While much joy comes in the act of accomplishing a task, the truth is — as many a DIYer can attest — half the fun in making something is finding at least one person to “ooh” and “ahhh” over your labors. And as an avid crafter, I can completely appreciate when people share their work.
I recently put out the call to readers to send in pictures of their crafts.
Cuckoo for candy
Reader Cindy Sundes shared pics of her handcrafted cuckoo clock made of — wait for it — candy. She didn’t stop there; the fully-functioning timepiece also features gingerbread people, heart-shaped “cookies” and other non-edible decor.
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Sundes says she the idea came to her after seeing a candy-crafted Easter egg, and decided she wanted to make a functional item out of candy that would stand the tests of time (no pun intended). After six months of trial and error, while searching for parts that wouldn’t melt or break, she constructed a working, Candyland-themed cuckoo clock.
Using a redesigned working clock as her base, Sundes incorporated hardened candies (coated with epoxy-like materials), glitters, acrylic paints, plastics, foam and a self-created frosting comprised of hardeners. The result: super sweet.
Sticky and durable
Duct tape: that silver-colored, polyethylene-covered cloth tape that is a handyman’s best friend. In fact, it’s been said: “If it can’t be fixed with duct tape, then you’re not using enough duct tape.”
At some point, crafting mavens and high school students took that saying to heart, using the durable bonding material to create art (sculptures and portraits), as well as everyday items (hats, wallets and prom dresses).
Crafter Arlean Brown reached out to share a sample of her clever duct tape creations, which she says she makes for both fun and profit. Among the items she shared were a customized tote bag (large enough for a beach towel and flip flops) and a lotus-blossom themed votive candle holder. Brown has been duct taping crafts for over three years, and says she’s collected over 1,000 rolls of tape in that period.
Reader Paula Savino has a talent for helping, giving and crocheting — all of which are related. Savino’s specialty is creating pet blankets, which she then gives to pets (via their people). Many of her recipients are individuals — both human and animal — that she’s read about in The Bee. In fact, my own dog, Lucy, was recently the happy recipient of such a blanket, which she now snuggles and plays with daily.
Savino’s pet blankets measure 25 inches x 25 inches each and are composed of nine “Granny Squares” blocks. Each blanket also has its own color theme. (Lucy’s blanket is what I call “red and rainbow.”)