How To Make A Papier-Mâché Snowman – Part 2

How To Make A Papier-Mâché Snowman – Part 2

Part 2 – How To Make A Papier- Mâché Snowman

After the little Papier-Mâché snowman from Part 1 was dry, I realized his feet weren’t so steady.  I had used the cream cheese box to cut out and make soles for his feet.  That cardboard was not so firm and somehow the ends of his feet curled in the front.  As you can imagine, that created a bit of a wobbly snowman.  Extra paper clay had to be applied there and flattened to make him a little more stable, which meant more drying time.  Sigh…

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To remedy this, on the second snowman, a pizza box lid was used to create soles for feet.  Let me tell you that this was a far better idea.   After stuffing the newspaper sleeve, applying the paper strips and allowing that to dry, I glued the pizza box lid soles in the appropriate spots and allowed the Tacky glue to dry.

Then, the paper clay was used to fill in the space around the bottom, creating a nice base.  Paper clay was also applied in a ring around the neck.  The clay was allowed to dry.  This helped to stabilize the head and the base.  I think I will start doing this with all of the snowmen!

 

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After the clay had completely dried, a coat of white primer and paint was applied.  I really liked the paint used on the pumpkins as a base but that particular paint does not come in white.  This Olympic primer and paint in one works really nicely, too.

He’s beginning to look more like a snowman now and less like an alien or a troll!  Lol!

 

Remember the Easy DIY Melted Snowman Tablescape from last year?  I had some of the fabric left from the flannel plaid scarf.  This was used to create a little scarf for this first snowman.  The snowman stands about 10″ tall.  The scarf measures 18″ long and ended up being 1 – 7/8″ wide.  The lines of the plaid were followed as a guide to cut straight lines.

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Threads were removed from both ends to create fringe.  I didn’t bother to sew up the edges.  They were left raw.  There shouldn’t be a lot of strain on them once they are tied around the little fellow’s neck.

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Since the plaid had green in it, too, florist wire was used to create a band for the earmuffs.  (I saw this done on a snowman in a store and thought it was so clever!  However, they had used some black wire.  The florist wire seemed perfect for this project.)

 

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His eyes were painted with regular acrylic craft paint.  Since they were supposed to look like coal, they were painted black.  Of course, his carrot nose was painted orange.  Red paint, to match the plaid fabric, was used for the mittens and the earmuffs.  And, he now looks more like a snowman, doesn’t he?

 

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A big crooked smile was painted on his face.  White twinkles were painted on his ‘coal’ eyes and white snowflakes brighten up his red mittens.

Frosty was looking a little too bright and new.  A waterbased antiquing medium by FokArt was used to take off the new look.  The antiquing medium was watered down with a wet brush and applied to the snowman in sections.  Then, the surface was quickly rubbed with a paper towel and most of the antiquing medium was removed.  It looks subtle but that is a good thing!

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After the antiquing was dry, it was time to add some sparkle to Frosty!  A light coat of Mod Podge was brushed on, a section at a time, as glue and then clear glitter was sprinkled over the wet Mod Podge.

I have to tell you right now, looking at this little snowman really puts a smile on my face.

Next, using the Loctite Super Glue, the ends of his coiled band for the earmuffs were glued into the little holes made earlier.

The plaid scarf was the finishing touch.  I love this little snowman!  Another two are in various stages of becoming snowmen, too.  

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Delicious Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Delicious Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies came to mind as I gazed at the little container of Quaker overnight oats in the pantry.  Being relatively frugal, I take advantage of the digital coupons that the local Kroger offers.  If you are familiar with those, you know there are “Free Friday Downloads” each Friday.  This little container of overnight oats was one of those freebies. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

My thought was that Memphis, my granddaughter,  would probably like this for breakfast one morning when she was here for the day.  Well, my daughters had both tried this new product and were not impressed.  Sorry Quaker.  So, there it still sat in the pantry.

 

A thought occurred that I should just make cookies and use it.  (I couldn’t bring myself to just toss it!)  I remembered this recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from several years ago.  One of the girls at the bank had shared it.  While there was not enough in this little container, there was another container of regular Quaker oats in the cupboard, too.  We had plenty to make this recipe.  

