Thursday, September 27, 2012

Crapty Fridays- Make a flower wreath out of plastic bags

When I woke up the morning of our trip to the Renaissance Faire, I realized that I hadn't planned out any costumes to wear.  Now that just would not do.  Unlike Maria, I wasn't able to quickly whip up three outfits using thick window drapes.  But, as a crapter I was able to quickly crapt two headpieces fit for a tiny king and a peasant girl.

Here's how I made the "floral" wreath:

- plastic bags (I used a thicker plastic bag, but I think thinner ones would have created more delicate flowers)
- scissors
- thin stretchy headband (although you could always make your own by cutting up a t-shirt)

Step 1:  Cut your plastic bag into long strips     (Baby Chuck- "Oh no!  Another crapt!")

Step 2:  Wrap the strip around your fingers.  (We're basically creating a plastic pom-pom.)

Step 3:  Slip your plastic loops off your fingers.  Tie a thin strip of plastic around the middle of your plastic loops. (Make sure that it is tightly tied so your flower petals stay put.)  Cut through the end of the loops and make rounded (or zig zag, or whatever shape you want) edges.

Step 4:  Starting on one side of the tie, pull each sheet of plastic up towards the middle.  Repeat for the other side. 

Step 5:  Tie your plastic flower onto a headband.  Make more flowers until you cover the headband.  (Note:  I ran out of time so I wasn't able to make a complete crown, but I think you get the point.)

Then I made a small crown for King Baby Chuck:

- old cardboard cereal boxes
- tape
- aluminum foil
- stickers
- scissors
- pen
- ruler (optional)

Using a ruler I drew out one half crown.  Then, I cut it out and used it as a template to trace out another. 

I wrapped my cardboard  pieces in aluminum foil and then taped them together.  I made sure that the shiny side faced out.  I used stickers to decorate the crown.  To ensure that the crown stayed on Baby Chuck's head, I  taped a cardboard "x" inside.

Sometimes I'm so glad that Baby Chuck is only one and can't talk back.  He's pretty willing to go along with my crapty shenanigans and doesn't mind wearing trash.

Baby Chuck- "Oh mom, you're so trashy."  Me-  "Thanks!"

Tee hee hee.  I think he looked better in the crown than me.