I'm prety sure my family thinks I'm trying to turn my 2-year-old niece Abigail into a drag queen. First I tried to dress her as Priscilla Queen of the Dessert style flamingo , now I'm making disco balls out of her favorite Sesame Street character, Elmo.
Now, I should say, I'm normally too stuck up to make things with characters on them... but seeing as he is Abigail's favorite, and he is sort of a Muppet, I'll make an exception for Elmo. Plus, the little dude is starting to grow on me. Have you seen this?
After watching that video I can't imagine anyone not wanting something fabulous and Elmo like in their house. But, if you are still on the fence, consider the faceless Elmo pendant -- still pretty groovy.
- Paper lantern
- Tinsel Garland
- Hot Glue
- Craft Foam (for face--optional)
Not much of a tutorial on this one. The complicated part is figuring out how much tinsel you will need to cover the lantern. That's all math (read: that's all you). I can tell you though, that my 9' of tinsel stretched to cover a lantern with a 10" diameter. An extra 2' would have been nice, but I made it work. If you are going to order tinsel garland online, I would order a lot.
Behold! The perfect drag queen pendant lamp.
What? Too much?
Fine. Cut some simple face shapes out of craft foam and attach with hot glue.
Hard part is finding the tinsel in the off-season, but you can find it online. Had I thought ahead of time, I would have stocked up on tinsel after Xmas. How fun would it be to make a dozen of these for a party? I might have to order some gold and green and purple tinsel garland to wrap around lanterns for a Mardi Gras party. Fun!
PS: For all the parents of Elmo fanatics out there, did you know there is an indie film about the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash? Being Elmo is rolling through theaters right now--you should get a babysitter and take your butt to see it. So cool!