Our dog Maggie Jo (aka The Bitch) is a member of a private quail preserve in Savannah. We are lucky enough to take her there to work a few times a week –never shooting over her, just exercising her nose and her legs. This past October there was a certain red fox we would often see on the trails back in the woods. He was a small fellow in stature, but large in flamboyancy. Mr. Fox, as we started calling him, would sit in the middle of the trail until he knew we had seen him, and only then would he scurry off. It was a brave show of bravado.
After seeing Mr. Fox for the third time, I couldn’t get him out of my head and had to add an element of foxy to my holiday. These three papier-mache fox heads are in honor of him.
I hope I get to run into Mr. Fox again this fall.
DIY Papier-Mache Fox Head
photo by Teresa Earnest Photography What you need:
Cardboard for the mount
Modge Podge or watered down glue
Pencil (for sketching face)
Craft paints (we used white, black, orange/red mixture and burnt umber)
Spray acrylic sealer in matte finish What to do: Step 1.
Cut a round piece of cardboard the size of the head you would like to make (if your cardboard is too thin, cut enough rounds to make it firm). This will also be the mount. Ours was 10-inches in diameter. Step 2. Start forming the basic shape of the head with balls of newspaper and masking tape. Step 3.
Continue using more and more masking tape to shape the head. The ears were made by taping on cut outs of thin card board. Step 4.
Once you have your general shape. Cut strips of newspaper and use modge podge or watered down glue to cover the head…smoothing out the rough spots as you go. (Fun side note: At this point David and I laughed that our fox looked like a pig! So we mad the nose more long and pointy…more “fox like”.) Step 5.
Use white craft paint to cover the entire head (we did two coats) and let dry. Use a pencil to sketch in the areas to paint. Step 6.
Once the painted head is dry. Spray with the sealer in a well ventilated area. Attach a hanger on the back (we used heavy duty velcro) and hang!
Inspiration comes from many places…this time from a sweater! My holiday gift wrap this year is officially colored leopard! Leopard Print Wrapping Paper What you need:
Craft Paint (I used purple, pink, green, turquoise, gold and black)
1/2-inch flat paint brush What to do:
Watch the video!
I love a wreath…but not just any wreath. Here are a few of my favorites this holiday season!
1. Thanks For the Gum Drop Wreath
What to do:
Step 1. Use toothpicks to affix colored gum drops in a fun pattern onto a styrofoam wreath form.
Step 2. Hang with a fun ribbon.
2. Crazy Like a Fox Wreath My dearest friend in the world, Sydney Kiefner, needlepointed this gorgeous wreath. I’m in awe of many many talents she has, but her needlepoint game is tops! I wish you could see the back it’s a beautiful green velvet…much like my shoes. I love you Sydney. What to do: Step 1. Have a friend who needlepoints make you a wreath.
3. Pom Pom Wreath
What to do:
Step 1. Wrap a styrofoam wreath foam with yarn (I used white) Step 2. Make pom poms (learn how to make a pom pom HERE) and affix to the wreath form with hot glue.
I’ve been collecting milk glass bud vases for years. Let’s face it, every flower looks good in a white vase! Many years ago, I had to do a dinner party on the fly and needed a centerpiece and this magic happened. I’ve been using it ever since. So fast, simple and chic! Step one, remove flowers. Step two, replace flowers with ball ornaments! Boom!