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 6 dozen cookies

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 – 1/2 cups oatmeal
  • 4 – ounce Hershey chocolate bar, chopped
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 – 1/2 cups roughly chopped nuts

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Preheat the oven to 375°

Then, measure the oatmeal into a food processor and process until fine.   Set aside.

 

 

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Cream room temperature butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together.  I like to do this with a blunt end wooden spoon.  If the butter is at room temperature, this comes together quickly.

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Next, you add the eggs* and the vanilla.  Stir well.

 

 

 

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Measure the flour**, salt, baking powder, and baking soda into a medium bowl and stir to combine well.  (This assures that when you bite into a cookie, you don’t get a big bite of salt or baking soda.)

 

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Add half of the flour mixture and half of the processed oatmeal to the creamed butter, sugar, and egg mixture.  Mix pretty well and then add the remaining flour mixture and oatmeal.Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

At this point, it becomes a little harder to mix the ingredients.  It is easiest for me to use the blunt spoon to scrape and press the last addition of flour and oatmeal into the batter while turning the bowl.

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Add the chopped chocolate bar and mix well.

 

 

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Stir in the chopped nuts and the chocolate chips.

With a 1 – 1/2″ ice cream scoop, scoop balls of cookie dough and place 2″ apart on a cookie sheet pan.  Bake in a preheated 375° oven for 10 – 12 minutes. 

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Remove to a cooling rack and allow to completely cool before stacking.  

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Well, the cookies were not even cooled before Dave had eaten two-thirds of the first batch.  Memphis had one. and another, but had to let them cool a little more first.  Yes, they are pretty delicious but we had 6 dozen in total.

One good thing about making this many cookies is that there is plenty to share.  I sent some home with Danielle and Memphis and wrapped up another box to share.  Jon-Michael just happened to stop by and he took the box of cookies home to Emily.  Doesn’t it look neat with the little ribbon?  A dozen of these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies fit perfectly in the little box.Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

* Tips

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Breaking eggs?  Break your egg by tapping it on the counter, not on the edge of a bowl, a pan, or a skillet!  Egg dropping down the side of the skillet, the counter, the stove, etc. is one of my pet peeves, not that I have a husband who does this.  The key reason for doing this is that the eggshell won't shatter into tiny pieces along the line where it breaks. 

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The tendency to get little pieces of eggshell in your food is far less using this technique.




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Measuring flour?  Well did you know that if you scoop your flour from a container, your measurement is probably inaccurate?

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Just to show you, I scooped a cup of flour from the container where flour is stored.  I poured the flour into a small bowl and then, spooned the flour from the bowl into a measuring cup, and leveled the top.

Notice how much flour is left in the bowl?  I measured it and there was an extra 1/4 cup!  Imagine what that could do to a recipe if you had 3 cups of flour!  Now you know why you should spoon flour into the measuring cup!

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How To Make A Papier-mâché Snowman

How To Make A Papier-mâché Snowman

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To make this  Papier-mâché snowman, first you’ll need newspaper and a newspaper sleeve.  Yep, I used the newspaper sleeve.  It seemed the right size for the snowman I had in mind.  Just imagine a row of these snowmen made from an item you usually toss in the trash…

 

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Since this was a little on the small side, I tore the newspaper in half and used the single sheets to wad into balls.  The balls of newspaper were then placed in the plastic sleeve.  When the sleeve was filled with enough of the newspaper, the plastic bag was tied in a knot.

I wanted legs to be visible.  Using masking tape, I taped the bag creating two ‘legs’.

 

 

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Then, a head was formed.  This was a more compacted ball of newspaper to create a round ball.  That was placed in the sleeve above the body and the knot.  Another knot was tied to hold the ball in place.

 

 

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As you can imagine, the head was a little ‘wonky’.  In order to make it more stable, I wrapped a piece of masking tape around it.  Awww, perfect!

 

Just like the pumpkins, strips of newspaper were glued to the shape with the Papier-mâché glue.  ◄ (You can find complete directions for making the glue and the clay here.  This makes a lot!  You might want to make half or a third of the recipe unless you are planning on making much bigger or a lot of these!)  I cut the strips for the snowman a little shorter and not as wide as the ones used on the pumpkins.

