Oct
18

My kids are dressing up as vikings for Halloween this year.  Since they are still just wee viking warriors (2 and 9 months) they will need to ride in the wagon on Halloween night. It just didn’t seem right to put fierce viking warriors in a radio flyer wagon.  So… I decked out their wagon to look like a viking ship with scrap supplies.

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First I cut up a cardboard box in the shape of the boat for the sides and back.  I drew on the wood grain with a sharpie.  The shields are just paper plates colored with marker and taped on.

The dragon head and tail were made out of scrap 2″ foam from other projects.  I sketched out the design and the scroll saw made quick work of it.  I rounded the edged with a rasp.  A little

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To attach everything to the wagon I used so wire, think coat hangers.  I made simple “J”s out of the wire so it just hooks right onto the side of the wagon.  Longer straight wire was used for the bow and stern pieces.

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Oct
08

What can you do with a bag of foam bones and some twine?  Well, you can make a bone mobile of course!

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This was pretty easy to make.  First start by laying out your bones to get an idea of how your mobile will look.

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I used a small crochet hook (don’t tell my wife!) To pull the twine through the foam.

I found it easy to start at the bottom and work my way up.  This made finding the balance point pretty easy at each level.

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Oct
06

My sister-in-law challenged me to make a mummified fairy after she saw so amazing works on Pinterest.  While mine are not fine art, they work in s pinch and only take $2.25 each to make.  Here is sample of the finished version with directions after that.

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First things first, get your supplies.  I picked up a few skeletons from the Dollar Tree, a little bit of floral wire, and some assorted fake butterfly wings. Grab some small beads if you want eyes.

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Now you’re ready go get started.  Use the wire to hold your skeleton in the position you would like.

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Now the tedious part, using the natural colored coffee filters and papier mache paste cover your fairy.  Using a small paint brush to apply the paste helps and allows you to get a nice wrinkled texture.

While that dries, take a look at your butterfly wings.  If they are a tad small like mine were, just glue two together.

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As soon as the fairies are dry you can hot glue on the wings and your mummified fairy is ready for display.  Using the brown coffee filters results in a great color with no paint needed.  A second/third coat of papier mache would add some more texture and may allow for the support wires yo be cut.  I don’t have the patience yo text that theory out though :).

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May
17

I am officially finished with Evan’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea themed bedroom and he moves in tomorrow night. You may have noticed I haven’t posted much to my blog recently. The birth of our daughter in January and this undertaking have replaced late nights making zombies.

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A quick overview, I started by ripping up the carpet and putting in a fireside oak laminate flooring.

Then moved to the riveted chair rail and padded fabric panels.

Teal paint finished off the top half of three walls.

The large wall was turned into a sea monster mural inspired by some of the concept art sketches from the movie. See the time lapse video below of the mural painting.


Then came the faux beams in the corners and fake steam and water pipes.

My wife made the comforter for the bed out of the same fabric that was used on the padded panels.

What submarine room would be complete without a submarine door?

The closet was turned into a reading nook, or a plop pit (Evan loves falling onto pillows yelling “Plop!”)

Some cheap wire shelving and some oil rubbed bronze spray paint made for a good look over the desk. Every piece on the shelves has a story behind it and most items have either been in the family for some time or have a special memory tied to it.

For wall decor, a ship painting my sister gave me years ago has moved from above the fireplace to Evan’s room. It just looks right there. The porthole started as a half sphere fish tank, I added the rivets and frame, added an aquarium background cling, fake plant, and octopus beanie baby.

The dresser, desk, night stand and chair were created by Mels Creative Corner. We saw the dresser online and instantly fell in love and then commissioned the rest of the pieces. Mel and Mel do fantastic work, have great prices and are just good people.

A few odds and ends help to round off the room like the green loop rug, fluffy or weird pillows, and of course a room darkening shade shoe can take his naps without being bothered by the light.

There are a few small things left to finish but they are really minor we are working on a curtain and sash for the closet, some simple curtains, but he is moving in and I am calling it done.

Enough of me babbling, on to the photos!

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Oct
02

I have always wanted a haunted village, last weekend we made it happen. I saw this technique on the36thavenue.com and decided to give it a go.  First we hit up our local dollar tree and picked up a set of their mini christmas village called Cobblestone Corners.

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Second step was to paint them all flat black.  I used the cheapest black spray paint I could find.

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Third step was to hit them with some white dry brushing and presto, haunted village.  It was amazing to see how creepy some of the figures turned out.  A happy fireman, once painted, looks like a axe wielding maniac.  A precious father son shoveling snow turns into two people burying a body. Some children bringing home a Christmas tree became a group of young vandals.

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Oct
01

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It’s that time of year to raise the Halloween freak flag!  This year, it was a family affair.  Kelly, Evan, and soon to be peanut all helped to place the first decoration of the season.

Sep
06

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Saw this cute idea on pinterest to make a little Halloween scene in a jar.  Took a trip to Marshalls and found the large glass container, hit up Michaels for the mini zombies (with a coupon of course) and the tree and presto-chango, Halloween Scene in a jar.  Pretty good chance we will be making more of these.

Sep
05

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What can you do late on a wednesday night with a 2×4 and some burlap? Well you can make mummies of course!  This was an idea we found on pinterest.  Simply cut a 2×4 to a managable height, paint it black, wrap it up in strips of light colored burlap and slap on some googly eyes.  A staple gun made it easy to attach the burlap.

We did 4 varying heights to represent our family and the screwed them to a board.  A very quick and easy project that looks pretty cute.

Sep
04

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Part of the new cemetery layout for this year is two new coffins.  I started by stealing measurement s from a foam coffin make-n-take at Great Lakes Fright Fest 2011.

Once I had the measurements, a few cuts of 1×2′s and presto, coffin frames.  I haven’t decided what to cover them with yet but at least the frames are done.  I am,leaning towards wood paneling if I can find some that looks old and weathered.

Sep
03

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To fill out the back of the cemetery, I wanted some tall simple pieces. 

How about three 5’6″ obelisks!?!?

These were made from left over 2″ foam insulation.  The same offset technique was used to give them a touch of detail.  On the back is a 3′ section of 1×2 to glued a screwed into place for strength and support.

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