A Peachy Halloween

31 Oct finalfull

Happy Halloween!  Despite the fact that I spend most of my time crafting, I of course waited until the last minute to craft my own costume.  That is why today is super, duper last minute costume day!  A friend gave me a lovely pink dress and white gloves to be Princess Peach for Halloween, but of course I didn’t think about the accessories until an hour before the party.  What to do?!?

Princess Peach wears shiny blue earrings and a gold crown with pink and blue jewels.  Since I have been working a lot with bottle caps lately, I got an idea.

I flipped through a magazine until I found the perfect blue – an ad for Tiffany’s jewelry!  I paired the blue with some gold bottle caps from my collection.

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I wanted my jewelry to sparkle and shine so I spread a layer of glue on top of the blue and sprinkled on some glitter😀

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shimmy shimmy shimmer!

Then I painted some craft glaze on top to seal the glitter and give the “jewel” a smooth texture and nice shine.

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Once the glue dried, I used pliers to clamp the edges around the jewel to make it look like it was set in gold.

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fancy!

Now it’s time to turn my lovely jewels into earrings!  I took some sewing pins and cut the pointy part off.  Then, I used a hot glue gun to drop a little bead of glue onto the back of the jewel.  I stuck the pin head down into the glue, perpendicular to the earring, and held it while it dried.

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Next I cut two little chunks of pencil erasers to use as earring backs and my bedazzled ears were ready to go!  Now, to crown the Princess🙂

To make the base for the crown I glued together some gold colored paint samples from the hardware store that I happened to have handy.

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Then, I cut little triangles into the crown to make the pointy tips.

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Princess Cut!

I took the extra blue and pink jewels I made while making the earrings and hot glued them on.

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I glued the ends of the crown together and glued little strips of ribbon on the underside so I could pin it to my head.  Real Princesses are supposed to be able to balance crowns on their heads but I’m a bit clumsy so pinning seemed like a good alternative.

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The final results were just peachy!

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These accessories really made the costume!  Now if only someone could rescue me from Bowser…😉

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A Sweet Treat: Recycled Bracelet

28 Oct

Welcome to bottle cap bracelet day!  This craft is awesome because it uses recycled materials and it is completely customizable to match your outfit, your mood or even your favorite cat.

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The finished bracelet

Total Craft Time: About an hour

Materials:

– 7 or 8 bottle caps depending on the thickness of your wrist

– 7 or 8 bottle cap sized images

-pliers

-hot glue gun

– 8″ of 1″ ribbon

– 1″ x 1/2″ square of velcro (both sticky and non-sticky side)

I found this super cute image of a girl in a cupcake store so the theme of this bracelet is sweet treats!treatpage

I made a little template by tracing a bottle cap and then I started tracing circles around all the tasty treats.

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I then cut out the circles, glued them inside bottle caps and painted a layer of craft lacquer on top to give the cupcakes a nice sheen.  After it dried, I used pliers to clamp down the edges and the freshly pressed treats were ready for braceleting!

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Check out my bottle cap ring post for a complete, in-depth tutorial on how to make these little bottle cap trinkets.

Now, it’s ribbon time!  I chose a nice blue ribbon to go with the pastel colors in my dessert themed bottle caps.

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pretty in blue!

I took my ribbon and wrapped it around my wrist to measure just how much I would need.  I added and extra 1/2″ so the velcro can overlap. Meanwhile, I plugged in my trusty glue gun so it could start heating up!

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Then, I lined up all of my bottle caps along the ribbon to make sure they fit and arranged them in a pleasing color order.

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I took my nice and toasty glue gun and put a dollop of glue on the ribbon and placed the cap on top.  I continued this all down the line until all the caps were glued.  The reason I used a little dot instead of a long line of glue is so that the caps are still flexible to bend around the natural curves of the wrist when the bracelet is worn.

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Once the caps were all glued it was time for velcro!

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I attached the prickly side of the velcro to the side of the ribbon with the bottlecaps and the soft side the the underside of the ribbon.  Then I put the bracelet on and spent the day drooling overvmy wrist!  Mmm cupcakes😀

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You can make bracelets like these in any color and with any images.  They make a great personalized gift for friends, too!  Enjoy🙂

 

A Summer Skirt Gets a Fall Makeover

27 Oct

Since the dye job I did earlier in the week turned out so well, I was inspired to try again!  I’ve had this old white and brown skirt that my mom gave me forever and I have never worn it because it has a big stain right on the front.  Today’s dye job will make this summer skirt ready for fall AND covers up that pesky stain!

