Showing posts with label craft. Show all posts
Showing posts with label craft. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Unisex Crocheted Hexagon Slippers

I found this pattern for these hex slippers on ravlery last year and love the pattern so much I have now made 3 pairs. They are an extra warm cabin slipper.    These are not for beginners because of the adjustments you have to make when making and attaching the soles, but overall these slippers are fairly easy to stitch up and a great way to stash bust your yarn.
http://priscillascrochet.net/free%20patterns/Wearables/Hexagon%20Boot%20Slippers.pdf



This hexagon slipper has a double thick sole and is made up of 3 motifs per slipper but if you wanted to make them into slipper boots just add 2 more motifs at the top of each slipper attaching in the front and back V and sides.
 I did take into consideration some of the other peoples reviews that have worked up these slippers and rounded off the toes on the last 2 rows by sc2tog at each end. Also the instructions were not that clear on the hook sizes for the different shoe sizes, I used a 5 for these pairs ranging from size 7 female to size 10.5 male. The adjustments in shoe sizes were made through the sole sizing. But if you were to go any bigger than I would suggest going up to a 5.5 or even a 6 with a tight tension. 


Monday, October 5, 2015

Halloween DIY Man eating plant prop

This plant only eats once a year and is fed by the children that didn't use their manners from last Halloween. As you can see this plant does not go hungry. I don't know if it a man eater anymore than an ill mannered child eater.
I created this man eater out of a balloon and paper mache (see my recipe for paper mache paste here) http://tampster1.blogspot.ca/2015/10/haunted-paper-mache-pumpkins.html#.VhKOI_lViko.
So to start this project,  I first covered the base in a few layers of stripping and then took fuller sheets that have been soaked in the paste and folded and manipulated it to form the ridge. 
 The tongue is just the mouth cut out, turned 90 degrees and reattached. The mouth was built up using tinfoil that was rolled into a snake and taped on. Then it was all mached together.


I cut some thin corrugated cardboard in the shape of the leaf and paper mached it into place. Then I added some veins using pasted paper towels that i laid down to add dimension. Wait for everything to dry and paint in whatever colors you wish, For this plant i used greens and burnt siennas for the body of the plant and some burgandy and black for the mouth region.  To finish this man eater  I added in a small skull, some some glue gun teeth and drool.  Seal with an outdoor sealer and your ready to add it to your Halloween display.  I kept his mouth open so that if i wanted to add lighting I could, or if I find I need to weigh it down i'll just add some sand. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

DIY Haunted Halloween prop paper mache pumpkins

People are always asking questions about these wonderfully frighting pumpkins so I thought I would share some trade secrets so that you can construct your own. These pumpkins have been to h*ll and back and have the scars to show for it. I was inspired by the pumpkin ideas from the Stolloween site. If you have never checked this site out, go now! He has the most AMAZING pumpkins and Halloween props around. This site also has recipes for paper mache and paper clay.
This is the recipe I use for my paper mache.
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp rice flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup cool water

1. Mix the dry ingredients.
2. Mix in the cool water with a fork or whisk, adding the water a little at a time to keep it as smooth as possible.
3. Stir the flour mixture into the boiling water.
4. Allow it to boil for two or three minutes.

This can be stored in the fridge for a few days, just stir it up and you are ready to use it again. 
I find this to be the most creamy, non clumping recipe I have ever used.
 
These are the tortured pumpkins I have done over the past few years.




Special features and how they were created:
These hellish pumpkins have been outfitted with an outer dressing of cheesecloth and/or Kleenex over the paper strip layer- for the effect of peeling and wrinkled layers of skin, 
they also have chains binding their - these are formed by cutting lengths of pipe cleaner, forming them into links and attaching them into the paper mache
and I also added embedded drywall screws into their structures - you can use anything, this is just what I had laying around. 
Also if you look really close you will be able to see "foam strip" stitches that have been embedded in one of the skulls of the pumpkin - for these i just cut small strips of fun foam, crossed them and embedded them in the layers of mache. These will not be going anywhere. 
Once you are satisfied with the way your pumpkin looks they are ready for painting. I used a mix of red, light orange and dark orange, then I antiques with black paint.
Wait till dry and seal with outdoor sealer.
To antique an item is to water down the black or brown paint. Apply and rub off. This will settle the dark color into the crevices, highlighting the details.  


