Rudy over at American Girl Ideas recently purchased the new Explore With Lea craft book, and she decided to try one of the crafts in it to share with her readers. I have to say that it is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen and the materials to make it are very simple: a pencil box, popsicle sticks, wooden wheels or buttons, paint and glue. The finished product just blew me away and I definitely wanted to try making one. On my most recent trip to Target, I checked out the school supplies. The timing on this project couldn’t be better with most stores stocking back to school stuff by the tons. I had several different pencil boxes to choose from and I thought I’d made up my mind until I moved to an end cap, and there it was: the perfect pencil box. (insert heavenly music here) Now I was even more excited to try this craft.
There were some logistical issues but also improvements. This box had a zipper instead of snapping closed which made it a much more realistic suitcase, but it would have to be worked around. It also had rounded edges which made attaching the wheels a bit of a challenge. Since I couldn’t put them quite as far down as I would have liked, the box didn’t want to stand on it’s own, but I solved that with a piece of popsicle stick in the middle. Worked like a charm!
If you hadn’t already guessed from the colors on the back, it’s my favorite boys, The Minions! I was super excited when I came across this box, it was absolutely perfect. I loved the design, the colors, the zipper, plus the fact that when I opened it up, it was lined with soft fabric.
Yeah, she was just a bit excited! It didn’t help that the company my husband works for announced what trip they are working towards for next year, a trip to the Riviera Maya. She’s already informed Mr. Flo that she wants to go if he wins again!
If you’d like to give this craft a try, you can check it out here:
A HUGE thank you to Rudy for sharing this craft project on her blog. I’ll never look at a pencil box the same way again! 🙂