Fancy That: A Little Somethin’ Somethin’ for Helmet Head
In a previous post, I mentioned a blog called Bling Your Band; they make custom, super-cute decals for cranial remolding helmets. At $30, however, the purchase wasn’t in this chica’s budget. So I took matters into my own hands. I (gulp) did it myself. I’d heard that using stickers to decorate the helmet wasn’t a good idea. Since you have to clean this thing every day, stickers can easily wear off and look more ghetto than fabulous. But there I was, checking out the scrapbooking (gasp) aisle at Target when I found these adorable monkey stickers. (I’m a little obsessed with monkeys, Bubba’s favorite book so far is Eight Silly Monkeys, and since he often behaves like a monkey, this was right up our alley. Guess what he’s going to be for Halloween.) Anyway, these stickers weren’t paper stickers. To be honest, I don’t really know what they’re made off. Perhaps one of you crafters out there could educate me and my readers. I decided to take the leap. For $.99, could I really go wrong? Sure, I could put them on the helmet only to have them peel off, look hideous, and ensure years of therapy for my son. But for less than a buck, I was willing to take the chance.
Then came part two: I went to A.C. Moore. Oh yeah. The craft store. But here’s the thing — I went with a plan. I wouldn’t allow myself to get sucked in, confused, or overwhelmed. I’d steer clear of the paper aisle. I knew what I wanted, and a quick consult with a staffer confirmed it. I went in planning to purchase Mod Podge (a kind of sealer, apparently) and something with which to apply it (the idea being that if I sealed the stickers, they wouldn’t peel off). As it turns out, there’s like a bizillion types of Mod Podge. Alright, not a bizillion, but it certainly felt that way. I went with the basic matte finish.
The A.C. Moore staffer assured me Mod Podge wasn’t water-soluble, meaning I could wash the helmet and the sealer would stay put. Well, I should’ve listened to my crafter friend (Holly) who said otherwise. The A.C. Moore chick led me astray. Okay, so I applied the cute little stickers and went to town with the Mod Podge. Everything was looking good. That is, until I washed the helmet and the sealer came off. But here’s the clincher: The stickers are fine. I did this faux craft project several days ago and all’s good. Now I don’t know if it’s actually due to the residual sealer left on the stickers or if these stickers are just magic, but I’m not asking any questions. All I know is I spent $.99 for stickers, $2.99 for a tiny jar of sealer and $.39 for the foam brush. I’d say I got more than I paid for, no? For a little over $4, my kid’s helmet pretty much rocks.
Okay, I confess I got distracted at A.C. Moore and purchased small wooden letters for my little monkey’s room (FWK — his initials). I couldn’t resist. But now I’m faced with the problem of painting them. Sounds simple, I know…but it never is.