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DIY: Moustache Mania

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It only takes one word: Moustache. Bigger than zombies, cupcakes, fixies and Justin Bieber combined, the Moustache is so hip it never stops happening. The master of facial hair fads gets all the ladies, not to mention gets plastered across tshirts, coffee mugs, cupcakes, cards, light switch covers, bandages, pint glasses, gloves. You got your moustache rides, a moustache blog, tiny finger moustache tattoos and moustache-themed parties. Etsy has over 1,600 results for “moustache.”

But what to do if, like my little brother, you’re far from hirsute? Or perhaps, you’re of the lady persuasion? Well, here are three ways to fake your way through the moustache craze!
The easiest option is felt – you’ll also need a glue gun, sharpie and if you’re feelin’ it, a popsicle/craft stick. You’ll need a template, but they’re ridiculously easy to find online. Just trace your ‘stache from the template to the felt, cut out two sides and glue the craft stick between ’em.

The slightly more authentic version involves Barbie hair, a sandwich bag, a sharpie and rubber cement. You’ll trace the template onto the sandwich bag then brush rubber cement along the stencil – give yourself an extra inch outside the lines. Wait a minute and do a second coat. Now bald that Barbie up! Keep in mind, smaller bunches are a lot easier to work with so snip short. Lay it down gently and spread it out bit by bit. Arrange carefully and spread evenly but don’t feel a need to get it perfect, that’s what the second layer is for. Drizzle some rubber cement across the first layer of hair in horozontal lines, then lay down the second layer of locks. When that’s all dry, cut out your faux peach fuzz by flipping the baggie inside out and following your template tracing. Trim as needed, apply with spirit gum.

Now, if you’re only a tad into the trend, try the mini-moustache option: a necklace made from containers of plastic #6. Often used for produce (think strawberries) it should say “6” on the bottom and is not recycle-able. Even though it looks like it. Trust me (or trust the folks at Etsy). Either way, neat-o thing about plastic #6 is that it can be shrinky-dink’d. So cut some scrap, trace a template and color it in with markers or pencils. Punch your holes then melt that sucker down with a hair dryer. They will curl and flatten like those Fortune Telling Fish, so don’t fret when they start to flip. When they’re ready, attach to a chain using a jump ring, and rock your mini with mega-moustache pride.

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Amber Bouman - Crafty & Cashless

Amber Bouman - Crafty & Cashless

A freelance writer, blogger and poet based in San Francisco, Amber has written for PC World, InfoWorld, and the 16th & Mission Review. She has performed at City Hall, Litquake, the Brainwash, 16th & Mission, BlueSix, and SFSU among other places. Amber is also consummate fan of swearing, organizational freak, yoga practitioner, music geek, caffeine addict, and tattoo enthusiast who enjoys platform shoes, making out, thumb wrestling and fighting the good fight. She owns a bicycle named Gretel, a motor scooter named Elroy and a cat named Simon. She can be found in various virtual locations all over your interwebs.

6 Comments

  1. j.collier
    August 25, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Heather forgot to mention the pluses of the good old fashioned a”mustache ride” sure to be a hit with the ladies everywhere….., does a fakie win points here…,I’m not sure. Maybe some women can comment.

  2. j.collier
    August 25, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I stand corrected…., reread the article, and there was honorable mention. Shit….,nothing like creating your controversy.

  3. Jessica Longo - Two-Bit Reporter
    August 25, 2010 at 9:59 pm
  4. Amber Bouman
    September 2, 2010 at 10:47 am

    You can even get a moustache for your automobile now! This moustache thing has got some legs for a trend… Check it: http://bit.ly/dm94qi

  5. September 20, 2010 at 9:18 am

    HAHAHA the mustache for your car is hilarious. I stumbled across these pics of Ashley Roberts of the Pussycat Dolls rocking an Insta-Face Mustache Bandana from the Etsy Seller CyanideStitches – http://bit.ly/cbeAVi

  6. August 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    […] Red Solo cups are made from plastic #6 which – as we’ve mentioned before – can be baked down like ShrinkyDinks. So decorate your cup, cut it down and turn on the oven. […]