Cool Things Made From Recycled Toys

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I’ve been saving up Boo’s old toys forever…..the ones that I’m sure would hit the landfill and not Sunnyside. I’m not sure what I’m going to make yet but here are some projects and art I’ve seen around that are pretty awesome:

 

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Felt Cookies and Pastry Labels | A Free Printable

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I made these cute little felt cookies for Boo’s play kitchen and grocery store. Stephanie Corfee made the cute little “sweet treat” printables for baked goods and I used for the label!

Felt Cookie Play Food and Free Sweet Treat Baked Good Printable Download via lilblueboo.com

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How To Spraypaint Graffiti Furniture

Spraypaint graffiti furniture tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Boo’s graffiti-themed desk is finally finished and in use….it’s like a piece of whimsical artwork in her playroom:

Graffiti Spraypaint desk tutorial1 via lilblueboo.com

This is a super easy tutorial because if you mess up you just go with it! I started out with a $49 desk I found at the thrift store:

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Paper Mache Animal Heads (A Tutorial)

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Another addition to Boo’s playroom….a paper mache unicorn head! It took about 4 hours total to make….over 3 days.  I love that it’s whimsical 3-dimensional artwork appropriate for a child’s room.

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial via lilblueboo.com

To make the animal head I started with newspaper and masking tape:
DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

I crumpled up newspaper and kept wrapping it into a ball until it was the size needed and secured it with masking tape:

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

I made three different sized newspaper balls to make up the entire head…..

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

….and secured them together with tape.

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

I wrapped the pieces in newspaper to help secure them and used tape to contour different sections:

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

I formed a neck out of newspaper and attached it:

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

I cut a heavy piece of cardboard to be the backing for the neck (the flat piece that will lie against the wall when mounted):

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

The cardboard was secured with masking tape:

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

I use a boiled paste for my paper mache mixture. 1 part flour to 4 parts water works for best for me but you can experiment with your own mixture to see what you prefer to work with. I bring it to a boil stirring constantly until it’s a soupy mixture.

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

Pouring the soupy paper mache into a bowl I let it cool for about a minute and then start tearing paper towels into small pieces.  I use paper towels because they are easier to sculpt.

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

I dipped pieces of paper towel into the mixture…..

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

…..and then slowly covered the entire head.DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

I press and sculpt the head as I go to give it the shape I want:

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

Once the head has been coated completely I let it completely dry overnight:

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

The next day, I cut out some ears…..

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…..and made a horn by wrapping a sturdy piece of paper into a cone. I used masking tape to secure them into place.

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

I made another mixture of paper mache and used paper towel pieces to secure the horn and ears securely to the head:

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

Paper towels are great for sculpting….so I used pieces to create nostrils and more bone structure. It doesn’t matter what it looks like except for the basic structure because I’m adding another layer of nicer paper on top for the finish coat.

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

I built up layers and layers until the head looked like I wanted it to.

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

Then I let it dry overnight again!

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

 

After the paper mache form had ample time to dry….I took an old book and some Mod Podge and used it to cover the entire form.

I cut up the pages into small piece and just started layering them over…….

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

….and over…..until the form was covered entirely.

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

I bought a pre-cut wood plaque from Michael’s for $5.00 using my 50% off coupon and spray painted it hot pink.

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

The final step was to attach the unicorn head to the plaque! I used industrial glue and a staple gun to secure it. The staples are easily covered with some more paper and Mod Podge.

 

I can’t decide what animal to make next!

DIY paper mache animal heads tutorial and process via lilblueboo.com

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Play Food: Tea Box and Tea Bags

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

Boo loves to have her own toy version of things we do in the kitchen for her playroom……and recently making tea came up.  So today we made some tea bags and a cute little box to store them in. Super simple project!

First, I cut out 2 pieces of white felt, 2 pieces of purple felt and 1 pieces of ribbon for each tea bag:

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

Next, I sew three sides of the tea bag leaving the top open:

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

I filled the tea bags with wild rice so that it actually resembled tea in color:

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

As I sewed the the top of each bag shut, I slipped one end of the piece of ribbon inside:

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

I sewed the top part of the bag together and inserted the other end of the ribbon inside:

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

Finished tea bags!

