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When I decided to be Toodles for my granddaughter's birthday party, my daughter and I went to Michael's to get the supplies I would need to create the costume. We bought heavy-duty poster board and markers and went home to begin our project.
I have a large wicker tray that we used to trace circles that would become Toodles' front and back. We found various-sized plates and some templates I had from another project to design Toodles' face, back, and ears and got to work.
My daughter drew the face and used markers to color it in. The pale blue marker ran out before Toodles' front was complete!! We needed the same color for the back, so I went back to Michael's to replenish our supply. The exact same color blue was no longer available so I chose an almost exact match. It turned out to be a different kind of marker and a different shade of blue. While I was attempting to blend the blues on the front and color the back that marker ran out.
It was at this time that I decided the marker plan wasn't working out. The shades of blue did not blend very well and appeared streaky. I made the decision to buy felt in the appropriate colors and basically start over.
As it turns out, I wasn't really starting over!
Supplies You Will Need To Make Toodles
- Two white heavy-duty poster boards (thicker so they are not flimsy)
- Black, red, and yellow sharpie permanent markers
- Paper and pencil for tracing the design
- Straight pins and scissors
- Tacky glue
- Ribbon to hang Toodles over your shoulders
- A headband with ears (mine had rabbit ears)
- using red and yellow Sharpies, draw the concentric circles around the front and back of Toodles
- using pencil and paper trace all facial features and designs, front and back
- using straight pins attach the traced facial features and designs to the correct color felt and cut them out
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- I then traced the outline of the concentric border circles so I would know how to cut the background blue felt and glued that into place.
- The facial features and designs were visible through the blue felt so the cut-out felt pieces were easy to arrange and glue in place
- I repeated the same process with Toodles' back
- I attached the ribbon to the front and back of Toodles with heavy-duty clips so I could slip it over my head and onto my shoulders to adjust the height.
- Once the height was adjusted, the ribbons were cut to size and glued into place. I allowed about 6 inches of extra ribbon to be glued to the inside of both poster board circles so it would be secure.
- I also measured and secured ribbon on each side to keep the boards in place once I put it on
Making the Ears
- The yellow circle borders colored with marker were left in place. I used red felt as the background
- using the paper and pencil I traced the designs on the ears, pinned them to the correct color felt, cut them out and glued them in place
- The front and back of the right ear had the same design as did the front and back of the left ear.
- I glued the back of the Toodles ears to the rabbit ears on the headband and weighted them with heavy candles until the glue was dry
- I then positioned the front of the Toodles ears, glued them in place and used large paper clips to hold the edges together until the glue was dry
The Ears Are Quite Heavy!
- When positioning the Toodles ears over the rabbit ears overlap the headband a little bit so the ears stand straight up and don't flop forward or backward.
- I bought a second headband with combs in it and attached the two headbands together with black thread. The ears were then secure on my head and stayed in place!
Sandi (author) from Greenfield, Wisconsin on October 19, 2017:
Thanks, Larry! Once I figured out how to make it better it came together nicely and was fun. My Granddaughter was excited to see Grandma as Toodles:)
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on October 18, 2017:
Looks like a fun project.