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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Star Wars **Death Star Pinata** on: July 26, 2007 11:23:51 AM
My son was turning 6 and was not liking the cheap Darth Vader pinata at the party store and told me what he really wanted was a Death Star pinata. He was soooo cute describing it and how it would blow up and candy would fly everywhere that I couldn't resist.

This was my first time making a pinata. I've paper mached once before. Made a volcano that time that all the boys in the neighborhood exploded for quite some time.

I did about 8 layers of newspaper with flour/water and then smoothed on 1 layer of silver tissue paper. I just drew the lines on with sharpie and used green pipecleaners for the laser... The kids all took turns and finally it broke -- we had 30 kids at the party so it was one TOUGH pinata!!!

12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: your opinions please... on: September 16, 2006 10:31:10 AM
Love the Mary Janes!!!!!!!!!!!
13  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Halloween Hat/Costume : Star Wars **UPDATED** on: September 16, 2006 10:28:15 AM
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14  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Halloween Hat/Costume : Star Wars **UPDATED** on: September 16, 2006 10:27:23 AM
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15  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Halloween Hat/Costume : Star Wars on: October 26, 2005 08:20:57 PM
I made this last night for my youngest son to wear on Halloween, the robes are still in the works. Anyway my husband is a HUUUGE Star Wars fan and I figure we have 3 boys, he should at least get to have one boy be Yoda - haha. A crocheted lightsaber is in the works as well.



16  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Halloween Hat/Costume : Star Wars on: October 26, 2005 08:18:35 PM
Here's the full costume - I have been making hats like crazy so I just did a super fast light saber. I've since done a blue one thats in a much tighter crochet so you cant see the sturffing behind it.  You can't see it but his robes have a little hood and everything in the back. They were super simple to make. Made them a little big so they fit his 18 month old brother too. :0)

17  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Halloween Hat/Costume : Star Wars on: October 21, 2005 03:30:38 PM
Thanks for all the great comments guys! I am still surprised how much great feedback I've gotten. I mean I think my kid and his ears are cute - but hell Im his mom I am supposed to. LOL I will post pics of the full getup this weekend.

For those who have posted or emailed me about a pattern. This was the first project I've really done without someone else pattern - where I made my own as I went. I didn't write it down. I started to write what I did for the ears but quickly forgot and got lost. Haha!! Basically I started out with a even number of chains and sc in each, sc turn, for like 4 rows, then decreased 1 on each side, sc in each st, sc turn for a couple more rows, decreased on sides, did another row sc in each, then started decreasing every so often on just one side, once I started to get to the length I wanted I started decreasing in the center until I came to a point, then sc around the ear (dont fasten off just keep going), doing 2 sc in the corners on the base of the ear (the long flat side), I decreased 4 stitches together (made them one stitch), in the center so the ear cupped slightly, when you've gotten to the end (gone all the way around) slip st in the first sc, and fasten off. Do the reverse for the 2nd ear... in other words whichever side you decided to dec on the first time, dec on the other side, so you don't have one upside down ear.... if you forget you can just flip it over, but some yarns you can tell what the "right side" is...

Anyway you could use any hat pattern and just sew the ears on. I used a really bulky wool yarn I had on hand, so the ears are really sturdy on their own. I bet if you didn't have access to yarn thick enough you could put a little floral wire in the edges and shape them....

Again thanks for all the great feedback!!!

18  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Halloween Hat/Costume : Star Wars on: October 02, 2005 11:41:13 AM
Thanks for all the nice comments!! My son wasn't quite sure what he thought of his ears. Haha!!  My 4 year old wants a Darth Vader Helmet now, and my husband says if I do that then I have to make him a full body Chewbacca suit - I said hell no - He's 6'7". Then told him I could start now and have it done is 2010!! :0)

I did make up my own pattern. I started to write it down but then just started going and got lost. I started with 3 rows of 12 sts, then dec one stitch on each side, did a few rows of 10, and started decreasing every so often only on one side, then decreased in the middle until I ended up with a point. I then sc all around the ear, at the base I crocheted 4 together (decreased) to kind of give it a tighter edge so it would curl some... then I did the opposite on the other ear.... You could put them on any hat really...

Anyway hopefully that makes some sense. Thanks again for all the nice feedback - I can't wait for Halloween!! :0)
19  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Halloween Hat/Costume : Star Wars **UPDATED** on: October 02, 2005 10:19:21 AM
**UPDATE*** I restored the pics to this, realize they weren't working anymore. Anyway this hat turned out to be a big hit, and I was asked to make an adult version. I attached a picture of me modeling the adult one. I wired the ears in the adult version so they'd stay up. Anyway we got lots of awesome feedback here (thanks!) and out at the Halloween functions we took our kiddos to. :0)


I made this up last night for my youngest babe, he's almost 5 months, and is going to be Yoda for Halloween. I am in the process of making his robes to wear with it.

Considered felting the wool up some to make it more solid and fuzzy and fit a bit more snug but can't decide...

Either way my husband thinks this is the best thing ever...  Cheesy




20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Crayon Project on: October 27, 2004 02:05:07 PM
This thread made me laugh....

When I was like 8 in a summer program they helped us make crayon candles. They used muffin tins in electric skillet filled with water, to make a makeshift double boiler, melted the wax and we filled the milk cartons, a few days later we peeled off the cartons and had candles... easy enough. I was 8, I didn't think the details mattered...

When I was 10 we'd just gotten new carpet, my father had threatened to sell us if we spilled anything on it. I was home alone. I was bored. I thought I'd make a candle for my mom. I didn't have an electric skillet. All I needed was heat right... I didnt have a cardboard milk carton, but I did have a styrafoam cup, that would peel off right. So I get out my crayons and my moms nice muffin tin. I separated my colors and put it on the burner on the stove, turned that baby on high, in a few minutes I had melted smoking molten crayons. I got my cup freaking out at the smell of burning crayons, poured the way, which by the way mixed and turned brown, into my cup which proceeded to burn through the cup to my hand. I thought oh crap it will harden in the garbage disposal so I started running for the garage tipping the cup so that it wouldn't burn my hand. I almost made it, when it burned through the other side.... I dropped the cup, ON THE NEW CARPET. If I'd been 2 steps father it would have been on the tile entry but no I dropped it on the new carpet. BROWN STINKY CRAYON WAX!!!

Needless to say I locked all doors opened all windows (remember the smell?) including the chain lock. And started cleaning and praying my mom would beat my dad home. No suck luck. I pretended not to hear my dad and he had to come in through the garage door. I picked up a magazine and pretended to be engrossed in it. He was like "WHAT IS THAT SMELL?" I told him "I dont smell anything must be something outside, I've had the windows open" He got a call, I figured I was in the clear. I got most of the wax out of the carpet, everything else cleaned up just fine. Sooooo hours later, I was feeling hella guilty, but then my dad yells AMY GET OUT HERE - He found the spot on the carpet.... I got the chewing out of my life.... LOL I got to spend another 2 hours cleaning the carpet, got a swat for lying and was grounded.

My mother gets suuuuuuuuuuch a kick out of telling people this story. This was the 1st and last time I ever tried to lie to my parents about anything of any consequence.... and it was also the end of my crayon wax crafts....

Moral of the story, details are important....


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