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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2021 1:07 am 
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I know we’ve had places to post Disney-related fan art, but I thought it might be fun to have a general arts & crafts thread. And we all love Disney of course (otherwise why are we here?), but I believe creating pieces all our own is a special craft that somehow ties together and reflects why we love the art, music, stories, entertainment, etc. from this company, no matter our age, race, gender, ability, culture, etc.

And it doesn’t matter what level we’re at! I’ve got Little Dude started early ...

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Forky was obviously made from a kit (a gift from one of his aunts), but LD is quite proud he was able to make this all by himself! Will he continue to take after his mommy and enjoy creating? Only time will tell! (I’m choosing to edit his face in all public forums now that he’s getting older.)

As for something I’ve recently created, here is a thrift store jewelry box that I upcycled for my niece’s baby.

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As you can see, it originally had a generic ballerina theme, but I sanded it down, did some repairing, wood fill, and painting. I then digitally drew a baby Ariel and created some patterns, printed them out, and decoupaged them on. So with some clear coat, sparkly new drawer pulls, and new velvet lining for the inside, I’m hoping it’s a gift the baby will enjoy all throughout her childhood.

Have you created anything lately? :wave: It doesn’t even have to be Disney-related, this is the “off-topic” section after all! Anyway, I hope this can be a fun, light-hearted thread full of diverse creativity, inspiration, and maybe even some tips!

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:55 am 
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Awww, I love that making Forky was special for your son!!! What a fun project! :shock: That's an AMAZING jewelry box!! I've always loved your art style, and that is an adorable box!!!!!!

I am not a crafty person. I would love to be, but am not. Do you just have the knowledge inately or you use online tutorials or something? I'm still haunted my 7th and 8th grade wood shop and sewing in home ec...

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 7:58 pm 
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Thanks!!! :)

I’d wanted to try decoupage (basically a method of gluing paper to things) for ages, and I finally decided to try it with a Halloween-themed jewelry box a while back. I used spooky cardstock and a small, plain wooden chest, both from Michaels. I looked through a few tutorials and gave it a shot:

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I added the lettering and some of the detail on top by hand, but everything else was from the printed cardstock. And after seeing how it turned out, I realized that I could try using my own artwork instead of pre-existing patterns, which seemed like a lot more fun! I also thought it would be fun to add metal feet and different types of handles.

Here’s the Stitch box I mentioned in the other thread:

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I’d found it completely plain at the thrift store, and the inside was lined in pink velvet. And since the music box plays an Elvis song, I figured Stitch would be perfect! I drew everything to scale on my laptop, printed it all out, and used Mod Podge to attach and seal it (with several other steps). The hard part is making it feel like the artwork is an integral part of the piece, rather than just some paper that has been slapped on! :lol: The trim was painted with acrylic, the entire piece has been sealed with clear coat, and new handles were added. You can’t see it here, but it’s it’s also newly lined with a royal blue velvet.

Here’s another project I did a while back, a vintage wooden purse I also thrifted. But instead of decoupage, this time I created an image transfer since I wanted the wood from underneath to show through.

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It didn’t quite turn out the way I was hoping, as doing these transfers is a much more difficult technique to get down than the decoupage. I learned a lot on it though!

You can always try doing decoupage yourself! You can start with small, simple pieces and use any kind of pretty paper you find. Both Michaels and Hobby Lobby carry a lot of plain wooden boxes for decorating, and you can also find a lot of pretty cardstock available. You don’t have to have any knowledge of wood shop (whew!), you just need to be able to trim the paper down to the right size, brush the glue on the wood, smooth the paper into place, then brush more glue over it. If you’re ever interested in trying, you can easily find tutorials on craft blogs or videos through YouTube. It’s really fun to make little custom pieces to store trinkets and such in! I’ve also decorated a larger metal cabinet that I’ll have to post later. :)

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2021 6:08 am 
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I love love love that Stitch box!!!!!!! And the Halloween box is perfect- I love the colors and cat feet!! (Hocus Pocus vibes) What weren't you thrilled with on the Snow White purse? I didn't even know wooden purses were a thing, and it's a super unique piece (and she looks beautiful). Do you use a paper cutter when cutting for decoupage? Do you use a Popsicle stick or another tool to smooth the paper? (Or I could watch a tutorial :p)

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2021 3:37 pm 
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It’s not a big deal about the Snow White box, I just thought the wood grain would show through better in the blank areas surrounding the print. Instead, it sort of looked like a flat white, so then I went over some of it with colored pencils before sealing it. :lol: But thanks! Wooden purses were a midcentury thing, and I’m guessing this one is from the 1950s. It was a really fun project to upcycle; maybe someone will find it fun to carry around in Disneyland or something someday! :)

I do love spooky Halloween decor, and come to think of it, yes … a Hocus Pocus vibe! My bedroom/corner office is a weird mix of Disney and witchy themes, but it makes it extra fun to work in, lol.

