Guerilla Crafting

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One of the best things about my apartment with Craft Husband is that I know we have almost anything we need to complete any last-minute craft project. We have at least 5 different types of glue, tape in a variety of patterns and widths, and a collection of Exacto blades that would make Edward Scissorhands jealous.

Sometimes we forget that not everyone shares our level of craft supply addiction preparedness … and so, this weekend we threw off our craft room privilege and enjoyed some outdoor crafting with a few odd bits we gathered from a whirlwind trip to the grocery and craft stores to find supplies resembling those from this tutorial by Ellen of the Long Thread.  Our mission: to make necklaces for my nephew Liam’s preschool birthday party.

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Best craft room ever.

Unfortunately, neither of our stops sold sandpaper, so we thought maybe this steel wool-like scrubber would help us ruff up our super smooth bales.

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Of course, this did not work, and we resorted to more Neanderthal means.

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Yeah, rock! (Boo, severely chipped nailpolish) Then we arranged all our pieces on this super fancy work surface (this post sponsored by the Ive Arden Italian Restaurant.  When you’re here, you’re crafting).

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And then I tried to open the glue – we used Aleene’s Jewelry & Metal Glue because it had the shortest drying time among the adhesives we thought might hold.  Not pictured: glueing 3 of my fingers to each other and then to the glue tube.  Yeah! While I ran my fingers under hot water to soften the claw, CH spread glue into each nub and onto each bale.  Then I added the lego and finger clamped it until the glue set.

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Success in Suburbia!

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And they looked super cute on the model!

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And best of all, I know my sister will have a little glue at her house next time we need it.

Bye,
Jenny Brown

 

 

 

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