|Mix 25 strips of muslin into 4 gallons of thinned paint, shape as desired, and let dry for three days. May need to be made in batches, if space is not unlimited.|
Candy. You need lots and lots of candy
|To cook up these, cut discs from 2" thick Styrofoam about 12 times the normal size of the candies you wish to create. Shape with serated knives, and by sanding with scrap pieces. Paint as desired. Make more than you think you need.|
|Gumdrops require circles of muslin, all the empty hanging planters to be found in two garages, large stones and strong twine for wind resistance, cotton batting, tape, paint in gumdrop colors, and iridescent flitter (large size glitter).|
|Dunk fabric in paint, wring out a bit, and drape over pots. While still wet, sprinkle liberally with flitter for a sugar effect. When dry, trim the fabric even with the rim of the pots. Do not finger paint your sister.|
Lollipops and Candy sticks. At least a few.
|It's not child labor if her parents are paying me to teach her stuff, right? What, you never used a post hole digger in art class?|
Elves. Faithie said we had to have elves...and a sign...
|Work? Play? Eh, same dif.|
We intended to make three elves, but they take a fair bit of time to construct. Also, I had only one mannequin head, and no desire to sculpt heads from scratch for this, two months being all the time I had for the whole project. The basic idea is to create a stick figure from stiff wire, including fingers, and with a long neck. Use duct tape to hold strands in place, as needed. Insert the figure into the sleeper, and stuff with batting. Put a little padding in the fingertips of the gloves, and wrestle them onto the hands. If you were making a more permanent soft sculpture, you would wrap the wire in batting and muslin strips and stitch things in place. That's a whole different thing. This is Prop Making 101.
To dress the elf, the tunic is a rectangle with a slit for the head cut in the middle, edges trimmed. The hood is another rectangle folded in half, trimmed a bit in back, and hot-glued along the seam line. Shoes are made of three pieces of fabric, hot glued rather than stitched. to save time. Everything was belted with ribbons, and the hood was pinned into the head to hold it in place. Oh, the head! I did shape it a bit by pressing a paint brush handle into the foam, then I painted the face, and glued some craft store feathers on for hair. I drilled a hole into the neck and pushed it onto the wire neck of the body structure. Don't glue if you want to be able to turn the head. She's wired onto the ladder for wind (and prankster) resistance.
You should note that as far as paint for this project goes, we didn't worry about interior/exterior/house/craft. Any acrylic will hold up fine unless you're in a really rainy climate. I've painted quick "temporary" signs from interior wall paint and craft paints which got left out for years, year round. Use what you have, or what you can salvage.
So there's our recipe for a gingerbread house. We'll add a few ingredients next year, since there were a few things we didn't have time for. Also, the attic windows didn't get any frosting, mostly because I've never opened them, and I thought it perhaps best not to test the old hinges and latches in the dead of winter. See, I think these things through. Well, most things. Like, I thought to put the second storey frosting and candy up before the roof got snowed on....just didn't really think about needing to get it down from the snowy roof in January. Hmmm... If we don't get a January thaw, I may be taking it down around St. Paddy's day! Fa-la-la-la-leprechaun!
|Artgirl, a.k.a. Faithie. Best elf.|
|I love this kid!|