Wednesday, February 17, 2010

wood craft.


Some of my favorite projects with the boys are those that start off with one idea and morph into something completely different and creative. We talked about making different things with scraps of wood we've been saving, but nothing really was taking shape until we pulled out the saw, miter and heavy duty wood glue over the weekend. We came up with some cool designs - a land-water boat, a race car, and a pickup truck.


We used bits and pieces of wood, parts from those wood craft 'kits', little tiny craft spools, wheels, dowels, and other scraps from the bottom of my 'wood' craft box. The boys sawed and carefully laid out the pieces (spending a lot of time putting pieces together so they looked like vehicles) and once we had each vehicle ready, they glued! We waited a day for that to dry, and then they sanded rough edges and put a base coat of white acrylic on and waited another day for that to dry (they actually looked really cool all white too).


Finally, we were ready to paint some color. I had put out a bunch of different colors of acrylic on the palettes, but once the boys saw the new metallic blue color I had found at our last craft store visit that.was.it. They wanted some bling.


So now we have some funky bright home crafted wooden vehicles that have been raced down ramps, ridden by finger puppets and bionicles, and which have been used to haul things around the house like LEGO people, marbles and pirate gold.


Of course making them was the best part. I saw the boys digging in the wood pieces box today to see what we have left. I have a feeling we have some new designs coming on.

14 comments:

Sam said...

Those are some amazing creations! I really love them as white too. What a great idea.

ladybug-zen said...

very cool! and who doesn't want bling to go with their pick up truck?

Naturelady said...

Cool project! Have your boys ever made robots from cardboard boxes & other packaging materials -- thst's another fun project...
Denise, I just recently came across your wonderful cooking blog via your sprouted grain bread!
I've been writing a food blog myself, and tried sprouted barley bread (see http://borealkitchen.blogspot.com/2010/02/sprouting-barley.html)
I do seem to have trouble with getting the grains ground up enough, but otherwise, I'm very happy with the bread. I used your recipe but modified it for sourdough. THANKS!

Victoria @ Hibiscus Bloem said...

Great project. They turned out so well from just old scraps of wood. My son loves this kind of thing too - nothing better than getting the workbench out and hammering a few small nails into bits of wood to get his imagination going!

Astrid said...

I'm so impressed! My oldest daughter loves gluing the random things she finds (usually wood left over from projects) but she has yet to make anything that I can positively identify. She has lots of fun though! :)

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

Wow! You've got some mini-engineers! Thanks for sharing.

Crescent Moon said...

Those are fantastic!

Jen said...

These are great. I bet my kids would love this.

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Little Foots said...

That looks like tons of fun! Great idea they came out so cute!

Joy said...

Very cute! My youngest has done a few similar project from Maple Landmark. So much fun!

The Lady of the House said...

That is really cool! We'll have to start collecting bits and pieces...although my oldest isn't quite 4 so we've got time. Thanks!

Hip Mountain Mama said...

Wow, very cool!!!
Suzy

Lizz said...

Hey Denise, Mama! I always love to come over here to visit. Though my blog reading is few and far between these days. I would love to come to your house for a visit! *wink*

I wanted to ask how your angora bunny is doing and if it has any hair to spare?

I wish you wellness into Spring and out into the world. Blessings and Love~

Lisa said...

Hello, I was just Blog-Hopping and ran across your blog. Very well written!

Lisa