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Shoebox Parade Float Tutorial

10 Apr

Last month on my sweet daughters school calender there was a Friday marked with Shoebox Spring Parade.  I thought “oh how fun!”  Then I thought “wait….what is a shoe box parade”  I googled and really didn’t get much info.  Just a lot of pictures posted from other parents.  I didn’t find was a lot of tutorials or how to’s.  There is a picture-less one on ehow but this mama needs pictures.  After looking through what I could find, I figured out how to put one together.  It’s really not hard which I guess is why there aren’t a lot of tutorials out there.  BUT….HELLO! I am a BLOGGER!  Light-bulb goes off and TAH-DAHHH!  


The Shoebox Parade Float Tutorial is born! 

There are many many different ways to make a shoebox parade float.  For a float like mine you will need:
a shoebox or small box
paper to cover the box
scissors
mod podge or glue
flower embellishments 
paint for details
lots of colorful tissue paper

I didn’t get a before pic of the shoebox.  I actually had the blog post tutorial epiphany when I finished covering the box with paper.  I was really surprised with how great it looks.  I just used some colorful printer paper.  I used mod podge to adhere it to the box and then put a coat on the outside. 


I braided yellow yarn for the pull string.  Ya know, like Rapunzel’s hair.  Now, I put the box together before I attached the pull string.  OOPS!  I had to tear the box open a little bit to get it in there.  I made an anchor like thing-a-mah-bob out of thick cardboard.  I strung the pull string through it.  Globbed on a bunch of hot glue and attached it in the box and puledl the pull string through a hole I made.  I made the cardboard anchor in hopes that the pull string wouldn’t come out during the parade.  It worked great!  She’s STILL pulling the float around the house.  

I used some more cardboard to make a lil seat for Rapunzel to sit on. 
 After gluing the cardboard seat onto the box I painted it. 
 Once it was dry I went over the with some gold glitter to add a little princess glam to it!!
While I was working on the float I was actually drinking from a Rapunzel cup and I noticed this pretty detail.  I got out my paints, matched the color the best I could and tried to add some pretty detail. 
 Not perfect but not so bad huh? 
I made a bunch of my tissue paper rosettes and added them here and there. 
 Next I used my bead reamer and punched whole in the box here and there. 
Alice and I collected some old fake flowers we had and pulled off the flowers.  After punching holes in the shoebox I had Alice attach all the flowers.  It was really nice giving her the reigns on the decorating.  She loved it.  
While she decorated I took some tissue paper and made a ruffle like piece to glue to the bottom.  I just folded up the tissue paper horizontally inch by inch.  After I glued the strip around the bottom of the shoebox  I made some little cuts and fluffed them up a bit. 
After we were finished we sat Rapunzel down.  I put on a seat-belt made from a purple pipe cleaner around her, pulled the ends through the back and tied them. 
 You can hardly see the seat-belt huh?
I added some more flowers to the back to hide the pipe cleaner seat-belt and the painted pink skewer that added a little stability. 
I attached a little Pascel doll too.  Cuz, you can’t have Rapunzel without Pascel right?
And here she is! Alice’s Spring Parade Shoebox Rapunzel Float!!
Someone decided they weren’t getting enough attention!

Here are a few pictures from the parade.  I pixel-ed the other kiddo’s faces. 

Here are few other cute floats the kids brought.
And there is my sweet Alie again! 🙂


Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

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DIY Wild Bird Egg Decor

14 Mar
This is actually an old tutorial that I posted for my friend Bella of Bella Before and After.  I recently came across it and thought it would be nice to post it again for all of my wonderful readers!  And with Easter and Spring right around the corner, what better time then now!! 


So….here ya go! 🙂


I am IN LOVE with all these beautiful blue eggs I have seen in stores and all over blogland!  I decided to make some of my own.  I was quite lucky, as I had some left over turquoise blue and brown paint from my Cutting Edge Stencils Project!  Did you see that project??  I’m still so amazed at how great it turned out!

So, I grabbed a bag of eggs from the Dollar Tree and rushed home. 
 I started painting my eggs.