As for smoothing out the decoupaging, Mod Podge sells special for tools for that, including a brayer that you press and roll over the paper. What works best for me though is using an old credit card! Here’s a site that goes over the basics if you’re looking to experiment! :) https://modpodgerocksblog.com/the-7-ste ... very-time/

Here is my biggest decoupage project so far, a metal cabinet a little over 2 feet tall that I bought at Goodwill for $7. As you can see, it was in pretty ugly shape to begin with, lol. Turns out it’s an outdated version of the Helmer from IKEA. Anyway, I painted the base with a metallic, textured brown and printed out a 90s-style celestial pattern I drew a while back. Decoupaged the printed sheets onto the drawers, layered textured clear coat over it, and painted the old handles since I couldn’t find any new ones the right size (I can easily fill in holes on wood to start over, but with metal, not so much, lol).

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I’m hanging on to this one, lol! Each drawer is large enough to hold standard printer paper so it’s great for organizing.

Here’s another jewelry box I’ve done, made from a mini-chest from a craft store.

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Here’s a closer look; I stained the framework of the box since I thought the wood grain was pretty, removed the original handles, filled in the holes left behind, and decoupaged the fronts of the drawers. The insides of the drawers were painted this time, and I gave it solid new handies.

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Really had fun with this; it’s probably one of my favorites! I’ve actually had to make it a second time, lol.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2021 7:08 am 
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I am LOVING the B&tB box---- it's AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm in awe of the transformation of the cabinet--- it looks so good!!!! Thank you so much for the link- that's a really good tutorial!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2021 2:21 am 
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Thank you so much!!! It’s the first time I tried staining something in addition to the decoupage and paint. One of the best things about working with craft store pieces like this is that there is minimal prep work, so you can spend most of your time having fun with the planning and decorating. For this one I had to rework the art quite a bit, to ensure nothing important got cropped off the edges or covered up by the drawer pulls!

Here’s another old jewelry box I found in a thrift store. I could see it needed a lot of work, but I fell in love with the shape; the sloped top made it feel like a old-fashioned tabletop desk in miniature form!

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And since I’m guessing it was probably made in the 1970s, I thought Robin Hood might be a perfect theme. So I got to work on creating a digital drawing for it.

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I felt the wood grain was pretty enough to preserve, so I decided to try making an image transfer this time. Mod Podge to the rescue again! After completing the drawing, I printed out a mirrored version on regular printer paper. I mixed a little white paint in with the Mod Podge, and painted directly over the printed areas.

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I let that dry, added another coat of plain Mod Podge (which is transparent when it dries), and placed it face-down on the wood. I then had to flatten it out as gently as possible, avoiding bubbles and wrinkles. After leaving it to dry overnight, it was time to carefully remove the paper, which leaves the toner embedded in the Mod Podge on the surface of the wood. I did this by dampening the paper and rubbing the fibers off with my fingers.

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This part is a little time-consuming, lol. But I’m pretty happy with the result! I darkened the wood around the edges with some colored pencils before sealing.

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So this is an idea of how it’ll look overall. From this point I still had to remove the velvet lining, which was in really bad shape and left behind a lot of glue that also needed to be removed. From here I had to strip off the old varnish, do some small repairs, and sand. But it the meantime, I had a fun idea …

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Yep, I grabbed a knife and literally carved their initials inside the top! And when I showed this to one of my friends, she fell in love with it and asked if she could buy it as an anniversary gift for her wife: Robin Hood is her favorite Disney movie! So I still need to treat and finish the inside and outside of the box; tonight Rey and I took it apart so we could sand the insides of the compartment and the drawer, as she’d like it all to be wood instead of re-lined with new fabric as I’d typically do.

The top is completely done, but here’s the current state of the box itself:

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It’s back to the unfinished wood, so tomorrow I’ll be oiling and re-staining. I’m anxious to get this one done!

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