Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Making Our 2009 Diorama -or- Hot Glue Everywhere

Choosing a theme for 2009 was easy. We're huge fans of Snoopy and the Peanuts gang, so we decided to recreate a scene from the end of It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown!

We chose the Easter morning scene (at the very end of this glorious Spanish clip we have decided to share with you) so that we could fit as many characters into the project as we could.

So I went to the thrift store, to awkwardly buy some naked Barbie dolls that would provide the hair for Sally, Lucy, and the rest of the Peanuts girls. Face it, most of those Peanuts guys are pretty bald.

(You're still watching the Spanish video clip, aren't you?  It kind of sucks you in, even when you have no idea what they're talking about, even though you know the plot.)

Jessica and I made several trips to the craft store to get felt, google eyes, and a crap ton of hot glue sticks.

But we were dead set on making the diorama from as much food material as possible--meaning, Peeps. And jellybeans. Jellybeans are amazing, and the make for fantastic diorama-sized colored eggs.

So we spent an entire weekend piecing together this diorama, rushing because I had a date on Sunday, and heaven knows I needed to GET READY. It was a double date, to boot, but Jessica gracefully neglected to point out all the hot glue burns that I ended up sporting on my fingertips.

(P.S., that double date was the first date with my now-boyfriend, who thinks we're crazy for putting so much thought into this year's diorama but appreciates our creativity.)

In the end, our first effort looked like this:

Oh hey's it hanging there on that carefully-placed piece of fishing line?

We weren't picked as finalists in the Washington Post contest. We were devastated. Okay, only sort of devastated, since we knew our diorama wasn't that fantastic. But we thought our setup was pretty darn cute, and we had a great time making it.

We took it to Easter dinner last year, and it lived on top of my sister's television until she moved at the end of the summer. Snoopy and friends landed in the trash, but they will live on forever in our hearts.

I also made this creepy Peeps centerpiece from the leftover stash. And....I made Peeps place cards too. Our Easter celebration developed diabetes on the spot.

Next, I'll explain how Doug got roped into this thing. Poor Doug.

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