Hey-O! I'm a very big fan of Melissa's ("Moo" to me) blog and all of her creative and thrifty endeavors and needless to say I'm super excited and honored to be able to contribute a guest post.
Now that all the mush is out of the way...
A friend of mine had just released his second Sriracha cookbook (The Veggie Lover's Cook Book by Randy Clemens) and as a Congratulations/Bday gift I drew the following picture ( the Sriracha rooster with his face on it).
It was from this picture that he got the idea of having a .........well, a ....that large piece of wood with a funny scene painted on it with holes cut out for people to place their faces and have their pictures taken. I did a decent amount of online research for the best way to build one of these things and was stumped at first and amazed to find they have NO official name. None whatsoever. I managed to type in enough random words to find what I was looking for. (Until someone can enlighten me I'm just calling it the "face-hole Sriracha bottle".) So, he got the idea of having a Face-Hole Sriracha bottle for LA’s very first Sriracha festival that he and Josh Lurie of FoodGPS were organizing. (They did an amazing job)
This is the biggest piece i've worked on to date. As a result there was a little bit of trial and error. I went with my fiance to Lowe's for some supplies and right off the bat my first tip is to be aware of your local store's hours of operation. We thought we had about a full hour to shop before closing but forgot they closed an hour early on Sundays. So, in reality we had 5 minutes. We like a good challenge and as we dashed into the store I looked back at my fiance, Seth's, car and asked, "Are you sure we'll be able to fit everything in the car?” He said, “Yes.” :I
The main part of the piece is 4’x8’ and I got three 2’x4’s for the frame along with a small box of screws, a couple large (CHEAP) paint brushes, and a small can of primer. Not bad for 5 minutes without any dirty looks.
We found the 4’x8’ plywood was just an inch shy of fitting into the car. If I had not been so scatter-brained and been more mindful of the closing time we could have easily wheeled the board back in and had them cut off that inch and then re-attached it later. Seeing as they locked the doors behind us that was not an option. We played Tetris with the plywood and the car for awhile….i’m pretty sure I gave Seth a small concussion from shoving a tad too hard. The important thing is we got it all home and I do not condone the means in which we got it there. Plan ahead and drive safely, folks.
The first bit of business was making the face hole. I had planned to make the face hole 10 inches high but after thinking of all the freakishly large heads out there I decided on 12 inches. I drew it out in pencil and then we drilled four holes along the circle and then proceeded to cut out the hole with a reciprocated saw.
I used a pencil and lightly drew the outline of the Sriracha bottle. Lightly is important because I had to redraw the cap and the pencil wasn’t the easiest to erase. I kept the primer as the white background and used red (Carmine) and green (Permanent Green Light) for the Sriracha bottle.
(Funny side story: While looking for the right shade of paint at my local art store they just randomly happened to have a bottle of Sriracha. The worker handed it to me and said, “Here! Why don’t you color compare with this?”)
I then mixed some black paint with the red paint to create some subtle shading on the bottle and as well with the green cap. I then repeated the process with some white paint for some subtle highlighting. Since the text was going to be different than on the actual bottle I went ahead and just free-handed the writing in a similar style.
For the base I decided to construct a wooden triangle shape on either side of the board, which is where the three 2x4’s came into play. I used a hand saw to cut the wood into the desired lengths and then used the reciprocating saw to cut angles on the ends. Since our friend was coming to pick the face-hole board up the morning of the festival (in a much bigger car) we all thought it would be best and easiest to transport if we only partly put the bases together and finished it at the event.
Now I might have remembered the exact angles that were used and much more specific details for the base but after some last minute scrambling the morning of…..they wound up not using the base at all! When we got to the event it turns out there was a conveniently placed set of stairs and they just leaned it against that. It turned out to be a sturdy arrangement (and I also had two, “Please don’t be pushy!” disclaimers on the back). Oh, yes! I also threw in some shameless self advertising on the back. I wrote a link to my website in sharpy and hot glue gunned an empty plastic paperclip package to the back to hold my business cards.
After that there was nothing left to do but eat, drink, and burn our mouths off with deliciousness...and enjoy strangers making goofy faces in my Face-Hole Sriracha bottle.