August 2, 2013

A Little Crayon Box (and a Playroom Tour)

In our apartment, Ella's crayons (yes, I pronounce it "crans." What about it?) were in an open top tray on her table which meant there was never any room to actually DRAW on the table and also the tray was wood which meant it was completely crayon-ed up. A good look. But I couldn't figure out a better solution. Happily, the stars aligned, and Plaid Kids Crafts sent me a box of supplies for Ella to use and Ella discovered a cassette tape box at Goodwill that she absolutely loved. (Disclosure: they sent me the supplies for free, but I wasn't paid for this post. I should have paid them because it worked as a great babysitter while I unpacked boxes).

Time to make a new crayon box. Also, craft projects of any kind are basically Ella's favorite thing in the entire world, so this project kept her happy for two solid hours.

She kept telling me, "Don't look at this! You'll ruin it all." So I didn't look. 

- Box with lid
- Mod Podge Extreme Glitter
- Plaid Stencils
- Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
- Sponge Brush   

Step 1. Start with a cassette tape box (preferably for forty-nine cents from Goodwill). Ponder whether or not your child will ever in her lifetime actually use a cassette tape.

Step 2. Pour out a little paint (this one glows in the dark) and let your child stencil all over it.

Step 3. Break out the glittery Mod Podge.

Let her use it to glue the insides of the stencils to the top and side of the box and then seal over the top of it. Feel happy that this kind of glitter won't end up all over your floors.

Step 4. Stencil words on the front (word to the wise - "Crayons" won't fit. Wipe it off and try again).

Step 5. Let it dry, then rejoice when you can toss all the crayons in with room to spare. Stick it in the art basket in the playroom.

(You can see more kid summer craft project ideas on Plaid's Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest accounts, or on their blog).

And now, onto the playroom tour (I know. Hold onto your hats. Who knew a Friday could be this exciting?).

I'm starting to realize why more people don't do house tours on their blog. You never QUITE feel like things are done. I'd still like a large bulletin board for over the bookshelf, I think, and I've considered doing a garland like this over the windows, but I shall forge ahead anyway.

Ella is always asking, "Can I go play in my playroom?" (Um, yes. It's YOUR playroom. For playing). 

This is the view of the playroom from the living room (the front door is on my far left down a hallway, so you can't see this from the front door). That doorway on the right, just past the clock is the kitchen.

The view from the kitchen (I stood on a bunch of cereal crumbs while I took this photo. Ani needs to learn how to sweep up after herself).

Curtains: IKEA
Cityscape Canvas: made by me
Chair: from Ralphie (who bought it on Craigslist)
Red Pillow: made by Gretchen
Yellow crocheted blanket: made by my Mom
Library Basket: Ross
Blue Quilt: made by my Aunt Miriam
Red Toy Bin: Target ($2.50 on Fourth of July clearance)
Table & Chairs: IKEA
Kitchen Set: Amazon, gift from my parents
Bookshelf: IKEA
Baskets: IKEA


  1. So nice to have a place for all the toys, I llove it!! I also love Ella's stinkin cute personality- she cracks me up!

  2. We can definitely be friends- I've said 'crans' my entire life! It drives my hubbie nuts :)

    And I have two of those exact same cassette boxes! I had no idea that's what they were. Looks like we have an art project in our future!

  3. You are funny. First time visiting. . from Plaid Kids Craft Steet Team Calendar. I'll be back :)

  4. I had wondered if that quilt had made the cut with the various moves :)

  5. Looks great! We need a designated playroom. That would be nice. Big wicker basket in the living room that gets filled with toys that come out of the little girls room and her IKEA table count as her "playroom" outside the actual one of her bedroom. :)

  6. love the playroom! cant wait to design my own once i have kids too :)
    first time visiting and i think im in love with your little girl!

    The DayLee Journal

  7. So, I thought I was the only one that said "crans". My husband always calls me out on it. Is it a regional thing? He's Canadian...maybe I should just make fun of him for the way he says it and tell him he's wrong. haha.

  8. I love this! Glad the girls have more space (and you too)


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