Monday, April 19, 2010

Project seven: cool hair combs! (Plus a small side of pasta.)

You guys! Thank you so much for the kind comments and the visits. So encouraging. We frugal kooks must stick together. Next time someone laughs at my weekly dollar store prowl, my yard sale brake squeal, my hoarding of useless plastic bottle lids...I will think of you all and smile like Mona Lisa. Or Dr. Eeeeevil. Because we have plans for those doubters...big plans...

Bwah ha ha ha ha ha ha! Pause for effect...

One such plan involves hair accessories! Here comes -

Project Seven

This one is so easy it truly feels like cheating. But no! There is no cheating in frugalball. If it looks like you bought it at a real store with actual money, no one has to know otherwise.

Ingredients: Novelty yarn and hair combs. (I got 12 combs for a dollar at you-know-where.)

Cut about 8 feet of yarn. Start like this:

Wrap sideways around the comb, maybe 8 or ten times. Tie off at the back. You should still have a tail of yarn attached, several feet long.

Start wrapping the tail in and out among the teeth of the comb, gathering the sideways wraps as you go:

Wrap each tooth to the end, then back again to the starting point. Tie off the ends and trim.

Bam! Your combs are complete.

You could also embellish further, with charms, beads, or anything that complements your yarn.

I have a whole bunch of naked combs left to transform, and I still haven't spent a dollar. C'mon, doubters. Gotta love that.

Next, a quick re-visit, i.e. a little side of pasta.

Remember the pendant from yesterday's post? (A little ravioli of paper, string and clear contact paper.)

I just wanted to show you a different version, much faster to make 'cause you don't need to wait for glue to dry. Swirl your string directly onto clear contact paper...

Make ravioli...

Turn into jewels!

I like them just as much as the paper version.

As a further note, I found you can actually cut the edges right up to the string, and it will still hold together. It gives a different look - less pasta, more sandwich. Like this:

I made those a few days ago, but then set them aside as a craftfail. I assumed they would de-laminate, but I was wrong! Over time, the contact paper appears to sort of meld with the string for a quite permanent connection. Now I can't pull them apart at all.

Yay! Not a fail!


  1. Wow! I wasn't too impressed with that yarn, but the combs turned out absolutely gorgeous! I have some so-so yarn sitting here that someone gave me, and I'm going to have to try this!

  2. These are such great ideas! I love how the jewelry turned out... I would have never thought that you made them out of yarn! Very creative! Thanks for linking up to our YARN IT ALL party! :]

  3. What the WHAT?? Jewelry out of yarn and CONTACT PAPER??? Truly, you are amazing.