T&T for Better Homes & Gardens

September 10th, 2010

I’m so excited to finally be able to share my first project for Better Homes & Gardens! As I mentioned in my earlier post, three other bloggers and myself were asked to contribute and take part in an online contest where we’ll each create four projects based around specific concepts. For the first challenge we were charged with making a halloween mask. I decided on a peacock inspired mask, and to give it a twist I wanted to make the feathers entirely out of paper.

To make the mask, I coated the base in glue then covered it with light blue flocking powder – my new favorite find! The small feathers were made useing a leaf craft punch and then glued in place with a hot glue gun. To make the larger peacock feathers, I created a template in illustrator then cut them out of card stock. To keep them standing up straight I backed a few with floral wire. For a little sparkle, I lined the eyes with mini rhinestones, added a little extra detail around the right eye and  affixed one to each of the large feathers. To complete the look, I added coordinating ribbons to either side for securing in place.

This was a lot of fun for me and I can’t wait to share the next project. In the mean time, make sure to head over to Better Homes & Gardens before October 10th to see the other contestant’s work and to vote on your favorite!

24 Responses to “T&T for Better Homes & Gardens”

  1. Inspire.Create.Bake. Says:

    Wow! Such a beautiful mask. Clean and simple.

    I’m off to look through the rest and vote!

  2. Kim Says:

    While they are all so beautiful and creative, I couldn’t help but to vote for my favorite colors and peacock resemblance. Thank you for sharing and Good Luck!

  3. Jennifer Says:

    So gorgeous! What a pretty mask. Best of luck!

  4. autumn Says:

    what a beautiful job you did! i love that you used things that can be found at any craft store and turned them into a treasure. BEAUTIFUL job!

  5. Courtney @ Pizzazzerie Says:

    LOVE IT! Voting for SURE! 🙂

  6. Maria Says:

    Love the monochromatic color palette and your twist on the peacock feathers. Can’t wait to see more of your projects.

  7. Chelsea @ Lovely Indeed Says:

    This is pretty stunning! The gradient color in the leaves is just perfect. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  8. Trude Says:

    Seriously gorgeous! Would *love* something like that for a costume! 🙂

  9. Violet Says:

    This is my favorite!!! Halloween is very special to me, it has always been my favorite holidays AND my son was born on Halloween 2008 =) This mask also reminds me of my second favorite holiday- Mardi Gras! Great job!

  10. Suzanne Says:

    I love what you did with the assignment. I love the different approach you used with the feathers. I hope you win!!!

  11. Elaine Says:

    Love, love your mask! Great use of the flocking powder. I have been wanting to try that.

  12. Evita Says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  13. Camille @ STYLE NOTES Says:

    Gorgeously done! Love that you took the extra step to make the feathers out of paper – I think that’s what really sets these apart!

  14. katie@ItsInTheDetails Says:

    I love this! It is so pretty and looks so expensive. The color combo is great.

  15. Alisa: Modern Palm Says:

    Wow! It is simply amazing. Love your creativity.

  16. rachel Says:

    I am in awe of you! Love it. I really hope you win.

  17. Tanya Williams Says:

    *sigh* Lovely!!!

  18. Terri Says:

    You’ll win. You have to. I signed up on Better Homes and Gardens so you can win. jk. But honestly. Yours is the best. Approachable, classy and beautiful.

  19. mary jo Says:

    Gorgeous! I love it! Congrats, it’s lovely!

    xo Mary Jo

  20. indie.tea Says:

    Congratulations. That is a beautiful piece 🙂

  21. Angela Dal Bon Custom Invites Says:

    I always love to see paper used in unusual ways. The layering of small pieces for this mask is lovely!

  22. Nay-K Says:

    love that mask! the colors! so beautiful!

  23. kr Says:

    beautiful mask! You totally should have won! I just love the paper “feathers/leaves” and colors are gorgeous, way more interesting, in my book! 😉

  24. Michele Says:

    Your’s was my fave and inspired my halloween costume!