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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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