Sunday, September 27, 2015

DIY Halloween Prop Mausoleum Markers with Funny Epitaphs for your garage

When you lack a "front door" you have to draw the crowds in some how. So our show stopper this year will be the Mausoleum for the from of the garage. A very quick and effective Halloween project that is sure to be a conversation piece among the neighbors. You will notice that there are 2 empty spots these will be saved for a dead body and an empty spot. 
These super easy faux stone markers are made from 1 inch foil backed insulation sheets. I purposefully used these because they can take spray paint, hot glue and writing. 
From 1 sheet I managed to get 22  9*21 inch blocks which fits perfectly into the "framed" spaces.  Then I lightly sprayed the foil side with black spray paint, this allows a little of the silver to show through, which add dimension. Then I took my oil pencil and added the wording, nothing fancy and not all the same. I did use some stencils for some and free handed others. Using the wax pencil also makes it weather proof alleviating the step of sealing these :) Then I glued 2 magnetic buttons to the back of each block. This makes it very easy set up and take down. 
There you have it Quick and Easy Mausoleum for the dreaded front garage. :) 



















Sunday, September 20, 2015

Halloween Headstones DIY

It's that time of year again when we start our Halloween decorations and planning. This year we needed to add some new grave markers and this is what we came up with.

Supplies needed: *plaster of Paris
                            *water, bowl, and stir stick
                             *molds
                             *pink or blue polystyrene insulation sheets. I used 1 inch and 1/2 inch sheets
                             *Exacto knife, box cutter, solder gun
                             *black, white and brown exterior paint and paintbrush
                             *I used scrap lumber for my bases, as it adds a little more weight
                             *a creepy face changing pic from the buck store, Mine had a frame - I just cut the image out to fit into our design.
                             *liquid nails/ construction adhesive
First, we started by making some plaster casting embellishments. These were made from a dollar store doorknocker and ice cube trays. Just mix up your plaster to the consistency of a medium batter and pour into a mold that have been treated with a release agent. I used cooking spray. 
Now for the fun part .. deciding what our stones are going to say and look like. Carve them using whatever implement you prefer.  We used a solder gun - just make sure you carve using this outside or in a well ventilated area - it is Stinky!

We attached these to some 2 * 6 scrap wood using construction adhesive to weigh down the base. 
Then paint your stone in black. Wait for it to dry and add some white and beige dry brushing, to bring out the highlights.  

For the Myra Mains headstone, I used a face morphing plastic sign from the dollar store that I just cut to size and applied with contact adhesive. I added scraps of styrofoam scraps around the picture for dimensional accents.
For the "Not Funny Let Me Out" headstone,  the large skull in the center of this headstone was a cheap plastic door knocker that I dismantled glued on, I added plaster skulls and a separate plaque shaped piece then painted everything to make it all blend together.


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These DIY headstones add interest to your yard by using different shapes and dimensions. 
Hope you enjoy this demo and it inspires you to try to make them. 

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sleigh Ride Handcrafted Soap for Men

"Sleigh Ride" is one of the fragrances from New Directions that I receieved for the more masculine soaps I made this year and I love it!  Their description of the scent includes top notes of eucalyptus, citrus, ozone floral with nuances of strawberry. Floral mid notes of cinnamon, carnation and tuberose blend into a warm base of cedar, violet, balsam, powder and musk.  It may be just be me but when I smell it I am reminded of my grandpas sweet pipe tobacco.
Inspired by the name of the fragrance, I designed this soap in a white base (snow) and added a pencil line of activated charcoal (for the shadows that you would see on a moonlit stroll through the woods)and added a sharp peaked top that shimmer with white glitter (to represent the shimmery snow caps in the moonlight) . This soap is a treat for all your senses. What do you think?

