As you may know from reading my other articles, I’m a mom to an only son and have a big desire to start my own Etsy shop making this the perfect project. Despite my desire to sell this, I know that I have 2 audiences: the one that likes my work and wants to make it; and the other that wants to buy it. With that spirit in mind I will provide you with instructions for my fellow doers,
but during the creative process share my ideas, successes and failures along the way.
I collect cardboard tubes and even go as far as collecting our industrial paper tubes from the hand and TP from the bathrooms at work. The truth is they make awesome supplies for a huge array of my crafting projects. I love to craft and the more cheaply the better!
I have collected quite a few of them and have long thought they were the perfect material for an exaggerated top hat at the Mad Hatters tea party. One of my favorite things to do next to crafting is decorating which makes these bad boys functional and decorative which are some of my favorite things! I am going to make these serve as a party favor for each guest as well and plan on setting up a table for my photo when I sell it.
In addition to these clever hats, I am planning on an entire collection that can be sold as a set or individually too. The complete collection will consist of a tea cup/saucer and kettle centerpiece, top hat decorative party favor, Cheshire Cat piñata, customizable birthday banner, candy wrappers that read “eat me”, drink me labels, cupcake stand, and cupcake toppers.
Since I had more ambition than time when I was making paper mache pumpkins last year for my nieces birthday party and didn’t finish them, I have fortuitously started adding more layers while waiting for my top hat to dry so I can repurpose two of them for this passion project of mine. I have the base of my Cheshire Cat and tea pot mostly complete and will soon be able to get to the fun part where I get to decorate them.
These are a few of the pictures I have taken of the process so far. I am really excited about this project and am hoping that everyone enjoys it too. Here’s to good thoughts and inspired work (my fingers are tightly crossed).