Saturday, November 28, 2015

DIY Christmas Lights Stealing Grinch

I LOOOVVVEE Christmas, but hate the high electric bill that comes along with all the decorating. My boyfriend says I am the "Who" to his Grinch, so here's a post for minimum decorations, but still gets the point across :)

...Also we were able to build 2 Grinches with about $45 in material (not including what we already had lying around) when these are being sold for upwards of $175 each on Etsy; I'm not bashing those that are lucky enough to be able to find a money making hobby but I'm also all about saving money.

What you'll need:
- 4'x8' 1/4in thick plyboard
- paint: red, white, grinchy green, black, yellow
- pencil
- projector
-  jigsaw

We searched on Google Images for a good picture that we liked, doubled it, and fit it onto one page using powerpoint, or MS Paint if you're lazy like me. We then took that image and projected it onto the 4'x8' plyboard and traced it out with a pencil.

After they are traced out (takes a few hours!), cut out your Grinches with a jigsaw.

After they are cut out you can start your painting; I added a clear acrylic coat afterwards to help keep it from rotting or the paint from running.

Use the leftover pieces of plyboard to build a base or stake to attach your Grinch to and display!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

DIY Cat Window Perch

Okay, so this next project was made up by my boyfriend, meaning that I have no measurements to go off of because much like Heath Ledger's joker he just does things... Don't worry, I'll edit them in later...

What you'll need:
- 2x 1" pipe corners
- 2x 1" pipe T's
- 4x heavy duty suction cups
- 22"x16" felt (we used leftovers from Felix's Yellow Bag of Tricks project)
- 2x 1" pipes, cut to 18"
-2x 1" pipe for the sides, cut to 12"
- 4' hanging wire
- 2 hanging wire clips

Cut and fold 2" flaps onto all sides of your felt. you will sew these so there's a pocket to insert the pipes through.

After you've inserted the pipes you can connect the T's on the side that will face the window and corner fittings on the outside. Drill small holes in to the open ends of the T's to hang onto a couple of the suction cups.

Remove the corner fittings and drill 2 small holes right next to them to thread 2' of the wire through, clamping the ends on both sides. Attach the other end of the wire to the other 2 suction cups and clamp the ends.

Make sure that the perch is level so kitty doesn't tumble out!

Felt of flannel are excellent fabrics because they have some give (our cat is 9lbs and jumps into it, so far he hasn't broken it) and they hold warmth, but you can experiment with other fabrics if you have a heavier cat.