Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Recycled Artichoke Garden Art Craft Tutorial

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I have been thinking about doing this craft for a while and have had all the supplies for a while, but I just did not know how it would turn out.  I decided it was time, so here it is!!


You will need:

-  Dowel
-  Plastic spoons - mine took just over two boxes of inexpensive plastic spoons
-  Glue that will adhere to plastic and won't eat away at styrofoam
-  Wire - optional
-  Spray paint - I used black for a bottom coat and an artichoke green for the top coat
-  Styrofoam ball
-  Hot glue


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Directions:

1.  By pressing the styrofoam ball against the table, try to shape it so one end tapers and is not round.  You are trying to create the shape of the artichoke.
2.  Take your spoons and snap them off (wear safety glasses).
3.  Start at the very top/middle area and using three spoons, create a type of teepee.  Attach your dowel rod/stem into the bottom of the styrofoam and put glue into the hole before attaching it.
4.  Put glue on the styrofoam ball, one section at time, and stick the broken spoons into the styrofoam ball, in a leaf pattern, like the artichoke.
5.  About halfway down, you will need to bend your spoons, into an "L" shape, so you can stick them into the styrofoam ball.  Remember to keep generously putting on the glue.
6.  At about this point, I found it helpful to put a rubber band around the leaves/spoons to better keep their shape.  I left the rubber band in place until it completely dried.
7.  Attaching the bottom leaves/spoons was a little harder.  I inverted the artichoke on a clay pot and I broke the spoons closer to the base of the spoon.  I put the glue on as I normally would and then I put a small dab of hot glue on the spoons, in strategic places, so it would not be visible, but would hold it in place until the regular glue dried.
8.  When everything is in place, allow to fully dry.  This might take some time.
9.  Get spray paint that bond to plastic and paint it black.  Do not miss the in between areas.
10.  Follow up with the green, leaving a little of the black visible on the inside of the leaves.
11.  Allow everything to dry.
12.  I added a little bit of gold wire, under the artichoke, just as a decorative accent.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

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