Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ballard Designs Knockoff Pears Big Enough To Choke A Horse

Last week I was thumbing through a Ballard Designs catalog and I happened across this picture of some pears.  Super Fab no?  I thought they were delightful and since I'm a pro (hardly) at paper mache (remember the Achey Breaky Heart?), I thought I would try my hand at making them.  I must have bumped my head to think about taking on this type of project again!  I do have to say though that the second time around it was easier.  I guess that horrific first experience served for something. 


I made this using garbage!

First thing I did was find somethings that were similar in shape.  For this I used a couple of empty plastic containers straight out of the recycling bin.  One was an oil container in its past life the other was diswashing liquid.  Yea repurposing is fun!  I'm a true environMENTAList!  I wrapped these bottles all up in newspaper to make a pear shape and I taped the crap out of them.  On the one bottle I ran out of paper so I used plastic bags. 


For the bigger pear.

For the slightly smaller pear.



Once I had a pear shape I liked, I went ahead and shredded some newspaper and mixed my paper mache paste.  I placed the wet sticky strips all over the pear.  (Oh I should add that the stems are twigs from my yard.  I just stuck them in the holes of the container and secured them.)  As soon as I had a satisfactory level of bottle mummification, I set these puppies out to dry. 



I learned my lesson from the last paper mache project I worked on.  This time I used small dabs of hot glue sporadically to secure the jute twine and attached the rest of the twine using Elmer's glue.  This simple change made things so much neater and faster!  I can't even begin to tell you what a difference that made time wise.  I wrapped the twine carefully around the two beasts making sure all the seams were covered up nicely. 

Once they were covered and the glue had dried, I was done and my pears were ready for display.  What do you think?  Not quite Ballard Designs but certainly not $88!  These, my little Evolutionites, were absolutely FREE!







The student has become the master.  I am officially the Bruce Lee of paper mache!  (In my mind.)


Nydia 8)

17 comments:

  1. So cute! I love them. Paper mache is so fun! You did a great job.

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  2. I love oversize paper mache projects. Yours came out great!

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  3. Nydia, these are amazing! When I first saw this, I thought you used some sort of fake fruit. I was so delighted that you used something you had on hand and showed how you did it. Yay, so now I don't have to buy some fake fruit. I'm definitely going to try this.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Tracy http://allthumbscrafts.blogspot.com

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  4. I love these! What a great idea! I love Ballards, but I don't love the prices. Thanks for the great step by step tutorial!

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  5. Good job! Nothing I like better than a price-wise version!

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  6. Beautiful pears. And, what a great price!! I would love it if you would link this up to my blog party, A Marvelous Mess. At each party I will pick one project to feature on my sidebar for a week!! Here is the link: http://marvelouslymessy.blogspot.com/2011/02/marvelous-mess-2.html

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  7. Those totally rock! I love how big they are!!!

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  8. these are just great! love the oversized look!

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  9. Hi - saw you on today's creative blog. This is a really cute idea! I'm kicking myself because I just gave goodwill about 5 paper mache pears (bought, not made). Grrr! I may have to go buy back so I can wrap them in twine! :)

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  10. Great project. I'm hoping to try some paper mache soon.

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  11. I love that you made them all yourself...these are perfect!

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  12. I love these. way to go making them yourself.

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  13. I love the pears, and I especially love that they are made of recyclables!

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  14. Just popped over here from OnePrettyThing where I saw your project and thought that it looked darling. I saw those pears too and thought they were adorable but not for the price...that was not adorable. I'm glad that you shared this with us! I'm now washing dishes with "extra" soap so I can scavenge my bottle to use and make one of these pears! Ha ha!

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  15. I featured you today! :) Hooray! I'd love if you stopped by!

    Amanda

    www.todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

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  16. Found you from the TodaysTopTwenty -- awesome project. I'm inspired!

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