This was actually done in two settings, allowing the paper strips to dry and stiffen the figure a little before applying them to the head.  Take note, a few strips were applied to the neck area both times to help support the head.

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Once the paper strips were dry and the piece was completely covered, I felt the feet needed a better foundation.  This little snowman has to stand on his own, unsupported.  I had an empty cream cheese box and cut ‘soles’ for the feet from the cardboard box, glued them to the bottoms of the feet, and filled in the gaps with the paper clay.

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About two-thirds of the body was covered with the paper clay.  You can see the arms are beginning to take shape.  The little fellow was allowed to dry for a day at this point.  In order to hasten the drying, he was set next to the heat register in the kitchen.   (Yes, we already have the heater turned on this year!)

I learned with the pumpkins and the pumpkin stems, that you need to dry areas before applying too much of the paper clay or you might have a collapse.  The stems completely covered in one setting ended up having dropsy.  By covering the base of the stem, allowing it to dry, and then, covering the top, the stems had a better base.  They stand more erect.

Remember that.  You must have patience.  

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Once the lower body was completely covered with clay and dried, clay was applied to the head and some clay was added to his arms.  He was allowed to dry again.  The register expedited the drying process nicely.  He’s beginning to take shape.

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The idea of having earmuffs on this little guy was inspired by a snowman at a local store.  The band across the top was a spiraled wire and for whatever reason, I just wanted to recreate that look.   It just seemed so clever!

To make them, two equal-sized balls were shaped, flattened, and applied to the wet clay on both sides of the head.  Placing the wet clay on the wet clay helped the two fuse together.  (I wanted definition between the ear muffs and the head.  The wet on wet clay helped create that.  You can blend the wet clay out onto the dry clay and it will adhere easily without a line but in this case, the definition was preferable.)  At this point, you can poke a hole with a toothpick on both of the flattened shapes where the spiraled wire will be attached later.  If you would rather, or forget to do this, a drill can be used to drill a tiny hole for it after the piece has dried.

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After the Papier-mâché snowman dried overnight, another thin layer of the clay was spread over the head, smoothing out the clay, and subtle cheeks were formed.  You can see that a carrot nose was also shaped and applied to his face.  (Laying him on his back kept the carrot erect instead of drooping.)The eyes were shaped to resemble coal.  I tried to shape ridges on the edges to replicate the edges of chipped coal.  I’m not sure how successful that was but that was the objective.

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He was laid on his back to add the carrot nose, the coal eyes, and to cover the front with another smooth layer of clay.  At this point, he seems to resemble a troll more than a snowman but we are not done yet.  Another day of drying and working on the back will be the next step.

Part 2 will be posted in the next few days.  I can’t wait to get to the painting part and, ultimately, this little  Papier-mâché Snowman will be glistening, too.  Until then,

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How To Make Rugelach Cookies

How To Make Rugelach Cookies

How to Make Rugelach Cookies

The word Rugelach is Yiddish, the Jewish language of eastern Europe.  Rugelach is a Jewish croissant-shaped pastry with fruit and nut fillings.  The important thing you need to know is that these cookies are delicious!

A few years ago, a neighbor of ours brought us a tray of homemade cookies.  These Rugelach cookies were one of the little cookies on that tray.  They were delicious little bites of nutty goodness, and yesterday, I decided to make some myself.

After searching for awhile, writing down different recipe ingredients, and picking and choosing, the recipe below was the result.  The dough needs to be refrigerated for two hours, so, you have some downtime but the cookies are easy to make.   It’s a pretty easy recipe to make your own.

This recipe makes 36 little cookies.

Rugelach Cookies

Dough

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
    2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
    1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/4 teaspoon salt
  • powdered sugar for dusting

Filling

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup ground walnuts
  • 3 Tblsp. butter – room temperature

 

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Allow the butter and cream cheese to come to room temperature.  It is much easier to cream at room temperature.   Place the 2 sticks of butter, (not margarine!) and the cream cheese in a mixing bowl.  With a wooden spoon, cream together until smooth.How To Make Rugelach Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Add the sugar and vanilla.  Mix well.

