Showing posts with label DIY projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY projects. Show all posts

Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY Maleficent Costume

easy DIY maleficent costume made with duct tape and aluminum foil by Cuckoo4Design

This is one of those posts where I get so super excited about hitting the publish button. Even giddy!

I was dragging my feet with a costume for our daughter this year because I just didn't know what she could handle. If you have ever dealt with a kid with sensory issues who is especially struggling with clothing (click HERE, HERE and HERE to read about her) then you know that store bought Halloween costumes are especially awful for them. The texture, the seams, the tags and velcro.

Last year she was the sugar skull (click HERE) and she wore a plain mumu-like dress that I had bought at H&M, this one HERE* is similar. I managed to come up with an idea for this year where she can wear the same dress again but the look is completely different. And that's all thanks to amazing face paint (I bought paint called Snazaroo*, best money ever spent) and some black Duck Tape*.

Thankfully she doesn't mind wearing things on her head most of the time. And since last year she loves being something a little more scary. She used to only want to be a princess or fairy and I'm so glad she loves playing along with different characters now.

So here is what we did. And sorry for the cellphone pictures but that's how I roll when I'm DIYing ;)

  1. I used cut up grocery bags to line her head, so the tape doesn't stick to her hair. Be very careful! I taped the shape of her skull over the grocery bags.
  2. I took it off her head and cut out the front triangle piece/widows peak. (Later I taped a piece of alligator printed craft felt onto that peak for a little added detail.) I also cut around the edges to get rid of the overlapping grocery bags.
  3. Then I put another grocery bag on her head (always tell your kids to not do this on their own) and put the cap back on. This is to be able to tape more on the bottom back part of her head and over her ears.
  4. To ensure being able to easily take the piece off and on, I cut a slit in the back of it
  5. It's time for horns! I used aluminum foil to shape the horns and taped them to her cap.
  6. I made sure they are both bent the same way.
  7. I used two toilet paper rolls for the bottom of the horns but you don't have to. It works just fine with only aluminum foil. I then kept taping around the horns until they were all covered and felt solid.
  8. And viola a finished costume. 

I know, I know sorry you want to know how I made her stick, right? I used one of those Squishy Ball* things that my kids had. It blinks. I cut it open, removed the blinking gadget. I had some green thin upholstery foam that I used to wrap the blinking gadget and then I taped everything to a stick that I found in the woods. Now if she taps the stick on the ground it blinks ;) She loves it.

The make up was very easy to do too. And the cape is an adult sized short vampire cape. You can, of course, add more detail to that as well but I think it looks fine just the way it is. Don't you agree?

I only had to buy the felt and 2 rolls of tape. Not bad!

In the photos above she is wearing the same type of dress ;)

It's unbelievable how much she likes to model though. She gets right into character and has an awesome time with me taking photos. I'm sure you can tell that she enjoyed herself!

Sensory issues and Halloween costumes

Halloween costume for child with sensory processing issues SPD

Before we started she sketched a picture for me. So cute ;)

I couldn't find any crows. They were sold out everywhere!

And here is her costume from last year with the same dress (click HERE to read more):

Our son went for a store-bought headless horseman this year.

I'm glad I got this out of the way and both kiddos are happy.


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Radiant Orchid Desk Makeover

Today I'm collaborating with 6 other awesome bloggers. We are each sharing a "Radiant Orchid" (Pantone Color of the Year) project.

I chose to do my secretary desk (click HERE to see how I restored it). It has bored me for a while now, because in my eyes it just lacked something. So why not radiant orchid right? I have always liked this color and I'm totally aware that it's not everyone's cup of tea. I happen to love orchids and the dark pinkish-purple ones are my favorite.

I'm jumping right in to show you my after and then I will show you what I did:

And now the before?

Ok but boring (and dusty)!!!!

I took the back of the desk off, taped it and painted it with the radiant orchid that I bought at Lowes.

And this is also the first time I got to try out this special little gadget that was sent to me. You know how frustrating it is when you are working on a painting a project and your little ones want food or drinks or who knows what else. Or when you are waiting for the first coat to dry?

You simply stick your wet brush in the container and take it out when you are ready to use it again. I kinda really like it. I used to take zip lock bags or aluminum foil but I'm all for not creating more trash and cleaning things instead. So this is a great solution.

Then I went into the attic and retrieved the desk insert that I had stashed away because I didn't want to use it. Well I changed my mind. After giving it a good cleaning and two coats of my absolute favorite KILZ spray primer. I gave it a fresh coat of white semi-gloss spray paint. 

I also painted the knobs radiant orchid and used some leftover black and white wall vinyl strips to create the stripes on the little secret compartments. And voila…I really love it. It's one of those things that makes me happy. Cheerful and bright! Totally not boring anymore.

So now you just have to check out what my talented friends did by heading to their blogs:

From top left moving clockwise: 
1. Flower Pots from Dimples and Tangles  
2. me ;)  
3. Abstract Art from Retro Ranch Renovation  
4. Powder Room from The Chronicles of Home  
5. Painted Tray from Dwellings by Devore  
6. Cross Stitched Jewelry Organizer from Primitive and Proper

Enjoy! Don't forget to stop back on Friday for another pet series post.



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