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Adeps Suillus, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, titanium dioxide, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, fragrance, mica, activated charcoal


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Crochet Spiderman inspired character hat

Isn't this crocheted "Spiderman" inspired hat the cutest? If my little man could wear this hat day and night he would, he loves it that much. :D I found the pattern here spiderweb hat (free pattern) made some adjustments to the size and edging, added some eyes and instantly I gain super hero status in my kids' eyes.  This is a really nice thick hat, with a raised stitch. Leave the eyes off and it is still a very nice hat for older boys or girls too.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Crocheted Lalaloopsy inspired character hats

Thank you Pinterest and all of you that contribute to it. I always feel like a kid in a candy shop when I visit this sight. I was already a crafty person dabbling in many interests, but this site has really given me the opportunity to explore areas that I would have never thought of before, like crochet. Never been formally taught to read a pattern or follow a chart, I did manage to struggle through a few scarfs and a Barbie blanket or two..lol. But since I joined this wonderful site I've learned so much and can sit down and follow both a pattern and a chart with no problems. So this year for all the kids in my life I made them hats. I know you are asking what kid wants a hat for Christmas. Well now I am having a hard time getting them to remove them as they think they are cats meow!  :)

This first one is the "lalaloopsy" inspired doll hat.  SOOOO Cute. I just winged this, as it is really quite straight forward. Basic beanie (I stopped at row 8 and switched colors) This is the beanie pattern i used., 2 small circles, and a couple of curly cues.  Hand sew the mouth, eye lashes, cheeks and button eyes. The stitch in your curly cues (done at row 3).



The younger girls love them. Stay tuned! Next I will be posting the "Spiderman" Hat. The boys freaked out over these. :)

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Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY Paper Doll Costume

 
This is my Halloween Paper doll Costume this year. It will be completed with anime doll makeup and a big red buffon wig.  

This is an easy no sew, last minute Halloween costume idea. Here is how mine came together.

Supplies;  2 pieces of poster board. This color choice will all depend on your outfit. I chose white as I knew I would be painting it.
                 pencil 
                 scissors
                 a formfitting outfit you already own
                 sharpie or other permanent marker 
                 paint or decorative tapes to color in designs
                 stapler and staples
                 elastic
                 straight edge

1.  Go searching for outfit inspiration, just don't go too long or too fancy. It is was easier walking in a two piece outfit above the knee than a long dress. This costume does not bend very well. Also you are going to be coloring this in so the pattern should be something your comfortable working with. 

2. Lay out an outfit you already own on the poster board to get your size parameters. Lightly trace around your existing outfit with pencil and remove. Now construct your paper doll outfit within the parameters you just established.

3. Remember to add tabs using your straight edge,

4. Now color or paint in your pattern and design.


5. Go back and outline your dress and tabs in sharpie.
6. Cut out your dress/ outfit.
6. Take your elastic and attach 1 piece around the waist of your skirt. so it can be slipped on and off. Remember to leave a little more wiggle room if it is going to be going over your winter gear. And attach 2 more pieces of elastic from each shoulder to just under the underarms. So it fits like your putting your jacket on backwards,
7.  Try on, add makeup, a wig and a paper accessory and you are done.
Ill make sure I get a picture on Halloween with makeup and do an update. I hope this inspires you to try one out too.
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloween Haunt - DIY Rotting Flesh/ Corpsing prop tutorial

Here is one of the techniques I use to attain the rotting flesh look on cheap plastic dollar store Halloween props. 


Supplies you will need:

  • plastic body parts or skeletons
  • cheap plastic wrap - it doesn't matter what brand 
  • heat gun or high-temperature hairdryer
  • wood stain ( I used oak because that is what I had laying around)
  • spray paint ( red and black)
  • craft paint (red, black, dark brown, white, grey and green)  

First, wrap your cheap skulls or bones in a few layers of plastic food wrap. It doesn't matter what brand. Then take your heat gun and melt areas away until you get your desired look. Some hairdryers may not be able to get hot enough to do this.
Hope this inspires you to try a new prop idea for your Halloween Haunt.
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