Thursday, March 8, 2012

Cereal Box Thingy Update



I started this cereal box thingy in March 2011 over HERE. Incredibly, that's almost a year ago now. At the time, I mentioned that it would be a "very very long term" project. Obviously not an exaggeration as I'm nowhere near done. At one point, "the thingy" evolved into THIS. Error in judgement. To tell you the truth, I actually gave up on the whole project for a while after discovering how unworkable it was in that form. It languished in a dark corner for many moons. One night in a fury of frustration I ripped off the base and everything that held it on, and returned it to a less complicated shape, a ball. It has since developed into a cute oblate spheroid. Very much better this way, methinks.


The thingy is made entirely of cereal and cracker boxes, cut into twine and wrapped neverendingly around itself. HERE's how I make the twine, eff-why-eye.

Some cold hard stats: 8 cereal boxes and 28 cracker boxes (we like a little crunch now and then...) have gone into its making thus far. It measures roughly 8 inches (20cm) in diameter and weighs 3-1/8 lbs (1.4 kg).



The Boy has taken to using it as a play-thing. We toss it back and forth betwixt ourselves. I've also found him standing and balancing on it with his little self. I've tried it too. Surprisingly good for the core. Personally I like cradling it in my arms like a wee babe. It has a lovely weight you see. Eventually I'm hoping to grow it into a wondrous footrest. See? Who says I don't have goals. But in the interim, I'm kinda tickled by its unexpected use as medicine/balance/baby ball.







I'm glad I didn't toss it. There's a lot of work wrapped up in this crazy project. Literally.

You have a great day now.

♥M


P.S. Oh ya. A few other things I've made with cereal box twine include THIS and THIS.

17 comments:

  1. wow I love your writing.....and the project is fun - as are the others, I shall retrieve our cereal boxes out of the recoiling bin THIS INSTANT and let the kids have a play after school
    thanks Michelle
    Jane x

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    1. Well thank you JaneBean. There's fun of all kinds wrapped up in cereal boxes. I know your kids'll have a good time!

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  2. You nut! That is one heavy ball....crazy! I noticed that you say "thus far." Will the "baby" be growing still?

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    1. Oh yes! It's still got quite a ways to go. At this rate I'm thinking it won't be done until 2015-ish... Lots of cereal and crackers, munch munch :)

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  3. I have things that hang around that way - a paper mache bowl comes to mind...

    From what you say, that thing is remarkably sturdy!!

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    1. It really is... I think it'll be pretty neat when it's finished (who knows when that'll be...)

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  4. I think it's really cool looking! We love crackers too! :)

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  5. What a gorgeous objet! You know what you must do? Roughly calculate the # of inches of 'twine' you have in it already, and henceforth keep a record. Because that would be an awesome statistic to be able to quote, in addition to the number of boxes used.

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    1. That's brilliant Michelle! I will do just that!

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  6. You are an absolute nut case, Michele... that's why we love you. Never change, and keep on "recycling". Art from trash is a worth pursuit.
    Hugs!!!!

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  7. You cradle it like a baby!!!??? AH HA HA HA HA. That is so funny, Michele.

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  8. All that work and crackers? I'd cradle it like a baby, too! :)

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  9. AMAZING!!!!! and I really love it!!!
    BRAVA! xxxx Alessandra

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  10. This is really very cool, I'm sure we would have fun playing around with it at our house too.

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  11. I love this! What a neat idea to get one started with the kids.

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  12. LOVE it and all the unexpected uses!

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