Tag: Arts and Crafts

  • Custom Plinko Board

    Custom Plinko Board

    This one took a long time 🙂 Plinko board itself was fairly easy. Slick, whiteboard backer with some spare roofing nails I had laying around. “Reclaimed” wood from slats of an old bed frame. Pucks were cut out on a jigsaw, then sanded round. Fishing line and an extra shower curtain ring for the pulling…

  • Pangolin Costume

    Pangolin Costume

    A costume for my 5 year old 🙂 Design So, most years I try to make costumes for my kids for halloween, and for Halloween 2020, my youngest wanted to be a pangolin. I can’t remember exactly how we ended up on that creature, but thought it would be a fun project. I gathered a…

  • Emerald Tree Boa Costume

    Emerald Tree Boa Costume

    Design Like usual, I gathered a bunch of reference photos of emerald tree boas on Pinterest and on the interwebs. The design is pretty interesting–they’re primarily green with white markings that look a little like lightning bolts, and you often see them perched on branches. Fascinating to see in photos, but I personally wouldn’t want…

  • Paper Mache (Papier MâchĂ©)

    Paper Mache (Papier Mâché)

    It’s been a versatile art technique for generations of artists, makers, and creators: paper mache (papier mâchĂ©). I’ll delve into the art of the technique, exploring the basic techniques involved, and some examples of what you can do with it. Basic Paper Mache Technique Now that we’ve established the fundamentals, here are a few examples…

  • Peacock Mantis Shrimp Costume

    Peacock Mantis Shrimp Costume

    What’s a Peacock Mantis Shrimp (or, “Mantis Shrimp”)? For Halloween, my son told me he wanted to be a Peacock Mantis Shrimp. I had never heard of it before. He proceeded to describe it: “No way”, I said… “that’s impossible.” After some looking up on the interwebs…turns out this thing really exists! This is really…