It’s Two-Cent Tuesday and that means it is time again to read about a low-cost creative idea brought to you from the findings of Club Creative Studio. Innovation does not need to be expensive. And this post will introduce you to several easy-to-do projects.
I was flipping through the television channels today and Martha Stewart’s show on the Hallmark Channel had a special episode show that challenged her crafting staff members to go to the local dollar shop to spend only $15.00 or less on supplies to turn them into a creative Halloween costume.
While watching I took a few photos while relaxing in my living room recliner of the actual t.v. show in progress. So, all of the credit for the photos go to the Martha Stewart/Hallmark camera crew for filming. I only “stopped action” with my camera to include those photos for the use in this blog.
The link to the show is at the bottom of this post to view the information in detail. During the commercial breaks, I had time to get inspired to write this blog using this specific episode as the segment was being aired at the same time. Now, that’s what I call creative use of my TIME, if I do say so myself!
The television cameras followed her bargain shoppers into the store and the viewers (us in the audience) were witness to a glimpse on how creative minds can seemingly explode with ideas right before your very eyes. I think that I liked seeing that part of the program the most. At any rate, they returned to the show the array of items they bought and shared examples of how they used their supplies to create. Sharing both process and project.
The creations included visions of a super hero costume, a child who is dressed as a gnome, two techniques to make cute ballerina tutus, and a baby who was really named Jack who was dressed to be a “Jack in the Box”. Enjoy my photos from watching the show and the information that I gathered to help explain what you are seeing, in case you did not get the chance to view the episode yourself. Frequent your dollar shops in your community to see what low-cost treasures you may discover, its great fun.
The Super Hero costume has a $15.00 total cost but, does not include the model’s shirt, undergarment or shoes.
The child is wearing an over-sized shirt and has black socks stretched over his tennis shoes to look more like black boots. To make a beard that is not scratchy, they attached cotton balls to the front of a baby bib and then tied it on. That is clever!
This looks simple enough and it take four shower scrubs to make one child sized tu-tu. The waist band was made from a stretchy elastic headband that is also available in a variety of colors. The material is mesh and it is cut into several strips of varied lengths, then tied on to the band. The band was stretched around a large jar to size and to also attach the sections more easily. This can also be made using curling ribbon but, it takes a longer time to complete it if that method is used. It is just as adorable though.
Look how adorable these items can be and are as they were modeled by the guests on Martha Stewart’s television show.
Here a child is supervised while he stands or sits in a decorated box with his costume. His costume is a “Jack-in-the-box” toy. The costume is fitting for this child because his name is Jack! Maybe you have a name that can lend itself to a theme costume?
Just for kicks: with this link, you will see the super hero costume “in action” as they film against the green screen for his entrance on the televised segment. This link is also where you can find the specific HOW TO directions from each of her creative staff member designs demonstrated on the show. Create with confidence by following their examples or use their inspirations.