Though this challenge topic may have been a bit of a tough one, I think all of the challengers came through with fantastic projects. Without further ado…It’s time to present the projects for our eighth challenge.
Project #1 Hot Air Balloon Mobile
Ooh this was the hardest week (I feel like I say this every week)! PVC! Eeek.
Five days before projects were due I was still without an idea! After a couple of hours spent in my local material shop touching every PVC fabric known to dressmakers I headed home…none the wiser. The following day I headed to the DIY shop and repeated, this time touching every PVC pipe known to plumbers. Then, I happened upon an array of boxes with different plugs, pipes attachments and all sorts. There I found 3 little socket plugs that suddenly called out to be tiny baskets hanging down from hot air balloons. Bazinga! Craft decided.
So with 1 PVC pipe, 3 PVC socket plugs and some left-over PVC coated fabric (oil cloth), I was all set.
PVC fabric works in its element with fabric designs/patterns that need a little sturdiness as it holds its shape beautifully. A lovely extra bonus is that it has a gentle sheen which catches the sunlight.
I actually really enjoyed making this. It involved sewing, sawing and sticking. What more could a crafting woman ask for?! As I type my fingers are threatening to bond together with the remnants of superglue.
I found a rusty old saw in the outside shed and cut my PVC piping to length. This was then covered in bias binding and spruced up with ribbons and buttons. The piping is light enough to be easy to hang and robust enough to hold some weight.
The PVC plug ‘baskets’ were covered with felt pieces and the PVC fabric balloons decorated with ricrac, felt bunting and a little button. Once complete, I decided that this crafting project would be for my bedroom as it has a wistful charm. I loaded the baskets with sprigs of lavender and hung it above my bed. You’re never too old to have a mobile especially one that carries the gentle scent of lavender.
Project #2 PVC Puppet Theater
For this week I made a puppet theater with a felt backdrop. This is the kind of project that I love! I got to use my imagination and design all of the fun elements. The nice part about it being built out of PVC pipe is that when we are done, we can just take it apart and put it away.
The puppet theater has curtains that open and close. See the blue behind it? That’s the backdrop!
There are actually two backdrops on the theater. A lighter one for day and a darker one for night. They are on shower curtain rings so that they can easily slide back and forth into position. So neat, right?!
I made a bunch of felt scenery with velcro on the back to stick to the backdrops. The castle is my favorite with a mountain in the background. There are houses for a village scene, and, of course, we needed some indoor furniture as well. The princess and knight puppets are also made of felt. We will eventually have a dragon, but I wanted him to have a mouth that opens. He will take a bit more planning.
I love that the kids can set up the scenes however they want! We can add more later and completely change the stories. I have plans for another house and some pigs (3 Little Pigs) and some underwater themed scenery as well. So fun!
Project #3 The Market
The theme “PVC’ certainly had me scratching my head for a few weeks. I thought up lots of ideas, but none that were very useful…until I remembered that my son and daughter had been asking for a grocery store for a long time. Sure kids, I will build you a grocery store!
Introducing The Market.
It is the perfect little play area in our basement.
I created the canopy out of Ikea fabric, PVC pipe frame, and added a cute little banner I made out of chalkboard fabric. They can wipe it clean and change the name of the store as much as they want!
Below the canopy is a cubby unit turned on it’s side, which provides lots of shelving for all of the play food they need.
Of course, there is also a shelf for the cash register, money and the debit card machine. The shelf that the register is on was covered with bright chevron contact paper.
The baskets are full of play fruits and the shelves are full of play food and empty boxes from our pantry. They have already had their friends over to play “store” and have even returned the items back to the proper shelves!
Finally, there is the Special’s Board, which they can change depending on the seasonal produce.
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