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staring at the ugly stain!

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Close-up!!

I mixed a whole package of Rit dye in Golden Yellow with some hot water and added it to the washing machine set on the hottest and shortest cycle.  Then I put the skirt in and let the cycle finish and the final product covered up the stain and turned out a beautiful mellow yellow.   A brown and yellow skirt paired with some brown leather boots is the perfect fall ensemble!

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Halloween Costumes

26 Oct

T minus 6 days until Halloween!  Is your costume ready?  Mine isn’t either!  No worries, over the years I have often waited until the last minute and still come up with some great costume ideas that you can throw together using mostly things you find around the house or can get pretty easily and cheaply.  Check out these DIY costume ideas!

Mario and Luigi Costume:

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For a girly take on this classic costume I cut and hemmed some overalls I found at a thrift store.  The letters on the hats are just cut out of paper and the matching t-shirts were also thrift store finds.  Dig some black boots and white winter gloves out of the closet and you are ready to go fight Bowser!

The Cheshire Cat Costume:

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I found this perfect Cheshire cat inspired striped fabric at the store and knew just what to do with it!  I made this body suit by laying down on the fabric and having someone trace me.  Then I simply cut out the tracing and sewed it together.  Add some ears and a little drawn on nose and whiskers and voila!  You are ready to give cryptic advice to everyone at the party.  The best part about this costume is that the back of it is made out of black fabric so that when I turn around…

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—I disappear! 😀

80s Fab Costume:

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I made this costume completely with stuff I found in my own closet!  This is a fun costume to do in a group because everyone can participate just by being creative with clothes and accessories they already have. I used an old full piece bathing suit as the base (a tank top would work just as well) and I wore a pink tube top as a skirt.  I cut a hole in the crotch of some black fishnet tights and put my head through the hole and my arms through the legs (after I cut off the feet of the tights) in order to wear it as a shirt.  Some black leggings and leg warmers paired with a pair of heels and I was ready to rock out and get physical like Olivia Newton-John!

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Poison Ivy Costume:

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Whether you want to go as the plant or as the super villain, this easy costume covers all the bases!  Just grab a green tank top and some green socks with the toes cut out, wrap yourself in ivy from the garden or from the craft store and you are ready to wreak itchy havoc everywhere!

Corpse Bride Costume:

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This costume is pretty versatile because it can also double as a zombie bride costume!  I found a wedding dress and veil from the thrift store (any white dress will do) and cut the top of the dress to make it strapless like the Corpse Bride’s dress.  The dress and veil were a nice pristine white so I made them look aged by soaking them overnight  in a bath of tea.  I got the blue wig and face paint from a costume store and put on my poutiest face to go in search of my groom!

Leeloo from The Fifth Element Costume:

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I made this costume for a friend who looks JUST LIKE Milla Jovovich.  I cropped a white t-shirt and spray painted some white tights gold; then used a black sharpie to draw the lines on the tights.  To make the orange jumper I took a large orange shirt and traced out the design while my friend was wearing the shirt.  I cut out the design and sewed the front and back hems together to make a crotch seam.  We added some black boots, an orange wig and a paper multipass and Leeloo was ready to go save the world!

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Dye a Dress

25 Oct beforeafter

Today we are going to take an old white dress that was covered with stains and give it a new lease on life using some blast from the past inspiration –  I found this amazing ribbon at the fabric store and just couldn’t pass it up:

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This ribbon has a great 60’s mod flare that I tried to infuse into this old white dress, the outcome was pretty groovy🙂

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Total crafting time: About two and a half hours of actual work plus an hour for the dress to go through the washer and dryer while dyeing.

Materials:

-white or light colored dress

-one box of Rit dye in Kelly Green

-sewing machine

-1 yard of  1/2″ ribbon

-1 yard of 1 1/2″ ribbon

-thread to match ribbon

-scissors

-pins

-pitcher or bowl

-washing machine or large pot

-dryer or line to dry clothes

-water

-measuring cup

Step 1: Lets set up the dye bath.  Pour two cups of hot water into a pitcher or bowl.

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Step 2:  Open your box of Rit dye and pour the entire package into the water.

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Step 3: Stir the dye bath until all the powder is fully dissolved.  Unless you want a green spoon, it is best to use a metal or plastic spoon rather than wood!

