Gold Animal Head (and rear) Artwork

A couple days ago, I posted a mood board with Sofia’s new room design and I included this animal menagerie that I thought was so appropriate for my cutie-pie! animals

I got on that on this weekend and here is my version (with instructions):

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And here’s a close up:

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After searching, I couldn’t find a site that gave instructions on how to do this, so you’re in luck because, after doing it myself, here they are!

1.  Gather supplies:  frame with 8×10 opening (I got mine from Michael’s)

                                          plastic animals (also from Michael’s)

                                          gold spray paint

                                          white poster board

                                          sharp scissors

                                          superglue or Gorilla glue

2.  First, cut the poster board to the size of the frame opening.  The poster board should go all the way to the inside edges of the frame since it will provide the most support for the animals.

3.  Put the frame together the following way: mat, then poster board, then glass, then back of frame.  You want the glass in the frame but not showing to give even more support since the animals can be heavy.  It should look like:

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4.  Cut the animals in half.  Okay, I am a big idiot and at first I broke out my power tools.  BIG FAIL!  Then I used my noggin and thought, hello, the animals are plastic, if I could just melt them a little, I could cut them with scissors, so that’s what I did.  Put each animal in the microwave for about 15 seconds at time.  After a few animals, I learned that 25 seconds was perfect for my animals but yours may be smaller or larger so play with the time a little.  The animals should be WARM but not mushy.  You just want the plastic to be soft enough to cut with scissors with moderate force.  If you can easily cut them, they’re too hot and you could deform them when you cut!

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No, that dog did not come with a weiner…. That is a melted dog leg.  Sadly, I had to throw Fido away since he was so deformed.

5.  As you cut each one, check to make sure it’s level by putting the cut side on a flat surface.  If it’s lopsided, then just take your scissors and snip away the uneveness.  If needed, warm up the animal a little to cut (I didn’t have to but you may).

6.  Spray paint all the animals.  I did one coat on each side.  I found that if you spray paint the animals in the sun, they dry super quick.  After about 15 minutes, they were completely dry.

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7.  Arrange all the animals the way you eventually want them in your frame.  I did face first then butt next for all of them.  Make sure the spacing is even for all of them.  I had a tendency at first to have the head and butt of one animal close together then put a larger gap in between the next set of animal parts, but that looked bad.  Even spacing is key to have the “art piece” look right.

8.  When you’re satisfied with the spacing, put a thin layer of glue on the cut sides then push them gently onto the poster board.  Don’t use too much glue or it will seep around the animal and cause a shadow.

9.  Admire your work of art!

After I was done, I liked the piece so much that I’m thinking of doing one for the family room to put behind our arm chair or to put in the foyer.  It was also an easy project (don’t let all the steps scare you, I was just thorough!).

Pop Goes the Balloons!

In my last post, I explained how to get money in balloons filled with shaving cream and I mailed my own little goodie box to my nephew, Weston.  Well, I’m happy to report that he did get the balloons and that only one popped (not too bad).  I mailed them on a Thursday and he didn’t get them until Monday so they held up pretty well for 4 days at the post office and in transit.  I have to tell you though, I was nervous that they wouldn’t get there in one piece because, I don’t know about you, I imagine post office workers playing catch with the packages, shaking them vigorously while they take bets as to what’s inside, and then the packages being delivered via rickety truck to their destinations.  I know it’s a lot more high-tech and professional than that, but because I missed the “going to the post office” field trip in elementary school, that’s totally what I imagine.   I also imagined one of them popping in the box and everyone in the post office yelling, “COVER!” while a bomb squad is called out and my house is surrounded by FBI…  But, luckily, none of that happened and they got there safely, and I am writing this from the comfort of my house and not a jail cell.

 

My sister said that when Weston got the balloons, he was ecstatic about the idea that he had to POP them (WHAT!!!  I get to pop balloons!).  Take a look at his reaction for yourself:

 

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I think the funniest part of the video is my sister screaming every time Weston pops a balloon! 🙂

 

So, a few words of caution:  Tell the responsible adult opening the package with the kid to repeat, “This is shaving cream, not whipped cream.  Don’t eat it!”  Also, my sister told me that Weston also got a bit of shaving cream in his eyes so be careful about that or, better yet, send protective eye wear!

 

My other nephew’s birthday (Weston’s brother) is coming up in February, so I have to get cookin’ on something special for that little guy too!

 

 

 

 

Fun Post!: Shaving Cream Balloons

My son was home sick with the flu today so instead of doing something around the house and blogging about that, we did something a lot more fun…. We made shaving cream balloons with money in them to send to my nephew, Weston.  I got the idea from a post from Candice on She’s Crafty where she explained how to put money in a water balloon filled with air.  I wanted a twist though to hide the money in the balloons and to make it a lot more messy for my poor sister (heeheehee!).  So I decided to add shaving cream to the balloons so that when my nephew pops the balloons to get the money, HELLO MESS (and fun and giggles…)!  So, here’s how I did it:

Gather materials:  I wanted to send $20 so I got 20 one dollar bills along with a bag of water balloons and two cans of shaving cream.

First, put on play clothes… You will get shaving cream ALL over you by the end of this, so don’t wear anything nice (hence the beaten up sweatshirt I am donning 🙂 ).

Then, S-T-R-E-T-C-H the balloon so that it is more receptive to the butt-load (that’s a technical term) of shaving cream you’re going to inject in them:

DSC_0014Next, roll your dollar TIGHT so that it is a narrow little tube.  The tighter the better it is to slip into the balloon.

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Then, if you are doing this by yourself, put the dollar in the crook of your knee to hold the roll.  I know that sounds weird, but that’s how I did it because there’s no way you can roll the dollar after you’ve filled the balloon and I was sitting indian style so I just stuck the roll in my leg.  If you’re working with a partner, like I was after a while, one person rolls and the other fills the balloons (it’s easier this way).

Next, fill the balloon by putting the end of the balloon into the shaving cream squirter.  Hold the balloon TIGHT or your shaving cream will squirt out of the sides of the balloon opening.  This took a little practice but after a couple balloons, I was rollin’.

DSC_0005Then, ease the roll inside the balloon.  The balloon can get slippery at this stage and, I not going to lie to you, you have to pinch the snot out of the balloon before and after you get the roll in there and by the end, I had hand cramps.  Like the kind where as I’m writing this post hours later, my fingers hurt and if, by the grace of god, I can move my fingers tomorrow I’m going to be very happy and surprised…  Alright if I haven’t deterred you yet, on to the the next step!

Tie off the balloon by first wiping the tail end of the balloon off to get off the extra shaving cream since you CAN’T tie off a slippery balloon.  Then tie it off and *ta-da* you’re done with balloon one!  Then (in my case), repeat 20 times.

Ahhhh, aren’t they beautiful?!?!?!

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Okay, so after doing this little project, I realized that it kind of stunk at the beginning before I got the hang of it, but after I while, I got into the groove and it went pretty fast.  In the beginning I also popped a few balloons (which is why I am covered in shaving cream in some of the pictures).  My son, Tuscan (my little dollar roller), was also covered:

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He was pretty happy about it as you can see!  He said, “Wow, I got to stay home from school and I’m having a BLAST!”  I did too after about balloon number 4.

The only other thing left to do was send them off with a little note.  I also included a “balloon popper” (a needle) taped to my note.  My 20 balloons fit comfortably in a smallish Priority Box.

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We’ll see if they make it to my nephew without any popped balloons!  I told my sister what I sent today and asked her to record my nephew’s expression when he gets his birthday box.  I’ll be sure to post that (along with the condition of the balloons!).