Tidying up the other day I unearthed a cute origami book that I bought in Japan called ‘Origami of Delicious Food’. It’s in Japanese but has enough pictures to be able to work out the designs. One of the ‘delicious foods’ was a pumpkin, and I thought it would be fun to make a few and turn them into a garland just in time for Halloween. Emma is Halloween crazy at the moment so she has used it to decorate her room.
This garland would work well for other autumnal celebrations like Thanksgiving (for all you Northern American folk).
The origami steps are a bit tricky so rather than take photos of the steps I made a video which hopefully will be easier to follow. Of course if you don’t have time for all that folding, you could always cut out pumpkin shapes for your garland.
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With Halloween coming up I thought it would be fun to play dress ups with Emma and see how many kids costume ideas we could put together with just the items we had at home and already in her wardrobe. Dressing up is a fun way for kids to explore different parts of their personality and interests, challenge gender roles and foster their imaginative process. When kids dress up they can be anything, and aren’t limited by the ‘rules’ of the real world.
Putting together fun costumes for dress ups and imaginative play doesn’t have to be expensive, you probably have lots of useful stuff at home already.
We put these costumes together with some of the items from Emma’s costume box (mostly picked up for a few dollars at the thrift store), but most were just her everyday clothing with a little twist. Add a couple of my accessories, little make-up, and we managed to put together four fun costumes that Emma loved, with not a single cent spent.
I’ve listed what we’ve used for each costume so you can easily put one together too.
I’ve had a few e-mails recently from readers looking for my Bat Wing Tutorial, it’s very popular at this time of year. So I thought I’d post a little Halloween Costume roundup from the archives of My Poppet.
All of these costumes can be put together with clothing and accessories that you may already have at home, and only require you to make one inexpensive accessory which takes less than a hour, making them ideal for last minute late night costume emergencies.
Click on the pictures to take you to the full tutorial. (more…)
Woolworths has teamed up with Taronga Conservation Society Australia to launch a collection of Aussie Animals collector cards, available exclusively at Woolworths supermarkets. There are 108 trading cards for your children to collect.
We love playing dress ups at home, and with Halloween coming up I thought it would be fun to make a cute Koala Mask inspired by the Aussie Animal cards we’ve been collecting. Get the kids involved with tracing, colouring, cutting and pasting, it will keep them entertained for a little while and will hardly cost you a cent.
This mask is easy to make and it’s likely you’ll have most of the materials required at home already. It’s a great way to upcycle cereal boxes, and I used the faux fur from the collar of an old coat I picked up at the op-shop (thrift store) for only $1. If you can’t find faux fur inexpensively try fluffing up some cotton balls.
There is nothing I find more satisfying than reusing something unwanted to create something practical. This Monster Tote bag is made from an unwanted cushion cover that has seen better days. The fabric was still good but the design a bit tired, so rather than throwing it away, I put is aside for the right project to come along. I’m not one to craft or make just for that sake of it, and am more inspired to create an object if there is a need. I’ve been feeling a little uninspired to craft lately because we just don’t need much stuff at the moment, so when one of the mums at school was a little concerned that she’d forgotten to get a book bag for Library day, I came to the rescue and told her I’d make one. The truth is, she came to my rescue, because I was needing a project to get motivated to sew again.
This bag is super easy to make even for a beginner, I’ve photographed every step and even created a template for the monster face. If you aren’t into monsters, you can still use the basic steps to make a tote bag from a thrifted cushion cover you like the design of.
It’s fun having creative friends, friends that love colour and irreverence and fun. Friends that make art and think it’s awesome when you show up to their exhibition opening night dresses as Frida Kahlo. Maddie had suggested it in passing, “you should come as Frida” and I thought, yes I will, and so will Emma, because the only thing better than one Frida is two Fridas. The exhibition had a Day of the Dead theme (Dia de los Muertos), so we fit right into the riot of colour.
The costumes were easy to put together with clothing and accessories we already had at home, I only had to make the headbands. It didn’t take very long, and Emma enjoyed helping me choose the colours and bend the wires.
If you want to make a floral headband for your own costume or even as a bridal wedding headpiece read on…
Ever wanted to feel a little lighter on your feet? Isn’t it obvious, just add wings to your shoes.
This project was directly inspired by Jeremy Scott’s winged shoes for adidas, pretty groovy sneakers but not quite my style. Here is how to make your own set of wings that will fit ladies or kids size shoes.
For the template and step by step instructions…
I have created a template, feel free to use it or draw up your own. To print click on the image, and save to your computer. Open in a program like paint (PC) or preview (mac) and print to original size. You may need to adjust your printer settings to get the sizing just right.
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You will need:
cotton quilting batting
fusible web (like Vliesofix)
eyelet and eyelet tool
brightly coloured sewing thread
Sewing machine and supplies
Print and cut out your template.
To prepare your padded fabric, sandwich the fusible web between the cotton fabric and the batting and iron to bond. Repeat on the other side.
Trace your wing template onto the fabric, flip the template (mirror image) and trace again.
You should have 2 wing patterns that are mirror images of each other.
Using a narrow zig zag stitch, stitch over the line markings, taking special care around curves. You may like to practice on a scrap piece first.
Cut away excess fabric, taking care not to cut into the stitching.
Now you need to mark where the lace holes are going to go.
Using your eyelet tool, make holes where marked and fasten your eyelets (as per pack instructions)
Once you’ve finished one wing, hold it against the other to mark the hole positions.
Punch holes and insert eyelets as before.
Lace your shoes with your wings and now you are ready to fly!
Conveniently this size wing fits on to a child size sneaker perfectly (although Emma’s sneaks have fixed elastic laces, so crafty fail!)
I’m so loving my lace-ups even more now that they have wings. And before you ask where the shoes are from, I bought them from Bared, custom made to the colour of your choice. They have been lovely enough to sponsor this post, which makes me very happy.
These bat wings are a fun and really easy to make addition to any dress up box. They only took me around ten minutes to whip up with some black lycra fabric I had laying about in m sewing room. Only one seam is required which you can do by hand if you don’t have a sewing machine.
These wings can be made for a child or adult if you adjust your measurements accordingly. Only a little maths is required to work out how much fabric you will need to start off with.
1. You will need, black stretchy fabric (lycra/spandex is best as it doesn’t fray), scissors, measuring tape, needle and black thread or sewing machine.
Amount of fabric required:
Width = arm span from wrist to wrist (or Ax2)
Length = back of neck to waist (B) + half circumference around widest part of arm(C)2. fold fabric in half to halve the width, (folded over sleeve allowance C is just to give you an idea of what to measure) .
3. Cut out semicircle, D is the measurement from center back to shoulders. ( the bottom of the semicircle should be the length B.
4. Fold over your sleeve again and cut out scallops for edges.
5. This is how it should look when the whole thing is unfolded
6 + 6a. Fold over the sleeve allowance C and sew where indicated. If machine sewing I recommend zig zag stitch to allow the fabric to stretch.
Wear the wings like a shrug over some black clothing and get ready to scare the neighbours. Boo!