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Pompoms!

Making pompoms was a Pinterest DIY I've wanted to try for a while. Luckily my friend (Jeanette) had the same idea and got the supplies! 20121231-002356.jpg It was quite daunting at first but once we got started it got easier. We used dollar store tissues paper, it rips, just go with it. I'm sure the expensive stuff rips too! Be gentle and it will work out. 20130118-134058.jpg We used 5 to 12 sheets together and folded them into an (unmeasured) inch. Once it's all folded, wrap some craft wire (about 18 inches long) around the middle of it to hold the accordion together. Don't wrap it to tight, but enough to hold it together. You can tie the ends of the wire together to make a loop, to make it easier to attach string or ribbon to attach it to the ceiling. Cut the ends to be round or pointed, we chose pointed. You'll then flatten the accordion and spread out the folds, so that you have a flower/star looking shape. 20130119-102719.jpg You'll then begin to gently pull apart the layers of tissue paper one by one from the centre. If you're using dollar store tissue paper, like we did, just be prepared for the paper to rip. Start on one side of the craft wire, and go from both ends of the tissue paper, to make it easier. Once you have a pompom finished, hold by the center and shake lightly to fluff out the pompom. Finished! Tie some ribbon around the center loop and hang from the ceiling. You can also scale down the tissue paper and make different sizes. 20130119-102730.jpg

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December 31, 2012 4 tags (show)

Munny part 1

The obsession has started! Munny's are adorable toys from an American company called Kidrobot. They are blank figures you can decorate using pens, pencils, markers, paint, and other supplies or leave them as they are! A Munny doll is made out of vinyl and has movable joints. They come with 1 random accessory such as a carrot or a hat. Mine came with a phone :) They also come in a variety of sizes, I got a mini munny! The hardest part of the whole experience was deciding how to decorate it! There are so many possibilities that it took me longer to choose than to actually do. My one recommendation is to sketch out your ideas before tackling the actual doll. I think I did about 8 sketches before starting!

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20110522-102904.jpg I used acrylic paint, and I chose to varnish my final product. It really depends on the type/quality of paint you use and what you want your munny to look like in the end.

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20110523-121742.jpg The finished product is one of my fav tv characters, he has many hats, he's a beet farmer, sheriff's deputy and assistant to the regional manager at Dunder Mifflin. He is the one and only, Dwight Schrute! I'm not quite happy with his glasses, but this was my first attempt! I can't wait to get another one, looks like I'll be making a stop to Lost Marbles this week! If you have any questions about my munny please leave me a comment. Happy crafting folks!

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