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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Craft Project: Thing 1 & Thing 2

Thing 1 & Thing 2 Peg People

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities. Dr. Seuss

Picture from the book "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss

A glimpse into my crafty crazy mind:

looking at clothespin "peg person"

looking at pom pom "looks like hair"

placed pom pom on top of clothespin "looks like clown hair"

"gasp, it looks like thing1 & thing 2!"

Yep, that pretty much sums it up. So if you would like to make a Thing 1 & Thing 2 set of your own, simple directions below.

Blue pom poms
Wood clothespins or wood peg people - both are inexpensive and can be found at the craft store
Red & white acrylic paint or paint markers - I actually used both for this project but not necessary
Paint brush
Black fine point pen - I used a Micron 03
Acrylic Gloss

If using a clothespin, you'll want to saw off the bottom it so it will stand on it's own. To prevent the clothespins from falling over when painted, place a folded index card in the slot of the clothespin (refer to picture). Paint head, neck and circle on stomach with white paint. You'll want to do 2 or 3 coats so it's opaque.

Paint the rest of the body red. For this part I used a red painter's marker (painters) by Elmer's. The company sent me the paint markers to test out. I was surprised how they actually write like markers, the paint does not come out thick at all. I also liked how there was no brush strokes. If you click on the picture, you'll notice that the red paint is very smooth compared to the white paint.

Once the paint is completely dry, add the details. I used a fine point pen to draw the face and stomach details. I've made a lot of peg people and I've found this method works best over using black paint. Let dry for at least a half hour. Apply 2 coats of acrylic gloss.

Apply glue to the top and back of head. Place pom pom on top. Hold in place for a minute to secure. Done.

Come back Saturday for a fun crafty giveaway.


Anonymous said...

I LOVE these! I need to make them now! I love your blog, will be back Saturday to check out what you're up to! ;)

*~kAy~* said...

These are so funny!!! Where did you get those pom poms from? :P
I love Dr. Seuss :)
Thanks for sharing this tutorial <3

Unknown said...

very nice! the teacher side of me especially likes it. =o)

babalisme said...

I love Dr Seuss!! And I cracked up reading how your creative mind works. It happens to me all the time too!!

greetingarts said...

Oh my gosh, you did a great job, those are *so* totally Thing 1 and Thing 2! And that's just how a crafter's mind works... the synapses just jump like that, there's no cure for it.

Katie said...

These are so cute! I grew up with Dr. Seuss like so many other people!

Val in the Rose Garden said...

That is SUPER cute!


Anonymous said...

omggggggg these are soooo cute ^_^

oh my oh my oh my


Christy said...

very adorable project!!!

Paul Overton said...

Oh man, I love Thing 1 and Thing 2. Awesome project!

Mandy said...

I love Thing 1 and Thing 2!

I've given you an award on my blog!

Thank you for all of your ideas!

Liz said...

Too funny!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

These are SO incredibly fabulous. The hair is amazing! I love them so much. I know a few people looking for Seuss themed ideas for baby showers, I'll be linking to this. You're so creative!

Bea said...

Oh, how cute and funny. Great project idea. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

I love these.

kathi said...

Just darling! How about a one fish two fish red fish blue fish??

Fahrenheit 350° said...

I love these! You could make them with cotton candy and make them edible somehow... licorice bodies maybe?!

Elissa said...

These are super cute! Thanks for sharing, you give me lots of great ideas

pomly said...

These are great! I always appreciate a clever use of pom poms. :)

Ayie said...

crazily creative!

Yarni Gras! said...

hahaha! what a hoot! gotta love these THINGS!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

These are adorable! You know, my mom still has clothes pin X-Mas ornaments that my brothers made in the 60s!

Mama Rose said...

I love it! They are super cute!!
Thanks for sharing :D

Marie {Make and Takes} said...

So so so great! I love how your brain works! I too have those kinds of conversations with my other half!! And I'm happy to say that I've rubbed off onto my son, he's the one coming up with lots of crazy crafty ideas!

Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

These are so sweet. I'm linking from CROQzine.com. Thanks!

jo_annie said...

LOVE these. Have to try them for Suess' birthday... If I attempt them, I'll post on my blog! THANKS for sharing this!!!

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

Fun idea!

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jo_annie said...

okay, finally tried it!

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mr. pineapple man said...

this is too cute!! how creative of you!

Sharyl said...

I found myself writing a blog entry and referring to "Thing 1" and "Thing 2" and of course it reminded me of Dr. Seuss! I had to see what I might find if I did a search. I landed right on your blog!

I hope you don't mind, but I'm just going to have to include a link to this posting! Too good to pass up!

Thanks much!

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