Plastic Canvas – the Forever Hobby

For those who don’t know what plastic canvas is, you’re not alone.  Few do as it is not a popular craft today as far as I know.  But today, you shall know its awesomeness.

During my childhood, my mother was really into a lot of different crafts.  She put together puzzles (a favorite of mine too!), made ribbon doves, sewed with my grandmother’s sewing machine (which I still have today), and made crafts with plastic canvas.  The biggest project I recall was an entire miniature house that opened up and had people and stuff inside.  My favorite was a tissue box cover that looked like a house and had a little black kitty sitting on the second floor window on the outside.  The tissues came up out the chimney. *sniff* I miss that thing…

Several months ago, I took up this craft in a fit of nostalgia.  My first craft: dice.  Yep, you read right; dice.  It came from a dream actually.  I guess I was so caught up in trying to figure out what on earth to make that my dreams went to work too.  As I was waking up, I remembered how I in my dream was trying to think of how to make one.  I acted as soon as I could and BAM!  Many dice were born.  The first one has a bell in it too, it’s kinda cute.

The first one I ever made!  I don't own a camera so this was taken with my hubby's phone. :/

The first one I ever made! I don’t own a camera so this was taken with my hubby’s phone. :/

Some more of my dice (not all).  The 8-sider was unfortunately not finished with its numbering (It is now though).

Some more of my dice (not all). The 8-sider was unfortunately not finished with its numbering (It is now though).

After making several six-siders and then doing an eight-sider and then a twenty-sider, I went on to bigger things.  I am in charge of about 20 kids at my local church and I wanted to come up with a clever way to encourage them to bring their scriptures to class.  So, I made a piggy bank…in the shape of a temple.  Inside it is a glass jar that makes a lovely sound every time a penny is put in.  When it adds up to a dollar, one lucky child gets to present the money to our Branch President to put towards the Temple Construction Fund.  In the past year, we’ve made $2.  It’s a work in progress.

A piggy bank in disguise.

A piggy bank in disguise.

Side veiw

Side veiw

Top view

Top view

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Here I show how the flap works to get to the monies and the glass jar if ever it needs replacing

Here I show how the flap works to get to the monies and the glass jar if ever it needs replacing

As for the design, I made it entirely myself.  I tried to find patterns but I may just be blind to the bottomless stash of patterns that fit my fancy.  Even so, my creative mind liked the exercise.  And it turned out great (though not flawless).  I have the design documented on Paint (which took FOREVER by the way) so that if anyone else wanted to make one, they could.  Currently, I’m working on a tissue box cover in the shape of the Washington, DC Temple.  It’s huge… But it’s gonna look awesome when all is said and done.  I’ll leave that for another blog post. :p

Basic directions.  If you need further instruction, let me know and I'll do my best to help. :)

Basic directions. If you need further instruction, let me know and I’ll do my best to help. :)

-Embermyst

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4 thoughts on “Plastic Canvas – the Forever Hobby

  1. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be
    really something which I think I would never understand.

    It seems too complicated and very broad for me.
    I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  2. Windy says:

    I love your temple piggy bank. I converted when I was 18 but after speaking to my bishop I have started working on the young women’s personal progress. I would love to make this as part of one of the projects. Hopefully I can enlarge the pattern enough to make it look as good as yours.

  3. Joey says:

    your dice… i dont suppose you’d have a pattern or anything for them? i’ve actually been wanting to make a dice set of my own for a while.

  4. Kathy Veliz says:

    I want to make 3 banks for my grandson, 1 for his tithing, The Temple, one for his mission, I haven’t decided yet, and one for spending, a house. Was wondering if you would/could send me a copy of your pattern.
    Thanks

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