A Week with TGIllustration: Brooches

Hello all!

Long time no see. Been bogged down with classwork as I dive into the last month of school before completing my Masters, so pardon my absence. I decided to take a brief respite from my papers to showcase a wonderful shop that I discovered while perusing Etsy for Harry Potter brooches: TG Illustration. I was quickly charmed by his artwork that was so beautifully painted on various wooden accessories, and happy when he agreed to collaborate with me. If you’ve been following my Instagram, I’ve spent the last 7 days featuring his wonderful designs on outfits put together specifically to showcase the brooches he sent me. I wanted to create a comprehensive blog post to show off his variety of designs and also give you guys a coupon code to use (scroll to the bottom of the post)!

The first of his designs I created an outfit for was this quirky, fun little octopus that I look forward to wearing particularly around Halloween-time next year!

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I paired the little guy with my custom playsuit from Ains & Elke Style Haus on Etsy since I loved both the play of the colors together, and the way the octopus tied into the water scene. Who knows what’s lurking in that peaceful scene?

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The second brooch of his that I showcased was this adorable Russian doll. While I chose to don a summery-er outfit for this look, she matches an insanely wide range of my clothes!

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For this look, I primarily focused on the color matching since I don’t have much in the way of Russian doll novelty prints (though I know they’re out there!), but it gave me the perfect excuse to wear one of my favorite vintage cashmere sweaters!

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The third brooch I styled is the brooch that led me to Tom’s Etsy in the first place. I appreciated that the color scheme of this Ravenclaw crest matched the books instead of the films, and loved the fierce expression of our beloved mascot!

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I naturally wore this brooch to the Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them premiere, and it went with my Ravenclaw look beautifully.

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The fourth brooch I featured was another near and dear to my heart, the rose from Beauty & the Beast. I love the affect of the paint on this number! Really gets the the look of glass across.

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This look, I paired with my new burgundy top from Devil Inspired as I loved the way the shade of the petals popped with the deep burgundy shade.

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The second to last brooch I styled was a drawing of his featuring the magic mirror from Snow White, and again, the way he emulated the glass with his painting is truly beautiful! I adore the affect.

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This brooch was surprisingly more difficult to style, but then my eye caught the skirt I was gifted last Christmas and I knew it was a match made in heaven! The trim matched the mirror’s frame perfectly, and the dark, almost faded fabric emulated the red tones along the frame, while the black made the actual mirror area really pop.

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My final brooch was this adorable, mustard-colored telephone. As I don’t have any other brooches that feature this shade, I was excited to play with the color! Plus, it reads very clearly.

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I naturally decided to pair my telephone with fall colors and immediately went to my abstract ballerina printed skirt that has so many shades to play with – including the mustard that previously never had a chance. I wanted to go with the autumn color scheme, and ended up with this sweater gifted to me by my roomie’s grandmother that also hasn’t gotten a chance to play yet. Finally, the weather permitted it!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the looks I created with Tom’s designs and I’m excited to work with them more.With all of his brooches clocking in at less than $6, they’re perfectly affordable without having to give up quality.

These cuties would make great gifts for fellow accessory enthusiasts, and he also offers a range of earrings, prints, badges and necklaces in his shops. Until November 28th, you can enter in the code LARK11 at checkout on his Etsy to receive 10% off on your purchase, making them even more affordable! (And for those fellow bloggers and ootd-ers out there, they’re VERY easy to photograph – a HUGE bonus, in my opinion.)

If you’d like to follow his designs, you can head to these various outlets:

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My blog will probably remain a bit slow for awhile as I finish up my degree, so you can keep checking my Instagram to make sure you don’t miss anything!

Happy holidays everyone,

Miss Lark Bahar

This is Halloween: Adventure in the Great Wide Disneyland

Hello everyone!

As those who follow my Instagram are well aware by now, this past Monday was spent at the happiest place on Earth, Disneyland! When a friend from Long Island decided to pay a visit due to a school holiday, we figured what better way to celebrate than to take our first vacation since February? A trip to Disneyland (and vacationing in general) has been long overdue, and as my roommate and I have only made it there during Halloween-time once before, we felt this would be the perfect opportunity to try out Mickey’s Halloween Party with its special new parade. And who can turn down being able to trick-or-treat as adults?

As no Disney trip is complete without Disneybounding these days, we opted to make use of the bounds my roomie and I were originally going to showcase when we visited in August: Sorcerer Mickey, and one of Madame Upanova’s dancers from Fantasia. The perfect warm-weather bounds!

