It's hard to believe that almost a year has past since we welcomed our little baby-baru into the family. As his 1st birthday approaches I've been thinking of what I'd like to do for his birthday.
I've decided to do a DIY little party. I whipped up some invitations last night on Adobe Elements and today during his nap I made a little bean bag throw game…well part of it. Baby naps don't really last long enough for me to get an entire project done, but they do let me get bits and pieces done (as well as some cleaning and laundry, the real fun stuff).
Figuring I've talked about doing a tutorial for a long time, so I decided to take some pictures as I put it together and thought I'd share. Cause really, who couldn't use a cardboard monster cut out right?
Step 1: Don't recycle that big Ikea box sitting in the back hall!! Any box will work, it just happens that last week I picked up an ikea organizing bin system and the box was the perfect size. It came this |-| close to going in the bin this morning, but then I was like 'hmmmmm…I could use that for something'.
Step 2: Sketch out a rough idea of what you'd like to make. It doesn't need to be perfect because the paint will cover it all up. No stress.
Step 3: Paint away. I start with lighter colours. In this case I painted white, grey, blue, red, black. All the colours were ones I had in my kit, the only mixing I had to do was the grey. I didn't mix it thoroughly because I like the way it looks when there are different gradients of colour. Also, I suggest just squeezing your paints onto the cardboard and then painting them around. Saves some dish washing and with a piece this size it's a lot quicker.
Step 4: Cut out your monster's mouth. I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted and decided at the last minute that I'd like to throw a few teeth in there. So I drew the mouth shape (ish) that I wanted and used a steak knife to cut it out. I left 2 teeth and painted them white afterward.
Step 5: Add some accents. I used a black sharpie to outline my little friend and then added a bit more dimension to him by doing a tad bit of shading. BE SURE THE PAINT IS DRY. Otherwise your poor marker gets all gummed up and it's just no fun. Patience is not my strong point, but this is one thing I wait for.
Step 6: Final touch ups/additions. In this case it meant adding the tiny whites of it's eyes. I'm fairly impatient, so as the black in the eyes dried I did the outlining, etc. By the time all that was done the blacks were ready for the whites. If you don't wait for the paint to dry when you're adding a new colour it can get all swirled together, which can be really cool, but can also ruin what you're going for.
Step 7: I haven't decided what I'll do for this part yet. Either build a simple wooden stand that this can sit in and that can be reused for future birthdays OR the super simple and easy way - reseal the sides and bottom of the box and just lean it against the wall. When it's full, just pick up and dump out. Yup, I just decided. I'm going with the super simple and easy way.
Et voila! The first step in a fun bean bag toss (or some other type of toss game). I'm still thinking on if I'll make bean bags OR if we'll re-use old newspapers and have them toss them in OR if we'll do a combo of things ie. try some bean bags, some old newspaper balled up and some newspaper made into paper airplanes and see which is easiest to get in. Obviously my little guy is happy just dropping any of his toys in, but there will be some older kids at his party and grown ups. Even if it doesn't get a lot of play, it's a nice little piece of decor for the party. That is, if it lasts until the party. Baby-baru has already shown an interest in this guy. No worries if he doesn't make it. Cardboard is easy to find and there will be more naps before his party…at least there better be.
The end. (for now)
**a) I've decided that I'm going to paint inside the monsters mouth next time I get the chance and the sides when I get the chance…I'll add a picture when I get it finished
b) If you make one, please send me a picture so I can put it up!
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