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

I found this cute little wood box at Micheal’s for $1.00:

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

I made a vinyl shelf paper stencil using my Silhouette Machine to say “TEA” and masked out the areas I didn’t want to paint. A little fan of the spray paint over the stencil is all I needed:

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

The finished set. I love toys that have their own storage container:

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

Time for tea!

How to make a play tea set. Felt food tutorials from lilblueboo.com

 

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Project Playroom: Vinyl Lettering

Still working on small projects in the playroom! I wanted to distinguish Boo’s kitchen section from the market section in her playroom so I got out my Silhouette machine and created the lettering “Sienna’s Cafe” over it. I ordered a roll of purple vinyl and the new extra long cutting mat:

 

 

Using the Silhouette software, I wrote out the letters Sienna’s Cafe and I drew a circle with the circle tool.

 

The great thing about the software is that you click the little circle/cross image next to the box and drag the words to the circle and it creates curved lettering:

 

I changed the font and increased the circle to be as large as I wanted the lettering to be on the wall. I ended up overlapping the words to save on vinyl:

 

Boo loves watching the machine cut the vinyl:

 

 

I use clear vinyl contact paper to transfer the cut lettering to the wall:

 

A little patience to make sure it gets applied just right:

 

Finished! Sienna’s Cafe is open for business!

 

 

 

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Photo of the Day: Graffiti

Boo and I spent all day watching movies. I had Mr. LBB move my thrift store desk find to right by the back patio and every once in a while I’d walk out and graffiti it with a few words. Layers and layers and layers of spray painting later it looks just right! It’s going in Boo’s playroom so I can work there and she can use it as a homework desk one day. I’ll show more photos of the process when I can get photos of it in its final place! It would make a cool photo prop right?!

 

Project Playroom: Storage Solutions

Can you spot what I added to the playroom project today?

 

Project Playroom Storage Ideas via lilblueboo.com

Even a play kitchen needs smart storage solutions…..so I added 3 Ikea spice racks. They are the perfect width and height for play food and appliances!

 

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I also added an Ikea storage rod for pots and pans:

 

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The Ikea spice shelves are about $4 a piece…and a coat of spray paint can match them to any room:

 

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I put up the shelves while Boo was at school and she loaded them up as soon as she got home!

 

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Some recent additions to her kitchen that she got as gifts for her birthday (appliances from Pottery Barn Kids):

 

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The market and kitchen are coming along!

 

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There are still a few more projects before it’s completely finished!

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Play Food: Whole Wheat Pasta

Play Food: Whole Wheat Pasta via lilblueboo.com

 

A quick and easy project for today! Boo and I made some whole wheat pasta for her play market.  It looks so realistic! We started with 2 pieces of oatmeal colored craft felt:

 

Play Food: Whole Wheat Pasta via lilblueboo.com

 

I cut the felt into half inch strips:

 

Felt Whole Wheat Pasta Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

A pile of pasta!

 

Easy Felt Food: Whole Wheat Pasta Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

We used plastic sleeves to package the pasta. Note: plastic bags shouldn’t be used for children under 3.

 

Easy Felt Food: Whole Wheat Pasta Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

I created a label and printed it off onto adhesive sticker paper (from your office supply store):

 

Felt Food: Whole Wheat Pasta Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

It’s already in her grocery cart!

 

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Feel free to save this graphic to make your own play pasta!

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Project Playroom: The Scale and the Shelves

Well, I was supposed to be working on the last minute details for Boo’s birthday party today…..but Boo was still home sick….so I shifted gears and we worked on her playroom a little to entertain ourselves.

I finished the market awning in the last installment of Project Playroom. I thought I’d be done with the playroom by now but it’s taking me a bit longer to get my projects finished. I found this great old dairy scale on ebay for $20 and thought it would look so cute in the market:

 

 

I bought a $3.00 wrought iron garden bracket from Home Depot to hang the scale from:

 

 

Boo and I found these shelves at the thrift store this morning for $14.00 on the way to grab a burrito from El Pollo Loco:

 

With a little spray paint….the shelves match the awning!

 

Boo worked on organizing her veggies and fruits into bins (we found the bins at a local store called The Alley). The fruits and veggies are from Ikea.

 

We still have a lot more to add to make the market as realistic as possible! Looking for a cute wooden cash register is the next step…..along with some mini canvas shopping bags to hang from the scale.

 

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