Monday, May 17, 2010

Da Godfather? NOT!

No worries! These won't end up in someone's bed anytime soon.

This was my Sunday project; two horse heads for an 8th grade production of Man of La Mancha.

My best work? Well....let's just call it the best I could do with the time I had allotted to me.

I had to scrap my plans several times to find a working model. I was going to build on a hat base, but the hats weren't structured enough.

Carboard bases were too inflexible and "fake" looking.

Then I was going to build an armature, but I didn't have the kids' measurements and that seemed too rigid.

I didn't want to do the chicken wire route as I wasn't sure how comfortable that might be as a hat. It works super well for a mask, though.

So I ended up using a Trader Joe's bag as a base. I fitted canvas to the inside and outside (so the final product remained flexible.)

I decoupaged the canvas with tissue paper, painted it, flocked it and added manes.

The horse hats tie on behind the hair of the wearer. In this way, they can fit almost everyone.

If I had it to do all over again, I bet I could reallllly rock it.

I love trying new things, don't you? The excitement of knowing it could be an abject failure is always a motivator!

Thanks for popping in!

Until next time, here's to "going for it"!



  1. Oh my HAT, you are so brave. I LOVE how you just go for it and how it always works!!!! You ROCK!

  2. Oh WOW!!! These horses turned out fantastic!!!

  3. They look great did rock it


  4. Wow...You did a brilliant job on these! They look great.