7.16.2010

Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday.

Mr. One's favorite animal is a giraffe. He has been infatuated with those amazing animals for as long as I can remember. So when I spotted this...

...at Anthropologie a few months back, I knew I had to have one for Mr. One's Tween room. Ah, but there was a small catch. The price tag. I just couldn't bring myself to pay Anthro's price for the papier mache beauty....but I was sorely tempted....considered it for a long time....even tried to justify it to myself. But in the end I decided I just couldn't do it.


Every once in a while I would think about that little giraffe head, and the temptation, consideration, and justification would begin again. And I was always sad when I talked myself out of it.


But then I received my latest edition of BHG's DIY Magazine. And in it was a tutorial for making a papier mache deer bust...since they are so popular right now.


(AND MY APOLOGIES RIGHT HERE AND NOW FOR THE FACT THAT I COULD NOT FIND THE TUTORIAL ONLINE...nor do I have it scanned in since I don't have a scanner for this computer...I know, bad blogger...)



The supplies needed were fairly simple:


1. A styrofoam sphere - I purchased a 6" sphere for about $3.50 at Wallyworld.


2. A 2-liter soda bottle - had a few left over after Mr. One's birthday party.


3. White glue and water.



4. Tape - I used duct tape since it was all I had on hand.


So first things first, I had to carve the sphere into something resembling a giraffe's head. I use my electric carving knife for just such endeavors since I'm not much of a cook...works like a charm. Now I must tell you all...the circle shape made it nearly impossible to get a long, lean giraffe head like the Anthro version. And my first attempt looked much more like a cow than a giraffe.


Looks kinda creepy, huh? Stick with me though, people.

So I continued carving until I ended up with a nice slim nose...and although it still looked a little more bovine than giraffe...I called it good.


Then I cut the ends off the 2 liter bottle, and cut it up one side. I rolled it to create more of a cone shape and taped it shut with duct tape. I shoved the styrofoam head on top, cut some ears and horns out of cardstock, placed them where they should go and taped the whole concoction together with more duct tape.




Still kinda creepy, I know. (And still kinda of cow-like...I think I slimmed the nose again after I took this photo.)


Then came the fun part....dipping newspaper in the glue-and-water-goop and smoothing it on. Did that twice...letting it dry in between. Then I added spots using a goldish colored kraft paper, let that dry, and drew on eyes.


VOILA!!








My $3.50 version of Anthro's $69 giraffe. I know it's not as elegant as the original. But Mr. One loves it, and it's whimsical and fun, so I'm calling it a success.







I decided not to put it above the workstation like I said in my teaser post on Monday, but I'll show you just where I am placing it next week.



Now it's your turn...


You know "da rules"...


1. Please link directly to your post and not just to your blog.


2. Please link back to The Shabby Nest so that others can enjoy the frugal goodness.


3. Comment, comment, comment. Show our participants the love!





27 comments:

Erin said...

That is so fun! I just found a real deer head at a garage sale for 1 buck (get it?haha) I'm not sure if I'm using it for pranks or for the yearly White Elephant party at Christmas!

Lolly Jane said...

that's actually a really close knock off, i LOVE it! thx for hosting! :)kelli

Suzanne said...

Wow - that is fabulous! I love the look and the fact that you made it for sooo much less!

becca said...

i love a good anthro knock off! great work. i'll be back tomorrow to link up.

Lori@ Paisley Passions said...

WONDERFUL knock-off! My youngest son LOVES giraffes too. I should show this one to him :)

the lovely paper blog said...

i love anthro!!! i also hate their price tags---we have a lot in common;)

it turned it out great! i am impressed.

thanks for hosting:)

Leanne said...

That looks amazing! What a great knock off. Thanks for hostng again.

The Little Red Shop said...

What a fun project, Wendy! Did Mr. One give you a few gold stars for your endeavor!

: )

Julie M.

Andi's English Attic said...

How brilliant is that!

Life in Rehab said...

Oh, you KNOW you did good! I saw that same tutorial in DIY, but I never would have made the connection.

Van said...

I LOVE that craft, so inspired! I wanna make some masks like this!

Lainey-Paney said...

I think you did an awesome job!

the cape on the corner said...

omg, that is fantastic. how cute.

Nicole Braden said...

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AliLilly said...

Thanks for hosting this party! It's my very first time! *bashful smile*

I found some great links btw!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

That was fun seeing how your giraffe evolved. :-) Thanks for hosting the linky party. I joined in first time today.

Anna See said...

You rock! That giraffe looks awesome!

Holly said...

I love the way your super cute giraffe turned out!!! What shall we name him? He looks like a Henry to me. :) Job well done Winifred!

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Awesome job...I love it!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Susie

Jami said...

That is fabulous! I like yours better!
smiles!

www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

jen @ homeinthecountry said...

I love it! So adorable and whimsical and just all-around perfect for a kid's room! How cool!

Southern Belle said...

Great job! Your giraffe looks really nice.

Jenni said...

Hi Wendy~

I actually like yours more, and I think it turned out cuter! :) It looks great!

My sister and I linked up a project on our new blog to your Frugal Friday! This is my first time to link up to it. :)

I hope you have a beautiful weekend! :)

glor said...

The giraffe is amazing!!! They are my favorites as well.

thedomesticfringe said...

I really like yours!!! It's very cute and I like how some of the newspaper shows.
-FringeGirl

bernicewood said...

I just found this blog tonight and I love it! I will have to join up next week cuz for the life of me I cannot think of any of my usual frugal ideas! In the meantime I will go and visit some of the other bloggers! I will definitely follow you! Come see me when you can!

freckled laundry said...

Thank you for your sweet comments on my faux zinc nightstand, Wendy! I will have a picture AND video tutorial party on Weds. I just uploaded it to your link party. Thanks for hosting again!

LOVE the giraffe. My sister would love it even more. Very creative way to make it.

Jami