Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I LOVE Cardboard Crafts

Ethan got this road set for Easter. It was kind of a test run making it out of cardboard because my original idea was to make it on plastic canvas and have all kinds of accessories. I figured I should make sure my kid was gonna even play with something like that before spending HOURS stitching it up!

I originally made 16 tiles out of lightweight cardboard, but one got severely warped during the sealing (mod-podge) stage so we ended up with a set of 15.

They are all reversible so there are a TON of ways to combine them into new road maps!

I made this little parking lot for a future store to go next to. On the reverse of the parking lot pieces are straight and corner pieces so you don't have to use them if you don't want.

Yes, I realize that there are not all 15 in these pictures...did you notice? Well we have lost a few, since it was Easter he got these, and one didn't look too nice in pictures...all bent up cuz the kids step on them *cringe*. Oh well, they are just kids. And what's the point of making toys if you can't stand to watch them get loved -(ruined)! Lol!

And the credits: A huge Thanks to my dad for making the road patterns on AutoCad, because I am definitely not smart enough to figure out how to make each road line up on every side with perfectly rounded corners and even space in between!! :-)

P.S. A few that we designed wouldn't work for this small scale, so there were more kinds of tiles in the original plans.


Larissa said...

THIS IS GREAT! My boys would love this!

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Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said...

Hi! You've got a great blog here and I love this idea. I host a toddler link up party every tuesday called Tot Tuesdays. Would love it if you'd stop by and link up this idea along with the many other great ideas you have for toddlers. Have a great day!

jeanine said...

This is a super cute idea! I love it!

Love and Lollipops said...

Okay, now this is super clever...I have been thinking of creating a felt car mat for my little one's birthday, but maybe I need to give this a bash! Not sure if I'm up for those fancy road works!! Thanks for sharing!

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

feautured these on my blog today!!!


KatrinkaJane said...

I'd love to see some in-progress pics, if you've got any. Or even a fleshed-out tutorial...? Awesome!

Julie said...

These are GREAT! Do you by chance have a pdf file of the roadway plans? I don't have access to an autocad program, but would love to make this for my little guys' Easter baskets.



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