These will have some 'stuff' in them for the winners of a contest we're having at work. To understand why I chose the paper I did, you should probably know that the contest is a paper mache house decorating contest.
I was beyond thrilled when I found this adorable Houses paper by Echo Park that not only tied in the houses and neighborhood theme, but also has the colors most often used to designate first, second and third place. It's like it was meant to be.
I also lucked out when I found a 5-for-$1 cardstock sale happening at the craft store that week and managed to get all my solid sheets (30 pieces) for only $6. Score!
I had piles of paper pieces everywhere! Here's 60 handle panels and 90 base panels:
And here are a few of the handles in early stages on my assembly line - I found it easiest to do them in batches so I could work on one while others got some good glue dry time:
I chose to use some Tim Holtz Deco Tape to go around the top and bottom instead of cutting out the provided pieces in the kit. The tape was easy to just wrap around and cut where needed, but I did have to supplement with a few dots of glue here and there as the tape isn't super sticky.
When I started this project, I toyed with the idea of adding a little fenced yard as a base for each trophy, but then it started getting out of hand. I wanted to add flowers to the fence and a mailbox and grass and...well, you get the idea. I reigned myself in and made the decision to keep it simple.
They are done and delivered at last. Now I just have to decorate a paper mache house to try to win one!
Thanks so much for stopping by. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this project.