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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 125 ENTRIES / Little Aviator on: November 05, 2018 01:36:46 PM

I spent a good amount of time trying to figure out a cute costume that would work with my 5 year olds wheelchair (he doesn't understand the concept of Halloween or a costume, hence me being the one to make the decision rather than him). I finally came up with the idea of an aviator costume complete with an airplane. My husband came up with a design and managed to create an amazing plane, complete with a spinnable propeller! I was extremely skeptical when he said he was going to make it without wings for practical purposes (ie. entering through doorways) and utterly impressed when after seeing the design I realized that he not only managed it, but I didnt even notice the lack of wings!

The airplane body is made from a trash can and the details and framework are made from pvc piping. My husband did the designing, cutting, and painting and I helped put it all together.

Side view before the shark face

Front view before the shark face

The supporting framework (please excuse the messy shop in these pics!)

Once the plane was created, I worked on the face. I decided to spray paint some butcher paper and cut the face out of it. I used satin spray paint because I wanted the face to be matte like the plane body. I used my Silhouette software to design the shark face and the machine to cut it out (no easy feat because for whatever reason, anytime I have a project with a time crunch I run into issue upon issue with my silhouette machine, bleh!). Once I finally got it cut out, I used Elmers spray adhesive to attach the face.  

Right side view

Front/left side view

As for the rest of the costume, I purchased the jacket, scarf, and aviator beanie from Amazon.


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2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Prince Charming! on: November 04, 2015 12:40:01 PM
Ladies and gentlemen of the Craftster Kingdom, I present to you, Prince Charming  Smiley.

I started out with a basic white dress shirt and red workout pants and thanks to my good friend, Joann Fabrics, I was able to transform them into a princely outfit! 

The epaulets (shoulder braids) are cardboard covered in fabric with the braided trim glued on.  They velcro onto the shirt, so it's easy to remove them and toss the shirt in the washer.  The shirt also fastens with velcro, which made life easier as I was able to slip it on and off without much difficulty.  I used a tutorial (link below) for the basic costume idea and then added my own personal touches.

I wanted to coordinate with my son without making myself an entire costume, so I made myself a shirt instead Smiley.

As for Prince Charming, he is 2 years old and an absolute sweetheart.

Tutorial link - http://desertchica.com/no-sew-prince-charming-costume-diy-tutorial/
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 74 ENTRIES / Literal "Rock, Paper, Scissors" Necklace! on: May 07, 2012 10:02:57 PM
A while ago, I came across a really neat necklace on one of the craft sites I visit (I think it was craftgawker.com), I fell in love with it and saved the picture on my phone with the intent of someday making my own.  A few months later, this Craftster challenge came up presenting the perfect opportunity for me to find the time to make the necklace!  The necklace fit this challenge perfectly because it is a literal "Rock, Paper, Scissors" necklace Smiley.

The paper is from an old book, so it already had the aged coloring, plus the paper was WAY thicker than any paper used in current books!  I put a thin layer of some paper sealant on it to strengthen and seal it.  I found the pebble in my backyard and was going to drill a hole in it, but none of the local hardware stores carry diamond tip bits.  The scissors were the hardest part of the project - none of the craft stores in the surrounding area carried scissors charms.  Just when I was about to hang my head in despair, I found a jewelry cart in the mall that had exactly what I was looking for!  I know my pictures aren't the greatest quality, but hopefully they work okay.

The necklace:

Preparing to put it all together:

Action-ish shot:

Close up action-ish shot showing the details and less shadow from my head:

I hope you all like it, I definitely enjoyed making it and am pleased with the final outcome!

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Crayola Wall Art on: August 15, 2011 05:20:30 PM
My mom is a preschool teacher.  She's at a new site this year and has spent the past week getting it ready for the upcoming schoolyear.  We transformed her office from drab to fab, and now all she's missing is some wall art.  I saw this online and figured it will work well in a preschool office.  Turns out it was the perfect time of year for this project as I was able to get packs of 24 crayons for $0.25 each at a back to school sale!  The canvas was only $8.00, so the overall project cost was less than $10.00.

The complete finished product!

There are 71 crayons overall (most colors were used 3 times and a few were used 4 times).

Turns out it's important to pay attention to the distance you hold the heat gun from the crayons.  When it was too close, it would cause the crayons to spray on both the canvas and the desk drawer I had it leaned against.

All melted with a few crayon puddles gathered at the bottom.

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