Ok, this recycled Playdoh project just keeps growing lol…. I started off with a very basic idea. But I keep finding cool things to experiment with and me and the lil guy are having a lot of fun. This idea is so versatile and great for kids and adults alike…and the perfect project for you crafty parents and grandparents to do with your kids.
When the kids want to “help” and you are thinking Noooo not in my craftroom.. never fear. This is a great project for them to “help you” keeps them occupied and happy and learning new things, whilst giving you blanks to decorate.
So, before this gets any bigger and out of hand.. here are the basic ideas of what I have tried so far. I am sure there will be future posts with other new ideas, but if I don’t draw a line somewhere this post will never happen haha. And if this one never happens… I will never get to the project pieces post…. and I am sure some of you want to see some actual finished pieces… right? Not that all you crafty creatives need to see what I do, you will be too busy creating masterpieces.
Anywho…. obviously if you read the first post…. you saw the silicon molds. They can be a bit hit and miss and I recommend leaving them in the mold to dry out before popping them, but I got some cool butterflies out of them. These ones I tried with pigment ink and embossing powder for a metallic shimmer. Obviously if you take more time you can get a lot more detailed.. but I just jammed an ink pad on mine for all over coverage and embossed. Some of them were double embossed to bring out the detail. If you don’t powder emboss. You can get a similar effect by painting these and then rubbing a metallic paint across the raised areas with your finger.
Ok the next thing I tried was embossing folders, most of us already have them…if you don’t Darice do some really cool ones and there are always deals on them. It’s easy enough to pick up a folder for a couple of bucks.
I started off doing this manually, flattened out the playdoh roughly by hand then threw it in and used a rolling pin to squish it. This gives you a fairly thick piece and the embossing hold great on these.
Later on I decided to bite the bullet and try this through my old Sizzix Texture Boutique Machine. depending on the shims you use you can vary the thickness from paper thin to about the same as doing it by hand. The paper thin tends to be quite tricky, as it will actually perforate the Playdoh in some areas… but this would be awesome for the old vintage tattered lace effect.
I’m going to try this with some “good” white Playdoh too so I don’t have to base coat it. Just a rub over the design for contrast should do the trick. It’s so thin it’s almost translucent.so I am excited to try this on the single color Playdoh. My son loves cranking the Boutique so this is another great one for the little kids to help with. I threw mine on a baking sheet and it was dry in a day or two.
Remember if you paint these the moisture will make it flexible again till it dries out again. This is helpful if your piece curled as it dried. I painted one and it is currently sitting between two shims to dry out again and that should stop it curling up so much.
Depending on the project you may want it flat, or the curling may actually enhance the look… so it’s very versatile and there are no “wrong” ways to do this.
Here’s a great one for the kids to get involved in. These are actually Fondant Icing plunger cutters, found in the cake decorating section of Hobby Lobby. I saw these on my last big Craft Shopping Expedition and figured at $3 a set, I was going to grab a bunch to try out with the lil man. AWESOME BUY !!! he had a blast with these. they have limited designs so I’ll be Ebay shopping for new designs after Xmas.
I was actually playing around with these while he made Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…. but he decided it looked cool and he wanted to try. So now I have a craft assistant to help me make project blanks. I barely got more than a handful done before he hijacked my project…. and as you can see my the picture above…. he was cranking them out like a production line lol.
And here they are all ready to dry out .. mine are on the right in the mushy green… his are all the left hand colorful ones , since he got to use all the good Playdoh that he had been modelling with lol. Did I mention that yesterday was his first REAL modelling with Playdoh… he actually modeled .. not just cookie cutters and hulk smashed it.
SOOooo Proud .. I shall probably show you that in another AWWW post 🙂 He made all 4 TMNT’s ( Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) by himself while I cooked dinner… I just rolled up the balls for heads and bodies and eyes etc …. and rolled stringy pieces for arms and legs and left him to it. I was shocked and thrilled when I walked back and saw 4 “baby turtles” as he calls them LOL. He is learning to roll the balls himself too which is great.
…another thing I picked up in the cake decorating section was this silicon fondant mat.. this worked great too.
All you ladies who got hooked into the sugar crafting and cake decorating craze years ago and then tossed it all in the back of the cupboard to collect dust.. now you have something to do with it all LOL.
Don’t forget if you don’t have kids and playdoh.. Polymer clays are perfect for this too.
Ok so here are some sneek peek pics of projects in progress… nothing overly complicated. This is easy stuff that can be done in a few hours once all of your Playdoh is dry and ready to decorate with.
You may have already seen… my aged journal. I am loving this piece and I got some great advice on aging from a lady in Australia while hanging out at the Blitsy Black Friday Pajama Party.
My son’s frame for grandma is staying as is… I think its “Perdeft” as he would say LOL .. since a lot of this Playdoh came from Grandma I thought it would be nice to make that the focus of the project. We just have to find a good sentiment to stamp in the middle on the Ziggyboard … then he is done.
Very easy .. this is a simple MDF frame from Michaels I had lying around. The Playdoh was glued on and then the whole thing was spray painted
…. full details will be available in the finished piece coming soon.