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« on: July 08, 2010 05:30:29 PM »

Last month I went with my family to Disney World and was inspired by this (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345383.0) to make a play set for my niece to take with us. Sorry about the lack of good pictures. I used my iPhone to take a couple while I was making it and was going to take some better ones later but couldn't get to it before the pieces were scattered all over my sister's car.

I found the lunchbox at Hobby Lobby. One side was raised (embossed?) with the princess image so I painted over the flat side after roughing it up with sand paper. I also added a pink border when I noticed the edges were a little messy. I had debated on whether to attempt to paint a castle when I remembered the finished chipboard pieces they sell at craft stores so I just went all Bob Ross on the shading and blending so my rolling hills didn't come out looking like a weird alien boob job (as they appear here).

I know this is the suckiest picture ever but you get the idea. I just glued magnets on the back of the pieces and they were ready to play. Well, after I sealed the little background with a bajillion coats of mod podge. I found some little princess figurines at the dollar store that looked like they belonged on the cakes at Piggly Wiggly since I'm not ready to make the leap into doll making yet.
I don't have a picture of my favorite part of the box which was a little tower I made. I got the kit for $1 at Micheal's but swapped out the blue and red paint they included for a nice stone gray and a fake walnut finish for the door then added a pink flag to the top. Besides the dolls and magnets I also put in some little crafts she could do on the way up there and a copy of the Swan Princess that I found in a $5 bin somewhere. Honestly it didn't take long for all of the little pieces to get lost in the abyss my sister drives, but we had fun with it and I had fun making it. That's all that counts right?

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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2010 08:29:09 PM »

Cute! I definitely get the gist, even if the pictures aren't the greatest Smiley Put some more up if you get them! The only critique I can offer is that Swan Princess isn't by Disney, but hey, who cares?  Wink

Good job!

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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2010 01:52:08 PM »

This is a great idea! I'd love to do this (the magnets) with a lunch box and some felt shapes (fishes or letters). Thanks for sharing!

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