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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Lego guys! aka Lego Minifigures. on: November 02, 2010 03:14:29 PM
I made a lego guy suit for Halloween along with my sister and her friend. We searched online for ideas how to make the head and combined some ideas from different sites including coolest-homemade-costumes.com. This was VERY messy to do, but fun and we loved the results.

(me on the far left, my sister in the middle and her friend on the right)
It was fun to work with them on this project because neither of them had ever done much crafting before and they were really happy and proud to see what they had been able to do by the end of it Cheesy

-The Making Of-
The heads were the most work. The "stud" on top of the head, the neck and the top and bottom of the head were made out of carved styrofoam. We cut it with knives, then sanded the styrofoam. Then we covered it with drywall putty and let it dry. Then we sanded the dry wall putty for a smooth finish. We painted the pieces with yellow paint.

(My sister and her friend cutting out the top head pieces)

(After drywall putty. The one with the hole is obviously the one that goes over your head, the one without the hole is the top piece)

(Me sanding the pieces. Cutting and sanding styrofoam and then sanding drywall was the messiest part as you can imagine...)

The hands were made similar. We cut the hands out of styrofoam, sanded and drywall puttied them, then sanded again. We painted and sprayed them and then stuck the shaped piece into pieces of a large cardboard mailing tube which had been painted yellow as well.

The base and top of the head was held together with wooden skewer sticks, and we covered the space with bristol board (glue gunned it together) and then we painted the whole thing. We sprayed a semi gloss shine spray on top of all the pieces for a nice shiny look. Unfortunately after painting my head turned bumpy/wrinkly so I used stuffing inside the head to smooth it out some Smiley (Which made it hotter and hard to hear.. lol)

The body and legs were far easier. We used cardboard for it all, except the "bump" which had the front section made of bristol board and stuffed with stuffing to hold the shape.  I just measured out sizes and cut the pieces of cardboard, using scored lines to be able to glue the pieces together. I didn't take many pictures of this because it was pretty basic.
Then we painted and sprayed these pieces. To hold the pieces together we used velcro strips. There was velcro that held the neck to the body, the head to the neck, the body to the bump (although this was really just one strip, not detachable.. ) and then the legs to the bump (obviously needed to be detachable to get the suit on).

We finished off the costume by printing the lego logo and gluing it to the back.

Let me know what you guys think Smiley We were very pleased with them, although they were pretty awkward to try to see out of, and move quickly in, hahah.
And just to point out- uncountable amount of burns from the glue gun occurred during the making of this project, haha.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / ET costume! on: November 13, 2009 09:46:33 AM
Hey guys! I have been meaning to post my halloween costume pictures from this halloween, but I never got around to it until today. I was annoyed to see I missed the challenge, but I am still posting anyway, haha.

Here is my ET costume! I think it's basically the best thing I have ever made! Smiley

For an improvement, I would've found gloves the proper colour, but I got these at the dollar store and the hands were done more last minute, haha. The finger actually lit up too Tongue

Here is pictures in the semi-done form , before painting!

At the bar we went to, everyone loved it Smiley Tons of people asked for pictures with me and everywhere I went people whipped their heads around and were pointing, nudging their friends and yelling, haha.

Let me know what you guys think!

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Painting varnished wood?? (coffee table) on: July 15, 2009 08:34:30 PM
We have an old coffee table that is pretty dinged up and crappy looking. I decided I am going to try to paint it before I take it down to my apartment this fall. But it has a shiny finish to it (varnished, I assume?) and I don't know how the paint would work with that. I've never refinished anything before (although I have a couple other pieces lined up..) and I just wanted to know what would be best to use?

Is it best to sand it down fully, then prime it and THEN paint the colour you want? Or is there some way you can prime and then paint without sanding it down fully? Or is primer even necessary if you are painting a dark colour? It is medium wood colour and I am gonna paint it black I think.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First "real" project- Baby blanket! on: July 03, 2009 06:56:33 AM
Hey guys Smiley

My grandmother taught me to knit as a kid but I never really made more than little scraps. Last year I started a scarf and then this spring I found it and finished it.

It is pretty crooked on the edges, the joining is lumpy/bad and it's too wide  Tongue But I was still pleased that I actually finished something and it will be warm to wear for cold winter walks!

*scarf pic at the end*

So after I finished it , I was wanting to make something else and I decided on a baby blanket for a friend. I got my grandmother to teach me purl and how to understand the pattern (which she gave me). And I set off to work on it. There were a few times where I had to rip out quite a bit, and I was very angry at the time, but I am so glad I fixed those mistakes, they would've just ruined the look (I didn't notice them til I was further up and it was so obvious then). I also dropped a few stitches a couple times and my grandmother helped fix it up Tongue

I just finished it yesterday and I'm really happy and rather proud of myself! haha.

the last one is of the opposite side.


scarf :
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Quick Mod Podge Question on: March 30, 2009 12:59:42 PM
Hey guys, I have been lurking for quite a while and I love all the projects- tons of inspiration! Anyway, I started decorating the cover of my new journal and I realized I'm not sure if the mod podge goes over the top or not. I know it can in some cases, but will it be okay if there is different levels of paper glued on? I just wanted to be sure before I ruined it!
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