Wednesday, September 28, 2016
My hands can do this --- DIY Child's Room Mailbox
My youngest daughter asked me to buy her two packs of bikini panties by Sogo because that’s her brand of panties she likes to wear. As I was removing these panties from its plastic boxes, I looked at it sharply and thought of what I could do out of it. Then I thought of my granddaughter and maybe she would like it, if I make a project for her that she can use for keeping her school notices for her mother to read on later when she comes home from her work. My elder daughter doesn’t need to ask her daughter if there is a school notice for her. All she needs to do is to see this funny, cute project I made for her daughter. School letters or notices are very important not to miss reading it or have it lost. It is used to encourage also my granddaughter to organize her things and decorate her room with fun at the same time. So take time to view how I made this project.
DIY CHILD’s ROOM MAILBOX
(1) empty plastic box – 6 pcs. Sogo bikini (any size)
(1) packs Craft Easy handmade paper (2’s) – blue with batik
(2) pack Craft Easy handmade paper (2’s) – orange with batik
(3) used short bond papers
(2) used thin cardboards
(1) pair wiggly eyes 15mm (big)
(1) pair wiggly eyes 7mm (small)
Scotch tape and packing tape
pencil and ball pen
pentel pens (Sharpie – double point-twin tip)
small carbon paper
sewing needle and white thread
few paper clips
Level of Difficulty – easy
1) Get a photo of a kangaroo from any source, so you will have an idea of how it looks like and how many toes and fingers it has. I got it free from pixabay.com and took a picture of it only. I can draw it, even if it’s not perfectly the same. You can do it also by practicing first how to draw. If you are satisfied with your drawing already, then start doing the next instruction.
2) COVERING OF THE PLASTIC BOX (MAIL BOX) - Cut the flip flop cover of the plastic box. Do not cut the very top front side (with open-cut portion) reserved for inserting a push pin to hang the mail pouch. Attach strips of Scotch tape inside and outside of the plastic box at the bottom area to flatten its sides.
a) BOTTOM AREA - Make a covering of bottom side of the plastic box by measuring 7 inches (l) X 3.5 inches (w) on Craft Easy handmade paper. Be sure to use the wrong side of the Craft Easy paper when measuring and marking the size. Cut and apply Elmer’s glue on the paper. Center the plastic box on the handmade paper. Fold the paper to its sides. Make a slit on every corner of the paper to fold it nicely flat on both sides. Let it dry well.
b) FRONT AND SIDE AREAS – Apply Elmer’s glue on the front area of the plastic box first. Turn the wrong side of one whole Craft Easy paper flat on the table. Center the plastic box on it and make adjustments, if necessary. Let it dry well first. Apply Elmer’s glue on the remaining side areas of the handmade paper. Be sure the paper is well aligned at the bottom area. Adjustments can also be made at the top area by cutting the excess plastic if the handmade paper runs short of its size. Attach paper clips at the top rim side of the plastic box to help fix the glue permanently. Enclose with rubber bands to hold the paper while drying.
c) TOP EDGE – Measure 1 inch as width on one good side of the Craft Easy paper (color orange) and cut it long through. Fold into two and apply Elmer’s glue on it. Center and attach it at the top edge of the plastic box. Make a slit on both ends of the excess paper to close the end side nicely at the back. Apply additional Elmer’s glue if needed. Attach paper clips on its rim side to help fix the glue permanently.
3) MAKING OF MOTHER KANGAROO
Let us begin the drawing:
a) HIND LEGS – Fold one used short bond paper into two. Measure an inch allowance on the side for attaching this area on the plastic box later before beginning to draw. The height from the thigh to toes should be 9.5 inches. Draw one hind leg of a kangaroo on any side of paper and trace the lines with a ball pen as shown in the picture #1 below. Invert the fold of the bond paper and you can still see the drawing even if it’s folded. Cut through the lines and you will have already a pair of hind legs as shown in the picture #2 below. Set them aside.
Hind Legs – picture #1
Hind Legs – picture #2
b) HEAD, EARS, FACE, AND UPPER BODY – Draw the head, face, ears, and upper body of mother kangaroo on another used short bond paper. The height from the ear to the lower body measures 10 inches long. The 1 ½ inches at the bottom of the bond paper is reserved to be folded and attach it into the very top front side (with an open-cut portion) of the plastic box later. Be sure the body’s horizontal measurement is the same size of the flip flop of the plastic box. Cut and set it aside. The outcome is shown in the picture below.
Head, Face, & Body – Mother Kangaroo
c) FOREARMS - Place the finished drawing of the head and body on a used bond paper. Mark the shoulder side with a short line only where the forearms should be attached later. This will help you determine how long the forearms should be drawn. Remove the cut drawing and start drawing the forearms. Provide an inch allowance starting from the marked lines outward to be used for folding it later on the shoulder area. If you are satisfied with your drawing, cut and set it aside. The sample drawing I made is shown in the picture below.
Forearms – Mother Kangaroo
d) TAIL – Draw a long tail like a big letter C on scrap bond paper. The length should not be taller than the head when attached. It measures approximately 6 – 7 inches long including an inch allowance for attaching it at the back. Set it aside.
4) MAKING OF BABY KANGAROO
a) HEAD, EARS, FACE, AND UPPER BODY – Draw the head, face, ears, and upper body of baby kangaroo in a smaller size than the mother kangaroo. The length from the ear to the lower body measures 5 inches long. Cut and you now have baby kangaroo by the side of the mother kangaroo as shown in the picture below. Set them aside.
Head, Face, & Body – Baby Kangaroo
b) FOREARMS – Draw the forearms of a baby kangaroo as shown in the picture below. Its length should measure 1.5 inches. The other one should measure 1.25 inches. Set them aside.
