And here it is again. The light bulb.
Is it an idea? Is it a light bulb? Is it a light bulb idea??! YES!
Okay, so if you read my last post, you'll recall that at this point in the post, I told you about a tangent I went on, creating another design for the light bulb project. So we'll pick up from there.
I decided to try some other hats, since I was also considering doing a caroler, or a group of them (apparently, a group of 300.) So I grabbed some fleece to make a mini sock hat to experiment with.
These are super easy to do and you can see how to make them in my mini fleece hat tutorial.
I was liking the hat on the flesh-color painted bulb, but I had something else in mind. So I grabbed another bulb.
I grabbed a piece of scrap paper from my recycle pile, cut a couple of circles, and set them on the hat.
Then I set a black pom on the tip of the bulb.
I am definitely seeing a mouse!
So I painted a bulb white and started putting together my prototype.
I used the paper circles as a template and cut two circles from white felt. To form the ears, I added a dot of glue to one edge, then pinched the felt.
I glued the ears to the top of the fleece hat.
I needed eyes, and remembered these that I got on clearance sometime back. They're called wiggle eyes, except they don't "wiggle." They're flat on one side -- and perfect for my design.
I pencil marked a couple of dots for eyes.
White glue is more forgiving, so I went with that for the eyes. You might recall from my last project that the paint comes off with the glue, if you try to make a change later.
I thought these looked VERY much like mouse eyes.
I used a brush and some blush to pink the inside of the ears.
I thought the ears were set too far back on the hat, so I took them off and moved them up just a bit.
Next, I needed a nose. I could have used black...
... but white mice have pink noses. (They also have red eyes, but that creeps me out a bit.)
So I went with pink.
I liked it so far, but it was just a little ho-hum. So I tried adding some chenille stems for arms.
I cut them to length. Now, what to do with the arms?
I tried having him hold a present.
Something wasn't right. Maybe it was the size of the present, the color, maybe the position, but it just didn't work for me.
So I opted to tuck a scarf into the side of his hat. I liked it! Almost looked like it was blowing in a chilly winter wind.
He needed a mouth, so I penciled on the shape and outlined it with a black permanent marker. I also added a touch of blush to his cheeks.
I added a string to the top, using a needle. I might have been able to come up with an alternative method, but it just wasn't needed for this project.
Okay, I was still thinking about his arms. I tried it with the scarf. Not bad, but still not doing it for me.
I grabbed a piece of paper and wrote out a tiny Christmas wish list.
I used a pencil to roll it and shape it so it wasn't just flat.
I held it up for size. A little too big, so I trimmed it down.
Next, I took a toothpick and cut it in half.
On one end, I used black marker to add a pencil tip.
On the other end, I used a pink marker to add an eraser.
I wrapped the chenille stem around the pencil, to make a hand.
Then I mounted the wish list on the other chenille stem.
And that's it! I think he turned out great! I like things that are cheerful and whimsical, and this one fits my bill perfectly.
Thoughts? Ideas? Let me know what you think.
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