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« on: November 06, 2007 05:50:45 PM »

I was inspired by this (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=55589.0) by Hemi*Housewife
and this (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=181126.0) by maggie 2187
to do this

to this

for my (honorary) niece, Roxy!  Her birthday is October 28th, so that's how I named her car.



I got a used Little Tykes Cozy Coupe (which I've been calling "The Houpte") off craigslist, cleaned it and painted it with that Krylon spray paint for plastic (sticking great except for where the driver door rubs the body).

Then I went to town on the upgrades!  I wrapped the steering wheel with pink/black zebra ribbon and added hot pink glitter vinyl, trimmed with lavender, pink and silver rick-rack to the seat and dash board.



I didn't want to leave the seat plain, so I figured out this pattern so it would resemble a custom upholstered seat.



Other features you might notice in the photos (top) are the convex mirror hub caps (you can see in the before photo that the wheels were in terrible shape) and glitter sticker paper stuck to the "instrument panel" and horn (below).



I found out about mid-way through my secret project that Roxy LOVES "driving", so I was extra excited to make this a sweet ride.  And so far I'm told that she loves it!

(Gratuitous Proud Auntie Action Shot)
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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2007 05:54:41 PM »

It's soooo cute! Little Tykes should actually make cars like that. They'd sell a lot more than they do of the ugly red ones.
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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2007 05:57:14 PM »

lol, that's the happiest kid I've seen in the last 3 years! (maybe more) love the colors  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2007 05:58:03 PM »

That is a hoot! I love it! Great job!!!
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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2007 06:04:12 PM »

Damm, I wish my car looked like that! You did an awesome job...
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2007 06:18:37 PM »

The new show: Pimp my Toddler Car.

It's just really, really cute. I love the pompom border.
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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2007 06:36:02 PM »

It's soooo cute! Little Tykes should actually make cars like that. They'd sell a lot more than they do of the ugly red ones.
Agreed.
But I was definately guilty of having one of those ugly red ones! XD
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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2007 06:45:20 PM »

Thanks everyone!  I don't have kids, so this whole Cozy Coupe thing was new to me when I saw the other projects here... they are the same old color as so many kids' things, but I here that kids LOVE them.  People keep telling me I should sell them, but there is SO much work involved (although I made patterns so next time would be easier) that one would have to charge a couple-few hundred dollars to make it work out.

The Manflesh crafted along with me and made one for his nieces, but both of us forgot to take pictures before we gave the cars to the girls... if I get some of that one, I'll update.

You might notice that she's picking at the ribbon on the steering wheel...  I just hope she doesn't pull a Buddy Elf and eat the dingle balls!
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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2007 07:21:49 PM »

this really makes me hope that when Little Man is getting bigger, that someone will just donate an old kids car like that so I can decorate the  crap out of it for him, lol.
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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2007 04:51:57 AM »

This is amazing! and a hell of an improvement!
Great stuff!
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« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2007 11:54:28 AM »

It came out awesome!!! 
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« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2007 03:08:50 PM »

Hey! We have one of those! I love the hubcaps. Great ideas.
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« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2007 03:32:31 PM »

Thanks!  It was soooo much fun to do.  Between shopping for this and fabric for boxer shorts I'm afraid I'm going to get a reputation at the fabric store as "the weird woman who giggles to herself."  I made patterns for the dash board and instrument panel covers (the seat too, but rectangles aren't very hard) and could scan and share them if people were interested.
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« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2007 09:23:27 PM »

Wow, that is so cute.  What type of paint did you use?
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« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2007 02:00:55 AM »

I love it Smiley but I must admit it would only last 5 minutes here with the destructo-tot! Ours lives outside as well so it would have to be weatherproof! I might respray it though Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2007 01:23:50 PM »

Wow, that is so cute.  What type of paint did you use?

It's the Krylon brand spray paint made for plastic.  I'm a decorative painter by trade and as a matter of course I follow the directions on any product I don't know really well, so I followed this one to the letter and it's sticking really well except where the door opens.  I waited two weeks after painting it to do anything else to it.
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« Reply #16 on: November 09, 2007 09:43:22 AM »

That's so cute and stylish, and very thoughtful of you.

I remember getting stuck in one of those when I was about 6. I refused to believe I was too big to use it until I realized, yeah, I was too big. I honestly can't remember how I got out but it was a bit traumatic.  Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2007 08:24:23 PM »

your the best mom ever!
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« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2007 05:05:32 AM »

Great ride!  I like the purple, and the ball fringe.  Now all she needs is hydraulics.

Happy kid, and, as an aunt, you will be legendary.

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« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2008 12:30:40 AM »

What are convex mirrors and where did you get them?
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« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2008 09:05:35 AM »

What are convex mirrors and where did you get them?

Convex mirrors are the kind that are bowl-shaped with the bottom of the bowl standing out.  Does that make sense?  You see them in stores for security because they can reflect a wider section of the room with a smaller mirror.  Also they are sometimes attached to the side-view mirrors on delivery trucks so the driver can see more beside and behind themselves.  That's what these were designed for and I bought them at an Ace Hardware store, but you could probably get them at an auto/truck accessories place, too.
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« Reply #21 on: January 05, 2008 02:31:26 PM »

Awesome work! I am so going to keep my eye out at opshops for dody plastic ride on toys from now on... would you believe I didn't even KNOW there was a paint for plastic?!

I need me some of that action.

Well done!!
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« Reply #22 on: January 05, 2008 09:14:44 PM »

Hilarious!

When I have kids, I'm all over this!
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« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2008 12:16:30 PM »

Thanks for the help with the mirrors. I just love the way you decorated your car. I have been wanting to try this ever since i saw one in craft magazine.
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« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2008 12:30:04 PM »

Thanks for the help with the mirrors. I just love the way you decorated your car. I have been wanting to try this ever since i saw one in craft magazine.

You're welcome!  And thanks for the compliments.

Thanks to everyone for the compliments!  It was a laugh-a-minute doing that thing.
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