Monday, June 4, 2012

Test Your Strength

Your weight is over.  The question, what is she up to, using 2 rubber balls and a portable dustpan from the dollar store.  The answer, making a barbell...of course!


Curious how I transformed my dollar store rubber balls and dustpan, keep on reading.


Get some liquid starch and lots of 1 inch wide strips of newspaper.  Dip the strips of newspaper into the liquid starch and cover each rubber ball.   Allow the newspaper strips to dry completely once applied {approximately 24 hours} and then add a new layer.  You'll want 3-4 layers before you are ready to put your barbell together.


Yes, I realize, I duplicated a picture...that's what happens when you blog at nearly 11 at night.  Cut a hole into the paper mache rubber ball approximately the size of the pole you plan on using.

Remove the dustpan from it's pole.

Insert the pole into the rubber balls, using more liquid starch and newspaper strips, attach the ball to the pole.  When that has completely dried, wrap with electrical tape to fully secure the two together.  Cover the newspaper with black paint.  Decide how much weight you want to lift and paint on the pounds.  


Yes, I am raising the world's strongest 4 year old.


So, was it worth the weight?


*My favorite guess, concerning what I was up to, came from No. 29 Design who thought I'd use these rubber balls and portable dustpan to whip up some fake food 

46 comments:

  1. I'm glad the mystery is solved. My guess didn't make any sense unless you had penguins involved, too. It's best if you don't ask.

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  2. You are amazing! That is just fantastic!

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  3. Giggle...I love it! I was so curious what you were u to. Hugs and wishes for a beautiful week ahead.

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  4. how fun and perfect! send it to a magazine and get some $ for your ideas!!!
    great pictures!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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  5. Oh my goodness what a CUTE idea!!! My little strongman will LOVE this.

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  6. So funny!!!! how adorable... she's mighty woman!!


    Carri =)

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    1. Thanks Carri. I can't wait to link it up in the All Stars link up!

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    2. Thanks so much for linking up to the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY....

      xoxo,
      Carri

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  7. How adorable! She looks like she's enjoying the joke!

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    1. Thanks Patricia. We are going to use this a photo booth prop for the circus party we are having this weekend.

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  8. That's so cute! My boys would LOVE it! XO, Aimee PS I'm your newest follower!

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  9. Love this! Thanks for linking up at SaltTree's Open Call!

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  10. Well how fun is that??!!! I would never have guessed it right! Cute as can be! Nice project and fun pictures!

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  11. You certainly got our attention didn't you..smart girl!
    Your little ones are going to learn sooooooooo much that can enrich their lives by having you for a MOm-
    Jonell

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    1. I am completely humbled by your feedback. Thank you so much Jonell!

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  12. Hahaa that is hilarious! Totally love it! :D

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  13. this is the coolest project!!! wow! and grace looks so gorgeous. how do you find these amazing ideas???
    hugs to you
    xxx

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  14. LOVE! How did I miss this?! This is such a cute idea. I'm sharing on my facebook page. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

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  15. love, love, love this craft project! I just blogged a super fast super hero costume which my daughter loved, I think I'll have to give this one a go too! I'm your newest follower, would love you to come visit me too ehwn you get time. x http://partycraftsecrets.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/self-made-super-hero-costumes.html

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  16. Oh how cute!!! Didn't see that one coming! This really made me LAUGH OUT LOUD - no little lol here! Can't wait to see what else you are doing for the party!
    ~Amy

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    1. I am glad I could make you LAUGH OUT LOUD. Let's hope the party comes out as good as it is in my mind :) Thank you so much for your sweet feedback.

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  17. So close....
    No, not at all. That is a great idea. My guys would love that!!!!

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  18. So very cute! My little cousins would love this! Thanks for linking up!

    Holly

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  19. Oh that is so fun!!!! What a cute idea! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

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  20. I know I'm behind in responding... but I LOVE this idea! It's hilariously fun!! Since you have a circus theme going on for Grace's bday.. I assume this is one of the props at the party:D Awesome picture prop!!

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  21. Love your take on this! I did a similar project for my daughter's 'superhero' birthday party a couple of years ago but used large styrofoam balls and a wooden dowel. You can see a photo of it in this post http://racksandmooby.blogspot.com/2010/12/superhero-batman-birthday-party-part-2.html

    ALthough mine was probably faster and easier, you're looks much more professional. LOL. :)

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  22. Cute! Great idea for parties! New follower from TGIF. Love for you to follow back when you get a chance ;)

    http://naptimeshopper.blogspot.com

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  23. Can't wait to see what you do with the dustpan! LOL. So clever and cute -- loved the "decide how much weight you want to lift and paint on the pounds" ! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy. Hope to see you again soon!

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  24. Such a fun photo idea! :) I'd love to invite you to join our Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes. I know my readers will love your ideas!
    Happy Weekend!
    Mackenzie :)

    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com/saturday-show-tell-14-1st-week-of-summer/

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  25. Thanks for linking up to my party! I wanted to let you know I picked your link to feature this week! See my post and grab my feature button here http://toastiestudio.blogspot.nl/2012/06/made-monday-23-picks.html

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  26. Haha this is adorable! It was super smart to use rubber balls too cuz they're soft in case they bump into things. I love it! Thanks so much for linking this up to The Fun In Functional!

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  27. Amy, this is adorable! Such a fun and unique idea! I love everything about it! -Sarah @ Repeat Crafter Me

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    1. Thanks 'a ton' Sarah! Really flattered you stopped by!

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  28. That is fantastic. I'm so glad you shared this at Shine on Fridays. Gosh, I just love your stuff!

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  29. I'm your newest follower. This is super cute. My girls are always getting into the "grown-up" weights. This might just do the trick. crafty-biggers.blogspot.com

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  30. Hi! I love this, but I'm confused. What was the dustpan used for?

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    1. I removed the dustpan and used the pole that was attached for the barbell.

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  31. Hi - so cute. i wanted to make one for my son's superhero birthday and i thought about styrofoam balls but they were 18.99 each at michaels! haha. i was wondering how you created the "hole" in the dollar store ball. did you leave the ball in there deflated? or were you able to squeeze it out somehow? thank you!!!

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  32. Very neat! I'm using painted styrofoam balls from the craft store for my son's party. They are only a few bucks at our craft store.

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