Saturday, June 6, 2015

Fold out summer playset

So we're thoroughly enjoying our summer break - not that it's really a break since we're not "breaking" from anything, but nonetheless, our time has been spent crafting, playing, and dancing our hearts out! Lots of summer/beach/ocean themed things - it's only natural I guess, living in south Florida and all. There is a plethora of free things to do and use and experience. Sea shells, sand, tropical flowers, going to the beach, playing at one of the many parks in town, splashing in the fountains, having picnics, and most importantly hanging with friends. I am so lucky to have so many wonderful friends - both mommies and non-mommies alike - I love them all and find inspiration in every single one of them.
Okay enough of the emo stuff. Our summer vacation is quickly approaching and I am always looking for ways to entertain Madeline in the car since she doesn't travel well. I admit we do have a portable DVD player but I can honestly say it's only used for long road trips and it's our last resort. We have plenty of travel type things but I wanted to give her something new, something that she would get excited about. So I was thrilled when I came across these adorable toilet paper dolls and I knew we had to make them. But of course, I had to take it a step further and make a beach scene for these little ladies - complete with Palm trees and sea shells.
So then begun the hunt for a large piece of cardboard. I already had the beach scene scrapbook paper and the 12"x12" plastic sheet protector. Then I gathered up my adhesive shelf liner, some wire, buttons, and string.

Step 1: Find a large piece of cardboard

Step 2: Draw a rectangle on the cardboard - 24.75" wide by 13.75" tall. Measure your scrapbook paper sleeve, some may have a longer tab than mine and you want to make sure the entire page fits inside.

Step 3: Cut out your rectangle

Step 4: Fold each side so they meet in the middle. A tiny bit over 6" for each fold

Step 5: Cut your adhesive shelf liner/contact paper to fit over the two folds and the very top and bottom of the cardboard

Step 6: Make sure to cut off any excess adhesive paper before folding over otherwise you'll have a lot of creases and bubbles so just get rid of that stuff

Step 7: (sorry no photo for this one) Cut a square to fit the middle of the cardboard, make sure it's big enough to meet up with the contact paper you already adhered - you don't want any of the cardboard showing through.

Step 8: Grab some small buttons to fasten the scrapbook sheet protector to the inside. The reason I used the sheet protector is so we can change out the paper depending on what theme were going with.

Step 9: Finally, grab some bigger buttons and attach to the front of the board. Tie a piece of string 12" long to one of the buttons then just wrap around the buttons until secure.

And that's it! Now Maddie has a super cute summer playset that she can take along with her in the car and it folds up so nicely that we don't have to worry about it taking up much room.
Oh and I also had this Roxy lunch box lying around and thought it would be perfect to house the girls and their fun accessories.

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