October 15th, 2014
This month for the Michael’s Makers challenge, we were asked to create a halloween costume out of materials found at Michaels.
I already knew I wanted Leo to be a mummy this year (more cute pics at the end of the post!), so I just went and found all the supplies I needed at Michaels.
For this mummy costume you’ll need:
White or cream fabric (you can tea stain it to get an antique look)
Freaky Fabric (cream)
So why no glue? I really love glue for so many things, but halloween costumes is not one of them. I like my costumes to be sewn and sturdy. Easy to remove and put back on. I don’t want anything falling off or falling apart.
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October 13th, 2014
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October 13th, 2014
Do you follow Lia Griffith and her paper flowers? I’ve become a little obsessed lately and so I decided to have a little craft night with some girlfriends and make our own crepe paper peonies!
As of lover of paper, I just had to order this fancy italian floral crepe paper (in like every color). It was great to have an excuse to buy it.
In addition to the crepe paper, I pulled out all my glue guns for everyone to use including my trusty Ad tech full-size lo-temp gun (you want to always use a low temp glue gun for crepe paper). I also have to recommend this awesome silicone glue gun mat from Ad tech that keeps your work surface free of stray glue drips. You also need floral wire, and floral tape.
I printed out a handful of templates from Lia’s Site. And we all started cutting away!
Once everything is cut, it’s time for assembly. This can be a bit overwhelming, so I highly suggest watching Lia’s awesome video tutorial (over and over) to get the process down.
My favorite glue gun for making these flowers was this Ad tech Hybrid Cordless glue gun because it has a flat base which makes it super easy to grab and put down and grab again – which happens when your gluing about a million petals.
Did I mention petals?
And more petals?
But in the end it’s totally worth it because of these gorgeous flowers!
Aren’t they so pretty all in a bouquet?
And they are BIG too!
It was a super fun craft night and fun to see all the different variations of the peonies everyone made.
And I might have tried my hand at a ranunculus… which turned out gorgeous, but I did want to give up a few times along the way.
I haven’t gotten around to making more crepe paper flowers yet, but maybe for a special occasion, I’ll get all the supplies back out and go to town! It’s fun and fast with other people making them too!
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