Friday, December 10, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Crafting - Day 7

Day 7 - Travel Town Tray


Traveling during the holidays??

My son can be entertained for hours playing cars and trains... something that is needed on long car trips or plane rides.  The idea behind this is it's portable, sturdy and has sides so the cars and trains won't roll off to the floor board of the car...we've all been there...



Traveling Town Tray

  Materials:
wooden tray
paint
painters tape
3/8" dowel
drill
spray finishing gloss
rattail ribbon
super glue
 optional wooden blocks and egg-shaped (with flat bottom) wood pieces
^^^ for buildings and trees ^^^
optional paper


1. We painted the sides of the tray.  My son's favorite color currently is pink...so a pink tray it is!


2. Next we painted the "grass", "trees" and the "buildings"



3. One of the buildings needed to be a gas station ;)


I took the dowel and clamped it down (so it wouldn't roll off while drilling) and then drilled a 1/8" hole into one end about 1/4" in.  After that, I cut the dowel down to about 1/2" long.  It's easiest to drill the hole FIRST before cutting so you have a better grip on the dowel for drilling.


On the block I drilled another 1/8" hole about 1/4" in on the side.  Next to that I drilled a 3/8" hole about 1/4" in as well.

Apply 1-2 coats of spray paint to the block and allow to dry fully.

Clip a little piece of rattail ribbon about 2-2.5" long.  Apply super glue in the 1/8" holes and push the ends of the rattail ribbon in, holding it there for a bit to ensure it stays put.  



Viola!  Gas station ;)

4.  Using the painters tape, we taped off where the road was going to be.  The painters tape allows you to change your mind however much you want without messing up the project.  


Once you have it how you want it, trace the tape with a pen or pencil on both sides of the tape.  Once you are done, peel off the tape and it will look like this:


5.  Paint the roads withing the lines you just drew.  


6.  After the roads were all painted, my son asked "where are the train tracks"...Of course!  how could I forget that?!?  Back again with the tape to make train tracks.  For this I painted only my traced lines and made the wooden tracks out of strips of brown paper.  I also printed out little stop signs on white card stock and glued that down too.




7.  Once you have the tray laid out and how you want it, apply your spray finish to the whole tray, buildings (except the finished gas station), and trees.  Let dry and lay it out how you would like it to be.  I decided to super glue down all the buildings and trees as well.  Fast forward to finished product.....




1 comment:

Brittany said...

So cute! Love the lil gas station!