Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Blogiversary Bash {Oopsey Daisy Guest Post}

Hello, crafters!  I am so excited to be a guest here at Moomoo's and Tutus!  Daphne is incredibly talented--and sweet, too!  So thanks, Daphne, for inviting me to be a part of your blogiversary celebration!

I am Alison, the crazy lady behind Oopsey Daisy.  Once upon a time, I was a first grade teacher.  Now I am a happy stay-at-home Mommy, and I love to make things for the people I love.  I am lucky to be married to a wonderful man who doesn't mind that I am craft-crazy!  And my 20-month-old Little Man inspires a lot of creativity.  But he keeps me busy, so I relish the time when he is sleeping!

Today, I want to share my spider topiary with you.  This is a quick and easy project, and it's a kid-pleaser for sure!
Isn't he cute?!  Come along with me, and I'll show you how to make one!

I started out with black sparkly yarn, a styrofoam ball, and spray adhesive to make the spider's body. You could use your hot glue gun instead of spray adhesive, too. I think the black sparkly yarn really gives the spider some "sparkling" personality!

Just start wrapping the yarn around and around the ball.  I used spray adhesive, but I did start by hot gluing my center to give it a sturdy anchor before wrapping.  The key to wrapping is tightness!  Be sure not to leave any gaps between layers of yarn!
Once you're all done covering the styrofoam ball with yarn, it's time to give that spider some legs! I used 8 sparkling black chenille pipe cleaners.  They stick easily into the styrofoam ball.  I decided to make their legs curly, so I just wrapped them around a wooden dowel to give them some shape.

I found this fun bucket in the dollar section at Target.  I secured a half wooden dowel into just a tiny square of styrofoam inside the bucket.  I covered up the styrofoam with candy corn... I am hoping they will last because Little Man keeps munching on them!
I wrapped the half dowel with bright Halloween ribbon, using mod podge to secure the whole thing.  I just stabbed the dowel right into the spider's body.

I couldn't decide between button eyes and google eyes, so I used both!  I used a bit of hot glue to secure them to the spider.
Normally, I'm not a spider fan, but this little guy just makes me smile!  Little Man keeps pointing and giggling, too, so I think it's a success!

I hope you will come by Oopsey Daisy and say hello!  Every day is an adventure!  Here is a small taste of what you might find in my world:

I am enjoying my Halloween candy advent calendar. It's not too late to make your own!

I recently finished 2 quiet books with downloadable templates for

PLUS I recently began a fun "Mommy
" program for my Little Man.  I share my ideas and lesson plans each weekend so we can help our toddlers learn at home!

 Oh man, that was fun!  Daphne, thank you so much for letting me hijack your blog for a day.  And happy blogiversary!


Monica said...

sooooooo adorable!! I love it! Can't wait to check out your site too!

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

I love this spider!! He is so great. :) I love those eyes. Nice job Alison!