Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Eek a Mouse!!

Help, I have mice!! These guys are really cute and easy to make. I found mice silhouettes I liked online, sized it appropriately and cut them out in black poster board. I attached them to the moulding with double-sided tape. We have ours climbing up a staircase, but they would be fun running over a kitchen back splash too.

My son loves these. He even added his stuffed kitty at the top of the stairs "watching" them.

Friday, October 23, 2015

LEGO Halloween Costume

All little boys are crazy for  LEGOS. My son, is no exception. So, a LEGO brick was the obvious choice for this years Halloween costume.

To make this costume I used white cardboard display boards from Staples, a glue gun, x-acto knife, masking tape, ribbon, and yellow outdoor spray paint. I measured my son to decide length and width of the costume, then got to work.

The costume has 3 main pieces; 2 front/side pieces and a top. I basically built a rectangular box, but left one end open. I utilized the hinges of the display board so I didn't have to make as many cuts.

On the top piece, I cut out an oval shape for my sons head to fit through. Then I used a ramekin to draw circles on the side pieces for the arm holes, and cut them out with an x-acto knife.  For the LEGO studs (the bumps that make LEGOs stick together) I cut out 6 circles. I measured the circumference of the circles with a tailors tape measure and then cut out 6 strips of cardboard, two inches wide. I also added two tabs on one side of each strip. This is to hold the LEGO stud to the LEGO brick.

Now I assembled the LEGO studs. I bent each cardboard strip so that it forms a circle. Sometimes rolling it around a broomstick is helpful. Then I used masking tape to hold it together. I hot glued the flat end of the cardboard strip to the circle edge with the tabs facing out. I did this step for each stud.


With all the studs assembled, I could attach them to the front side of the LEGO brick. I positioned the studs where I wanted them to lay and marked these spots. Then with an x-acto knife I cut out slits, just a little bigger than the actual tabs. I carefully pushed the tabs through the slits into the cardboard. I folded the tabs down and hot glued them in place. I did this step with all the studs.

I assembled the 2 front/side pieces together by taping them first with masking tape, and then hot glued them. I also made small braces on the inside of the corners for added stability and to keep the costume rigid.

Before I attached the top piece, I put the costume on my son to determine how low, or how high it needed to sit. Then took 2 pieces of ribbon to go from front to back of the costume like suspenders. I cut 4 pieces out of scrap cardboard and hot glued them down over the ribbon to prevent the ribbon from slipping.

I was now ready to paint my LEGO brick. I choose an outdoor waterproof spray paint in yellow. I sprayed several coats for best coverage. Now my LEGO costume is complete.

Here is the LEGO costume in action. Happy Halloween everyone!!!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Spooky Owl Silhouette

Halloween is almost here. This owl is an easy do-it-yourself decoration. I found an owl silhouette I liked online, enlarged it to a realistic size, then cut it out in black poster board. I also cut out eyes and replaced them with neon orange construction paper to make them appear to "glow". Then I just used double sided to stick it to the wall.

I have a two large birch trees stenciled in my living room that is the perfect spot to perch my owl, but you could put one anywhere in your home, like over a door or window frame. No matter where you put your owl, you will always feel it watching over you.