Forearms- Baby Kangaroo
5) TRACING ON CRAFT EASY PAPER AND TAPING THE ATTACHMENT
a) Invert all the drawings (head and body, hind legs, forearms, and tail) of mother kangaroo and trace them on Craft Easy handmade paper (orange color) with the Wrong Side facing you. Do the same procedures for all the drawings (head and body and forearms) of baby kangaroo. Use the colored blue Craft Easy paper for the forearms of the baby kangaroo, as well as, the noses of both the mother kangaroo and baby kangaroo. Apply Elmer’s glue on each part and attach it on used thin cardboard. Let them dry well.
b) Attach packing tape at the back of the hind legs, head, ears, and half of the body only of the mother kangaroo and cut according to their shapes. (Note: This is made for protecting the project itself, so it can be easily detached from a wall without ruining the paper when you decide to transfer it to another place. It also can make the paper stiffer.) The other half of the body of the mother kangaroo without the packing tape will be inserted and folded into the top front side (w/ open-cut portion). So you need to prefold it first to determine the extent of the area where to attach the packing tape. Attach packing tape on the tail, but reserved a small area without packing tape for firmly pasting the tail in between the right hind leg and body of the mother kangaroo. Position to prefold the forearms of the mother kangaroo on the shoulder side before attaching the packing tape. Attach packing tape at the back of the forearms of the mother kangaroo, except the prefolded area and cut according to its shape. Attach packing tape at the back of body and half of the left forearm (long size) only of the baby kangaroo and cut according to its shape. Set them aside.
6) DRAWING THE FACE AND ADDITIONAL TOUCH UP
a) Using a carbon paper, trace what you drew on the face of the mother kangaroo, as well as, the baby kangaroo’s. Apply Elmer’s glue on a pair of big wiggly eyes and attach them on the face of the mother kangaroo. Apply Elmer’s glue on a pair of small wiggly eyes and attach them on the face of the baby kangaroo.
b) When completed, use the orange pentel pen (fine point) to follow the drawing. In this way, you can still remedy the lines if it needs further correction in the drawing by using violet or black pentel pen (regular point). Draw the lips of the mother and baby kangaroo as per their respective sizes on a used bond paper. Use red pentel pen for coloring the lips. Cut and apply Elmer’s glue and attach them on the lip area. Draw the nose of the mother on a used bond paper also. Trace them on blue Craft Easy handmade paper and cut. Attach it with Elmer’s glue on the nose area. Draw and cut a small nose directly on the blue handmade paper for the baby kangaroo’s. Apply Elmer’s glue and attach it on the nose area. Draw the nostrils on each nose of the mother and baby kangaroo by using violet pentel pen (fine point). Draw lines around the nose area to emphasize it. Make adjustments on the drawing, if necessary.
7) ATTACHING THE PARTS
a) FOREARMS –Apply Elmer’s glue on the folded area only of the forearms of mother kangaroo. Attach them firmly where they were pre positioned as shown in the picture below. Attached Scotch tape at the back of its fold to strengthen its hold.
Attaching the Forearms – Mother Kangaroo
b) HEAD AND UPPER BODY - Align the lower part of the body in the middle of the fold at the very top front side (with open-cut portion) of the plastic box and then fold. Make adjustments as necessary by cutting any excess of the paper if it will not be inserted inside the box once folded. Apply Elmer’s glue inside the top front area and align the paper again according to its fold. Fold it back and apply Elmer’s glue outside it to attach the body permanently. Let it dry well. (Note: The open-cut portion at the middle of the plastic box will be used to insert a push pin for hanging the mail pouch later on a wall made of wood.) Attach two long strips of Scotch tape at the back to cover the open-cut portion and strongly hold the plastic box and the body together. Attach a long strip of packing tape at the back reaching the top side area (with open-cut portion) to join the two end sides of the paper and strengthen its hold.
c) HIND LEGS AND TAIL –Facing you, apply Elmer’s glue on the side of the left hind leg allotted for attaching only and then attach it at the back of the plastic box. Attach a long strip of packing tape at the back reaching the top side area (with open-cut portion) to strengthen its hold. Pre position the tail in between the area where the body and right hind leg meet. Apply Elmer’s glue on the area where the right hind leg and tail meet first. Apply glue on the side area of the right hind leg allotted for attaching only and then attach it at the back of the plastic box. Attach a long strip of packing tape at the back reaching the top side area (with open-cut portion) to strengthen its hold. Let them dry well.
c) BABY KANGAROO –Pre position the baby kangaroo before attaching and put a small mark, so you will know the boundary area where to apply the glue. Invert and attach a long strip of Scotch tape at the back of end side of the body. (Note: This is made to conveniently and easily attach the Scotch tape inside the plastic box when the baby kangaroo is already attached for stronger hold. Invert and apply Elmer’s glue on the Right Side of the half body of the baby kangaroo and attach it facing the front center side of the plastic box or now considered as the “pouch” of the mother kangaroo. Press firmly the Scotch tape inside of the plastic box to strengthen the hold. Facing you, apply Elmer’s glue on the back of short forearm and attach it in between the body and plastic box on the right side of the body. Then fold its palm forward and apply Elmer’s glue on its back to permanently make it look like the hand is holding its mother’s pouch. Facing you, apply Elmer’s glue on half of the left forearm only and attach it on the left side of the body in between the body and plastic box, higher than the right forearm to make look like it is waving its hand.
8) Before hanging the project, check if there is a need to attach additional packing tape on areas that haven’t been covered yet. Then attach the strips of double tape on the back areas of the project where it needs to be hold. Attach the project where it needs to be placed. Attach the push pin at the center of the top front side, (previously with open-cut portion) if your wall is made of wood, otherwise add more strips of double tape on the back for stronger hold. The outcome is shown below.
DIY Child’s Room Mailbox