Monday, May 15, 2017

Nerf Pinata

My twin boys wanted a nerf party for their birthday this year, and we have a tradition of having a pinata as part of the celebration, so I got busy and made one.

Nerf

I started out with a circle pattern that I traced twice on a heavy piece of cardboard and cut out.  You can used whatever design you want.

Then cut some 3 inch strips of cardboard that will be used to go around the pattern



Next, glue the cardboard strips around the outside of the pattern, leaving a 2 - 3 inch gap in the perimeter so you have a place to put in the candy!



Use part of one of the cardboard strips to make a circle, triangle, or whatever shape you want.  You are going to glue this in the middle of the inside of the cardboard shape.  This makes the pinata sturdy, so when you add the wet paper mache, the pinata will not become concave when it drys.





Now it is time to mix the paper mache paste.



This is what you will need:
Flour
Water
Cinnamon (optional)


Mix the water and flour together in a 2 to 1 ratio.  For example, mix 1 cup flour with 2 cups water.  I use warm water because I like it better.  I also add a little bit of cinnamon to the mix.  I do not like the smell of the water and flour mix  -  cinnamon makes is so much more pleasant!
I use my cheap project mixer to mix the lumps out.


Now for the fun part - goooooooey paper mache.

First take some newspaper and rip it into 2 - 3 inch strips.



Next, dip the newspaper strips in the paste and run it through your fingers to get most of the excess paste off.



Then lay the paper strips on the pinata.





I usually do 2 to 3 layers of newspaper and then add another layer of paper that is the same color you want the pinata.




Then, paint the pinata. 


Next, cut 3/4 inch slits about 1/2 inch apart on a streamer.  Then, wrap the streamer around the pinata and glue it down.




Lastly, glue on the some circles and a logo.





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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Rustic Frame

I found a couple picture frames from a church yard sale last fall, and new they needed a make over.




Here is a picture of the frames after I bought them.


I started out by painting them in Heirloom white.



After I painted them, I antiqued them a little by sanding them.


I really like how the frames turned out, but now onto the wreaths.

I started out with a pool noodle that I had purchased from the Dollar Store and a small piece of poster board.



Next, I rolled the poster board up, and glued one end of it into one end of the pool noodle.



Then, I glued the other end of the poster board in the other end of the pool noodle.
I also put some clear tape over the seam to reinforce it.



Next, wound some green rustic ribbon around the wreath and added some pretty flowers. 

Rustic Wreath


To finish the frame, I measured the poster that was inside the frame and cut some weather wood paper the same size and stapled the paper in the frame and added the wreath.





Here is another version with a different wreath:



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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring Display Pedestals


I have been wanting to make a new fun Easter/Spring tablescape.



I started out with various candle sticks, cloche, and wood pieces.


I then used by favorite primer - Zinsser cover stain .  I decided I wanted them white, so I added a few coats of the primer and didn't add any other paint.



After the paint dried, I sanded the pedestal a bit.



Lastly I put in nests, eggs, bird, & butterfly.




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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bunny Pinata

My daughter decided she wanted a bunny party for her birthday, and we have a tradition of having a pinata for birthdays, so I got to work making the pinata.

Easter Pinata

I started out with a small bunny pattern that I enlarged on a copier to the size that I wanted the pinata to be.

Then I traced the pattern twice on a heavy piece of cardboard and cut out the cardboard patterns.


Then cut some 3 inch strips of cardboard that will be used to go around the pattern



Next, I glued the cardboard strips around the outside of the pattern, leaving a 2 - 3 inch gap in the perimeter so you have a place to put in the candy!



Use part of one of the cardboard strips to make a circle, triangle, or whatever shape you want.  You are going to glue this in the middle of the inside of the cardboard shape.  This makes the pinata sturdy, so when you add the wet paper mache, the pinata will not become concave when it drys.





Now it is time to mix the paper mache paste.



This is what you will need:
Flour
Water
Cinnamon (optional)


Mix the water and flour together in a 2 to 1 ratio.  For example, mix 1 cup flour with 2 cups water.  I use warm water because I like it better.  I also add a little bit of cinnamon to the mix.  I do not like the smell of the water and flour mix  -  cinnamon makes is so much more pleasant!
I use my cheap project mixer to mix the lumps out.


Now for the fun part - goooooooey paper mache.

First take some newspaper and rip it into 2 - 3 inch strips.



Next, dip the newspaper strips in the paste and run it through your fingers to get most of the excess paste off.



Then lay the paper strips on the pinata.



I usually do 2 to 3 layers of newspaper and then add another layer of paper that is the same color you want the pinata.



Then, paint the pinata. (This happens to be a hello kitty pinata I made)



Next, cut 3/4 inch slits about 1/2 inch apart on a streamer.  Then, wrap the streamer around the pinata and glue it down.



Next, cut the eyes out and hot glue them to the pinata.




Lastly, add a ribbon and you are done!






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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Shamrock


I can't believe it is already March!  I had to make fun Shamrock for St. Patrick's Day!


I started out with a wood shamrock that I pick up last year.  I already had some fun scrapbook paper, so it was a quick, easy and inexpensive project!


I took off the jute hanger so I could trace and cut the paper to the shapes of the shamrock. Then, I trimmed 1/8" off the straight side of the shapes, so that you could see the separation in the wood. 


I used modge podge to glue the scrapbook paper down and replace the jute hanger.
Quick and easy!!







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