To emulate the ostriches, I opted for pairing my black Marilyn top from Le Bomb Shop with a vintage skirt of mine from the Instagram shop FarFromHereVintage. With the off-white of the skirt paired with the Western pattern ringing around, I felt the representation was as close as possible with this kind of character. It was then only a matter of accessorization.

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The cornucopia brooch, velvet necktie, earrings, and large hair bow were obvious choices to emulate one of Madame Upanova’s dancers (although I debated being the pink ostrich prima ballerina, Madame Upanova herself, I decided it wouldn’t be as “me” with the color-scheme). The two difficulties rose from deciding what to do with my shoes. I knew I wanted to try walking around in a pair of my old pointe shoes, but figured this wouldn’t last long, so ordered a back-up pair of lace-up flats from Nine West with great reviews to change into when my feet gave up. Plus, this bound was a great excuse to color a pair of my pointe shoes my favorite color! Sharpie-ing them blue and sewing on new ribbons helped fill up some time waiting in line for a concert on Saturday.

For my hair, I finally ended up settling on a large, loose poodle-do instead of a ballet bun as it would help create the space for me to pin my bow in standing up without worry that it might fall off or fall limp. The whole thing was then topped by a gorgeous hand-painted, embellished parasol specifically painted by a friend for my bound.

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We decided to spend the first half of the day in California Adventure to save money before hopping on over to Disneyland at 3 (when the special Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets allowed entry). While we probably would have stayed at Disneyland the whole day normally, the heartbreaking impending erasure of The Tower of Terror made us commit to going there. So after styling four gals’ hair in the morning (everyone opted for wet sets this trip, so I was essentially running a salon), we made our way to the parks.

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We started our adventure by immediately booking it to Tower to grab our fast passes for the ride we’d never be able to experience again, and took the chance for a few photo ops along the way. Happily enough, the marquee on the wall had Fantasia listed as the feature film!

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How adorably 20s does my roomie look as Sorcerer Mickey? And my lil sis was really rocking that Ursula bound in my black vintage dress. After a few photos with fast passes in hand, we picked up our friend from LI (who was bounding Merida and happens to hate drop rides and coasters) and we made our way over to our favorite game ride, Toy Story Mania.

Due to poor planning, we had already hit about three hours by the time we were done with the ride, and my feet were in excruciating pain. Not only could I not go on pointe, but I could barely walk because of the pain in my toes and my ankles (how did I use to do this for hours??? I blame the concrete! And…that I haven’t been en pointe in about 8 years). We stopped for one last photo op…

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I tried to bite the bullet and prepared to go up en pointe so I could have at least ONE photo showing off…

…but failed miserably and ended up just going for pretty ballet arms instead.

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Since the lockers my change of shoes were stored in were on the other side of the theme park, after about 10 minutes of teeny-tiny baby steps of pain, I gave up and my roomie and sis went to grab the shoes for me. Taking the pointe shoes and all the toe tape off and slipping into cushioned flats was a blessed relief and I was happy to walk again.

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Next step (ha!) was to go make use of our Tower of Terror passes and ride our beloved ride one last time.

It was a bittersweet experience to say the least. Particularly with the sign already off of the building and all but one of the cast members already out of character.

Our friend caught us as we walked out, and we took a quick farewell photo before moving on to explore the park a bit more and then switching over to Disneyland.

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Halloween-time….finally!

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Definitely our happy place, and it certainly shows! So happy, in fact, that I finally took my outfit out for a much needed twirl!

We took these last few photos before rushing to find one of the more deserted restrooms and changing into our “costumes” for the Halloween Party. I opted for my Belle look that’s previously made it’s appearance on my blog in my week of closet Disneybounding as some felt it to be too costumey for a normal bound (and was too hot for daytime wear in Disney anyway). My roomie went as Prince Adam (as she’s not the princess type and we couldn’t afford to buy new clothing for the event anyway), the visiting friend went as Ariel, and my lil sis went as Snow White. After the most hectic Disneyland experience of my life (why did I commit to a hair change???), we emerged as our new characters.

After the heat and stress of changing, we stopped for another photo op to try to relax and cool down, and take advantage of the light before it disappeared.

Adam woo-ed me with a kiss on my hand.

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And Snow of course needed to visit her wishing well.

But meanwhile, Adam continued to work his magic and swept me up into a dance.

Ariel, being the restless girl she is, tried to book it back to the sea while we were all preoccupied. Can’t take her anywhere!

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So we pulled her back and tried to teach her how to properly pose for a portrait.

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My hands were itching for the book I’d left back at my locker!

