I am trying to alter a mini dresser for a man....i covered it in paper and on the top i would like to embellish it.... I need some lift and i do not want to use flowers....any ideas of what i can do to get a 3d grouping on the top of it without useing flowers... For a woman i usually start with flowers then start adding embellishments to it....but what can i use for a man???
I need something to prop them up..i have gears...and watch faces and bottle caps... i need
something to start the cluster...to start the 3d effect...If i was doing this for a girl i would like start with a cluster of flowers and glue it down...and then lean or stuff the gears in the flowers....but i want to try and stay away from flowers.
Thank you for your response.
You could use leaves or vines of some sort as a starter.
Otherwise, I would use a clock, watch face, or similar item standing up as a starting point.
Or if you know this person's hobbies or likes, use something related to that. Maybe tools, or bullet casings, or wheels from a toy truck or something.
I think once you get an idea of what you want to do, it will be easier then you think.
Just be sure to have fun!
Thank you for your suggestions... Im just not sure that any metal object would hold standing straight up, even when i use E6000. But i will try the clock face and gears from the suggetion i had earlier.
Thank you for your time.
Is this for a specific man? What does that man like? If I were embellishing something for my dad or husband or brother, I wouldn't start with their car or fishing or machinery (as much as I personally like using gears). I'd start with cardinals or movie paraphernalia for my dad, books or baseball for my brother, baseball or video games or chemistry for my husband. To me, this kind of project would be ALL about what the recipient would like.
For example, if someone made me something decorative and began embellishing it by using flowers just because I'm a woman, I can almost guarantee I wouldn't like it. I pretty much don't do flowers; pretty much the only times I use them on a layout, it's a layout that involves flowers as the topic or as a feature in the photographs. But if they started with baseball or books or games or rabbits, and used something like bottlecaps or gears for the base cluster, THAT would be awesome.
Now, if this is a generic item, to be sold at a craft fair or something, then that's a different matter, and tons of gears or whatever would be great. But my philosophy with handmade gifts is to keep it about the recipient instead of what I would like or want, and I think if you look to what the recipient is into, there are some really quirky and creative places this could go that go beyond stuff that's kind of generic male (e.g., the ducks and plaid and lighthouses you typically see on store-bought Father's Day cards).
For my hubby, I would use a large nut and bolt combination. If you lay the nut on it's side with the bolt in it, it would give you some height to start with and 2 anchor points to glue. Just a suggestion.
Thats a great idea too....I went ahead and used a small wooden picture frame i had laying around. Its crazy how i have to throw in some girly stuff on a mans project. It never fails with me. I put some butterflies on this dresser....LOL.
He better like butterflies ...LOL. Oh well....lets just say i gave him a part of me when making this dresser. I'll post pictures later if you all want to check it out.
Thank you for your comment...and i will definitely use this next time. Thank you for your time.
My vote for the man's version of a butterfly? The dragonfly! There's something about the Tim Holtz stamp that definitely says man, as opposed to all the butterflies. (Altho, I've seen some works where the same butterfly stamps(see TH's or 7Gypsies) have been used in a more 'specimen collection' way that looks very masculine.
But it is kinda hard to come up with cool ideas when you don't know the person. If it were for me, I would use the clock face, some gears, these cool chipboard eyeglasses shapes that I found in the dollar bin at Michaels- a lightbulb or two-
Did you get a chance to check out my gallery. The altered mini drawers is the one that i did. Someone repsponded also and told me to use dragonflies...I wish i would have done that instead of the butterflies...that probably would have been more manly.
I used burlap ribbon and scrunched it up on top and the picture frame leans on the ribbon.
Thanks for your help. I did put a nut on there but i dont know if you can see it.
I know that this is really late but I just saw this. If you ever do this again, how about using bicycle gears. They are small but but big in the sense of volume. You can use molding paste to stand them straight up or, leaning on other gears that are laying down. How did the manly dresser turn out? Would love to see pictures. Just thought of this too! How about outdoor industrial water faucet knobs? those would look really cool for draw pulls. Tim holtz has them too, but I think they're too small. I'm going to look for them and get back to you. FOUND THEM!!