Thursday, March 31, 2011

* ReCycle Craft: Cardboard Box Puppet Theatre

"C" and I made this puppet theatre out of a box
recently. The perfect place to act out little plays
with our finger puppets!

Here's our basic set up, just a simple hole I cut in the box lid
for the stage opening. 
It would be less floppy if I glued the boxes together in this "L" shape
but we kept it separate so it's easier to clean up and put away. 

For the rainbow design, we just glued little 
scrapbook paper squares 
around the edges of the box. 

 For the curtain, I just strung some yarn between two buttons
(small holes poked in the side of the box with an x-acto knife)
The curtain is just some fabric with a simple pocket sewn for the yarn to run through.

To add some pizzazz to the theatre,
I made this little dry-erase board topper 
so she can write the title of the play. 

It's just a scrap of white cardboard, 
cut into a semi-circle with 
clear contact paper stuck to it, 
glued to the front of the theatre (with glue gun)

We can use dry-erase markers to write 
the name of the play on top. 

Then it just wipes off when we're done!
A good way to practice our letters. 

Time for the Ballerina show!

Time for The Three Little Pigs!
Remember these toilet paper tube finger puppets we made?

I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down!

The top can lay back down in the bottom of the box
so we can slide it on a bookshelf when it's time to clean up.

View from Backstage.

 Then we were on to the 
Three Little Kittens Who Lost their Mittens!

Happy Playing!

pink and green mama

Monday, March 21, 2011

* DIY Spring Peg Dolls

I've recently been bitten by the peg-doll-making bug!
Please stop me, it's getting out of control. 

It started innocently enough when I agreed to 
do a peg doll exchange...

then, it was too fun drinking my morning coffee
and painting with my (Awesome!) Yarka watercolors.  

Then, I started adding little felt flower hats
and acorn tops with some Aleene's craft glue.

Then, the girls took over.

Little flower fairy friends started to appear all over the house. 

On playroom windowsills. 

On my grandmother's loom in the art studio.

In the art studio. 

Then, one appeared in the mailbox!
This one came from We Bloom Here blog.

She has a FANTASTIC Peg Doll Tutorial HERE!

Look how sweet she is! 
Like a little snowdrop. 

You can see the other little peg dolls from the swap gallery here.

And a few of ours, jumped in the mail too,
one to California and one to Southern Australia!

Happy Peg Doll Making!

pink and green mama, MaryLea

Saturday, March 19, 2011

* Sensory Box: Zoo Box

"C" suggested that we make a Zoo Box a few weeks ago 
and I thought it was a great idea. 
I'm always up for a new sensory box.

We Re-Cycled our dry Black-Eyed Peas box
(it was our Halloween Sensory box this fall) and added some Zoo Animals.

We rounded up some play fences from our Play Mobil farm and some fences
 from our various "lands"

I liked the way she built extra"cages" for animals outside of the box.
That's the Meercat habitat -- just like the prairie dogs at our zoo!

It was a great sorting activity for her to find and gather the animals
 and their families for the zoo.
(Farm animals, Ocean animals, Zoo animals)

We had to have a Giraffe family
(her favorite animal since she was a baby, other than kitty cats!)

As well as some Lions and Tigers
(oh my!)

A Zebra Family. 
See the monkey in our felt toilet paper tube tree?

A Panda family.

A lovely afternoon in the playroom sunshine.
Our doll house family took a field trip and had a lovely visit at the zoo. 

Happy Playing!

pink and green mama

Thursday, March 17, 2011

* Cardboard Rapunzel Castle: Homemade "Tangled" Tower

"C" loves her "Tangled" book (we still haven't seen the movie) 
and recently received a Rapunzel Barbie doll as a gift.
Then, we saw a VERY fancy plastic  Rapunzel Tower Barbie doll house at the toy store...
but it was $100(!) Yikes! 
I told her we could make our own. So, we did! 
First, we raided some cardboard boxes from our recycling

"C" thought we should add popsicle sticks, I agreed!

Wrapping paper tubes became the columns on either side of the front door.

After the cardboard castle was "built" and assembled with the glue gun,
I took it in the backyard and gave it a coat of purple spray paint leftover from "E"s desk makeover.

We painted a Xerox paper box lid green as the "grassy hill" for the castle tower.
"C" was a very helpful painting assistant.  

Cardboard front door with a peep hole and a fancy button door knocker. 
(I used craft wire to attach the door to the castle)

We glued silk flowers and leaves to the castle tower to make it extra fancy. 

The braid was made out of velour yarn. 

The tower is the same size as "C"!

Rapunzel can hang out on the rooftop balcony, the front balcony, or by the windows. 

The yarn braid we made is glued to the inside of the window.

Snow White is climbing Rapunzel's braid!

We thought Rapunzel needed a comfy bed so I sewed her a couple of little pillow mattresses
(re-cycling one of the girl's old crib sheets) and a mini pillow.
We can always play Princess in the Pea with them!

Rapunzel, all tucked into her new room.
We still might add some murals and a popsicle stick easel since Rapunzel's an artist!
All in all, it's a huge hit with the girls and it was a lot more fun making our own 
than buying the plastic one we saw at the store!
Bonus -- We can recycle this one when the girls are over their princess phase!

Wishing you and yours
your own crafty happily ever after!

pink and green mama, MaryLea

UPDATE: Two years later and the girls are still playing with the tower in our playroom! 

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