I was at Hobby Lobby the other day, which is a shocker I know! Hobby Lobby is doing something new these days and providing little pamphlets that offer different ideas for crafting projects. I saw the image below and thought, what a great idea, but I could do it better! I just happened to have a Styrofoam head at home to work with, so I went home and got started right away.
The thing I didn’t like about the example the pamphlet showed, was that the way the paper had been torn seemed so random and because of that, the features of the Styrofoam head were pretty obscured and the yellowish color of the music sheets made it seem dirty.
For my version I choose three different kinds of black and white paper, one that leaned more to the white side and two that had more black in them. I cut them into strips that were pointed at one end and than widened out so that they resembled very long, thin triangles. I then prepared a water white glue mixture soaked them and conformed them to the head.
I had to use some matte modpodge while it was sill wet to make sure the paper stayed on tightly. I made a kind of starburst pattern with the pointy ends of the triangles meeting around the nose region and then filled in from there. To finish the back and sides I used more rectangular pieces.
Once I had covered it completely I let it dry and then realized that I could do more with the really dark, black paper to create designs on the figure.
Once I finished adding more definition around the eyes and on the sides, I decided to add some lips to really make the features clear.
I love the way it turned out and I will use it as a prop for taking good product photos of the fascinators I want to add to my Etsy shop.
I think it’s so beautiful I might make a few more as décor or perhaps to sell! Let me know in the comments if you would buy one!