 

 

 

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Add  1 – 1/4 cups of the flour and the salt.  Mix until it starts to come together.  Then, add the remaining 1 cup of flour and mix until blended.

 

 

 

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Cut the dough into 3 relatively, equal pieces and place on generous sheets of wax paper.  Fold one side of the wax paper over the top and flatten into a disk.  Fold the edges of the wax paper on the remaining three sides and place flat in the refrigerator.How To Make Rugelach Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

 

 

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  (You can leave these in the refrigerator overnight or up to 3 days.)How To Make Rugelach Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

Combine the sugars and the cinnamon in a small mixing bowl.  Stir in the melted butter.

Preheat the oven to 375°.

 

Roll the dough sandwiched between the wax paper out into a 9 or 10 – inch circle about 1/8″ thick.  You may want to dust the wax paper with powdered sugar if the dough begins to stick.  If the wax paper begins to tear, just pull off a new piece and replace it.  (I like using the wax paper.  It keeps you from having to add extra flour to the dough and keeps the pastry lighter.)
 
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Spread 1/3 of the butter-sugar mixture over the top of the circle of dough.  Sprinkle 1/3 of the ground nuts on top of the butter-sugar mixture.  Press the ground nuts gently into the filling and the dough.
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Using a pizza wheel, or a sharp knife, cut the circle into quarters.  Then cut each quarter into 3 sections.  This will make 12 equal triangles.
Roll each triangle from the widest end to the point into a crescent shape, like a croissant.
 
Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet or on a Silpat non-stick baking liner. (We are an Amazon affiliate and may receive a percentage of sales through this link.  Thanks for supporting this website!)
1 cup ground walnuts
Chill on the baking sheet for 20 minutes in the refrigerator.
Remove from the refrigerator and bake in the preheated 375° oven for 15 – 20 minutes.
 
Cool on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes and then, place on a baking rack to completely cool (The kids were here and several of these did not get a chance to cool!  They are delicious warm!)How To Make Rugelach Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
My cookies didn’t have a perfect crescent shape.  I will have to work on that.  However, it did not have any ill effect on the taste, thankfully!
 
 So, why did I wait all these years to make these little jewels?  I don’t know!  They are pretty simple and judging from the family’s reaction, we will be having more of these soon.  You must try these tasty little morsels soon!  With the holidays coming up, it is perfect timing.
1 cup ground walnuts

 

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How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume – Part 3

How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume – Part 3

Halo Master Chief Costume Shoulder Pads Continued

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The smaller part of the Halo Master Chief costume shoulder pad, which sits at the top of the pad should be made from the 1/4″ foam.  (I didn’t have any of that.  Two sheets of thinner craft foam glued together worked nicely for this and that is what I used.)

Using the small template shape on the page, follow the same steps, cut out, place the template on the foam, and trace around the shape.  Then, cut out the innermost shapes and draw around them.  Cut out the shapes next to those, draw around and continue until all the shapes are drawn.

Next, follow the lines using the heated knife blade.  (The small metal ruler was used as a guide where possible.)

 

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On the backside of the foam, draw two curved lines from the two intersecting angles at the top to the bottom of the piece, as shown in the picture.

Then, using the X-Acto knife, make two shallow cuts following the lines just drawn.  This will make it easier for the piece to bend and be shaped while using the heat gun.  Part 3 of How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Use the heat knife to burn off the two edges, which will be glued to the larger section of the shoulder pad.  Without touching the outer layer, use the heat knife to burn off some of the foam at an angle.   This will make it easier to glue the pieces together.

Before gluing the small piece to the shoulder pad, the topside and the sides were painted.  The underside was left gray.

You can see in the picture below where the small piece was attached to the shoulder pad.  You can also see the lines made by the heat knife.  I pulled the knife over the lines and the raised and recessed areas it created were interesting.  So, I left it that way.  

The silver paint was dry brushed over the edges of the shoulder pad and the edges of all the raised areas.  it really ended up looking like metal!  The acrylic craft paint worked great for this project.

