|One of our ridiculous spreads from 2011.|
Note: There was no room for turkey on the table.
I used to build sets and cities for my action figures all the time when I was growing up. Finding an unused cardboard box was like discovering gold to me. Within minutes, I would be on the floor with construction paper, scissors, tape and markers making some kind of elaborate building with my newfound treasure.
For this project, I knew I wanted to build a traditional tablescape, but the scene would definitely need some people in it, too. I called upon my favorite toys -- the only toys that survived my childhood -- Dick Tracy action figures, circa 1990. I chose the 5 that best represented our Thanksgiving crew with the exception of Kat. Unfortunately, I have no female action figures, so one of the gangsters got a speedy makeover with a snippet of hair from a Halloween wig wrapped around his head. Sorry, Kat. I was on a mission, and I figure we can blame the intense volume of your hairdo on the humidity.
With the scale of the figures in mind, I went on a scavenger hunt through the house, finding anything that could be used or transformed for the scene I had in my head. This is what I came up with.
|The Thanksgiving crew shown here (l to r): Kat, Glen, Robert, J.D. and Dusty.|
Also known as Influence, Sam Catchem, Itchy, Mumbles and Shoulders.
Here's a list of some items I found and how they were used:
- Coaster holders = Table base
- Brown cardstock = Table top
- Cocktail napkin corners = Napkins
- Foam earplugs = Pilar candles
- Electrical caps = Cups
- Spray bottle cap = Flower vase
- Potpourri = Food elements
- Necco wafers = Plates
- Metal brads = Utensils
- Fabric scraps = Table runner and Rug
I also used a few paper scraps to craft items such as casserole dishes, the lampshade and the red planter in the background. The lamp base was taken from a wooden artist mannequin.
For 2 hours of time and a total cost of $0, I think I tuned-in to the scaled down concept pretty well. Now, if I can just find a way to apply that same amount of time and cost to our Thanksgiving dinner, I will really be onto something.