Fall has arrived and with it so has the season of feasting! What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving, and stuffing your face, like some Pac-Man table décor? November’s craft is a Pac-Man napkin set which includes a holder and 4 napkin rings. This is a quick and easy craft that just takes some craft wood, paint and a little glue.
You will need:
- Napkin Rings (set of 4)
- Napkin Holder
- 1-2 Boards balsa or bass wood
- Hot glue or Super Glue
- Acrylic Paint in Pac-Man and Ghost colors (Yellow, Pink, Orange, Red, Light Blue, Royal Blue, White)
- Black Sharpie
- Exacto Knife
- Red Ribbon – optional (if you want to make a ms pacman)
- Blue Ribbon or Spray Paint (to color Napkin Holder)
In this how-to we will be building on existing napkin rings and holders, so it is up to you how elaborate or plain of a base you want to start with. I chose to use simple bases to keep costs down. The large napkin holder will be our Pac-Man or Ms Pac-Man, and the napkin rings will be our ghosts, Inky, Pinky, Blinky and Clyde. For a little holiday festiveness consider building a set in which you change the ghost colors to an autumn color palette!
- Coloring your Napkin Holder Using a blue paint (spray painted recommended), or ribbon wrap (if you have a metal wire holder like me) color your napkin holder blue. Coloring the napkin holder blue will help tie it in to those classic 8-Bit colors. In the case of a metal frame holder, like I have, the blue also mimics the lines that make up the levels.
Take your pencil and draw the shapes onto the basswood. You will want the Pac-Man to be large enough to cover most of the napkin holder (measure the napkin holder to pick the appropriate radius for your circle). I highly suggest a compass. Cut a wedge out of your Pac-Man to make his mouth and form his iconic shape.
Draw the ghosts. You will need four. I suggest getting one you like, then cutting it out with your exacto and using it as a template for the others. For this particular task I have to give kudos to my husband, who has much more skill in the drawing department than I. He made the original ghost template.
I also made dots and cherries for Pac-Man to eat. The cherries are in 8-bit. They came out great, but as a result of this decision there were some intense desires to punch things or scream, so I will firmly list these in the “optional” category.
3) Carefully Cut Out the Shapes
With your Exacto knife, very carefully cut the shapes out of the basswood (cut away from yourself pretty please!). You can use craft scissors to cut some parts if you are very, very cautious. Basswood is prone to breaking, do not try to cut the smaller, more delicate parts (like the bottom of the ghosts) with the scissors. You will be sad, then mad (cause starting over sucks).
Draw on the eyes, lips and varying facial features with the sharpie. It’s easier and more accurate than the acrylic paint. It will bleed slightly, so draw lightly and decisively (don’t let the sharpie tip linger on the wood). Next paint the pieces all the pretty colors with craft paints. Two layers will give the best results.
Using the glue of your choice, affix one ghost to each napkin ring and your Pac-Man to the holder. If you made cherries or other accessories, glue them onto the holder in line with the Pac-Man’s mouth (for the noms). If you made a Ms. Pac-Man give her a 3-D touch by gluing on her red ribbon.
And that’s it! In five simple steps you can bring a touch of classic gaming to your holiday season! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone, and happy noms to all!