Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Make Something!

You know who I admire the most? People who can actually MAKE stuff. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them. Don't get me wrong, I'm pretty handy. (I believe every girl should own her own toolbox, drill, and electric saw--if only for self-defense purposes.) But aside from a rather ugly pair of curtains (and a couple of strange books), I don't think I've ever CREATED anything.

That's about to change.

Over the past few days, I've come across several DIY projects that got me thinking. And with Mother's Day just around the corner, maybe it's time to get crafty.

I could transform an old dollhouse into a faerie house. This looks like a pretty cool project, but since I'm not big on faeries (and neither is my mother), I'd be more likely to make a haunted house or abandoned asylum.

I could make a coat rack out of dismembered baby dolls. (Shown above.) This one's pretty awesome. I think I might whip up few of these for my OWN closet.

Homemade pop-up photographs are surprisingly easy and CHEAP to construct. (And if you can find one that will also embarrass your siblings, you can kill two birds with one stone.)

On a less practical note . . . my mother's unlikely to ever wear a Skittles wrapper prom dress (although that would make the best pop-up photo OF ALL TIME) and I doubt I have the skills to make a "growing" calendar, but you have to admire the ingenuity that went into these projects.


Blogger Spring said...

I love the skittles dress. Did you see that the person made skittles shoes too? Skittles are my favorite candy ever, but I'm getting braces soon and then can't have them until my braces are off! I'd better stock up on skittles while I'm brace free. :D

12:04 PM  
Anonymous E-star said...

Wow, that shelf is really nice! Can anybody give it to me? ;) Or, maybe i should do it myself? Off course i should!

But actually, it isn't true that you have never made anything... HELLO, you made the most amazing books I've ever read!!!!

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kind of random, but my sis and i were talking, and she told me that next year she gets to disect a human in college, and freaked out since you talked about that earlier on the blog.
she said a lot of her friends have already done it and love it, too. i personally think its disguting!

2:37 PM  
Blogger Invisible Turtle said...

I have to wonder: did they dismember the doll first, or get the idea first?
Just asking since I've had a very not-nice past with my dolls, and most of them lie headless under stuffed animals, their final resting place.

I wonder if they have the heads mounted like deer in the living room?

3:46 PM  
Anonymous leximel said...

I think if I made that baby doll coat hanger, it would put a few of my friends off from visiting my house...

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The growing calender looks cool but since I was all in Spanish I had to figure out how they did it myself. Also the Skittles dress was neat but someone at my school wore a duct tape skirt which I thought looked easier to make.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Jin Ai said...

The skittles and baby dolls things are awesome...*in a creepy voice* but who said they had to be dolls?
Very original projects! :D
Have you seen the purses made out of candy wrappers? People are teaching women in poor countries how to make purses out of chip bags to earn money; they're really cool! (basically a bunch of gum wrapper chain-type things sewed together.)

5:21 PM  
Blogger Muslim Irregular said...

I like the 'pop-up pictures'!

5:24 PM  
Blogger FN da World Dictator said...

I made a few things- the ticklemurder 2008, which tickles people to death(I tested it but only gave my brother a major seizure) and a dress made of a huge piese of cloth. Foofoo knows about it.

5:45 PM  
Blogger falcon said...

You know, I think I'll make a dress for my prom. Coolio!

5:53 PM  
Blogger Ariana said...

I love the skittles dress, probably because I make clothes out of duct tape! (I've made skirts, shoes, super hero capes, messenger bags, the list goes on and on!)

5:56 PM  
Anonymous dangerous said...

ooohh i'm making myself a shelf and i make lots of jewelry.DIY rocks!

6:37 PM  
Blogger sakura said...

I love that dress. You know, some day (in the summer) I'm gonna make a skirt out of ties (It's been on my to-do list for a year. he he

7:38 PM  
Anonymous bookworm said...

HI!!!!!!!!!!!!! idk if u remember me but im back! i wnt on a 4month trip 2 africa for a missionary for my church and there was only ONE computer! i just read all the old postings1 its so good to be back in my world!!!


9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No I Won't!!!

9:35 PM  
Blogger Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City said...

Anonymous: OK, be that way.

9:43 PM  
Anonymous elizz said...

the skittles dress is cool!but when do you where it?and how do you get it...

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how does the 'growing calender' work? i waanna make one!!!

10:16 PM  
Anonymous Cupcakedoll said...

It's not terribly irregular, but I like making custom My Little Ponies. You get a junker at a thrift store or rescue a pony from the trash, then you repaint it and maybe chop off its back legs and put on a fish tail to make a merpony.

You can see some really great customs at I'm not up to that level yet! but with some more practice, who knows. =)

10:37 PM  
Blogger Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City said...

Cupcakedoll: That is the most wonderful thing I've ever heard of. Seriously. How hilarious! I'm going to check them out right now.

10:55 PM  
Anonymous bookworm said...

ananka, can u do a thing on gahna, africa, i just came back from a 4 month trip (read my last post on here) and so many different types of slavery are going on there, its becoming my most concerning intrest, and the more people who kno about it, the more we can stop it1 miss this iste btw!!!


shelby or, bookworm

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MY printer is dEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


and i was just printing out some drawings that i made!

evil printer....

11:20 PM  
Blogger Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City said...


I will definitely look into it. Do you have a website that you would recommend reading?

11:21 PM  
Anonymous bookworm said...

there are a few one is: antither is:

11:37 PM  
Blogger Invisible Turtle said...

Wait... you made BOOKS... hold on... OHHHHH! THOSE BOOKS! I'm slow, okay?

6:52 AM  
Anonymous nellie said...

I saw 'Skittles wrapper dress' and I was just like, "Bah!"
But it's cute!

8:37 AM  
Blogger Jin Ai said...

ROFL INVISIBLE TURTLE...I think you might want to see your doctor.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous ss chick said...

that dress is so cute! and that growing calendar is cool. and almost everyone i know is big on faeries (or at least a little) and my friend sam would love that doll house.AND when my mom walked by and say the babydoll hanger thing she said "creepy" and i said (uh-huh)with a big grinon ym face. i love kiki!

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how do you make the prom dress? I want to wear it to my prom!

1:10 PM  

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