So for this year I decided to challenge myself a little more when decorating a bowling pin. I wanted to make something that didn’t really look like a bowling pin when finished. I started by looking up ideas and saw a really neat dragon bowling pin that used the pin at the body of the dragon and used a pipe on top to make a neck. I loved this idea, but decided to go a different direction than a dragon. I decided to try making Terry and Terri Perry from Monsters University.
I first started by sketching out what I was thinking.
I find the rustoleum spray paint to work great. I let the paint dry overnight. Next with my husbands help we drilled two holes into the top of the pin that matched the width of a larger rubber hose I purchase to make the legs with.
I then put the hose in the holes and secured it with hot glue.
These would be used to secure and support the gas can hose peices that will act as the neck. But before we talk about attaching the necks we need to address how I made the heads. I started with a balloon attached to the top of the hose with tape.
I then went to work putting paper mache on the two balloons and neck peices in the shape of the monsters heads. If you have never paper mached before it is really easy, but messy. Basically you take strips of paper and dip it in a half and half mixture of white glue and water – then place it on the balloon.
I then went to work painting each with acrylic paint. It took several coats to fully cover the tape. One trick I discovered was to add a little white paint to the colors to help them have a smoother less streaky finish when dried.
After I finished painting the faces, I went to work on the sweater. I actually used a green hand towel for the main part and dark green gloves for the trim. I hand sewed the items onto the pin since fitting it over the arms and heads would be impossible. It did take awhile, but it was worth it.
For the final touch I cut the OK for the sweater out of yellow felt I had. I used a green fabric pen to add in a faux stitch look around the edges.
I was really happy with the end result. And compared to some of my other pins it was actually the biggest and tallest I have made so far, I would say it is probably the most complex as well.
Have you made a decorated bowling pin? If so leave a comment and share what you did.
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