Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Elmer's Tri-Fold Board Project

We saw the challenge for the Elmer's Tri-Fold Board project on a friend's blog, Create-Celebrate-Explore by Tonya Staab, and we had the perfect idea-a closet for those tutus and dress-up clothes. Nana's oldest granddaughters just loved it. There are so many different directions you could go with this.

Here's how we did it:
  • Elmer's Tri-Fold Board
  • Elmer's Glue-All
  • Elmer's Glue Stick
  • PVC Pipe (or Wooden Dowel)
  • Small Stainless Steel Sheet (for mirror)
  • Remnant Wallpaper (not a good idea-try Contact Paper)
  • Cardboard Lid from Xerox paper box (for table)
  • Boxcutters
Optional Decoration Items:
  • Clip Art for decorations (phone, clock, cat, mirror)
  • Small Dowels and Screws (for phone holder)
  • Small Plastic Dixie Cup (for phone earpiece)
  • Black Paint
  • Ribbon (for picture hanger)
  • Scan of Family Picture and Picture Frame
We had everything on hand except for the stainless steel and the Elmer's Tri-Fold Board. Total spent was less than $10.

First we cut holes at the top of the side flaps for the pvc pipe.

Then we glued the stainless steel (mirror) onto the back of the middle board.

We cut a slot into the middle of the board.

Next came the wallpaper (we had 15 year old remnants(!) but we recommend contact paper instead.)

We cut the cardboard box lid (keeping the ends intact), folded it in half (scoring it first) and glued it together (but not the original sides.) The books keep the cardboard folded shut while the glue dries.

The cardboard was slipped into the slot. The sides from the lid are now glued to the front of the board.
Then the real fun began. We used computer clip art to add some flair. This is when you can get really creative. We used a clock, a cat, an old-fashioned phone and a frame for the mirror. But you could also add a chandelier or a bookcase.

The knobs to hold the telephone earpiece were made from small wooden dowels and screws. The earpiece was a small dixie cup. Then everything was painted black.

Put the pipe in place and add your dresses and tutus. And voila! A dressing room for a princess.

For more ideas on the Elmer's Tri-Fold Board, head over to the main challenge site, Can You Top This? You can also check out the other ideas submitted at any of these blogs:
Have fun!


luckyduck said...

That is so cute! Good job and good luck!

Monica said...

Oh my gosh! This is an incredible project! What lucky granddaughters... That must be such a fun place to play. :)Thanks so much for participating... wow!

craftymamaof4 said...

I love it! Such a cute idea, I wish my daughter was little again!
thanks so much for participating ;)

Courtney Velasquez said...

OMG! I LOVE what you did with a piece of tri fold display board!!! You are SO creative!

Tonya Staab said...

You totally knocked it out of the ballpark. Love it.

Remember how I said I was making a dress-up station for Miss M. You put my idea to shame :) ... not surprising though, you and your mom really do amazing work.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely Adorable!!

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

OMGosh, adorable!

Tonya Staab said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! YOU ARE A WINNER. I'll email you shortly.

Keonte' S said...

This is so amazing. What a neat idea. I want to make one for my god daughter.

sportsgal said...

This was actually pretty easy. If you have any questions on the directions, just email (on the right) or comment here (we'll check for the next couple of days.

The Collins Family said...

What a great idea! And perfectly executed too! Congrats!
I wonder if I could use this idea to make a firestation to hold uniforms...hhhhhmmmmm.

Sandy Jenney said...

wow....that is amazing!! So cute!

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