Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Not just your regular ramen

 Back in the day (BN), I had small children.  (BN = Before Noodles.)  Then, when my kids were in elementary school, they came out with these really great styrofoam things for the pool.  They were not called noodles then, so we called them "Paddywhackers."   Yes, I realize Child Protective Services should have investigated when I asked my children to get out their paddywhackers.  But there you have it.

Fast forward: In order to take part in the Noodle Challenge, I decided to just use stuff from the $1 store.  (I'm not writing the name if it here, because I can't remember which one I went to.)  (Because I am FIFTY-TWO, dangit!)

Step one: gather materials from the place that charges a buck--a noodle in my signature color, a white lei, a package of tissue paper, some cute little plastic pinwheels, and some packaging tape (which I forgot to put in the picture).  FIFTY-TWO!!

Step two: make a circle with the noodle and tape it together.


 
Step three: spread the sheets of tissue flat, stack three together, then cut the stack into thirds, hot dog way (horizontally).







Step four: fold, accordion-style.
Steps I missed: fold the accordion end to end, then tape at the fold so that you have a fan.  Then you separate the tissue and fluff it out like a flower.
Next step:  attach the 'flowers' to the noodle with the packing tape.  (I had to go back later and hot glue, which resulted in some serious blisters.)

Where there were some 'holes,' I filled in with the little flowers from the lei, which I cut apart.  Which was a mess.  Which the cats got involved with.  Try chasing kittens away with burned hands when you're FIFTY-TWO, dammit!
Sorry.


To finish, I tied a robbon on the top, for hanging, and stuck a little pinwheel in the bottom just for fun.

The end!
Show us your paddywhacker at Fox Hollow!

17 comments:

Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage said...

WOW! That is so vibrant and colorful =) It sure yells SUMMER =) Thanks so much for linking up.

Jessica Kielman said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I have a love for tissue paper flowers! I am so glad you shared!

Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

Donna~One Simple Country Girl said...

Very pretty! Thank you for the tissue paper tutorial. I'm gonna try it! You did an awesome job for a fifty-two year old!!! ;)

Eclectically Vintage said...

You really know how to work a noodle!
Kelly

Kim said...

Wow! So darn cute.

Andrea said...

Those are some fabulous tissue pape flowers!

Amy@BuffaloRoam said...

BN. heehee!! Turned out so pretty!

Bliss said...

You did good, that's cute. Have fun at Haven. Bask in it all.

~Bliss~

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

So, how old are you? I think I missed that ...

And I think you gave Miss Bliss a run for her money with your post saying. Just saying. And I think I'm safe saying since she's already hit the comment thread ...

:)

Linda

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Post title. Not saying. Hey, I'M 3 WEEKS AWAY FROM FORTY-NINE!

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

What a pretty wreath! Love the colours! Have fun at Haven! Angie xo

The House at Bluebird Lane said...

What a fun wreath! Love the bold colors and the tiny pinwheel is too cute. :-) Have a wonderful time at Haven.

reFresh reStyle said...

The colors are awesome, and thanks for jogging my 52 year old memory! I haven't made flowers like this for a while :). Thanks for joining noodle party!!
Debbie

Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista said...

I love the fun puffs/poms on the wreath!

Erin Spain said...

This looks like such a fun project! It was great meeting you at Haven. Looking forward to keeping in touch!

-Erin @ DIY On the Cheap

Beth @ UnskinnyBoppy said...

Such a cute wreath! I joined that party, too, and my first attempt was such a flop that I had a do-over post! :)

It was really great meeting you at Haven! I totally should have taken your advice and moved to the other side of the room after that Ana White workshop. You were right! It was a madhouse in there!

Stacey @flickerwhips said...

Yay, thanks for joining the party!! This project is so cute and easy as pie!!! Perfect summer wreath! Wishing you good luck for the drawing!!

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