With the Oscars only a few days away, it seems appropriate to pay tribute to tinsel town with a few, crafty project ideas that play on the titles and themes of this year’s nominees for Best Picture. I took a tour of the virtual handmade annals, and found a bunch of great pieces created by some very talented crafters. Use their objects d’art as inspiration for your own ideas or, if you don’t D.I.Y., then support the artist community by buying one of these original goodies!
Ok, without further ado, the nominees for Best Picture (and corresponding craft) are…
In this movie, title character Benjamin (Brad Pitt) inherited a button factory from his estranged, biological father. As an ode to this flick, here are a few, cute-as-a-you-know-what projects that’ll inspire you to raid your own button stash.
With the help of Aleene’s Liquid Fusion, you can glue those beautiful baubles to anything from jewelry findings to picture frames. True to it’s name, it’ll stick anything to anything and keep it there–I used it myself to affix retro mini-toys onto a painted frame for a past project for my Kiwi Magazine, Eco-Craft column.
Whether you’re “Team Frost” or “Team Nixon”, wearing your heart on your sleeve or rather, your propaganda on your chest, is the best way to give props to this film. Let these political tees act as a creative jumping-off point, then use your own ideas to create conversation-starting wearables!
Using a photo imaging program on your computer and Tulip’s Photo Transfer Paper, it’s super easy to make customized tees with your own witty sayings and clever designs. As a tribute to this film might I suggest: “Frost/Nixon: Watergate, welcome to the winter of your discontent.” No? Ok, how about: “Nixon, you’ve been Frosted!” Don’t quit my day job? Ok, moving on then.
Set in post-WWII Germany, Hana (Kate Winslet) becomes passionately involved with a boy (David Kross) half her age. They re-connect years later as she fights for her freedom in a war crime trial–it’s clear, that Hana has kept many secrets in her life.
Pay collage homage to this flick by hand crafting a journal to jot down your own stories (or discrepancies, as the case may be). These write-worthy works of art should get the creative juices flowing!
A slum-grown Mumbaiian teen wins the Indian version of the game show, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” Under suspician of cheating, he’s imprisoned where his story unfolds.
Take your millions (even if it’s all in pennies) to the bank, a handmade one, that is! These paper mache, money catchers take the gauche out of displaying your money prominently in your home.
Amykins1111 Money Pig & Skull, and Pineweaver’s Dream Home & Spilled Milk banks. They both have a ton more, great banks so make sure to check out their Flickr pages (click links above) for an even bigger dose of bank goodness.
Create the craft that most suits your fave pick for Best Picture this year–and hey, with the awards ceremony running about 4 hours long, why not get crafty while you’re watching? Your finished object is sure to have you thanking the Academy!
Who’re you rooting for? Post your choice for the winner here for an informal crafter’s critic poll. 🙂
Happy Hollywood-obsessed week!
P.S. Speaking of winners, I’d like to congratulate Carly for being selected as the recipient of a pack of Tulip paints! Please e-mail your info to: contestsATvickiehowell.com, and I’ll get it mailed out to you.
Dear YarnYAY! Community & Supporters,
It’s with all of the feels, and a deep breath, that I announce that month’s will be the last monthly box, as we begin the process of closing YarnYAY! by Vickie Howell.
Five and a half years ago, this business essentially fell into my lap. I was just wrapping a tour promoting the launch of The Knit Show, and in the middle of writing my 13th book, The Knit Vibe when an executive from CrateJoy approached me about co-founding a subscription box for knitters. The arm of their company that ran subscription box businesses with creators and entrepreneurs who already had a following would handle the capital, fulfillment, customer service and sourcing. I would be in charge of project design, pattern writing, product curation, marketing, media content, and anything else creative. I had longtime been wanting to add a retail aspect to my overall offerings, but with a very full plate hadn’t yet figured out a viable, responsible way to do that. This seemed ideal.
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Have you met her? This is final shade of VH Montoya Merino, Sputnik Spruce, and she’s practically perfect in every way. Hand-dyed by the amazing @spunrightround I could not love this non-traditional, holiday palette more!
Get this limited edition run of Sputnik Spruce in the YarnYAY! December box. Now available at YarnYAY.com (link in bio)!
Ok, reposting the December Unboxing, because it looks like I chose the wrong posting option last time, so only 90 seconds came through. The vid’s 7 minutes, so hopefully this time it works! (It’s posted in full on my Facebook page, YouTube, and YarnYAY.com, too.) Thanks for your patience!...