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Step 4:  Turn your washing machine to the hottest setting and shortest cycle and add the dye!  Alternatively, you can add this dye to a pot of boiling water on top of the stove.  Add enough water to fully submerge your garment.

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Step 5: Stick the dress in the machine and wait for the cycle to finish!  If boiling on the stove, leave the dress in about half an hour.  Once you put the dress in the dye bath you will notice that it dyes right away.  It is important to leave it in for the full cycle for the dye to set completely into the fibers and achieve the boldest colors.  If you want a lighter color, use less dye and more water but still allow the garment to soak for a full half hour.  In this case, I was going for bold and was very happy with the result!

Step 6:  Remove the dress from the washer and stick it in the dryer or on a line to dry.  A line is definitely the better option for the environment, but I just couldn’t wait to see the finished color so I went with the dryer🙂takingdressout

Step 7:  The final color was nice and bright and complemented well the ribbon that inspired it all.  Time to attach that ribbon!

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Line up the bottom of the 1 1/2″ ribbon along the bottom hem of the dress and pin.  Fold over and sew the ribbon at the ends so it doesn’t fray. The ribbon ends should meet at one of the side seams to make it less conspicuous.

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Pinning away!

Step 8:  Thread the machine with thread that matches your ribbon and sew the ribbon to the hem!  Try not to stretch and pull the fabric or the ribbon too much while you sew – otherwise your ribbon might come out all puckered and no one likes sour ribbon😛

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All sewn! (and a little wrinkly)

Step 9: It’s almost time to sew some ribbon down the center!  But first I have to remove all those pesky buttons running down the center of my dress.  I simply took some scissors and snipped off all 14 buttons and set them aside for use in a future project🙂

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After the button removal, I was left with a giant gaping hole in my dress!

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I took to the machine and sewed it up.  I wasn’t worried about matching thread because this part is going to be covered with ribbon.

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All stitched up!

Step 10: Pin the 1/2″ ribbon down the center front.  Fold it over on both ends so it doesn’t fray.

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Step 11:  Thread the machine with matching thread and sew up that ribbon!  Again, try not to pull or stretch the fabric too much as you sew in order to avoid bubbles or puckers in your ribbon.

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All sewn up!

Step 12:  Now that the front is finished, it’s time to put the finishing touches on the back.  The back of this dress has two fabric ties in order to pull the dress tight and make a bow.  The ties were pretty lackluster so I removed them by cutting them out of the seam they were sewn into.

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Step 13:  Then, I used the leftover ribbon to replace the ties.  Be sure to finish off the ribbon edges by sewing a little square at each end!

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Then, I inserted the raw end of the ribbon into the little hole in the seam where I cut the original ties.

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And the dress is complete!  Here is the final product:

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And the ties in the back:

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Enjoy!  And send me your versions for me to post on the site:   grandmastercrafts@gmail.com

Girl Scouting is My Bag

24 Oct

This weekend I went with my little buddy on a Girl Scout Camping trip.  This trip was right up my alley because we visited a colonial village where we got to try our hands at all sorts of traditional crafts such as candle dipping, butter churning, weaving and writing with a quill and ink!  Before going on the trip we had some crafting of our own to do – making  swaps!  Swaps are little objects such as beads, buttons, origami and anything else you can think of attached to safety pins.  Girl Scouts make about 50 each and bring them to camping trips like these in order to swap with their friends and collect all the different ones; hence the name “swaps.”  We had a pretty hefty crafting set-up:

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This is a great craft for using all the leftover scraps you may have saved from other crafts.  I used a penny, a seashell and a scrap piece of fabric to get us started.

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First, I put a dollop of hot glue on the penny and placed it on the back side of the fabric.

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Then I put some glue on the penny and folded in all the fabric edges to make a diamond.

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Lastly, I flipped the diamond over to the clean, non-gluey side, hot glued a pretty seashell on top and glued a safety pin to the bottom.  Ta-da!

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We continued cutting and hot-glueing away, pairing together pretty random objects until we ended up with this lovely assortment:

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Lots of use out of those bottlecaps!

And a high five for a job well done😀

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Check out my sweet girl scouting t-shirt!

After a four hour drive out into the woods the swapping began!

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 Now, a hundred years ago when I was a kid it was all the rage to pin your swaps to a hat like a fisherman.  It seems the cool thing to do now is pin your swaps to a lanyard around your neck.  Kids these days.😉

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After the swapping was complete we checked out other crafts.  Here we are learning to churn butter.  The woman in the picture told us it would take about 2 hours to make one cup of butter by hand!

