Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Super Mario Piranha Plant

I was inspired by a gal who made a piranha plant for her husbands brithday party and posted the tutorial on her blog. And where did I find it but the fantastic pinterest!   Here is her tutorial if you prefer to use other materials than I used:

Now for mine! I started by making a mini plant
The pattern I used was the felt tomato pattern from my personal pattern stash. To make a tomato you would use 5 pieces of the pattern shown below, I used 4 and left one panel open for the mouth.

To make the larger plant I scanned this pattern into my computer and enlarged it so that it was 11" long, as big as I could make it on on piece of paper.

Cut out 8 pieces in red felt, also cut out 4 pieces in a lightweight cardboard. I recycled a frozen pizza box. You need something that will bend easily but still be strong

Trim the cardboard by about 1/2 inch so that it is smaller than the red felt for the seam allowance

So your felt pieces together. You will sew 4 pieces together, in the end you will have 2 flower heads, one for the outside and one for the lining.

Turn one flower head so the right side is out, but leave the second on with the seams on the outside

glue the cardboard to the inside out flower head. I used my tacky spray (because I love that stuff) and because it dries quickly, it is lightweight and it is flexible.

push the reinforced head into the inside of the first flower head.

At this point I decided to go paint my pot. Terricota pots look a lot like the warp tubes in Super Mario, just the wrong color.  I turned it upside down and sprayed it.

Back inside, heat up the good old glue gun. Cut a strip of white felt approx 2" wide.

Pin the white felt around the mouth of the plant

Hot glue to secure all the way around. I cut mine in 2 different pieces and matched them up in the corners of the mouth.

cut out large round dots from the white felt. use the hot glue to stick them on the flower head

went to check on my pot. I learned that tericotta does not like to be spray painted. The paint just ran right off the pot. I sprayed a second coat and let it dry longer, but if I were to do it again I would purchase acrylic paint and hand paint the pot with my sponge brush.

back inside again. cut a long strip of the green felt approx 1" wide. wrap it around a long dowel, securing it with hot glue after ever couple of wraps around.

stick the dowel into a piece of foam. I pulled this from an old project from last summer (hence the holes)  If your pot is dry stick the foam in the pot. I used my spray adhesive to spray the bottom of the pot before I put the foam in, that way it won't wabble around.  If you are using a square foam like I did you might need to use some of the cardboard scrap to wedge in the bottom of the pot.....becaues I tried to stick a square peg in a round hole....I needed a little extra reinforcement.

Punch a hole into the bottom of the plant. I used my trusty screwdriver.

Push the dowel through the hole, so that it just barely comes up on the inside of the flowers mouth

Hot glue all over the dowel end to fix it to the inside of the flower (I used a lot to do it) then take a bit of red scrap and hot glue it over the dowel end.

cut out some leaves, hot glue some floral wire to the back side

hot glue the flowers to the stem

And there you have it! A Giant Piranha Plant from Super Mario Bros!

Perfect to hold the fire balls for the Goomba Knock Out Game!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Super Mario Party Game: Goomba Knock Out

I have been planning my sons party for nearly a year, when he decided that he wanted to have a Super Mario Bros birthday bash, I imagined an amazing obstacle course with mario themed games.

I found some awesome flame cotton at Joanns and instantly thought of "fire power" and knocking out the bad guys!  So .....

I created this guy!  Since Mario is getting more and more popular, but the party packs are really available (at a fair price anyway). I thought I would share with you how I made this guy, so you could make one for your party too!

First I printed out a goomba, I printed two so I cut one of them into the individual pieces

then I cut out the pieces in felt

and the main body as well as stand, out of a cereal box

cut the cardboard down a little so it fits nicely inside of the goomba shape

Lay out the face pieces and draw his mouth with a marker

set your sewing machine to do a zig zag stitch on a button hole length...my zig size is set to 3 here...follow your marker line to create the mouth

for the construction of the entire face, you are only sewing on one piece of the main body shape, not the back side or the cardboard yet

Pin the eyes and the teeth in place, use the same technique to applique them.

Pin the eye centers on and applique

cut out 2 sets of the eyebrows. since they go out past the edge of the body shape, I wanted to make sure that there was enough to sew on without stretching the felt.

pin them in place on the front side

line up the edges and pin

the eyebrows on the "back" will be inside of the goomba, so they are only on the back of the front piece

the face is finished!

now for the back and support.

I found that the printed side of the box was slippery on the felt, so I used just a spritz of my spray adhesive to keep it in place. Make sure you don't use any glue or adhesive in an area where you sewing machine needle will be....that is a recipe for disaster

Line up the white pieces front and back. you want them to be lined up as close as possible because you will be sewing it all together at the same time

applique around the entire goomba with the tan thread, attach the white piece as one continuous stitch

add the feet, front and back just like you lined up the white piece. Then clean up the edges of the white

While I was creating the stand, I decided that I didn't like my original plan, so I cut it in half and will be using only one piece

I appliqued around the whole stand piece and then hot glued it to the back side of my goomba

If I were to do it again, I would make the bas look more uniform with the feet by using white in the same shapes as the main piece...maybe next time

And there you have it! Now I am off to whip out some more fire-power balls!


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