Thursday, 21 March 2013

Using what we've got or "Omne vivum ex ovo"...

Maybe I would have been more enthusiastic about making the Roman gladiator costume for Son's school Roman day last year if I'd realised it was going to save us some time this week. And if I'd shelled out on a posh fancy dress Roman outfit, then hacking the helmet about would not have been such an attractive prospect. But it's only card and silver foil so why not?!

This work of art started as a Roman Gladiator's helmet.

Can you guess what it is yet?
Now it's an Easter egg
(with the Easter bunny on top, for good measure)
for the Easter bonnet competition at school.

The really good thing was that Son had the idea for this all by himself. My kids are getting the hang of the make do and mend philosophy! He used coloured paper, foam shapes and an Easter bunny that we'd already got in the craft cupboard, so as well as being mostly recyclable, it's all his own work. 

If you were around when we made the Roman gladiator costume, you'll remember we were still watching the glue dry and sewing Son into his tunic on the morning of Roman Day, but this time I'm proud to report that the gladiator-helmet-turned-Easter-egg was all ready at least 12 hours before it was required.

As for the Latin in the blog post title, the Ancient Romans believed that "All life comes from an egg". Egg decorating is a pre-Christian ritual so maybe Son is not the first Roman gladiator to have turned his headwear into a festive spring fashion accessory.

(Don't forget that the Decluttering giveaway is up and running until Saturday, so you still have time to enter!)

11 comments:

  1. Good job on the easter egg. And how very thrifty and "green" to remake the helmet!

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    1. As per Krises comment below, I'm looking forward to seeing what it will become next!

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  2. I do remember the making of the Gladiator costume, so congratulations on finishing this one in a timely manner, as well as using materials on hand. Hope the competition goes well.

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    1. No prizes but he was OK with that...it's a big school so it's hard to be a winner. The only time he won anything was for a silly hat competition when I bought a clown hat from the fancy dress shop (that looked like we'd stuck felt spots on a red hat). I think the judge thought he'd made it himself...I felt a bit guilty...

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  3. That is brilliant, a real 'eco' bonnet. It is so good when the children do these little craft projects by themselves, isn't it?

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    1. Yes, that's my favourite kind of craft project, as long as they do the clearing away but themselves too!

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  4. He's learned well. I think it's adorable.

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  5. Ha ha, love the hats, both of them. Clever child, already recycling. Wonderful!

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  6. Oh my goodness! MY son has a very similar knight's helmet made of a 1-gallon plastic milk jug with aluminum foil over it. He was a knight a couple of Halloween's ago--the helmet has since enjoyed multiple lives as a boat and who knows what else. Too bad you're on another continent. They would probably hit it off as friends. :)

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    1. Love it! Now I'm wondering what the Easter bonnet will be when it's finished being an Easter bonnet!

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