Then the day dissolved into darkness and we opted out of taking photos to focus on our hectic night ahead. We rushed around doing all we could do in the short amount of time we had but ended up missing almost all of our favorite rides from poor planning (a hectic trip indeed – Disneyland without teacups? Space Mountain?? Indiana Jones??? unheard of!). The one notable ride was of course the Halloween-must, Haunted Mansion. Decked out just as wonderfully as I remembered it being years ago, the experience was hauntingly enchanting. And that new Sally animatronic was absolutely stunning! My biggest regret is not being able to go through more than once.

All in all it was a wonderful, though poorly planned, experience. The new parade of villains and seeing everyone dressed up definitely makes the cost worth it and we now plan on making Mickey’s Halloween Party a must next year. I’m already antsy to head back and wishing our trip had lasted longer than it did.

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So farewell for now from Belle, Walt, Mickey, and I!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

My Week of Closet Disneybounding (08/08/16-08/12/16)

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With my latest plans to head to Disneyland cancelled due to the “big move,” I decided to finally take the plunge on recording a week of Disneybounding at home for my blog to bring a little bit of that magic into my daily routine. The bounds you’ll find featured this week are bounds that I would, for various reasons, not wear to Disneyland – whether it be because a certain clothing item is too tight to execute the bound at a theme park, or it’s a character whose outfit I wouldn’t normally choose to bound. I wanted to, for the first time, work purely from my closet without purchasing additional items to solidify any of the bounds – a surprisingly difficult, yet enjoyable task! I adore being able to look at what I have to try to come up with silhouettes and color combinations that would sufficiently and (to a degree) recognizably represent Disney characters. For those of you who don’t know, Disneybounding is the process of choosing clothing items from your closet or in your personal style that in some way or other represent specific Disney characters and themes, and it’s a great way to pull in some magic to your wardrobe if you’re feeling a little stuck.

So without further ado, I present to you My Week of Closet Disneybounding!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Day 1: Ariel

While Ariel was my favorite princess as a child, I’ve always been partial to her human wardrobe rather than her mermaid look. I’m not a huge one for color blocking since I generally either choose to feature all one color, or some kind of print on top and bottom to break looks up, so I knew that mermaid Ariel would never be a Disneybound look I’d wear to Disneyland itself (unless I ended up moving to California and was able to go to Disney often enough to change this). Since Ariel’s still one of my favorite princesses, and I knew I had the colors required to bound as Ariel, I knew she’d be a perfect start to my week! The earrings – really the best addition to any Ariel bound – are actually from my very first bound which happened to be Kiss the Girl Ariel. The skirt was originally used for a Buzz Lightyear Disneybound in the parks but everyone kept guessing Ariel, so I figured….well, I know it works! I was going to wear a circle skirt but then realized that a pencil skirt would emulate her tail much better anyway. The large hat I ended up wearing to emulate Ariel’s hair was actually my roommate’s idea, so shout out to her!

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Oversized Red Hat: Buffalo Exchange
Fork Earrings: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Besame Red
Vintage Fish Brooch: Thrifted
Purple Marilyn Top: Le Bomb Shop
Green/Teal Pencil Skirt: Thrifted
Green Heels: Thrifted

Day 2: Genie

I knew this bound wouldn’t be the most recognizable one, so not a bound I would choose to wear to the parks unless going in a group, but I’m quite happy with the look anyway. Love that pop of red paired with the blues! If I wasn’t working purely from items already in my wardrobe, I would definitely have found a blue for the bottom lighter than the navy skirt I used, but then that would defeat the purpose of this week. Also, my roomie came to the rescue again by suggesting I take my photo with my Turkish carpet today to fit in with the whole look. This look was put together more for the colors than a silhouette.

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Single Gold Hoop Earring: Borrowed from roommate
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Cherry Red
Blue Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Gold Rope Brooch: Thrifted
Bangles: Poshmark
Red Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
1950s Blue Silk Skirt w/ Silver Triangles: Instagram shop FarFromHereVintage
Cosette Petticoat (x1): Malco Modes
Gold Flats: Poshmark

Day 3: Snow White

This is actually a Disneybound that I WOULD consider wearing to the parks…if my little sister hadn’t already worn the same yellow skirt for the same bound in Disneyland. It’s just too perfect! Also decided to whip out one of my warmer tops for this since I liked the idea of really playing up the 1950s look and what better way to do that than with a slash neck top? This is actually the first time I’ve tried to pin my hair up into a shorter bob, so that was a fun endeavor. Looked pretty cute! Though a bit too…well-coiffed for the way I’d want my short hair to look, probably, if I actually got it cut that way. I even donned purple eyeshadow for this bound!

