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Friday, October 17, 2014

Peacock Feather Wreath!

 Peacock Feather Wreath!
 A sweet man in my area had a beautiful display in his truck for the trunk or treat last year.
He had gorgeous peacock feathers in bales of hay.
The feathers were from his own peacocks.
I asked him if there was any way I could buy some from him...
He said I should talk to his wife.  At the end of the night
 when everyone was cleaning up...he brought me a beautiful bouquet of the feathers...
and told me not to tell his wife!  :)
Haha, love it!
As usual, they sat for nearly a year!

 I got a wire wreath form...
some wire and the feathers and set to work!
I cut the floral wire to use as twist ties to hold the feathers in place.
 There wasn't really a method...just wrap and tie...
and repeat until it looked just how I wanted it to.
 Which took a pretty long time actually!
It looked like crap for a while.
 Most of the feathers are going around the wreath in a
clockwise fashion...some are going the other way.
It was just a balancing act to make it look full and eye catching!
Still have some feathers left over too!
 When finished...It just needed a bow!
 I picked a shiny champagne colored ribbon to match the sheen of the peacock feathers!
Perfect for Fall time decor!






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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Simple My Little Pony Derpy Costume!


Simple My Little Pony Derpy Costume!
Derpy...or Muffins...or Derpy Hooves!
  She is cute and silly!
She has become one of the most loveable background ponies on My Little Pony.
She even has a cameo appearance in Equestria Girls
What's not to love with her funny crossed eyes?!

Sidetrack story:
When my daughter was an baby she would often cross her eyes.
All growing up she would stare off into the distance with her eyes crossed.
Many people thought there might be something wrong with her...
but really, from day one, she just like making people laugh!
Adorable, right?!
 
 She's still got it!
 Okay, here's what you will need to make your wings and ears.
2 large Gray foam sheets (12 by 18")
popsicle sticks
1 yard of 1/4" elastic (I use 2 18-inch pieces)
metal headband
hot glue gun

Begin by cutting out your wings.
You will need 2 large wing pieces (the size of 1 sheet of paper),
4 small wing pieces (the size of half a sheet of paper),
a little leftover strip
and 2 little pony ears.
Start by taking the 2 large wings and snipping the center pieces flat.
Put the flat parts together.
Carefully run 3 lines of hot glue across the wings.
And press on 3 popsicle sticks.
Be careful!  I suggest only using the tip of your fingernail...or scissors...
Next hot glue on the strip of foam to cover the sticks.
Now...the smaller wings.
2 will face one direction and 2 will face the opposite direction.
Keep this in mind and glue 3 sticks on the backside of each wing.
Like this.
Now we are ready to glue down 2.
Run some hot glue around all the edges and across the sticks.
Press onto the wings, centering them and overlapping them
 on that popsicle stick foam covered center.
(this is a ONE-TIME shot only.  Once it's glued it will tear...not come off)
Repeat for the other side...using the opposite wing.
This makes the top or inside of your wings...the part touching your body.
Now it needs holes.
I put my wings on top of a scrap 2 by 4 and use my drill to make 4 holes.
Just big enough for elastic to fit through.
I use a tiny safety pin on the end of the elastic as a needle.
My elastic is 18 inches and fits an adult sized person...
but also my 6 year old...so experiment a little.
Thread it from the backside to the top and then back to the backside.
Leave a large enough loop for the arms to fit through
and tie it off on the backside.
Repeat for the other side.
Now you have 2 tied off pieces on the back...
Get those last 2 sticked wings and hot glue them right on top!
Covering the genius of the elastic from sight!
 Perfect!
You can bedazzle the wings with glitter, rhinestones, whatever you want!

Next the ears!
Flip one of the ears opposite the other.
Place a little hot glue at the base of the ear...
Fold in half.
I use clothespins to clamp them until the glue cools...not too
long though as it does leave a little bit of a bite mark!
Next add a strip of glue down the edge of the ear...
and glue it to the headband...about 3 inches from the bottom.
Ta da!
A perfect Pony!
Now just add some gray apparel and you are good to go!
Even with a hood the wings look great!
Add a little painted Cutie Mark on the cheek
for the perfect finishing touch!
And there you have it!  A super simple pony costume!
Want more pony?
My friend CandysbowdaciousBows makes
 the most adorable Pony tutu dresses!
Great for Dress-ups, Christmas gifts or Halloween!
Perfect stretchy corset style tops to fit a wide range of sizes!
 https://www.etsy.com/shop/CandysBowdaciousBows
Complete with crowns, unicorn horns, cutie marks, curly bows and shimmering wings!
All the mane 6 ponies...plus super-star princesses like Celestia, Cadence,
Nightmare moon and Luna!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/206815100/my-little-pony-princess-celestia

And check out our My Little Pony Cosplay costumes from the last couple years!
Pinkie Pie in her Gala outfit!
http://www.doodlecraftblog.com/2013/04/my-little-pony-pinkie-pie-gala-cosplay.html

Twilight Sparkle Equestria Girls Costume!
We love PONIES!!!
My favorite just has to be Rarity!
My daughter is crazy for Pinkie Pie--but loves Daring Do too!
Who is your favorite pony?





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