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Back to School with Brandon Bird!

12 Sep

This weekend I helped my friend, Brandon Bird, assemble his newest product for back to school: lunchboxes! Brandon Bird is a totally awesome artist who makes pop culture paintings featuring everything from Nicolas Cage to Star Wars.  He offers his work on many platforms in addition to canvas including phone cases, stickers, valentines and most recently these old-school and totally hip lunch boxes.  The lunch boxes feature two original art pieces by Brandon.  Luckily I didn’t have to actually make all these plastic lunch boxes, or the stickers.  All I had to do was put them together!

Incidentally, stickering was a real two person job!  It took one person to hold the lunch box down nice and flat and the other to stick the sticker down nice and even and roll over it with a little foam roller to make sure there were no bubbles.

Rollin' away!

You can carry your lunch in either a Gran Torino box or an Eric Roberts one, and you have your choice between pink and black for both!

 

What a fun day of stickering!  Although I am still a bit woozy from being around the smell of a zillion plastic lunch boxes.  Check out http://www.brandonbird.com to get your very own Made in the USA, hand-painted by Brandon, hand-assembled by me lunchboxes!

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May the Felt Be With You

9 Sep

The stars must have aligned because it’s time for another Star Wars craft: Yoda dolls!  Today’s craft is great for kids and employs a simple methodology that can be used again and again to create all of your favorite characters! You will need the following supplies:

-two sheets each of 8″x 11″ felt in green, brown, tan and red (optional)

-scissors

-needle and thread

-pillow stuffing (you can also use newspaper or cut up an old t-shirt)

-paper and pencil

-pins

-glue

-googly eyes

My trusty crafting assistant helped me choose the following felt color palette for our fury friends:

The first thing we did was draw an outline of Yoda and his clothing on paper.  You can print these drawings and use them as templates to make your own Yoda doll!

Yoda Body

Yoda robe, undershirt, nose and mouth

The next step is to cut out the templates and pin them to the felt.  Pin the body, mouth and nose to the green fabric, the robe to the dark brown fabric, and the triangular undershirt to the tan fabric. Be sure to double up on felt for the body and the robe – we don’t want Yoda’s backside to be naked!

All pinned down!

Cutting I am

Next, it is time to sew together the body.  You can use any stitch you like, but I recommend a whip stitch because it’s fast and it seals the edges of the felt to prevent the stuffing from getting loose!   Start at the left foot and sew all the way up and around the body; stop when you get the the right foot – is important to leave an opening to put the stuffing in.

Opening for stuffing

Insert little clumps of stuffing at a time and use a pen or a chopstick to get all the nooks and crannies – don’t forget his pointy ears!

Like stuffing a turkey!

Once he is all stuffed you can sew up the rest of the opening.  Now it’s time for Yoda dress-up!  Pin both sides of the robe together on Yoda’s body and sew it together.

Stitching up the robe

The whip stitch (or any stitch) is fine for this as well, however I chose to use a blanket stitch and some green, contrasting thread because I thought it looked pretty 🙂

Blanket stitch close-up

Once Yoda is decently dressed, glue (or sew) the tan triangle upside-down at his neck to make his undershirt.  Then glue on his mouth and finally, the googly eyes! The red felt is for adding the optional finishing touch that my little crafting helper came up with – a little tongue sticking out!

Very happy with the finished product, I was 😀

And of course, a final picture in front of the other Star Wars themed craft we made, the AT-AT garden!

AT-AT Garden

27 Aug

This week, I found a fabulous THEMED crafting book at the library!  A long time ago, in a craftaxy far, far away…

Star Wars Craft Book!!!

This book has some truly unique and very creative ideas for making all your favorite nerdy knickknacks.  I was immediately drawn to the AT-AT herb garden craft.  What a great idea to take a machine built for destruction and make it grow flowers instead!

This craft was not especially difficult, however it was quite time consuming.  I used the following supplies:

4 Pringles containers (with lids)

4 plastic instant soup containers (with lids)

1 plastic storage bin (no lid needed)

1 plastic berries container

1 crushed can

2 straws

1 roll of duct tape

plants!

Recycled art!

Step 1: Remove lids from Pringles containers.

Step 2: Wrap everything in duct tape!

Step 3:  Using a hammer and a nail, nail some holes into the bottom of the storage container where the flowers will be planted so that the water can drain through.

Step 4: Tape Pringles containers to upside-down soup containers to make the legs.

Step 5:  Tape Pringles lids to the middle of the Pringles containers to make the knees.

Step 6: Tape completed legs to the storage container to make the body.

Step 7:  Tape the crushed can to the body to make the neck.

Step 8:  Tape the berry container to the crushed can to make the head.

Step 9:  Tape the straws to the berry container to make the guns.

My neck was a little droopy, so I taped a wooden dowel along the underbelly, neck and head of the AT-AT to support the structure.

Step 10:  Fill the bed of the planter with dirt and plant the flowers of your choosing.

Completed AT-AT garden!

Some smurfs snuck into that photo too!  And we have successfully turned evil to the side of good, while recycling and being green at the same time.