Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Toy Story toy box…

My mom bought a wooden toy box from Michaels when my Little Miss was just a baby and painted it for her nursery.  I was in an “anti-pink” mood back then and wanted bright colors like red, lime green, and a touch of black.  I did go through a pink stage once she was born, and of course you’ve seen her room now—PAH-INK!!!  It took me 7 years before I gave in completely, and I love it!  But we still have black accents and tons of red, so my mom’s toy box still fits in beautifully…
I wanted to make one for Justin that would go in his room, and be personal for him.   I’m so glad he LOVES Toy Story, because it was the perfect theme to fit in his space room.
Before you see this, I am NOT an artist.  I took some books we had of Toy Story characters and then sketched some basic outlines on the box and then started playing with acrylic paint.  I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing, but like I’ve said before—I don’t mind just winging it!!  And this wasn’t something I did in one sitting, by any means—in fact, I think I had the box and paints sitting on my dining room floor for a month or two and just worked on it whenever my Little Guy was napping.  There was a lot of trial and error and do-overs, but I REALLY enjoyed painting this.
Here’s how Buzz turned out…
I can’t stop laughing when I look at this because I held this 14 inch action figure of Buzz, right next to my face for hours trying to figure out how to make him look good as a 2 dimensional figure!!
Here’s two of the aliens and Zurg…
And Rex on the other side…
I tried writing Justin’s name on the top a couple of times, and nothing looked right.  It was frustrating because the whole box was finished but the top.  Then it hit me that I should have Justin write his name—but I needed it painted on AND he’s not always compliant when we ask him to write his name.
So I had him write down “Justin’s Toys” on a sheet of type paper—and HE DID IT!!  Then I traced his own handwriting on the box, and then painted over the lines with black so it’s “his” handwriting.  I LOVE IT NOW!!  It was the perfect thing to finish of his toy box.
And it’s so cute at the foot of his bed…

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  1. I think you did a great job! I love it. This will be such a great keepsake, too! Having his name on it in his own handwriting is the icing on the cake. Well done!

  2. Wow, you ARE an artist! Seriously, this is so wonderful! I love the idea of your son's handwriting on top. Such a sweet touch. Great job!!

  3. Stopping by from the Sunday Blog Stalk, your newest follower- I'd love to have you stop by and follow back as well!

    I love to paint and i think your toy box is adorable. I love that you let him write his own name and then painted it on the box! Great idea.

  4. That is so cute! It came out amazing. You are so talented. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.


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