Friday, February 25, 2011

DIY Oscar Statuette

Who else is super excited about the Oscars? There are so many great movies this year! I've seen them all except for 127 Hours.

We are hosting an Oscar, ahem, Academy Awards, party on Sunday night at our house. A bunch of friends are coming over to make pizzas and watch the show. It's going to be so fun! We are having an Oscar prediction contest and the winner gets an excellent prize! A replica Oscar! I made him tonight out of stuff I had laying around the house. Seriously! I didn't want to buy a replica, that's silly when I could make one myself! Make your own Oscar!

You will need:

Paintbrush (not too tiny)
Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint (I used Folk Art brand in #660, 2 oz. bottle)
Matte Black Acrylic Paint
Gold glitter glue, hot glue, super glue (whatever you have)
One long Bamboo Skewer (you could use anything long and pointy like a replica sword or whatever)
One wooden Artist's Model (I got this one at IKEA years ago but you can find them at any arts and crafts store)
Old newspapers
Rubber bands or yarn

Let's get started!

I found it helpful to look at a picture of an Oscar first:

Okay, first step: Lay down the old newspaper. Paint the outside of the model with the gold paint. See, this is super easy! Make sure you bend his joints and paint there too! You can use two coats after the first one dries if necessary.

After you're done with that, paint the base with the black paint.

After the gold and black paint dry, fold the guy's arms inward like the real Oscar. You could stop at this step if you want but I thought it would be cool to have him look like the real thing.

Now take your bamboo skewer and hold it up to the Oscar and see where you want to cut it off. I just looked at the picture up there^ to get an idea of how tall the "sword" should be. Trim the skewer and then paint that gold too.

Okay, after that is dry, affix it to the Oscar with your glue. I couldn't find any rubber bands to secure it so I just tied yarn really tight around and held it in place long enough to dry.

After the glue is dried, take the feet and glue them together so that Oscar has flat feet that are straight across.

After that is dried you can remove the bands and situate his legs to rest back against the metal rod and TA DA!! You have an Oscar!! Isn't that awesome??

You can affix some sparklies to it too because, why not?

After I was all done.....

If you make one please send me a picture or link back here! I want to see your Oscar!

here is the link for it on Craftster :)


Veronica said...

Ahh! Love it! What a cute idea!!

Alex H said...

I love it too!!

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