Recently, it seems like all the kids movies are either rated PG or are in 3D. Since she's only 2, I don't think either of those characteristics would go over well. We have been waiting for Gnomeo & Juliet for awhile now, and were disappointed to find out it was in 3D. I don't get this 3D craze. It gives me a headache and it makes Mr. Apple grumble about having to pay extra for the 3D glasses. We decided to wait for the 2D version to come to our cheap theater, but in the meantime I did a little project for Sprite to get her excited:
Gnomeo & Juliet peg people!
If you don't know, I love peg people (here's evidence, and here's some more). I made these ones a little shorter so they are more gnome-like.
Here's how to make your own! This is a great project for when you have a few hours at home. You can paint a section and while it dries you can do other things. Now I have a clean house AND peg gnomes :-)
scraps of red and blue felt
The pegs come in a pack like this. There are from Hobby Lobby and were $3 for a pack of 8:
There are several different types of spray sealant. Pretty much any kind will do. I went with the one on the left because I like the glossy look:
I use a little saw to take about 1/4 inch off the bottom of the peg people to make them a little shorter than Sprite's other peg people. Don't worry, they were anesthetized first.
Then sand the bottoms to make them smooth.
Here they are compared to the regular peg people. Just a tad shorter.
The first step is painting the heads. If you have a fleshy color, that works great. I did not, so I mixed white with a drop of pink and a drop of peach. While the heads dry, throw in a load of laundry :-)
Next, paint Juliet's body red and the top half of Gnomeo's body blue.
After that dries, add a white apron and collar to Juliet, and a thin black ring around the bottom to represent her shoes. Paint the bottom black too.
For Gnomeo, add a stripe of gray for his pants and a stripe of black for his boots. He also has a stripe of black for his belt, and a square buckle. Paint the bottom black also.
I painted the faces on, but if you don't have a steady hand, you can use a permanent marker instead.
Gnomeo's eyes and nose are bigger to give him a more manly look (as manly as a gnome can look I suppose). He has a thin white beard (just dot the paint on).
Juliet's nose and eyes are smaller, and eyes are slightly closer together. I dotted her hair on also, with a section that swooped down in the middle.
Next, Juliet's apron got some detail and she got thin eyebrows and a small, red mouth.
Gnomeo got a wider tan mouth and bushy eyebrows. He also got some blond-ish hair, which will peak out from under his hat in the center.
After the gnomes are completely dry, give them a layer or two of spray sealant, and allow them to dry completely.
Cut half circles for the hats (about 3 inches in diameter), then cut a small wedge out of the pieces as shown with the red hat below. Using the larger piece, roll it into a cone and glue shut. Try it on the gnome, and trim a little off the bottom if necessary to get a good fit. Glue it into place.
Aren't they cute? I'm going to give Sprite hers right before we go to the movie.
I'm giving away a set of these gnomes on my facebook page, www.facebook.com/anappleandatree !
All you have to do is "like" my page and comment on the giveaway post. The drawing will be Sunday, March 6th @ 11:59pm CST. Good luck!