The current toys and accessories look just like the originals: fuzzy animals with quaint, Country Living style houses and furniture. Last week at Goodwill I happened to stumble across a very new looking Caramel Cat family which I promptly scooped up and brought home. Finally, after twenty years, I have my own! At least for a week or two...until I come to my senses and give them away to some unexpecting child that will actually play with them.
Here's the Caramel Cat Family posing with Meatball, I couldn't resist doing this:
Tiny Art Easel
I used two clothes pins for the base along with a popsicle stick and tooth pick for the support bars. Everything was hot glued together and painted a happy shade of sky blue.
The boards are made from two tile samples. I painted the textured back side red and attached them to the base. If you cant find tile samples, use thin pieces of wood or cardboard scraps.
The little paint tray is the lid from a container of dental floss. Pony beads make messy little jars of paint, and sections of a toothpick work well as paint brushes.
Table, Stools, and Tea Set
The table was very simple to build. A large wooden bead acts as a base with a button underneath for balance. The tabletop is made from the three legged plastic thing from a pizza box.
After snipping off the legs with wire cutters, I sanded down the bumps using a nail file and topped it with a circle of wood grain contact paper. You can also use a wooden disk from the craft store or cardboard for the surface of your table.
The stools are made from two wooden rings (old game pieces from Goodwill), two wooden wheels, red t shirt material, and a cotton ball. In place of the wooden rings, use plastic water bottle caps or large, flat wooden beads.
First, I set a bit of cotton on the cloth, then a wheel on top of it. I pulled the fabric and glued it underneath to create a toadstool cushion. The rings were painted white and hot glued underneath the cushions. The last step was adding white dots with acrylic paint.
The tea set is made with a collection of random beads and buttons. For the tea pot, I painted a large wooden bead blue and snipped apart smaller beads for the handle and spout.
(ignore the text on this photo. I gave this wagon away as a free gift)
A little Altoid tin makes the perfect base for a mini wagon. After drilling four holes in the bottom of the tin, I painted it with several coats of red.
The black tires are made from buttons. I drilled holes in them as well and glued them to the ends of a segment of wire. Two sections of wire were pushed through the holes in the tin, allowing the tiny wheels to spin.
The handle is a black zip-tie. Before painting the tin, I glued a sewing pin (bent into a rectangle) to the front of the wagon creating a small ring. The zip-tie was glued to the ring.
To cover the axles, I cut a section of red fabric to fit inside the wagon.
The tiny bear is from a craft store.
Aren't they so cute?
What will my next project be?
Little beach toys or a mini play house? The possibilities are endless! If I'm still excited about them next week, maybe I'll make little costumes. The toys are cute, but the clothes could use some help....