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 The Back Of The Breastplate

As the other parts of this costume were being created, I mulled over how to finish the back of the breastplate.   The inspiration pin on Pinterest did not have a view of the back.  Getting down to the wire, I had to make a decision.  Using the pattern from the front piece, I made a paper pattern with a curved bottom piece.  Then, created an angled line, which would butt up to the edge of the breastplate in the back.  

The pattern was cut out and traced onto another piece of the EVA foam and cut out with an X-Acto knife.

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That looked pretty plain.  It needed some detail.  Repeating the trapezoid shape from the raised areas in the front, the shape was cut and removed.  

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The shape was then traced onto the back and black paint was applied to the areas around where the piece would be glued.  The new piece was painted the avocado green.  The black needed a bit of a second coat of paint and the green needed a second coat.Part 3 of How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 The small trapezoid shape was also painted the avocado green.  After those pieces dried, the Loctite glue was used to attach the large piece to the back.  It was butted up to the straight piece across the back.  The lower sides were left loose to glue later.

Large books were used to hold the piece firmly, while the glue dried.  You want to keep the rounded shape of the shoulders and the side pieces.  While the glue was drying, I wrapped the piece around the edge of a table and set the books on top of it.  Sometimes a stack of books was placed on the piece to help support the foam.

Once, I had inadvertently pulled the shoulders out and lost the shape.  I tried to bend it back and I could tell it was putting too much strain on the piece.  The heat gun was used to soften up the top and underside of the shoulders and they went right back where they needed to be.

After the back was securely in place, glue was applied to one of the loose sides, matched to the coordinating end of the front design, and pressed in place.  This was held securely and then heavy books were set on it and the piece was allowed to dry.  The process was repeated for the other end.

Once the sides were done, the trapezoid shape was glued into the recess of the back.  Just like the other details on the front piece, the trapezoid shape was left slightly raised. 

The line where the two pieces butted together wasn’t particularly appealing.  A thin strip of foam cut to size and glued over top of it seemed to be the perfect solution.  Since some of the detail was gray or silver, I left that piece gray, too.  After the glue dried, silver paint was dry brushed on the entire piece.

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 The kids spent the night.  Halloween morning, I got up at 4:30 and began putting the adhesive strips of Velcro on all the pieces.  (I told you this is not a project to start two weeks before Halloween!)

 The 2″ Velcro was used on the big pieces.  The thinner strips of Velcro I had were used on the shoulder pads.  I wish we had used the 2″ strips on those, too.  Do yourself a favor and buy the big pack of the 2″ Velcro and use it lavishly.

In the afternoon, someone at school pulled one of the shoulder pads off and the adhesive on the thinner strip did not stick well enough to reattach.  I think 2 of the 2″ wide strips would have kept it from being pulled off his shirt.  This was an easy fix when he got home.

Looking back, I would have also used extra strips of the 2″ wide on the thigh pieces.  That area gets more stress from walking and sitting than any other area.Part 3 of How To Make A Halo Master Chief Costume on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

All in all, the costume held together pretty well.  I prayed all day that it would hold together and Aidan would have a good day.   

Aidan reported that his character was recognized by many people and a couple of them were in disbelief that someone had made it!

Maybe this will inspire you to tackle a Master Chief costume for your special young man.

Supplies Used For This Project Included:

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2 – packs of Best Step flooring found at Walmart for $13.44 each were used.

1 – 12″ x 18″ piece of gray craft foam found at Michael’s for 99¢.

Industrial Strength 2″ wide Velcro  (This box was not enough to adequately do this project.  1″ wide Velcro was used for the shoulder pads and the shoes and the 2″ wide would have done a better job.  In retrospect, I wish I had bought the large $18.00 package at Walmart.)

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2 bottles of acrylic ‘Avocado’ craft paint

1 bottle of acrylic ‘Black’ craft paint

1 bottle of acrylic ‘Silver’ craft paint

1 bottle of Loctite Go2 Glue

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We found the Master Chief helmet at a Halloween store for $39.95.  A 25% off coupon found in a local ad was used, making the helmet $30.00.

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