Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tutorial: Recycled Cardboard Puffy Boxes

A couple of days ago, I posted some pictures of play milk cartons made from recycled cereal boxes.

Today's post is going to be all about how easy it is to make puffy boxes.

Skill Level: Easy
Items Needed:
Cardboard cereal or cookie box
Sewing machine or glue
Average Time: 5 minutes

First, you should head over to Mirkwood Designs for the template.

Grab your empty cardboard 
box and cut it in half.

Next print out the template and trace it onto your box.

Not too pretty looking but it's on the inside.

Cut it out.

Score it with the back of your scissors to make folding easier.

Use a piece of the cardboard that you cut as your guide for scoring the rounded part of the box.

Fold it over and glue one side of the box to the tab you cut.  Alternatively, you could sew it.  I sewed it.

Now would be a good time to attach your label if you have one.

Fold in the ends

Looks good so far

I cut some of the inner flap to make it easier to open.

Voila!  You are done.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

We love Cardboard!

We are obsessed with reusing cardboard to make other fun things.  


Last year, we made my son an oven and refrigerator.

Then we made him a vending machine

Then I made him some cardboard drink boxes.  He coloured them!

Today I made Puffy boxes for pick up orders

I got the templates from here

Start collecting those cardboard cereal boxes!!  Picture tutorial to follow...

Friday, June 24, 2011

Flowery Nursing Cover

This one is a gift... I hope she likes it.

Use it as a canopy over your stroller.

Boning keeps the cover open so you can see your baby.

Folded up... folds up small in your diaper bag

Bias tape binds it all together

All laid out

Thursday, June 16, 2011

a Week without a Car

I have been without a car for a week now.  Not by choice.  One more day and I will have it back.  The good?  Lots of fresh air and pushing the stroller  

We went to the park several times where Cheeky Monkey has now mastered the little kid slide.


He complained about the garbage on the ground

Tried out the binoculars

and climbed like a monkey

Friday, June 10, 2011

10 Minute Toy Bag

 Something every little boy needs... a toy bag.


I'm a big fan of refashioning/upcycling.  Last month I turned hubby's Sunday morning sweatshirt into Lazy Sunday pants for Cheeky Monkey and Baby Bunny.  

Here it is flat - you can see that it's the hood with the seam sewed shut.   I also cut a hole in the drawstring casing to pull the string through so he would have 2 handles.   Since it's a 10 minute toy bag, I didn't spend the time to applique the word "Toys".  A couple of zig zags and you're done.   It's not perfect but he likes it and that's what matters.

 Open it up and there's enough space for some toys.

Easy to close and use! 

Tie it up and go!