SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- Sheets of Bristol board 100lb weight (2)
- 1-yd. of orange dotted cotton fabric
- 1/2- yd. of a whimsical green print cotton fabric
- Bottle of matte Mod Podge®
- Medium brush
- E6000 glue
- 6" Styrofoam® ball
- X-Acto® knife
- Metal straight edge-ruler
- Masking tape
- Sand paper
- Big serrated kitchen knife
- 24" piece of string
- Tie the pencil onto the string at the end. This will act as a compass.
- Measure across the edge of the Bristol board 14" and make a mark.
- Hold the string taunt with your thumb on the edge at the mark you made on the Bristol board and the pencil right at the corner of the Bristol board. Slowly draw a line creating a half circle with the pencil.
- Cut out the half circle with your scissors.
- Make two of these half circles.
- Cut a piece of fabric out the same size as the half circle with a 1" allowance at the top of the half circle and 1" allowance on the side for overlap.
- Curl each half circle into a cone shape to put some bend into the board.
- Make the opening of the circle a little less than 6" across. Tape the seams together with masking tape.
- Use the second half circle that you already cut out and make another cone on top of the first cone. Glue the two cones one inside of the other to give it more stability with the seams in different locations for structure.
- Cover the cone wit mod podge and apply the fabric to the cone.
- Apply mod podge to the top inside 1/2" of the cone and wrap the fabric to the inside of the cone. To cover the edges where the fabric meets the inside of the cone, cut a 1" strip of Bristol board on the same curve as the half circle about 14" in length. Glue this strip on the inside edge of the fabric and cone. Allow it to dry.
- Cut the Styrofoam® ball 1/2” past the middle of the ball.
- Turn the big piece upside down and place the finished cone on the flat side of the cut Styrofoam ball. Draw an outline on the flat part of the Styrofoam to indicate where to trim the lid. This will be the outside edge of the lid.
- Using the serrated knife and sand paper, shape the lid to line up with the edge of the top of the cone.
- Using the X-Acto® knife, cut 1/4" down on the side of the lid and cut around into the rim about 1/8" into the lid. Make a lip for the lid to sit inside of the cone.
- Cover the outside of the Styrofoam lid with Mod Podge® and allow it to dry.
- Drape the orange dotted fabric onto the lid. Cut a piece of fabric 1" bigger than the lid.
- Using mod podge brush on a 1" strip of glue across the middle of the lid.
- Smooth the fabric onto the lid. Working 1/4" of the lid at a time, brush on Mod Podge® onto the Styrofoam® and smooth the fabric to the middle of the 1/4" section. Create a dart in the fabric. Cut the middle of the dart with scissors and overlap the fabric to make a smooth surface. Using the X-Acto® knife, cut a straight line in the center of that overlap fro the top to the bottom of the dart. Remove the excess fabric from both sides of the dart and overlap the fabric to make a smooth seam. Continue this process with each 1/4" of the lid until the lid has been completed.
- Cut another piece in the shape of a circle of the orange dotted fabric to cover the inside of the lid.
- Brush on Mod Podge® onto the inside of the lid and smooth the fabric onto the surface. Trim the fabric around the edges to the lip of the lid overlapping the fabric from the top to cover the seams.
- On the Bristol board, draw the shape of your desired leaves. Turn the board over and brush on Mod Podge® on the back of the drawn leaf of the Bristol board and smooth on the green fabric
- Allow it to dry.
- Cut out the leaf and repeat Step 22 so that fabric is on both sides of the leaves.
- Allow them to dry.
- Glue and pin the leaves in the location on top of the lid and let it dry.
- Bend and shape the leaves as desired.