By Dave Pierik, Shelton-Mason County Journal
This one came from a longing deep in my psyche, to be honest. I’m a cellist and I miss performing. Spaces like this naturally amplify music by reflecting sound waves out to the audience.
Tools: ruler, compass, scissors, craft knife, clothes pins, hole punch, paint brushes.
Materials: flat cardboard, Styrofoam, oatmeal container, masking tape, white glue, sand, paint.
Cost: about $1-$3 including paint and glue Time: two to four hours or more of fun!
The base is 2 ¼” plus 3” (middle) and 2 ¼”, 7 ½” total width. Mark right triangles in the corners to come out 2”, allowing for 3” angles. With a compass, mark a half-circle out to 4 ¼” at the front edge. Trace three extra copies of this shape. Set one aside. Glue three of them together and clamp with clothes pins.
Mark and cut three 3” x 3” Styrofoam squares. Test fit, and miter the corners if desired. Glue to the base.
Glue the extra base template to the top. Cut the oatmeal container into two half-cylinders. Test fit, and trim to an angle, glue together. Test fit and cut a back piece from cardboard, and use the hole punch to add design elements. Cut the base template down, allowing about a ½” ledge along the front walls. Glue together.
Add beads of glue along edges and seams. Drop handfuls of sand on the wet glue and shake off the excess. Repeat, one side at a time. You can add detail in the wet glue/sand using the back of a paintbrush. Let dry, then paint the entire structure with a mix of 50% white glue to white paint. Let dry. You will need 2-3 coats of paint.
Happy Tree village now has a nice stage for outdoor concerts! In an upcoming Crafty Time, we will continue this with seating. Have fun in your crafting adventures!
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