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How I made Lightning McQueen November 8, 2012

Filed under: Celebrations,Crafts,Halloween — MKCoehoorn @ 3:19 am
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Honestly, this isn’t a tutorial.  It’s more of a generic idea that I did.  I did take a few photos as I was working on it, but not enough for you to follow the directions.

In addition to my daughter’s Rapunzel challenge, my son wanted to be Lightning McQueen for Halloween.  Not a race car driver, but McQueen.  Which meant that somehow a box car that could be worn by a four year old yet still looks like McQueen had to be fashioned.  There were actually two made.  The little one that my husband crafted, and the big one that I made.

Little McQueen

This one was made from technically 2 boxes and poster board.  Body itself is one medium size box with three of the four top flaps cut off.  On the bottom, two flaps were cut off and the other two were trimmed to make room for his legs then taped into place.  To round out the front, a strip of poster board was cut and taped in place, then tapered along the top so the hood (also made of poster board) would be angled.  Then a hole was cut into the front of the box and a smaller box was inserted to act as a candy catcher and keep the front end in place.  The rear flap from this inner box was taped to the windshield to hold it up.  Along the sides are poster board windows and in the back is a cardboard tail fin.  We learned when painting over plastic packing tape, you want to make sure you get a good base coat of primer on all the surfaces or else the paint will not adhere.  The eyes were colored on with crayon and the mouth and headlights were printed on computer paper then stuck on with school glue.  On the sides a big yellow lightning bolt was painted with a computer paper 95 glued over it.  The wheels are just cardboard rounds that were painted red and black then adhered with shoe glue.  To make the car wearable, red gross-grain ribbon was threaded through the bottom of the car and the box forming the engine compartment.  This car is small enough the little boy was able to reach over the windshield and lift the hood to receive his candy.

This costume was used for trick or treating in confined spaces, i.e. the residence halls of the college across the street.

Now here’s the Big McQueen.

Big McQueen

He is actually constructed from three large boxes I got from the pharmacy where I work and one small box.  The wheels are made from eight paper plates that have been painted and glued together, then attached with shoe glue.  If I had been on top of things I would have attached them with brads so they would spin.  The Rust-eze logos (on the hood and tail fin), eyes, 95 decals and the license plate (on the back) are all printed on computer paper and glued on with school glue.  The lightning bolts on the sides were painted.  You can’t see it, but there is a “lucky sticker” on the far side of the hood that was made from glitter glue.

For the construction, I started with one box in the middle.  The bottom flaps were all removed to make room for the little boy.  The top flaps were all left as part of the vehicle.  The front and back flaps were left intact but angled to form the front and rear windshields.  The side flaps were trimmed and then taped to the front back flaps to form the side windows and then also to hold the windshields at the correct angles.  The center of these flaps was cut out to form the windows for the little boy to put his hands out and to also remove some of the weight.  The front and back ends are actually from one box that was cut at about a 70/30 ratio.  The larger portion was taped to the front and the smaller to the back with the open ends facing the center box.  The front portion was then tapered at a steep angle to continue the windshield for a couple inches, then at a shallow angle to form the engine compartment.  Poster board was used to round out the front end.  A third box as well as the remnants of the first two boxes were used to form the hood, bottom edge of the windshield and the tail fin.  Slits were made near the top of the front and rear windshield for the ribbon to go through to make the car wearable.  A smaller box was cut in half then glued to the bottom of the body between the wheels to give it some support when not worn.  Because this car is so much bigger, some “invisible” thread was run from a scrap of ribbon inside the car, through the windshield and down to the front edge of the hood, then back, to act as a pulley.  One run of the thread was not strong enough, so I ended up running it three times before tying it off.

Open hood

Tail Fin Logo


How to Pin a Blogpost June 25, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — MKCoehoorn @ 4:17 am

I don’t know about you but when I find a pin that looks interesting, I like to follow it back to the original blog or website posting, rather than just repinning.  That way, when I go to give it a try, my pin takes me straight to the instructions so I can get right to work.

But not everyone does it this way.  And not everyone knows how to correctly make that first pin.

You see at lot of people will go to the homepage of the blog in question and pin from there.  That means the pin is a placeholder for the blog as a whole, and not one specific post.  Then when someone follows the pin back to the site, she then has to hunt through the entire blog to find the post that sounded so interesting.  And so she gives up and doesn’t read the post.  Very annoying.  And also a waste of everyone’s time.

So what do you do?

First things first.  What is the difference between the blog’s homepage address and the post’s specific address?

The homepage address on my site, when seen in the search bar, looks like this:

But if you were in the mood to pin my post on gum paste, that is not what you should pin.  If you were to pin the homepage address, for the time being people would be able to find my post on gum paste.  But only until I added enough posts to move it off the front page.  Then, they would become frustrated and unable to find that wonderful post that looked so interesting.

Instead, you should click on the post name and bring up that specific post.  In this case you would click on the words “Gum Paste” in the large-ish green font.  Right there at the top of the post, where it also says “Posted on June 25, 2012 by MKCoehoorn.”

Clicking on that title will give the appearance of refreshing the page.  But in reality it is loading a new page.  How can you tell?  Look back up at the search bar.  It should now look like this:

You want to see something after the .com that indicates you are going to a particular part of the website.  For my site it will show the posting date followed by the name of the post.  But if you go over to Heavenly Homemakers and follow the same steps, you will see that she uses the name of the post for her addresses.  It doesn’t matter how the blogger chooses to link her posts, so long as you can see that you are not looking at the homepage before you use your Pin This! widget.

After that, you know what to do.  Click the widget and pin the post to your regular board of choice.