Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Roary the Racing Car... plus garage!

In true Blue Peter fashion, today I'm going to show you how to turn this...


Into this...


And it's as easy as doing a little bit of this...


Some of this...


Getting daddy (or mummy) to do a bit of this...


And adding a few of these...


It really is that simple! And - I think you'll agree - pretty effective. It wasn't my idea; it wasn't even my shoe-box. Both belonged to Sarah, and quite how the combination of a Roary-mad toddler and a shoe container came together as they did, I'm not quite sure. But once she'd had the inspiration, it was down to us for the perspiration and I was as keen to put it into action as Charlie. As you can see, he did his bit. And he didn't make too much mess. (I did!) But it was all good fun.

Anyway, to begin at the beginning as someone once said, you'll need to cut down the corners of the shoe-box lid first to make the garage apron, thus:


Next comes the messy bit - the painting. I tried to match the colours using a Roary annual, but it doesn't really matter - unless, like me, you've got a son who spots the slightest inconsistency and pulls his parents up for every tiny inaccuracy.


Moving swiftly along, get those paints out and transform your shoe-box into something that might just, in a day or two, look like a garage for a set of racing cars.





Again, using the annual as a guide, I left the parking spaces white and drew on the lines in black felt-tip as well as drawing on the detail of the back wall. And from then on, we were in the home straight as it were, thanks to being sent to some stickers by a very nice man at Chapman who'd seen my review of the Roary Live! stage show and - in reverse of the normal PR trend - sent me a bundle of goodies as a 'thank you'. In fact, one of them - the new Roary Winter Breeze DVD - we already had, so I'm giving it away as a bonus for a blog reader. But you have to pledge to make a Roary garage like ours and post the pics on your own blog (if you have one). If you don't, you can send them to me and I'll post them here. It's well worth it (and not just for being in with a chance of winning the DVD) and if I can do it, anyone can. Did I ever tell you my philosophy of DIY? It's this - if you can't fix it with a hammer, call an expert!
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