It’s the final level, I’m facing the boss, and he’s got heat seeking missiles to battle my pea-shooter. OR it’s the final round, I’m Daniel LaRusso, and Johnny Kreese is staring at my damaged leg.
Demos challenged my self-appointed-title of ‘Dad-Craft Master’ and here we are, ready to reveal our poker hands! Bring it on Dad From Another Mother!
Let me start this post with the most important thing you need to know – VOTE TEAM DAVE!
Demos and I both had to tackle this week’s surprise item from CleverPatch:
Ceramic Egg Money Box
(click here to check it out on the CleverPatch website).
It was late at night and I was debating with Phenom-A-Mum about why I couldn’t put a cigar on a kids’ toy. How can you make a Howard the Duck toy without his signature cigar? Otherwise it’ll just be any regular old waddler! As she slaughtered my creative dreams, she dived for the save with a brilliant idea of her own. What about an interactive money box?
What about the:
Mr Potato Head Magnetic Money Box
- CleverPatch Ceramic Egg Money Box
- acrylic paints (orange, yellow, white & brown)
- craft foam (a variety of colours)
- coloured markers
- foam kitchen sponge
- adhesive magnetic strip
- PVA craft glue
Step 1 – paint the money box
Grab your patinbrush and mix orange paint with yellow, white and a teeny bit of brown. This will hopefully give you the ochre tone that Mr Potato Head is famous for. Then paint the money box all over.
Step 2 – Cut out body parts (but not on a creepy kind of way…)
I sketched some eyes, noses and mouths onto different coloured craft foam (seriously, is there anything it can’t do?) and then cut them out with scissors. I also created a pair of shoes that fit over the butt-plug at the bottom of the money box (who knew that Mr Potato Head is that way inclined?).
I then stuck small bits of self-adhesive magnetic strip to the back of them all.
Step 3 – cut out ears and hats
I also carved out ear shapes and two hats; a fancy top hat and an ARGH pirate hat. I folded the craft foam before cutting the hats, so that one edge would be joined already, and then used sticky tape to join the other edge together.
I also cut out small cubes of kitchen sponge foam and glued them to the back of the ears. This allowed me to then glue on the magnet so that the ears stick out from the face (magnet at right angle to the foam shape).
Dad-tip: try to find something better than kitchen foam for the ears. All it did was absorb the bloody glue and gave me a nightmare time trying to stick them together!
Step 4 – draw on the details
Now the fun bit. Detail time! Using some coloured markers I drew on lots of detail so that each body part was unique. Plain eyes, eyes with makeup, and glasses. A skull and crossbones on the pirate hat and a pretty band and flower on the top hat. Anything that didn’t really need detail was given a thin outline to help it have that cartoon-y appearance.
Step 5 – glue magnets onto the money box
Place the foam body parts onto the money box, and work out where they need to be positioned. Then stick strips of the adhesive magnet in those spots. You will need to trim the magnet so that it stays hidden behind the foam body parts.
I also had to glue the magnets on back-to-front because the polarity didn’t work the other way (aka. the magnets wouldn’t hold). That’s why you can see the white protective paper still on the magnets, above.
Mix n’ Match Magnet Fun!
This dad-craft is simple but AWESOME! How do I know? Because Little E was trying to play with Mr Potato-Egg Head before I had finished it.
His favourite parts are the eyes and the pirate hat. I don’t blame him. I kinda want to make a full size pirate cap for myself.
The hats aren’t magnetised, and just sit over the pointed top of the egg money box. And, because they are open topped, the munchkins can still use it as a, well, money box. See?:
(Yes, that’s a chocolate coin. And yes, he made me fish it out again so that he could eat it.)
I’m calling this week’s craftiness a dad-gone thumbs-up. BOOM!
Now go and vote for Team Dave. Go. Stop reading this and vote. I’m serious, get out a here. Oh, you want a link? Okay, here it is:
CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTE FOR DAD VS DAD.
Did you have a Mr Potato Head? What weird things did you try to stick into him?
Let me know in the comments below:
This is not a paid post, however CleverPatch are providing Big Kid Little Kid with the craft materials used in this post.
DISCLAIMER: This crafty dad-craft consists of my original craft design and engineering, but it is inspired by products and/or characters that I did not invent. Mr Potato Head is not my invention and is either a trademark or registered trademark of its owner in Britain, America and/or other countries. This homemade craft is in no way official nor endorsed by the trademark holders.
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