A monster for every occasion.

December 17th, 2008 11:59 pm by Kelly Garbato

I’ve been trying to take a bit of a break from the internets lately – too many kerfluffles to suffer, I say! – so this week I’ve kept myself occupied with two of my favorite things: FSMas crafts and Lost. On Monday, I churned out a Duggar family’s worth of Flying Spaghetti Monsters – a bunch of festive holiday ones, mostly, but I also experimented with some other colors and holiday themes. Since I didn’t elaborate much on this in Sunday’s tutorial, I thought I might share some family snapshots to give y’all a better idea of how you might diversify your brood of FSMs.

First, those festive FSMs.

You can make a larger monster by twining two (or more) pipe cleaners together before assembling the monster. Or, you can birth a baby by cutting the pipe cleaners in half first. Here’s a “giant” monster I made, along with a wee little FSM:

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It’s a little hard to see in that photo, but the giant FSM’s noodles are super-long and, well, kind of undulating and hypnotic:

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I also gave her a set of extra-large googly eyes, and used faux cranberries for the soy balls; the cushy pom poms were just too small for this BBW.

Next, I experimented with different festive color combinations: gold and green, gold and red, red and green, green and silver, etc. Last year, I just used all the available pipe cleaner colors to make technicolored monsters, and ran out of poms before I could try anything more nuanced.

Here’s a little (*ahem*) taste:

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You can also see that the eyes are positioned differently on each monster, and I varied the number of “balls,” depending on the size of the materials and how well (or not) they concealed the noodley mass in the center of the monster. I prefer the classic, double-ball look, myself.

Finally, I gave the plainer, non-sparkly chenille pipe cleaners and cotton pom poms a try. Of the soft chenille pipe cleaners, some I purchased at The Dollar Tree (e.g., the bright, multi-colored packages), while others are from Michael’s (e.g., the bags of red, black and muted multi-colored pipe cleaners; you can see my inventory here). As I worked with the different chenille cleaners, I could definitely detect a difference – the ones from Michael’s are of a higher quality, more soft and lush, but also stiffer and harder to bend and twist. They make a better-looking monster, but one that’s more difficult to make. In contrast, all the chenille cleaners, whether from The Dollar Tree or Michael’s, are a little stiffer than the festive, metallic ones.

In the end, I think I prefer the sparkly, festive Flying Spaghetti Monsters to the FSMas themed ones made with chenille cleaners:

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She’s cute, but where’s the holiday spirit?

I also created a few monsters suitable for other holidays – black and orange for Halloween

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and red, white and black for either Valentine’s Day or – better yet – International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

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My favorite of the three is this one, probably because the shape of her eye stalks resembles a heart.

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So cute!

Finally, for everyday use, I made a couple of plain, noodle-colored monsters: beige for pasta, and red for pasghetti sauce.

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Like I said, a monster for every occasion!

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