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Stick+Shell=Flowerpot
[hahaha first real how-to =) because today i had to make a gift really quick]
i just realized that tomorrow is the last day of school for my kid [i'm famous for my aloofness], and i wanted to thank his teacher [The Incredible Ms. Tricia] with a special something for all the support that she showed Erik during this year. My Erik is a squirrel on speed; i was getting letters from school office full of worries for possible ADD, and how he might need to repeat the year, but...when they had the evaluation tests last week - He got the AWARD for the best student in the whole Year1. Sorry, i just had to share it =) So, back to Teacher Tricia. She loves diving and cats, and i always make thoughtful presents. Of course, the fact that i used rosewood brings a certain glamour, but believe me, if you use your kid's old woodblocks, it will still look great [i think o_O].
<3 thank you for your attention!

Posted by manabunga from Vientiane, Vientiane Prefecture, Laos • Published See manabunga's 7 projects »
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  • How to make a model or sculpture. Last Minute Gift  - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather your supplies, that's obvious for step one =) for some bizarre reason the "you will need" list keeps metamorphosing and missing "ingredients", so i will write it here as well:
    you will need:
    a shell
    a wooden block
    a stick
    soil and plant
    a drill
    glue [i used hot glue]

    i used a bamboo stick, cos it grows in my garden, but anything will do, really.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Last Minute Gift  - Step 2
    Step 2

    drill it, baby.

    tip: this piece of wood was the heaviest, therefore more stable. i drilled a bit off center, you can't really see it, but it helps to give better support for the shell filled with soil [heavy and with a weird "balancing point"]

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Last Minute Gift  - Step 3
    Step 3

    put a dab of hot glue on the tip of the stick and insert it carefully in the drilled hole.
    tip: if you wait a bit with the glue on the stick before inserting it, letting glue to hang down like a slim drop [yay to gravity!], it'd be more stable and have a "flawless" finish.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Last Minute Gift  - Step 4
    Step 4

    Glue the shell to the stick. Fill with soil. Add a plant and some tiny stones from the sea.

    I drilled the shell as well, glued inside and outside on the stick; hot glued some cone shells under the big shell and put a little coral on the wooden block, without fixing it, cos it sort of hugs the bamboo stick by itself =)

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Last Minute Gift  - Step 5
    Step 5

    i drew a tiny cat silhouette on a heart-shaped leaf [yes, man-made. me-made heart leaves]. sorry for unclear picture, but the drawing is incredibly subtle and the leaf is small. i used a #000000 brush [it's practically one hair hahaha] and black acrylic paint. it won't harm the plant, believe me.
    tip: if you know how this plant is called [i don't], get one, push a bit [with your nail] at the tip of a new baby leaf [the tiny bright light green ones] and you will grow hearts too!

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Chuckee
Chuckee · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 14 projects
I giggled when I saw this... didn't realize that anyone else would've thought to put a plant in a shell. Of coure, I never would've thought to glue one onto a stick, so I think that you win... It's very cute, I love it!
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Chuckee
Chuckee · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 14 projects
I giggled when I saw this... didn't realize that anyone else would've thought to put a plant in a shell. Of coure, I never would've thought to glue one onto a stick, so I think that you win... It's very cute, I love it!
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Yaoichou™
Yaoichou™ · Portsmouth, England, GB · 6 projects
Wow what a really cool idea! Happy Must make this as I love shells and the sea Happy
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manabunga
manabunga · Vientiane, Vientiane Prefecture, LA · 7 projects
thank you very much, Kristztina!
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Krisztina V.
Krisztina V. · Dunaújváros, Fejér, HU · 10 projects
Very very clever ;-D Love the idea.
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manabunga
manabunga · Vientiane, Vientiane Prefecture, LA · 7 projects
Hey Jet, how are you today? thank you, love! um, the shell is not big, actually, it's 8 cm in the widest part [side] =)
i'm so happy you like it +)
but then again, you are too nice to me =)
Ik heb niemand tegengekomen zo vriendelijk als u!
xoxo
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
Yaaah love this, sooooo pretty, what a great idea. Its a big one the shell! Lovely and adorable. Hope your sons teacher love it too, XO's
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