What’s your feeling on the whole New Year’s resolution thing? Do you make ’em? Do you keep ’em? Do you write them down? Do you share them or keep them secret? This is the first year that I didn’t even mentally write a list of promises of change and I’m okay with that. And then I saw Julia Rothman‘s More/Less list on Instagram and thought it was the perfect soft launch into resolutions for 2019. I’ll be penning mine this weekend.
We got a great response from our first Show & Tell last week, so here we go with installment numero dos!
Project Kid had the extreme pleasure of working with J. Crew and their mini-me brand, crew cuts on a super fun craft event to celebrate their September 2018 relaunch. If you know Project Kid and our aesthetic, you’d hopefully recognize that crew cuts is like the clothing sister to our lil craft brand. Bright colors, sweet shapes, and a little bit of humor.
J. Crew’s relaunch campaign was called Meet My Crew, celebrating the people in all of our lives that make up our beloved trusted crews. And when it comes to families, there’s no better crew than the folks that live within the same four walls.
When tasked with creating kids’ craft activities for an iconic clothing and accessory brand, we had to consider a bunch of things. First, the projects have to make sense with the style and the message of the campaign. So making a bird feeder, for example, would have not have flown (pun intended). Also, you can create things to accent their products, but not compete with them. So I’m glad I researched their accessory line before I went to them with my fun pom-pom necklace idea. Here’s what we came up with…
Crew cuts wasn’t currently selling anything like this, but there were so many ways to use them with their products…on jean jackets, backpacks, or hats. We started off creating the felt patches beginning with 4 basic shapes…a square, a half-circle, a rounded rectangle (think Pac-man ghost), and a triangle.
We brainstormed different icons that could be made with these simple shapes. So that the kids didn’t have to cut up all of the little pieces, we pre-cut all of the pieces and displayed in sort of a toppings-bar style buffet.
Riffing off of the “seeing the world through rose-colored glasses” idea, we gave the kids these cool blue, red, yellow, and green lensed glasses to decorate and wear. They had a real Elton John 70s vibe and the kids looked amazing in them. (These are the cardboard glasses we used, but we punched out the centers on all of them.)
MEET MY CREW PHOTO BOOTH
What’s a party without a photo booth? Made with just grosgrain ribbon and gold paper, this backdrop had a cool, geometric vibe.
FLOOR TILE PROMPTS
We had vinyl floor tiles made to match the colors of the collection. We wanted it to feel like confetti was dropped from a giant down onto the floor.
And every so often, there was a circle that gave an instruction, like “floss like you mean it” “freeze like a flamingo” “believe you can fly” or “high-five your crew”. We wanted the kids to literally stop in their tracks and do something silly, sentimental, or just plain fun.
Ya know those moments when you read something or see something and you think, “Oh how clever/cool/sad/beautiful, I need to remember to tell so-and-so about that.”? I have them all the time, and so for that reason I thought I’d start a little weekly habit here on Project Kid called Show & Tell…a column to share discoveries with my like-minded people (that’s you).
Not quite sure if it will be the same number of items every week, but I do hope you’ll enjoy discovering these little Internet tidbits as much as I enjoy sharing them!
Show & Tell, issue no. 001…let’s do this!
The first time you fold up a more complex origami project, you pat yourself on the back a few times and you can’t quite believe that all of those simple folds and bends and creases ended up looking so beautiful. But you imagine that mass producing origami would be painful. But actually, the more you make the more your hands just go go go and it becomes this sort of meditative, rote activity. That’s how I felt making these origami Christmas ornaments for Bluprint.
Start with a square piece of origami paper. Fold it in half and crease.
Open it back up and fold it in half the other way. Then, open it up again.
Fold the paper in half diagonally and open it back up. Then fold the remaining opposite corners together. This time, keep the paper folded into a triangle.
Take the top point and fold it down to the left as shown above.
Push the outer corner in on itself. You should now have a smaller triangle.
Take the right top corner of the triangle and fold it toward the center, as shown above.
Repeat this step on the other side.
Flip the paper over and trim off the two projecting tips. You’ll have yet another triangle shape.
With your paper still flipped, repeat the previous step.
Once again, trim off the excess.
Unfold the flaps you just made so you have a wide diamond shape.
Fold the right flap in toward the center and crease it flat, as shown above.
Then, flip the left side of this flap over to the right and crease.
Repeat this step on the opposite side.
Then, flip the right flap over to the left at the center.
Flip the whole thing over and repeat all these steps on this new side.
Once everything is folded, you’ll have a small triangle.
Fold the top corners of the triangle down.
Then, flip over the right side twice, so you have the small triangle again.
Fold down the corners here as well.
Turn the triangle to the opposite side and fold down these corners.
Just as before, flip the right side over twice and fold down the corners.
Unfold the paper completely.
Fold each point down as shown.
It should now look like this.
Thread your string, make a knot and poke it through the very center of your origami.
Repeat all of these steps on another piece of paper, add some dots of glue to your folds and stick ’em together!
Then hang them on your tree!
I agree, sometimes fabric projects are intimidating. What thread to use? How do I thread my bobbin again? What stitch do I use? All of these questions are why I love these two materials…felt and fabric glue. They are easy to work with and do not intimidate!
I made this project for Bluprint…here’s how you do it!
What you’ll need:
1. Cut out and glue
Use chalk to draw a stocking outline on one of your large felt pieces, then cut it out. Use this as a template to cut a second, identical stocking-shaped piece.
Once the pieces are cut out, line the edges of one piece with fabric glue and stick the other piece on top. Be sure to leave the top of the stocking free of glue so you can stuff it later!
2. Make the triangles
Take your other felt colors and cut 3-by-3-inch squares. Then cut them in half to make triangles. While you’re at it, cut out one 1-by-4-inch strip of felt, and another strip that’s as long as the width of the stocking.
3. Add the strap
You’re going to need a way to hang this stocking up! Gently lift back the top right corner of the stocking and add glue. Then fold the 1-by-4-inch strip of felt in half and glue it inside the corner to find a loop.
4. Get fancy!
Before you go crazy with the triangles, add a line of glue across the top of the stocking’s front. Glue down the felt strip you cut out for this purpose.
Once the triangles are placed and the glue is dry, flip the stocking over and trim off any excess fabric that’s poking over the edges.
Now arrange the triangles on your stocking and glue ‘em down. (This doesn’t have to be perfect; you’ll trim the edges later.)
Hang it up and bring on the reindeer!