Remember this cute idea?
Elmer's Glue crackle technique to make the door look like wood. I used a barn red paint on top of the glue, then I used a pencil eraser to make the plank lines. I like that they are crooked, very fun. I had the little gold hinges on hand from a previous project and those are attached with scrapbooking brads. The doorknob is a drawer pull that my husband had on hand. I used the crackle finish on it as well. I'd like for this door to have a little stone walkway (laminated cut outs of "stones") and a few toadstools around it. I'm planning to make the toadstools out of small bowls and pieces of wood, similar to this:
I. Liebe Leabhar
Library Gnome, Esquire
His name is actually a mix of 3 languages (English, German & Irish Gaelic) and means "I Love Books". And I thought the Esquire just sounded fun. I know I've seen it in books but wasn't sure what it meant. According to Dictionary.com it means: an unofficial title of respect, having no precise significance, sometimes placed, especially in its abbreviated form, after a man's surname in formal written address. Abbreviation: Esq. The definition makes it even funnier! And it might be fun to send kids to the dictionary to look it up themselves. I don't have a gnome yet to "live" at the school. I wonder if he should be the kind that only comes out at night...I've never even seen him. I'm sure the kids will just love that. I am thinking if I don't find one by the time school starts the gnome who currently lives in my yard can move to the school.
I also made a fake coin slot for the gumball machine.
It is 2 layers of foam core, with the only difference being the "coin slot" cut out of the top one. I got the shape the way I wanted and then I used a ruler to push in the lines - kind of like a metal plate might have. Then I colored the whole front piece with a gold sharpie - I'm out of gold paint. When I painted the outside edges with blue, I put a coat on top of the top piece of foam core and wiped it away immediately. It left blue in the ruler indentations giving the appearance of depth and aging. The last steps were to write in the cost and then I dug through my metal junk box and found a wind up key for a music box. It is a little smaller than I would have liked but my only other idea was to buy a can opener at the thrift store and attempt to take it apart to get the crank. Considering I sliced my finger open just making these simple projects today, taking apart a can opener might not be a great idea for me. I'm a bit clumsy.