Saturday, January 27, 2018

Captivating audiences everywhere...Zelda the Dancing Pig by Betsy Skagen

Audiences go hog wild when Zelda the Dancing Pig enters the stage. Adorned with a sparkling heart pastie on her juicy hocks and a bow on her tantalizing pigtail, Zelda is sure to never be a boar.

Zelda travels with the carnival, where loud barkers sell out her shows hours in advance and carnies are sure to swine-dle a few naive gents.

 With her name in lights, Zelda loves to ham it up. The higher she kicks her hooves, the more audiences  squeal with delight. To be sure, every night more than a few hearts are a-bacon.

 To make your own Zelda Stage, first assemble the Square Shrine Shadowbox, leaving the top unattached.

Cover the interior and exterior with red acrylic paint and let dry. I never seem to remember this lesson, but it is a good idea to not paint the notches where you will later assemble the rest of the box. Otherwise, like me, you will be scraping paint from those notches with a sharp blade in order to fit them together.
Apply embossing ink to Banner Border Strips, cover with silver embossing powder and heat set.
Add red glitter hearts to the banner and then adhere the banner to the interior of the box front.

Cut a silver doily by a third and adhere to the inside of the box.
Glue a bow onto the tail of a toy plastic pig and a miniature foil heart onto the pig's leg.
Isn't she cute! Make a hat for the pig from a red doily and sheer red ribbon. Glue the pig onto the stage.

Assemble the rest of the box and glue glass beads to the stage base.
Glue a heart ribbon across the top of the stage, Add silver letters and adhesive bling.

Use a design program such as Illustrator to make posters. Print them out. First roughly tear along all the edges.

Next ink the posters with brown ink and trim them with scissors. By tearing them first you will give the posters a worn and distressed look.

Glue the posters to the side of the stage and your stage is complete.

Great Stuff

Square Shrine Shadowbox
Banner Border Strips
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive
Embossing ink
Silver embossing powder
Silver doily
Red doily
Red ribbon
Red hearts
Glass beads
Cute toy pig
Bow with pearls
Silver letters
Adhesive bling
Heart ribbon
Miniature foil heart
Miniature posters


  1. Well, *I'm* certainly going hog-wild for Zelda! I adore her! How fanciful and fun and thoroughly enchanting. Brava!

    1. Thank you Tristan! I squealed with delight when I saw you join in with the pig puns!

  2. Zelda is very lucky to be front and center in this wonderfully decorated, not boar-ing, stage. Love your play on words. Wish I could come up with them myself. TFS

    1. Barbara, you underestimate your punnage! Clearly you can ham it up. Thank you for your sweet words.