May 28, 2012

DIY: Toy Car Nursery Art

I love watching my son play with his toy cars. But even more so, I love all those sound effects that he makes! But, the other day while he was playing with one of his beloved toy trucks, the wheel fell off. I got  a little paranoid that more may fall off so I tucked it away thinking I would try to fix it...or at least save it since it was his favorite. I'm sentimental like that. 

Then, I came across this old plaster of paris baby handprint kit, and since we've made a zillion of those already, I thought that maybe I could just imbed the broken toy truck in the plaster and make some fun nursery art for my son's room. 

Here's how it all went down and how you can make something like this too:

What You Will Need: 

plaster of paris
a toy "box car" type truck or car
a small shallow plastic container to use as your mold
a toothpick

1. Mix the plaster of paris with water according to the directions on your package. Once the plaster is ready press the car into the center.
2. Allow the plaster to dry a little but not fully then use your finger or a pencil or something to create texture in the plaster around the car. 
3. Once the plaster is dry enough to remove it from the mold, pop it out. 
4. Inspect the plaque for any areas that need to be cleaned up
5. using a toothpick, clean away any unwanted plaster that may be on the vehicle. 

There you have it! Nursery Art with sentiment! 

p.s. Today is Memorial Day. 
 I normally make pancakes on Memorial Day morning. 
Here's How:

Memorial Day Pancake Recipe:
(An easy way to make Instant Pancake Mix)

The Mix:
Mix these ingredients together and store in a jar.
4 cups all-purpose flour (I have used unbleached all-purposed and you can also use whole wheat)3 tablespoons baking powder2 teaspoons baking soda1 teaspoon salt2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugarFor the Batter:1 egg1 cup milk or soy milk1 tablespoon melted butter or margarine1/4 cup flaxseed (Optional. I love to add flax meal.)

Heat a flat griddle or pan over medium-high heat.For each 1 cup pancake mix, add 1 egg, 1 cup milk, and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Do not over mix.Spoon drops of  of batter onto the hot griddle and when bubbles appear on the surface of the little pancakes, flip them over to make them golden brown on both sides.

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Lisa said...

I love the idea of turning broken beloved toys into art pieces! The result looks great :) Thank you for sharing - visiting your blog is always such a treat!

Caroline said...

Lisa, I feel the same way about your blog. Thank you so much for visiting!

Susan Anderson said...

This is such a cool idea, Caroline. I love the way it turned out!


Rebecca said...

What a great idea.....and while reading this I thought that it would be really cool to get some car that has really textured wheels and roll over the plaster of Paris before setting the truck inside the mold. Like the truck drove through the stuff first :)

Caroline said...

Oh Rebecca I LOVE that idea!!

And thank you Sue! I wasn't sure how it would turn out! Glad you like it! :)