Monday, April 20, 2009

Box Car Racer

I know, a box car isn't a new or overly novel idea but sometimes we need to be reminded of the classics.  My four year old and I were trying to think of something fun to do together while the younger one was sleeping.  This is what we came up with.  I think pretty much anything having to do with cars is a winner with little boys.

We started out by spray painting our box.  You don't have to paint it; we just had the paint on hand and thought it would be fun.  You should really let the paint dry over night or it will rub off on everything it touches.

Next we needed to make our steering wheel, headlights, tailights, and wheels.  For the steering wheel we used a paper plate.  My boy had fun decorating everything by coloring them.  For the wheels we cut out the middles of the paper plates so they would be roughly porportionate to the box.  The headlights were orange construction paper circles and the tail lights were red construction paper circles.

To attach the steering wheel you poke a small hole through the plate and box.  Then attach the plate with a brad.  I let the boy glue on the wheels and lights.

Here he is taking the car for a spin.  This was a fun craft for us to do together; not too time consuming and we used only things that were already on hand around the house.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Hair Bow Board

We are getting pretty excited in our house to have a girl joining the family. We have two little boys and a big daddy. So I've probably been going a little overboard with all the girly stuff for this baby, she is so spoiled already and not even born yet. I've seen a few of these bow boards for sale online and thought I'd give it a shot myself. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Here's how to do it:

I started with a picture frame I picked up at the local thrift store. (I am a thrift store junky, just love getting stuff for cheap) This is the frame I picked up for $5. You'll want to make sure and get one that is big enough to hold your bow collection.

Then I took out the glass and back and painted the frame. I used wall paint leftover from painting the nursery. You can use any kind of acrylic paint or wall paint. I gave it two coats so the black wouldn't show through.

Once the paint was completely dry I used sand paper to roughen up the edges and give it that crafty antique look. The next step is to take a little wood stain (you could go with a light shade, clear, or even a darker one) on a rag and rub in on. This seals the wood and makes the sanded edges stand out a little more.

Next, I took the back of the frame and hot glued a piece of quilt batting to it. Cut the batting out to the exact size of the quilt frame back. It's not a lot of batting so you can use some leftover from another project or buy a craft sized package from the fabric store or Wal-Mart.

This is what it will look like covered.

Then I covered the quilt batting with a piece of fabric. You can use flannel or cotton, pretty much just about anything. I just used this piece that was leftover in my sewing stuff. You'll want to cut this out to 3 or 4 inches bigger than the picture frame back so that it can be folded over and glued on. I used my trusty glue gun to attach it, make sure and pull it tight.

Next you'll want to cut several strips of ribbon just longer than your board and glue them at the top and bottom on the backside of the board. You can use whatever color and style you like. You'll attach the bows onto these ribbons so there should be a little wiggle room between the ribbon and the fabric. (I actually glued them on tight and there was still the wiggle room).

This is the front all finished up:

Then you just put the covered board back in the frame without the glass.

Here is the finished product hanging on the wall with the only bow I had at the time. I think it will be great as a decoration and for storing the bows. With them hanging up and not just shoved in a basket you can see which will match your girls' outfit for the day.