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Red Hair Scarf: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Victory Red
Graduated Champagne Pearl Necklace: Vivien of Holloway
Gold & Red Apple Brooch: Thrifted
Navy Slashneck Top: Vivien of Holloway
Red Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
1950s Yellow Skirt: Borrowed from sister
Gold & Navy Heels: Thrifted

Day 4: Mushu

This is another character I chose knowing I would probably never bound him in Disneyland since he’s not terribly recognizable being…well…mostly red. I was debating between wearing a felt skirt and peasant top combo and this velvet dress and finally opted for the latter feeling the texture of the material gave the same depth fire gives. I threw on a hair scarf and earrings to emulate the color in his horns, and voila! Mushu. Plus, I threw on the gold pin thinking maybe it looked sorta sword-ish?

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Purple Hair Scarf: Thrifted
Purple Earrings: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Merlot
Red Velvet Dress: From Etsy shop RetroRedRocket
Gold Pin: Thrifted
Mustard Scarf: Gifted
Seamed Fishnet Tights: Not sure
Red Heels: Thrifted

Day 5: Belle

Honestly, I have never been so excited for or happy with a Disneybound in my life. Belle, my main girl, has been a bound I’ve wanted to throw together for AGES, but never quite had the right pieces for. I recently purchased a beautiful blue and silver gown to wear for a fancier Belle bound, but for the casual look, I knew I wanted to use the Pinup Girl Clothing underskirt as an overskirt to emulate Belle’s apron, and I already had a proper white top and black flats to use, so it was only a matter of finding the blue gown to pull everything together. I found the dress months ago and was ECSTATIC when I did. Plus, how adorable is the handmade book brooch?? The only reason I didn’t save this bound for Disney itself is because the dress is MUCH too small in the bust for me to be able to wear to a theme park. Doesn’t really allow for much movement at all. But you can bet I’ll be using the rest of the look to bound Belle at the parks some time in the future 😉 Will just have to play around with the hair a bit more to get the bow to show properly…and acquire the right lipstick! Definitely would’ve gone with a dusty rose shade if I’d had it. And then hope that I’d actually be let in!

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Blue Hair Bow: Forever 21
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Besame Red
White Lauren Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Handmade Book Brooch: Etsy shop RedThreadBindery
1950s Blue Dress: Etsy shop izorasflashback
White Canvas Underskirt:Pinup Girl Clothing
Nude Fishnet Tights w/ Black Seam: Not sure
Black Flats: Thrifted

Tuesday Tutorials: DIY Shaped Pin & Brooch Boards

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With my brooch and pin collection growing at a fast rate, I have been constantly on the lookout for a good way to keep them together in a way that I could see them all and make the best choice possible when choosing my accessories every day. For about a year now, I’ve used a temporary storage method I threw together composed of a hard three ring binder and pieces of felt. Lately, the felt has been ripping and the pages becoming harder and harder to quickly shuffle through as brooches are added to my collection, so I knew I finally had to take the plunge and try to make my own brooch board.

Several tutorials already exist on making simple, square brooch boards, and the general concept is the same as the more complicated version I have tried to execute. A slight disclaimer – I am not in the least bit crafty. Artsy? Sure. Crafty? Most definitely not. Unfortunately, I also don’t like to limit myself to the “easy” solution. While I did create a simple brooch board for my vintage and non-Disney pins at the same time as these by following tutorials like Junebugs and Georgia Peaches’, and Betties N Brimstone’s, I wanted a little something more to adorn my walls when it came to my Disney collection. As mentioned, I have absolutely no experience crafting, so was learning as I went along, but figured if I can do it, anyone can! I plan to make a set with Ariel and Eric when I have need of more space, and know that I can create more precise lines next time now that I know what I’m doing.

So without further ado, here’s how to make yourself a shaped brooch board!

Supplies You’ll Need:

  1. Some sort of material to cover the finished product (I opted for black felt to provide my pins with a softer surface, and to show them off with the greatest contrast.
  2. Thin, low-loft batting
  3. Cork board (I needed a sizable amount of cork board for the three separate brooch boards I was planning to make, so was quite restricted in my selection. Michael’s didn’t have anything large enough or affordable, so I went to Home Depot and purchased some “cork board” that I’m pretty confident is just particle board with a thin layer of cork on top. YOU LIE, HOME DEPOT, I know my cork board! I would definitely suggest finding a board that is 100% cork as it would make everything a LOT easier and it will be better for your pins in the long run.)
  4. Staple gun
  5. Hot glue + hot glue gun
  6. Scissors
  7. Silver sharpie (or something else that will show up on black felt to trace your images)
  8. Paper
  9. Pencil
  10. Jigsaw
  11. Picture hanger hooks – the kind that lays flat
  12. Hammer
  13. A helping hand (or two)!

