

This past Easter we had leftover egg dye that we didn't want to go to waste. So we dug out the nut shells and dyed some of them.  Then we began contemplating what to do with them.  Daughter is planning to make a bracelet, but I had other plans.  Cheesy

I wanted hair falls.  The kind tribal belly dancers wear.  To me, the pistachio shells look very similar to the cowrie shells.

Well, maybe from a great distance.  Smiley 

As you can see in this pic above, I also made one using pop tabs.  I tried a bunch of  different ways to string the shells and tabs.  I'm working on yet another different variation for the tabs.

I realize I didn't use many of the dyed shells on this pair of hair falls.  I will be making others, but wanted to experiment first.

This was a really fun project.  If you want to read more about the hair falls, check out my craft blog here.  I also talk about the egg and shell dying here,  And, the pop tabs are on my "tabistry" blog here.

As an added bonus, the shells made a nice pattern on the papers we dried them on.  I think I'm going to use it as end sheets for a hand bound journal.

Thanks for looking!  I appreciate any/all comments.
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 61 ENTRIES / A Fan-tailed Spider-fish Dragon ;D on: April 05, 2011 04:33:36 PM
Um... I don't know but it makes a really great challenge entry.  Cheesy  Huh

I'm going to say it's a "Spider-fan Fish".  We see 'em all the time around here.  Yep.  Wink  

My daughter insisted she wanted to make a "tabistry", or pop tab, spider together for our entry in this "Back to Basics" challenge weaving tabs together with chenille stem.  

She even drew up the plans for it:

We even made it open on top to hold things like candy and such.  (It was going to be a yarn ball holder.  You know, so you don't have to chase the ball around the floor while you're knitting, etc...)  

And, here it is again in all its pop tab, pipe cleaner, pompom glory:

However, being a "tabistry" weaving, nut already, I had my heart set on making paper folding fans using popsicle sticks, instead.  So I went ahead and made some:

By now you're probably wondering how this spider became a fish, right?  Or not.  Well, I'll tell you anyway.  Unfortunately, the rules state we can only have on entry.  It was either the spider-fan fish or a "fan-holding spider container".

We opted for the fish.  I think we made the right call.  Don't you?  Cheesy
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