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We also learned how to write with feathers that come from turkeys and geese.  I have a whole new appreciation for my ballpoint pen!

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Lastly, we got to learn about my favorite craft: weaving!  This type of weaving was done on a very small, hand-held loom which was great for learning.  The kids learned all about the warp and the weft and the shuttle.   You can find an in-depth weaving tutorial in one of my earlier posts here.

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I was a Girl Scout for many years so this was a great way to re-live the experience and spend some time out in nature.  Visiting the colonial village reminded me that although most of my crafts are a luxury, the whole concept of crafting began out of necessity to make the things we need in order to survive!

T-shirt Skirt!

19 Oct

Apparently this week I am a little t-shirt happy since this will be the second t-shirt themed post of the week!  It must be because I’ve been cleaning out my closet and I have piles of old clothes to upcycle :)  Today we are making a cute little skirt out of an old t-shirt.  For this project, the bigger the t-shirt the better.

All you need for today’s craft is a t-shirt and a pair o’ scissors.

The first thing to do is take that collar and streeeeetch it out by pulling at opposite ends with both hands.  The collar is going to become the waistband so stretch it as much as you can!  If you can’t stretch it enough to fit around your waist you can always put little snippets in it.

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Once you have stretched to your heart’s content, its time to step into the collar and pull the shirt up around your waist like it’s a real skirt!  Make any stretching or snipping adjustments needed to make sure the collar fits snugly around your waist.

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Next, make a little snippet with your scissors or use a pencil to mark the length of your skirt.  I wanted my skirt to fall just about the knee so I made a little mark right there.

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Then take your skirt off and lay it flat on the floor.  The first thing to do is cut open the seam that holds the sleeves together.

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Then cut straight across the t-shirt at the place where you made the mark, cutting through both the front and back layers of fabric.  If the sleeves are longer than the rest of the skirt you can trim them to make it all the same length.

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Cut all the way across and down the sleeve at the other end.  The fabric that t-shirts are made out of is called jersey knit and it’s a really great material to work with because you can leave the edges raw (un-hemmed) and they won’t fray or fall apart.  The raw edges actually add a cool, grungy feel to the garment.

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Once you are done cutting, put your skirt on and make any adjustments to length or jagged edges and then you’re ready to go! I turned my skirt around so the graphic was in the back🙂

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Stay tuned for another DIY t-shirt craft of epic proportions coming soon!

Tutorial Tuesday: T-shirt Bag Edition!

18 Oct

Hi!  Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday!  It’s bonus tutorial week because I also did a tutorial yesterday for a Pikachu Halloween costume. Thank you for your wonderful comments and feedback on the costume, it has inspired me to try to squeeze in a few more costume tutorials before Halloween!

Today we are going to recycle an old t-shirt and turn it into a bag!  This is like a recycling project squared because the bag is the perfect size and shape to hold groceries and save plastic and paper bags when shopping. I chose an old concert t-shirt from a band I loved as a teenager😀

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What you will need for this project:

-t-shirt

-scissors

-sewing machine

-thread

-pins

-seam ripper

Step 1: Use your seam ripper to detach both sleeves from the t-shirt.  You can also just cut the sleeves off but seam ripping makes for neater edges and more fabric to work with.

rippingsleeves

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You could always stop here and have a sweet sleeveless cut-off t-shirt circa 1992!

Step 2: Set those sleeves aside while we work on the main part of the shirt.  Take some scissors and cut open the seam at the shoulders.

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Step 3:  Now, lets sew up the bottom hem of the shirt to get it really looking like a bag!  Just turn the shirt inside and sew along the bottom hem.  You can pin the hem together to make it easier to sew and you can also round the edges a bit as you sew so the corners aren’t so pointy😀

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all sewn up!

Step 4:  Start just at the outside of the collar and cut a bib shape around the neckline of the shirt.  The bottom of the bib shape should line up with the armpit where the sleeve used to be.

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Step 5:  Using the bib shape in the front as a guide, cut the same shape out of the back of the shirt.

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Step 6: Now that the main part of the bag is done, let’s revisit those sleeves!  Take your handy seam ripper and take out the seam that holds the sleeves together.

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Step 7: Cut off the hem and the curve of the sleeve so you have one nice, straight line.  Do this for both sleeves!

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Step 8: Pin the sleeves to the cut ends at the shoulders to make the strap. Pin the right (correct) sides of the fabric facing each other so the wrong sides of the fabric are facing out.  Then fold the strap over and pin it to the back shoulder also with right sides together and wrong sides facing out.  Do this for both sides.