When choosing a stencil, at least for your first attempts unless you’re an expert at operating a jigsaw, I would suggest selecting a simple design. While I would have loved to have full silhouettes, I knew this would be nearly impossible with all of the limbs sticking out everywhere (and not very conducive to maximum surface area), so I opted for the busts of my two favorite Disney characters: Belle and Prince Adam. I googled their silhouettes and quickly found one for Belle and realized that I would definitely need to create my own silhouette for Adam, so found an image of the scene where he’s holding Belle to draw inspiration from.

If you’re smart and think ahead enough (and have a pre-drawn version of what you want to use for your shape), go ahead and print it, cut it out, and boom! Stencil made. I naturally blanked on printing my images (despite the fact that I work in a copy shop), so had to free hand my silhouettes. I didn’t have large enough sketchbook paper, so drew my silhouettes on several sheets and just taped them together for use after cutting them out. All in all, while this took some unnecessary time, it was definitely the most fun (and most immediately successful) part of the process for me!

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After cutting out my stencils, I went on to trace the stencils on my so-called cork board as well as the batting.

This is where it gets complicated and a few helping hands are very handy! Using your jigsaw, follow the lines and cut out your shapes on the cork board. At this point, I was only a witness for a small part of the proceedings as we’d come to realize we needed a new staple gun so I had to make a hasty trip to Walmart. Watching my roommate and my sister struggle with this step made me glad I had other things to do – and extremely appreciative! Despite the occasional gasps and “oh nos,”Belle and Adam were finally cut out and ready to go. I had known going into it, that much of the detail and angling would be lost, so was more than pleased with the final results!

At this point, it was dark out, and we’d been driving around and working for a long time, so I figured it would be better to finish the project the following day (despite my stubborn unwillingness to leave something like this incomplete).

The next day, I pulled all of my supplies back out and continued my work. First, I traced along the edges of my two silhouettes with hot glue to glue down the batting I had traced and cut out the previous day. A quick note, if you get a board like mine that only has cork on one side, be sure the cork side is facing up! I definitely tried to attach the batting to the back at one point. Whoops!

The next step is probably one of the most complicated in the process: applying the black felt to the top. I cut the black felt in a large circle around each silhouette in order to provide plenty of extra felt to wrap around and staple on the back of my shapes. I knew this was going to be tricky, and I was right. The facial details were particularly difficult and I barely managed any definition at all – but I did! I realized as I sat struggling with Belle’s face that I could use a combination of methods: I decided to wrap the felt around everywhere but the faces where I would use the stencils to cut out the silhouette exactly and hot glue their features down. It was a bit too late to salvage Belle, but Adam definitely fared better with this method. When stapling the black felt around the rest of their busts, I consistently cut slits whenever an angle appeared in order to work around the formation with as smooth an effect as possible so the felt was pulled as tight as possible.

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Once that was done, I went in with my hot glue gun and glued down any areas where the felt was bulging or puckering out.

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I had originally started this project with the intention of lining the sides with a black ribbon once the layers were added, but quickly found out that this looked a bit strange and cheap, so opted out of it. Instead, I opted for a simpler solution (if not an infallible one) to cover any of the wood showing along the sides – black sharpie!

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Once this is all done the only step left is to attach your picture hanger hooks. (I did two on each, but this will change depending on the size of what you make.)

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And then you’re ready to hang them…

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…and add your brooches!

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Regretfully, I had to take down my Harvey poster to fit my new brooch boards, but definitely worth it! No more overflowing, clunky, awkward binder floating around my room. Instead, I have two of my favorite characters gracing my walls with a solid purpose! And I was amazed to find that I had more than enough space for the Disney pins and brooches I own (although I have five more on the way to me). Guess I need to acquire more 😉

Hope this learn-as-you-go step-by-step was helpful! This concept would work for a whole slew of shapes and designs as long as you take into account how much more difficult it is to work with small, curved details like lips and eyelashes.

Summary of Steps:

    1. Cut out stencil of desired shape
    2. Trace shape on cork board and batting, and cut them out
    3. Hot glue (or staple) batting to top of cork board
    4. Cut out large piece of felt with enough room to wrap around cork board figure everywhere except the face where there are small details and the felt should be cut to the exact shape of the stencil
    5. Carefully staple felt to cork board by cutting slits when needed to work around bends
    6. Hot glue the detail area down and hot glue anything along the sides that is sticking out
    7. Sharpie (or paint) any wood that’s showing along the sides
    8. Attach as many painting hooks as needed to the back
    9. Hang and attach pins
    10. Enjoy your work!

 

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Love,

Miss Lark Bahar