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Sword and Shield Stags, Part 2

Part 1 was about the largest (and most fun) props from the Stag Do I hosted last month.
Now onto part 2, which focuses on the smaller props and accessories I made for the par-tay…

A golden hat


The Groom needed to stand out from the rest of us plebs. Sashes are for hens, and this was not the kind of group to all go out in full costume. I ruled out the ‘Helmet of Justice’ from Knightmare because, well, you can’t see where you’re going. That would get old fast.

Being a Discworld fan (and he’s a bit of one himself), I plummed for a Moist Von Lipwig inspired hat… with a bit of local hero Fred Dibnah mixed in.


The base hat was a flat cap from Primark. Four reasons led to this choice:

  1. You don’t want to repaint and cut holes into something pricy, or riun a costly item and need to buy another!
  2. It came in One Size (fits all), so no chance of a cap that’s too small.
  3. The groom had tried it on briefly on our suit shopping trip.
  4. The hats in the costume shop were made of an uncomfortable, hard plastic.


The hat got a couple of coats of Rust-Oleum Gold Fabric Spray Paint – pricy, but works like a charm – while I waited for the golden goose feathers to arrive from Amazon.
Punched some holes through the outer lining of the cap using scissors, then slotted some feathers in. Fanned them out a bit, put a second hole behind the first for another row of feathers… they didn’t even need glueing in!

Modelled here by the groom’s father. Looking sharp!

You there, Lord of the Rings

(stealth Black Books reference there)

I didn’t know everyone attending the Stag Do, so I thought name badges would be a good idea.
That idea then warped into “make them wear Lord Of The Rings character badges”.
This doesn’t help when you don’t know all the character’s names, but what the hey, s’fun.

The top left badge is Peter Jackson’s cameo.

Photos from the internet were printed out, then backed onto gold card and cut out into circles.
The Range (one of the GOAT shops for these tasks) sells adhesive brooch badge backings, so I could turn them into badges on the go.


More importantly, all of them got a pair of googly eyes (except Sauron; he got one).
My favourites included furious Gimli, majestic Shadowfax, and hot Denethor II.


I made more than needing and took them in a bag, letting the stags choose their monicker in a Lucky Dip.

Later on, they were attacked by dinosaur stickers.

Mistah and Missus


A minor one – Mr and Mrs question cards!
A logo I found on Google Images, combined with the Word doc of questions and answers I received from the fiancée, all laid out and spruced up in Illustrator, then printed out onto card and cut out.
For every question the Groom got wrong, he received a rose clip in his hair. He got 4 out of 10 right. Groom looked pretty.

I’ll do one more post about creations for the wedding itself, and then that’s that for these guys…

 

Sword and Shield Stags, Part 1

Did I mention I was picked to be a Best Man this summer? Well, that happened. Which means that one of my duties was to organize the Stag Do.

Here’s post 1 of 2 about the props I made for my friend’s Stag Do, and a few things I learned along the way.

Picked because:

  • the historical role of the Best Man was to stand guard, in case the adbucted bride’s family came a’knocking,
  • because we’re all nerds,
  • I thought that gently beating the Groom would be funny,

Ladies and Gentlemen… a sword and shield on a budget.

And the nerds rejoiced.

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Take Any Heart

This year’s Valentine’s Day celebration / penance wasn’t cards for selected individuals: It was a benevolent lucky dip for everyone at work. Here’s how it came together…

The first task was learning to make an origami heart – these are the instructions I followed.
I bought a roll of red paper, cutting it into 7cm squares.
Why a roll of paper? There needed to be one heart for every member of staff present that day, plus a few spares.
I assembled 121 of the things.
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Oh Boy!

'Oh Boy!' greeting card

A couple of friends had their first child this week – a baby boy – and there was much rejoicing.

This card came together around Easter-time, hence the theme. The main decoration is felt, with pen for the eyes and mouths. Kids love felt. Lightly concerned that kids love to eat everything too, considering UHU binds it together. I rounded the corners at least.

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Christmas Colours

Last year my Christmas cards were store-bought with a doodle drawn inside. This year my own watercolours are on the front!

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Each card has a different picture; I’m particularly pleased with how the animals (drawn from reference) came out. The pics are applied to the front of each card with a gold backing, and a bit of gold ribbon in a tiny classic knot.
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