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« on: April 07, 2011 08:15:41 AM »



Popsicle sticks = $3 glue = $1 and I just used scrap fabric so.. wait..only $4!!! I've gone a bit Thomas the Tank Engine crazy lately and since starting this, stopped and made the Thomas Bean Bag toss (posted elsewhere on craftster). I was thinking about what to make for the contest and already had a bag of popsicle sticks in the kitchen drawer(went and bought more AT THE DOLLAR STORE after starting the project for 3 bucks) and this just popped in my head between thinking of making funky jewlery or odd headgear. I opted for the kill two birds with one stone and made Tidmouth Sheds so my son has somewhere to house all of his trains. Here's my process: Oh and yes, I'm MESSY when I create!!

This is the beginning, I made all the doors and the 2 main walls (you can see one of the walls and more doors behind what's standing)
I made frames for the doors and attached them together with fabric so the doors can swing open and shut


addendum: here's a better view of how I got the doors to stay up


Doors are done!

next...

I had to lift the whole thing up so the kid's train tracks could fit under the doors so I made what you see here (between the sets of doors)


The braces you see here were my first attempt to prepare to put on a roof..I'm no architect so it didn't work as well as I wanted, but it looked cool!


So I ended up keeping it simple and easily attached the first level of the roof, well.... after painstakingly making a big long beam that spanned the whole thing side to side to attach the top part of said roof to


this is the view from the front, I added sticks that extended to help support the second part of the roof


2nd (top) tier of the roof, I added sticks standing up along the entirety of it for windows!


These are the beams I created to rest the top tier on


I had to cut down the sticks so the windows looked nice.. I did all of my cuts with this awesome wire cutter!!


Here's a side view after I attached the whole roof ( I only made "half" of the whole buiding so my son can have easier access to the inside


my initial attempt at making the top part of the side wall..scrapped it


made this one and liked it much better, but not the placement


in case it survives and I want to completely enclose the building I made it more acurate


here's the finished product from the front


and from behind


as you may notice I also added some windows and other stuff at the top and I used toothpicks for the windows

I was thinking of painting it but I like the way the natural wood looks and I'm worried I'd ruin it. My kid played with it during every stage, making it harder to finish, but now he's happy as can be that it's all his, it's almost as big as he is..friggin huge. I like it, hope you do too!

Here it is in action!!! ..doing nothing in a corner... wait...sittin' there lookin pretty!
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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2011 08:22:19 AM »

dude, that's awesome! my son is Thomas crazy as well, but I would not have the patience for something this awesome - you did a phenom job!
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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2011 08:23:53 AM »

This rocks!
I'm speechless... looks so good AND is for train crazed kid... wow. Wow! That is one lucky kid. And one amazing craft project!
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2011 08:34:07 AM »

Wow! That is one lucky little boy!
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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2011 08:41:40 AM »

Wow! Your kid is so lucky! It looks sturdy, so I'm sure that it'll last you a long time. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2011 08:43:31 AM »

OMG!! I wish I would've done this instead of forking out the $50+ bucks on the manufactured garage.  Awesome job.
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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2011 12:28:26 PM »

Oh my goodness! I did a double take when I saw the thumbnail, this is spectacular!
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2011 03:52:10 PM »

Whoa!  5 bucks and a lot of patience and time.  Smiley  Awesome job!
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« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2011 05:51:51 PM »

Thanks for all your comments!! It did take alot of time and patience but not the way I would have liked it, I made the initial walls and doors at work during my lunch break and then 3 nights of a minimum of 5 hours each night! Never again! (this project of course, no brainer there will be countless other craft induced sleepless nights). Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2011 05:47:55 PM »

Wow! This Challenge is going to be so hard to vote on! Each time I see a new project I think "Oh, this is the one I'll vote for", then one like yours comes along and I have to reassess my judgment! This is utterly brilliant. Even without being made of popsicle stix it would be very impressive, but as it is...

Thanks for expanding my conception of what popsicle stix could be used for!

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« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2011 06:56:26 PM »

This is amazing!  Best use of $4 I've seen in a long time.  As for painting it... you could only end up making it more awesome!
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« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2011 07:23:15 AM »

you're the best mom ever! This looks great Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2011 05:06:00 PM »

Wow - amazing job!  Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2011 03:54:27 AM »

This is sooooo awesome!
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« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2011 05:03:30 AM »

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« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2011 08:17:10 PM »

This is so amazingly awesome. I'm awed at your patience. Your little boy is so lucky to have a mom like you!
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« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2011 01:43:40 AM »

this is so awesome!
i admire your patience.
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« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2011 12:02:04 PM »

I love this. Great job. I'm also totally jealous you have son that you could make that for. My son (nicknamed Captain Destructo) would just have to look at it for a doors to fall off and the roof collapse.
Also If you do decide to paint, I think a red roof would look good.
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« Reply #18 on: April 11, 2011 09:07:06 PM »

Awesome! You did a great job!
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« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2011 06:44:23 AM »

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« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2011 07:09:37 AM »

omg. i have been inspired to do popsicle stick crafting with my kids this summer. awesome!
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« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2011 04:10:01 AM »

Awesome! You win the Mom of the Year Award! Grin
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« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2011 10:18:21 PM »

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« Reply #23 on: April 15, 2011 02:49:52 AM »

what an amazing feat! My 4 year old is obsessed with Thomas the Tank engine, but sadly I don't have the skills nor the patience to make something like this - that and I'd be waaaaaay sad when he finally sat on it and finished it off. That being said, your project is my favourite Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: April 15, 2011 04:32:16 PM »

Being the mom of a Thomas the tank engine fanatic, this is so awesome and so much better than paying upwards of $100 for one.  You got my vote!
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« Reply #25 on: April 17, 2011 09:57:44 AM »

Congrats! and again, Great job!
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« Reply #26 on: April 17, 2011 01:07:48 PM »

Thanks Kathi! I wouldn't have known yet if you hadn't said that. Yay!! ((does a jig then composes herself))

Thanks to all who voted and for all the awesome comments!! Smiley I'm happy to report it's still in one piece and I've only had to make minor repairs (he is a toddler after all, you should have seen what he did to the cardboard kid sized train I made him last year ... sob). I hope you all have/had a great weekend I know I did!
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« Reply #27 on: April 17, 2011 01:56:50 PM »

Congratulations! Well deserved, but I'm sure the best critic was your son!
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« Reply #28 on: April 26, 2011 11:17:51 AM »

Congratulations!  Well deserved indeed  Cheesy
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« Reply #29 on: May 02, 2011 06:35:17 AM »

I'm in awe! My son is also Thomas crazy (I'm beginning to wonder what 2-4 year old boys AREN'T obsessed with Thomas!) and you have inspired me. This is truly awesome! Smiley
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« Reply #30 on: May 04, 2011 01:25:18 AM »

Wow!!! I just saw it, but it's wonderfull!

Does is survive your kid?

I guess mine would like it to, but I'm afraid they will destroy it within minutes.

I saved the finished picture, I'm going to give it a try, some day!
But first....buying a lot of icecreams. Wink
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« Reply #31 on: May 12, 2011 10:12:17 PM »

Oh my goodness, this is amazing!!!  And so much more cost effective than the actual Thomas stuff!
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« Reply #32 on: May 25, 2011 06:19:57 AM »

Horray for crafty mamas! What a lucky boy! You've done a fabulous job =)
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dude, that is amazingly sick. i love it!
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