Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Halloween Countdown: Halloween Creative Dough

Dollar General has been my Halloween mecca this year. Where Wal-Mart and Rite-Aid have continued to let me down, DG has been there to lift up my spirits. It was on one of these days of disappointment that I found myself wandering through Dollar General's cramped aisles. I wasn't really looking for anything in particular, but then I came across this little bag of sunshine:

Holy carp! Check out the little blurb in the circle there. "15 x 1oz. cans of play dough". Play dough...Play-Doh..see what they did there? Regardless, that's a lotta dough. I can't remember the last time I saw Play-Doh release a Halloween themed pack. I'm not sure they ever have. Now that I think about it, I can't remember the last time I saw Play-Doh in a store. I guess that means Halloween Creative Doh..er Dough, has the market all to itself.

I love how all the stuff on the front of the package actually uses figures and scenery made from the actual product. Then on the back, we get a few more ideas. I'm particularly fond of what appears to be a bunch of bones trapped inside a protoplasmic gingerbread man. That's not a bad rendition of Frankenstein's Monster, but it bothers me that the bolts are sticking out of his head. Weird..

I know the package says there were 15 cans, but when you finally get the bag open and spread them over a table top, you realize just how much dough is in there. They doubled up on the primary colors, so even though the set only includes 1 can of purple, you're given enough red and blue dough to make some more. Now if they could just find some way to allow you to separate the dough after the colors have been mixed..

Not only do the little guys around the side of the can look nifty, they're good for more ideas of what to do with your creative dough. I wish I had thought of that before I took all my photos and cleaned up everything last night, but now I know for next time. So, when it comes to crafting, I have what I like to call stupid fingers, so I recruited Chelsea to help me out. Here are a few of our creations.

This was the first one I tried. I was trying to get a feel for the dough, to see just how firm it was. Unfortunately, it seems a little softer than Play-Doh, so I wasn't going to try and get as detailed as the figures on the bag.  As for this guy, he's a round little green blob named Rodney. He has a prehensile tongue, and it's hard to tell, but it's actually standing up in this picture. If he appears worried, it's because he is. You see, Rodney's people's tongues are actually separate entities, and they've been known to just up and leave if they feel like it. Sometimes the tongue comes back, sometimes it doesn't. Rodney's been lucky so far, but it's a constant worry that he may wake up one day and taste nothing.

This is another one of mine. I call him Mr. Jangle, and he was supposed to be a skeleton. Sadly, he wasn't able to keep it together, and collapsed into a pile of bones. He's still a well dressed skull, and he refuses to go anywhere without his top hat. Also, for not having any skin, he as an amazing mustache.

This one is Chelsea's, and it appears to be a very surprised owl. Hmm..I didn't notice it before, but I think this owl has a beak and a mouth. Not anatomically accurate, but I'll allow it.

Here's another one from Chelsea. It's the one eyed, one horned, purple people eater. It's hard to tell, but I think he's a friendly fellow. He does look like he's ready to give somebody, anybody a great big hug. Even if it kills them.

Here's the last of Chelsea's creations. This time she went all out with a spooky scene. There's a pumpkin patch out in front, while the wolf howls at the moon from the hill in the distance. The bat silhouette was a particularly nice touch. There's one other detail in this one that I like:

That pumpkin is sporting a magnificent mustache.

The last one is my creation. He's a four legged alien named Brok. His race is closely related to our fiddler crabs, hence the reason why one of his arms is bigger than the other. The large yellow spot absorbs sunlight, meaning Brok doesn't actually need to eat to survive. That doesn't mean he doesn't enjoy a snack now and then. He's particularly fond of pistachio ice cream, but mainly because it's unnecessarily green.

So there you have it. The results\ of an hour's worth of arts and crafts. I hope you enjoyed the show.

1 comment:

  1. DG stores are great and you can really find some fun bargains there.


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