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Step 9:  Head on over to your sewing machine and stitch up those seams.  Don’t forget to remove your pins as you sew! And voila!  Now you have a handy dandy bag that will forever remind you of that beloved old t-shirt that you just don’t wear anymore. Happy shopping!

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DIY Pikachu Halloween Costume!

17 Oct

With Halloween just around the corner, I thought I’d show you some costumes I’ve been working on.  Today, we are making a girls Pikachu costume out of duct tape!  Duct tape is a great material to make clothing out of because it is durable and doesn’t require any sewing.  It is also an easy way to make a custom fit costume because it wraps right around your body!

Here is what the final costume looks like:

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And in case you need a little refresher, here is a picture of the Pokemon character Pikachu:

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You will need the following materials for this project:

-yellow duct tape

-black duct tape (or electrical tape)

-plastic wrap

-a dress to use as a base (this dress will not get ruined or altered)

-scissors

-super glue

-velcro (one yard)

-foam core or cardboard

-a black headband

-brown paint (any kind)

-a paintbrush (any kind)

-red lipstick/lip liner or face paint

Step 1: Find a dress that is fitted and has the same shape and length you would like for your Pikachu costume and put it on.

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Step 2: Start at the top and wrap the entire dress in plastic wrap.  Wrap snuggly and use layers to make sure it is all covered.  For the top of this costume we used a yellow bikini top but you  can also wrap the top in plastic wrap and make that out of duct tape as well.

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Step 3: Once the dress is fully covered in plastic wrap (this will prevent the duct tape from sticking to you and/or the dress!) start duct taping horizontally around the body.  You can do this yourself but it will definitely be easier if you have two people.  One person holds the duct tape and the other slowly spins around in place to wrap the duct tape around and around.  Make sure you layer the tape so there aren’t any spaces!

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The curves and corners of the body are a bit tricky, but just pinch the tape and tuck it in and don’t worry too much about it on this first pass because we will cover it and make it look pretty later🙂

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Step 4: Once the dress is fully covered in a layer of duct tape, go through and make vertical stripes around the back and sides to clean up the pinched corners.  We left a 6 inch panel of horizontal stripes visible in the front because the contrast of vertical and horizontal stripes at your sides gives a lovely, slimming effect!

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Step 5:  Once the dress looks nice and neat, it’s time to cut it up!  Take some scissors and carefully cut all the way down the center back.   Be sure to cut through both the plastic wrap and the duct tape but not your dress underneath!

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Try not to stretch or crumple the dress too much once its off – you can’t iron duct tape!

cutdressStep 6: Next we need to enforce all the edges of the dress with duct tape.  Encase the top, bottom and back edges of the dress with duct tape by placing a strip of tape along one edge and position it so that half of the tape is coming off the edge of the dress.  Then, fold the tape over and stick it to itself. Do this twice on the edges you made when you cut the back in order to give the dress an extra inch on which to attach the velcro.

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Step 7: Now we want to make it so you can easily take your dress on and off!  We will do this with just a little glue and velcro, nice n’ easy.  Gently lay your dress belly-down on a flat surface.  Measure out your velcro by lining it up with the length of the dress and cut the velcro so it is the same length.

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The prickly side of the velcro goes on the outside (the yellow part) of the dress along the edge of the center back cut on the left side.  The soft side of the velcro goes on the inside of the dress along the edge of the center back cut on the right side.  This way you are never in danger of having prickly velcro press against your skin!  Dab some super glue on the non-velcro sides of the velcro and stick it on those edges.  Careful not to glue your fingers together or else you might have to be Spock from Star Trek for Halloween instead😉

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Step 8:  Let the glue on the velcro dry and then try on your dress!  You have completed the body of your Pikachu costume, ta-da! Next stop: tail and ears!

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Step 9: Trace out the shape of the tail onto cardboard or foam core.  You can also print out the one below and use it as a template!  If you plan to print out the template, make sure you first click on the image to get the full-size version.

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Step 10: Use scissors or a box cutter to cut out the shape of the tail. Don’t worry about cutting it out perfectly since we are going to give it a little duct tape makeover!

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Step 11: Wrap the tail up in yellow duct tape.  You can use any method or pattern you like, however I found it was easiest to first tape along the edges of the tail as seen in the pic below and then fill in the gaps with horizontal pieces of tape.

