Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Bling-Tastic Cardboard Tube Unicorn

There has long been a passion for unicorns here at Where Wishes HQ. My most popular blog post is still the very first craft tutorial I ever put together which was for the Felt Unicorns I made for Lile and Sábha's 3rd birthday. They also had a Fairy and Unicorn themed 5th birthday party earlier this year which was attended by REAL live unicorns, featured unicorn horn favours and games and which is still being talked about 7 months later. The word unicorn is often featured in the search-terms that lead people to this little slice of the internet, so I thought it was high-time I featured another unicorn related craft project.
The girls and I made these simple loo-roll unicorns a couple of days ago and I love how they turned out. If you're not into the sewing that's required to make my ever-popular felt unicorns these are far easier and will magically while away a rainy afternoon.

You will need:

A cardboard tube/loo roll
Paint in your favourite colours (I found the pearlescent paint pictured in Tiger)
Pipe cleaners (sparkly if you can get them!)
Black marker
Wool scraps
Stick on 'jewels' (optional)


Flatten the tube slightly and draw on the lines you see on the image above, left. Then cut along those lines (see above right). This will create the body and legs of the unicorn.
Next gently flatten the tube in the opposite direction, draw a smaller arch on the bottom leaving enough space on either side to form legs - and cut it out too. (see above, far left). When you have finished, re-shape the tube and stand. You will have completed the body shape of the unicorn (see above centre), have a large piece of leftover tube on which you will draw the face of the unicorn (see above far right) and a few scraps which can be discarded.

You can now paint the body and face in your chosen colour. We used a pearlescent paint which gave a nice shiny finish, but ordinary poster paint works just as well. Leave aside to dry thoroughly.
The next stage is to add the all important unicorn-horn! Pierce a small hole in the 'forehead' of the unicorn's face using a push-pin or a sharp pencil or even a tooth-pick! Thread through a short length of pipecleaner and attach it to the back of the 'neck' using a piece of sellotape. (see above far left)

You can add a tail by cutting a small slit in the rear of the body and slotting in some wool scraps. Now all that's left to do is decorate it! Use your marker to add eyes and nostrils (and a smile, if you're Sábha) and add some sparkle with some stick on 'jewels'.
Ours are pretty bling-tastic....

Lile and Sábha really enjoyed making these and have been playing with them a lot since. I hope you have fun making them too! I'd love to see how yours turn out so please feel free to share your creations with me on my Facebook page or by tagging me on Instagram or Twitter!


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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Not New Niceties # 5: Tiny Things

My grandmother was in hospital recently (don't worry, she's fine!) and on one of my visits to her we somehow got to talking about doll's houses. I was probably telling her that Lile is currently enjoying playing with the doll house my uncle, her son, made for my Sylvanian Family collection when I was a little girl and it went on from there. She told me how she had always wanted my uncle to build her a dollhouse too and she and my grandfather had even bought furniture for it one time. Between the jigs and the reels and all the things that happen in life her dream doll house never got built but she had always held onto the teeny tiny furniture.
I told her I'd love to see it when she got home and was well again. I was also secretly thrilled that I'd discovered where my love for miniatures has come from!

She is home and well now and to my surprise and delight she arrived at my house the other day with all of the furniture and gave it to me as a present. I'm under orders to find someone to make a house for it too but for the moment I'll just share my new-to-me haul of tiny things.
The chairs and tables and dressers are beautiful and really well made but my absolute favourite has to be the kitchen 'stuff'. Tiny mops and buckets and little tin baths and the most painfully cute little iron.
But it's the sewing kit that has stolen my heart entirely.
Can you even handle the size of that teensy weensy scissors?!
How ridiculously cute is that thing??

I have no idea how or when I'll get my hands on a doll house worthy of such prettiness but it's definitely on my to-do list now... part of me wants to get my chalk-paint on and 'upcycle' some of the furniture too... and I think I need to keep an eye out for kitchen furniture and other bits and pieces to fill this still-imaginary doll house of mine. I might even attempt making a doll house myself some time... maybe...

These tiny things are making me dream big...


To see the book case doll house I created for my girls click HERE

To see the doll house my uncle made for me click HERE


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