How to make a needle bed in the form of a cactus
The original needle bed looks like a cactus looks stylish and neat (especially when such a cactus is stuck with needles and pins). The cactus in the technique of patchwork without a needle (kinusayga) is executed. To create a needle bed in the form of a cactus it will take a little time. The manufacturing process can be conditionally divided into two stages: 1. the creation of the cactus itself; 2. "Planting" it in a pot, decorated with the use of decoupage techniques. Such an unusual functional thing can be a wonderful gift, and the creation process will bring a lot of pleasure and will serve as a stimulus for the emergence of new ideas.
You will need:
- Ball of foam - 1 large and a few small;
- pencil, felt-tip pen or marker;
- stationery knife;
- chalk (optional);
- fleece or felt green;
- colored paper in silence;
- acrylic paint for the pot (optional);
- napkins for decoupage (optional);
- adhesive for decoupage (optional).
Conditionally divide each ball of polystyrene into 6 equal parts (like orange slices) and apply the appropriate marking with a marker. Using a clerical knife along the contour, make solid cuts with a depth of 0,5 cm.
Circle the small contour of a single slice, and then transfer it to the fabric according to the principle of printing. Make allowance for the resulting contour in 0,5 - 1,0 see and cut out the template. On the template, make the required number of lobules and cut them. Repeat this operation for each ball of foam.
Apply alternately the petals to the workpiece and gently tuck the edges into the incisions. This can be done with the back of the clerical knife (nail file or plastic spatula for plasticine). Pay attention, with excess fabric, the edges can protrude. In this case, they need to be slightly pruned and refilled in the groove. Do this procedure with each of the marked balls of foam.
Collect individual fragments of the cactus with toothpicks. To do this, pierce small pieces at the base and attach them to the right place to the large one. In the base of the large billet, be sure to insert a few toothpicks (to fix the cactus in the pot).
Cut out a few petals for the flower from the colored paper. Pay attention, the blanks in the form should resemble sheets of wood. When the petals are cut, it remains to twist them in the middle and collect the flower on a pin with a decorative head. By the way, the splendor of the flower is very easily regulated by the number of fragments. Fortify flowers is a matter of technology, but it's best to do this after putting the cactus in a pot.
It remains to decorate the pot. To do this, cover it with acrylic paint on the outside with the desired color and allow it to dry.
Then it's a matter of taste - decorate the pot with colored paper and decoupage techniques. To do this: Cut out a piece of napkin, separate the top layer with a seal and place it on the surface of the pot, previously lubricated with glue for decoupage. Press the picture with a soft brush and smooth it well.
After the glue dries, cover the surface of the pot with clear acrylic lacquer
Plant the cactus in the pot. To do this, place a suitable piece of polystyrene in the pot and insert a ready cactus there. Lay a pebble and shell around the green handsome, masking the foam in this way.
Decorate the cactus with flowers and spikes from pins. The needlehouse is ready! It remains to place it in a convenient place.
Thank you: for the idea and the photo: Miroslav Kubishov.