Monday, January 4, 2010

puppet show

Kimba's DIY Day @ A Soft Place to Land

Thrifty Chick's Before and After Party

Metamorphosis Monday

I was so excited to give the kids the puppet show for Christmas. I saw the idea back in September over at Infarrantly Creative. I couldn't wait to make it happen, but had to survive photo season first, and then find the headboard or bookshelf that would be perfect at the perfect price. 2 weeks before Christmas, (that's right folks, I'm insane) I found the perfect headboard at Goodwill for 1/2 off and committed myself to this project despite the golfer's unease. "Where are we going to put that?" he asked me over and over. I dodged the question. With his question ringing in my ears I reluctantly layed down the big bucks. . . Yeah right, I practically danced to the checkout and nearly hugged the cashier when she told me it would be $4.50! Who cares where we'll put it! I'll put in at the foot of my bed if it sparks any sort of NON-video-game creativity in my kids. The kids were actually with me when I bought it. They thought they were getting a bookshelf. My 6-year-old's reaction was priceless on Christmas morning!

PAIGE: WHAT! WOW! This is so cool!

That's all I wanted folks. . . and a few great puppet shows here and there. . done!

Here is the before:
And the afters:

I added this little hand painted wooden plaque (.99) over the carving of the tree.
We found the curtain rod under our bed during pre-Christmas decluttering. The fabric for the curtain was at Goodwill on 1/2 off day too. $1.25

I already had the sheet metal for the chalkboard/magnet board leftover from my son's board in his room. The chalkboard paint (spraypaint) was $3.25

I already had the white paint and the clear protective coating. The moulding around the chalkboard cost 2.00 at a local salvage yard.

I made little red riding hood and the big bad wolf. The other puppets were from Michaels, from yard sales, white elephant gift at a Christmas party and gifts from a friend. I spent about 15.00 on the puppets that I bought and made. I mod podged the scrapbook paper on the backer board.

The basket was at Goodwill for .75 on 1/2 off day and the liner was made from scrap fabric that I had in my stash.

The grand total came to about $27.75. My budget was $25.00.
They love it. I LOVE it! The golfer LOVES IT, and has commented on the fact several times since Christmas. Mission accomplished.