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Step 12: Time to get those hands dirty and paint the tail!  Use brown paint to paint solid brown all the way up the tail and stop just before the biggest square part on at the end.  When you get to the big square end of the tail, brush the paint up in swift vertical motions to make it look like a little tuft of brown fur.

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Paint both sides and edges of the tail and set it aside to dry.  Depending on the kind of paint you use, you might want to do two coats of paint.

Step 13: You are almost there!  Just the ears to go and then you are ready to evolve into Pikachu!  Use the template below to trace two ears onto foam core or cardboard. If you plan to print out the template, make sure you click on the image first to get the full-sized version.

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Step 14: Just like the tail, use scissors or a box cutter to cut out the ears.  We will also be covering these with duct tape so save your perfect cutting skills for paper snowflake making day🙂

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Step 15: To tape the ear, first place one long piece of tape vertically across the whole thing.

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Then, tape one long piece around the edges, folding over and pinching as you make your way around the curves.

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Step 16:  Take your black tape and wrap it around the top 3 inches or so of the ear in order to make the little black tips on Pikachu’s ear.

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Step 17: Now it’s time for some ear piercing!  Use scissors or some other sharp object to carefully create a hole at the bottom of both ears.

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Step 18: Now, take a strip of duct tape about 8 inches long and cut/tear it so that it is only about 1/2 inch wide.  Then, wrap one end of the tape around a screw or nail.  Be careful that the tape doesn’t stick to itself while you are doing this because it is almost impossible to pull it apart!

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Step 19:  Use the screw/nail to thread the tape through the hole you made in the ears.  Once it is through, cut or unwrap the tape from the sharp object.

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Step 20:  Take your headband and position the ear on top and slightly to the right.  Then, wrap the ends of the tape that are threaded through the hole in the ear around the headband.  Repeat with the second ear and place that one slightly to the left.

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This should be enough to keep your ears in place but if you want them to be extra sturdy you can always wrap more tape around the headband and attach it to the base of the ears.  All that yellow tape blends in so you can really use as much as you want if you are tape happy!

Step 21:  You have officially completed making all the parts for this costume!  Now, it’s just time to attach all the parts and style accordingly. Put on your yellow dress and position the tail in the back of the dress at your tailbone.  Then, attach a strip of tape to the dress, wrap it around the tail and stick it back to the dress.  I made you a little diagram below to show you what it looks like:

attachingtaildiagram

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Use as much tape as you need to make the tail feel sturdily attached!

Step 22: Make-up time!  Use some red lipstick, lip liner or face paint to make little red circles on your cheeks.  Super cute!

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Now put on those ears and some cute shoes and show off that handy work while getting some yummy Halloween candy, you earned it!

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Have fun with these costume instructions and send me pics of what you make!  Happy Halloween🙂

Fense Sense

13 Oct

Welcome to landscaping craft day!  I wanted to spruce up my courtyard a bit and give myself some privacy from the neighbors.  Right now, the only thing between myself and them is a gnarly bush and some white lattice fencing – not very effective or pleasing to the eye!

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The first thing to do was rip down that scraggly bush and start with a clean slate!

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It’s lookin’ better already :D  I didn’t have the manpower to put up a whole new fence, so I decided to just accessorize the lattice with some basic 2’x3′ wooden boards bought at the local hardware store.

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I put darker boards on each end to give the wood some contrast.  Here is a close-up so you can see the difference in color.

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Now, it’s time to decorate!  I wanted to make two horizontal stripes with tape so that once I painted over the stripes and peeled the tape away, there would be perfect, natural wood stripes running across my backyard.

This project called for one of my favorite all-purpose materials: duct tape!  It was a two-person job to run the duct tape across each board and measure every few feet to make sure it was still the same distance from the edge of the board.

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I did one stripe about 4 inches down from the top edge of the top boards and one stripe 4 inches up from the bottom edge of the bottom board.  Already the stripes looked pretty cool!

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Next it was time for painting!  I got out my roller and tray and rolled one solid coat of burgundy red over the whole thing.

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Once the paint was thoroughly dried, I slowly peeled off the duct tape to reveal the beautiful wood underneath!

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Peeling off the tape was definitely my favorite part, so satisfactory!  The final product really jazzed up the backyard and reminded me of a sweet, vintage surfboard; perfect since I live right by the beach😀

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This was a simple and quick afternoon project that left my yard looking very cool…and there is sill lot of blank space on that wood for some super sweet mural action…

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