Today I’d like to share a DIY project by my husband, Jon. Jon has been getting into the DIY spirit lately and decided that we needed to update our fireplace niche.
We live in an older home and have a handsome fireplace, and like many people, we don’t actually use it for its intended purpose, that is to say, we don’t light fires in it.
This doesn’t mean the fireplace niche has to be empty or “dead” space. We knew that we wanted to fill it with something interesting and eye-catching, yet integrated with the rest of the room.
This faux fire is the perfect solution. Jon is a big fan of old-school Nintendo games, so this project incorporates that perfectly into fun and graphic fireplace art.
While the following is not a complete step-by-step tutorial for making your own paper-mâché geek craft based on the Legend of Zelda fire, the pictures do show much of the process. The materials at least are easy to come by and cheap. All you need is some foam core or cardboard for the inside structure, newspaper and/ or paper shopping bags to use as the paper-mâché, some watered-down white glue (such as Elmore’s), and acrylic paint.
The fire has a bit of thickness to it (it’s almost 2 inches thick), so it’s able to stand on its own (see top of post). However, Jon wanted the fire to appear as though it was floating (above photo), so he suspended it with monofilament from a dowel rod wedged into the chimney.
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Yesterday was my brother-in-law Joe’s 17th birthday. And what better birthday present is there than the gift of a personalized cereal box?!
It all started a couple of weeks ago. My husband Jon had just started working at Trader Joe’s and was buying all of our groceries from there. Their food is awesome by the way, in case you didn’t know.
Anyway, my other brother-in-law, Jake, was over at our house and noticed a box of Joe’s O’s on top of our fridge. He immediately came up with the idea of putting Joe’s picture on it and giving it to him for his upcoming birthday. Actually, his original idea was to put both a picture of Joe and a ferret on the box. The ferret didn’t make it.
So earlier last week I found a picture of Joe on Facebook, then Jon scanned the front of the cereal box and used Adobe Photoshop to superimpose Joe’s face on the front and place the Os on his tongue. We went to Staples to have them print out the image then Jon pasted it to the box. The print is just a bit smaller than the box, but it’s still pretty convincing because the colors match pretty well.
Joe LOVED his present!
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Happy 17th birthday Joe!