Summer is here – the season for block parties, children’s parties, and weddings! Two great projects for this time of year (that are sure to delight your kids as well) involve converting our printer stand on casters (7250-691) into a candy cart or a costume cart.
What you need:
• Our printer stand on casters or a similar piece of furniture you have at home
• Gift wrap or scrapbooking paper, in bright colors (think “circus!”)
• White glue or a hot glue gun
• Paint (in a vibrant color) for the printer stand handle
• Colored ribbons for the pennant string
• 2 long handles
• Large sheets of cardboard, “carton-type” (white is best, but brown will also work)
• Pencils for drawing a logo, or a logo you can print from a website
• Jars and candy
• Decorations that match your taste: Balloons, images, etc.
Here’s the process:
- Pennant string: Cut a series of flags out of the gift wrap or scrapbooking paper, and stick them in a row onto colored ribbons, using white or hot glue. Let the pennant string dry.
- Colored handle: Take the handle off the piece of furniture you’re using and paint it a bright color that will go with the paper you’ve chosen. Let the handle dry, then reinstall it.
- Mini-canopy: Using the diagram below (which you can modify, depending on the piece of furniture you use), cut your cardboard along the solid lines, then draw the dashed lines onto it.
- Mini-canopy: Decorate the cardboard using the pencils, the printed logo, and the gift wrap or scrapbooking paper.
- Once you’ve got it done the way you like it, fold the cardboard on the dashed lines and stick down with white or hot glue (remember to let it dry thoroughly). Here’s the result :
- To install the mini-canopy, simply place it on top of the piece of furniture – we didn’t attach it permanently, so you can take it off once the activity is over.
- Side handles: Install the 2 long handles – one on each side – as high as possible, so anyone can use them. You can also use these handles to attach the mini-canopy to the storage unit, making a hole in the cardboard at the spot where each handle will go.
- Now place jars filled with candy on the unit, and decorate to suit your taste! The storage spaces, for example, can hold candy containers and table napkins.
Once you’ve finished your candy cart and made enough use of it, you can recycle it into a costume cart!
Here’s what you need to do:
- Replace the logo with another one, in a circus or show style, or glue a new one over it.
- This time around, the jars can be used to hold make-up, hair accessories, and jewelry.
- You can glue a plastic mirror under the logo and decorate it with things like stickers.
- The open storage spaces can now hold hats, costume shoes, and clothes. The long side handles can be used to hold clothes hangers with costumes.
And there you go – a great piece for sweet treats or dress-up fun!