I painted each side and let it dry. 
Now, I planned on putting an extra coat on the eggs, but after I saw the way it dried I really liked the imprefect look of it.  I think it made the eggs look a little more like wild bird eggs. 
Then I added the brown dots.  I googled what kind of birds lay blue eggs with brown dots and I found that Chipping Sparrows lay those kind of eggs.
This is what happens when you get overly excited and start playing with your eggs before they are totally dry.  See the lil chips?  I can tell you this, if you just let them dry over night the paint does not peel off.  My husband and I both thought that maybe the paint would continue to peel because of the type of paint it was and the plastic of the eggs.  It doesn’t peel! 


I decided to add them to a wreath of blossoms I have in our hallway.  This is the wreath before.  I scored it at Target on clearance for around $4!  Seriously, who isn’t crazy in love with Target!?! 
I have somehow misplaced my floral wire.  I looked everywhere.  I was a bit distraught when my super helpful hubby told me “just use the twist ties”.  I said “twisty ties?”, sounds cuter right?  So, I opened up the eggs carefully.  This is also how I know they don’t chip or peel.  I placed the twisty tie in the egg like so. 
Closed up the eggs. 
I attached the eggs to the branches. 

And VIOLA!!  I have a new Easter Wreath!  Pretty cool huh?
I love it!!! 



AND THEN….. I framed it!  And now I love it EVEN MORE!! 



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A Package Pals Gift

7 Mar
Do y’all know the sweet and awesomely talented Jamie with C.R.A.F.T.??  She has come up with a FUN idea.  Every other month this year she is throwing a package pal party.  All you do is let her know you want to join in.  She pairs you up with someone.  Then you and your partner exchange emails, get to know each other a little better.  Make a gift and send it.  Jamie even has a link party where you can link up what you made, what you received or both!  

I was paired up with Marisa, a self proclaimed nature geek and student at Oregon State.  I had a gazillion ideas for things to make her.  But I kept running into an issue of,  “now, how would I ship that?”  So, I came up with this.  I used my silhouette as a stencil and painted these pieces of canvas art for her. 
I thought using the Latin names for leaf and nature would be kinda neat.  I mean, Latin is what is generally used in the scientific classifications. I thought Marisa would like that.  Did you notice I painted the plant ombre style?  Ombre is all the rage right now and well, I’m jumping on the bandwagon, too!  I LOVE IT! 

It was my mommy’s birthday yesterday.  I made her a purple OMBRE cake!  I can’t wait to show y’all!! 

Here is another shot of the painted canvas art.  OH and guess what!  These are my FIRST painted pieces!  I really like them.  What do y’all think?  I’m thinking I’d like to make some for my own home. 

Marisa also told me about her sweet one eyed border collie named Shadow, who she lovingly called her baby.
So, I made her another canvas art piece for her sweet Shadow.  Now, this one is all free hand.  Which should explain it’s slight child like look.  AND….did you notice that paw?  5 pads?  FIVE?  I’m not sure what kind of animal has 5 pads.  A bear maybe?  Yep, I wasn’t so happy with this one.  I wanted to go back and stencil it but I didn’t have another piece of canvas.  My sweet hubs told me it looked great and not to worry.  He said, “babe, she’s going to love it! She’s going to love that you remembered her baby.”  Gosh, I love him.   I hope he’s right!! 

As a jewelry maker I could NOT send her gifts without making some jewelry for her.  I’m always afraid that my gift recipient would be disappointed if I left that craft out.  I mean, it is my crafting forte!

With Marisa being a nature lover I decided to make her a nature inspired bracelet and earring set. 
I made a pretty nature inspired gift box for the set to sit in.  
 I added one felt and one burlap rosette to the box.

I wrapped up each piece of the canvas art.

I packed it all up and shipped to her.  I hope she loves everything!  Even the 5 padded paw print!! lol.

Like I mentioned up there, Jamie is hosting the package pal party every other month.  Be on the look out for the sign up post for the April party!  I can’t wait to join again.  And don’t forget to check out the link party to see more package pals gifts! 

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