Dear Sun Spots: I read your column every day. I think it’s very nice to help people.

There is a lady who sold me three Renuzit handmade dolls in a garage sale two weeks ago. I can’t remember the name of the street I bought it from. I would like to know if she reads this and if she has the patterns for the little hats that were made with little Pom-Poms in between. I have a pattern for the dress but I cannot locate the patterns for the hat. – No Name, Lewiston.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, you may be interested in checking out www.renuzit-crafts.com, which feature many fun crafts on their project sheet. You can also send along $1 (for postage and handling) and a long, self-addressed envelope to Renuzit Crafts, Cindy Groom-Harry 2363 – 460th St., Dept. OL, Ireton, IA 51027, for free patterns. Among the patterns you’ll discover online is this for DRAGONFLY DREAMS. A photo is available of this project at www.renuzit-crafts.com in the section called “project library.”

MATERIALS NEEDED: The Dial Corporation Renuzit LongLast Adjustable Air Freshener, Dazzling Metallics Paint: Ice Blue, Green Pearl, Purple Pearl Crystal brush-on glitter paint Multi-purpose sealer (optional) 2½-inch diameter hard-pressed foam ball, Fun foam sheets: purple and blue, Dimensional fabric paint: Berry Red, Wire: 12 inch length, 22 gauge, Orchid, Wiggle eyes: Two, 12 mm pompoms: Three ½-inch purple.

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS: Craft glue; glue gun & glue sticks; serrated knife; fine sandpaper; paintbrush; ruler; pencil; scissors; craft snip; needle-nose pliers; permanent fine tip black marker; heavy-weight plastic bag.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1) Prepare surface: Use serrated knife to cut a 1-inch diameter slice off the bottom of foam ball. Lightly sand seam of foam ball to make smooth. For best paint adhesion, cover Renuzit topper, base and foam ball with multi-purpose sealer, or lightly sand topper and base to rough surfaces. Let dry.

2) Paint head: Paint foam ball with Green Pearl. Let dry.

3) Paint body: Paint Renuzit topper and base with Ice Blue, Green Pearl and Purple Pearl. Feather edges of each color by placing a small amount of paint on end of brush and drybrushing, or gently brushing out, away from edge of color. Let dry. Use glue gun to glue cut edge of head to top of Renuzit topper.

4) Paint mouth: Place plastic bag over mouth pattern and trace using Berry Red dimensional paint. Let dry.

5) Wings: Cut two wings from purple foam and two from blue foam according to pattern. Use paint brush to cover one side of each wing piece with Crystal Craft Twinkles.

6) Facial features: Carefully remove mouth from plastic bag. Place and use craft glue to glue mouth to face. Glue purple pompom nose and eyes to face. Use black marker to draw eyebrows above eyes.

7) Assemble antenna: Cut two 6″ lengths of wire. Coil one 6″ length around small end of paint brush handle leaving a ½-inch tail on each end. Use needle-nose pliers to turn a loop in one end of wire. Hot glue one purple pompom to looped end of wire. Repeat for other antenna. Press straight end of each antenna into top of head and glue in place.

8) Assemble body: With Craft Twinkles side up, overlap straight edges of purple wings ¼ inch and glue together. With straight edges at approximately a 45-degree angle, position and glue blue wings on top of purple wings. Glue center of wings to back of Renuzit topper.

9) Gel replacement: When the original gel is depleted, simply replace with a new container base. If your project base is decorated, remove dried gel. From a new container, remove new, nontoxic gel. Then slip it over the post of the decorated base and reposition the decorated topper.

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