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Party with ABC

27 Nov

You have got to start someplace- start your creativity at the beginning!

With an open mind, I write about an “ABC Party” today.  They never had these celebrations in my college days (at least I never knew about them). An A. B. C. party is a gathering of people wearing Anything But Clothing!  It’s a theme party where the guest’s attire is a specific expression and brought into focus.  The point of an ABC party is to have all of your guests show up dressed in everyday items such as newspaper, plastic bags, duck tape, feathers, etc.,  rather than real clothing.

As another “Two-Cent Tuesday” post, I offer suggestions on what to make an outfit from as well as save you money while you are being creative.

Spreading the word

Apparently, to announce an ABC party you need only inform your prospective guests that it IS an ABC party.  They know what to do, especially if they are college aged.  Since most college students know what this is.  The creativity begins in the planning.  It is likely  that you will see people dressed in inexpensive items such as trash bags, bubble-wrap material, or even painted. I have inclosed a list of items that might be creatively used, just in case you ever find yourself invited to such a party.  Good luck adding things to undergarments, leotards or spanks in order to obtain a unique look

Materials to Consider

  • Newspaper- fold to pleet, crush, layer
  • Plastic bubble wrap- wrap around or form into pattern shape of article of clothing attaching “seams” with clear packing tape. I have even seen pink wrap, wouldn’t that be cool?
  • Feathers, coins, buttons, beaded necklaces, socks, envelopes collect items and  hot glue to swim suit for your theme
  • Sheets- you have heard of a “toga” right?
  • Duct tape is available in decorative colors and prints now-a-days. I do not recommend attaching to your skin, however. Double tape back-to-back then wrap/form
  • Christmas Lights can be attached to colored plastic wrap. I have seen green cellophane- you could look like a Christmas tree.
  • Large canvas- I can “picture” two put together as a sort of walking bill-board
  • Burlap sacks- large potato bags, gift bags, empty snack bags, empty juice boxes, wrapping paper
  • Beer boxes, soda boxes, pizza boxes, shoe boxes, cereal boxes- cut or tape together
  • Deck of cards or Uno game cards- attached to one piece suit
  • Curtains- from a window or a shower
  • Body paint- I do not recommend spray paint- let’s be smart here!
  • Large cardboard boxes- from a television or appliance
  • Plastic bags can be crocheted, braided or attached together with tape
  • Venetian Blinds, a bit hard to sit in but still covers a large area
  • Hawian grass skirt or something made to look like one (plastic bags)
  • Aluminum foil (watch the sharp edges) candy wrappers
  • Towels or a decorated robe
  • Fabric from a table cloth or pillow case
  • Rugs or place mats
  • Crepe paper streamers, balloons, ribbon
  • Wrapping paper can be laminated or taped with clear tape to reinforce for strength and durability
  • Decorative papers from magazines, posters, letters, wall paper
  • Selected board games or Twister “board” which is a large plastic material
  • Faux animal furs from fabric store or decorative rugs
  • Sleeping bag or blanket
  • Tarps can be tied with rope or large bungee cord
  • Egg crate mattress pad
  • CD / DVD covers can be attached together with hot glue
  • Hammock or bed spread
  • Deflated pool raft or inflated life-preserver vest
  • Car  window shield shade- cover length very well
  • Lamp shade- could make a cute skirt
  • Fabric made from woven plant leaf,actual food or other material
  • Hunting vest
  • Couch cushions- tie them together
  • Cloth napkins or connected bandanas
  • Yoga mats
  • Soft luggage
  • Take a trip to the local thrift store to see what can be recycled or repurposed into clothing
  • What do you have round the house to convert into clothing for an ABC party?

Clever Costumes

23 Oct

Here are a few creative and clever costumes for your end of October trick or treating. These kids are adorable. It is definately out-of-the-box-thinking. Enjoy.

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Creative Costumes

11 Oct

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.

4 Shower scrubs = 1 Ballerina tu-tu

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.

$15.00 Super hero costume.

The Super Hero costume has a $15.00 total cost but, does not include the model’s shirt, undergarment or shoes.

Gnome costume.

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!

Common shower scrubs are transformed into a tu-tu.

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.

Curling ribbon can also be used with the same tie-on technique.

Look how adorable these items can be and are as they were modeled by the guests on Martha Stewart’s television show.

Two tu-tu tots (say that three times fast)!

“Jack” in his box.

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?

What was special about this costume consideration was that the coffee filters around his neck and on his hat were dyed using kool-aid beverage package drink mixes so that it was not harmful if he placed any part of that costume section into his mouth.  And ohhhh…I bet is smelled oh so sweet!
Also, visit http://www.dollarstorecrafts.com for more ideas on how to spend your dollar more wisely, use your imagination with unusual or limited supplies, and have fun while you create.

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.

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