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!

17 comments:

  1. Anthea Turner eat your heart out! Amazing!

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  2. ... and not a sheet of sticky-backed plastic in sight, Steve!

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  3. Great work, Charlie. Now how can you transform that green Clarks shoe box into a Manolo Blanhik's one with a pair of stiletto's inside? Ciao. A.

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  4. Aw - that takes me back...I used to make all sorts of things out of shoeboxes for my girls...doll's houses, puppet theatres, cradles...now, of course, they want what lunarossa wants...:-(

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  5. If I knew what they were Antonella, I would have a go...

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  6. ... But I think I'd have to draw the line at Charlie wearing a pair Gigi. After all, he's only 3!

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  7. I love this. We are cardboard box mad and my little boy who is two is car mad. Yesterday his dad brought him the Cars set back from a business trip. We are very up for blogging about it. In fact I think I need to start a page on my blog for my cardboard box related posts.

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  8. That's a good idea AR - a dedicated cardboard page. I might do that myself. Anyway, best of luck with you garage - don't forget to post your pics to be in with a chance of winning the DVD... at the moment you're likely to be the only candidate!

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  9. That is fantastic! I am inspired and will now go and buy some brand new shoes in order to have a shoe box in order to make the Roary garage (a reasonable excuse for new shoes I reckon!)!

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  10. Well, Hazel, that's one excuse. Just don't blame me when the bill arrives!

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  11. Superb! It was like reading my Blue Peter Annual all over again!

    Seriously, great piece of work.

    (Thought I'd pop over here for old time's sake!)

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  12. LOVE this! I remember trying to make my brother a Tracey Island back in the day but I couldn't master the art of paper mache -it never dried out and after being in the garage for weeks it got mouldy and had to be binned. This seems a lot easier - i think I might try this- i'll let you know how we get on!

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  13. Glad to see you over here again Jenny... it's been a long time!

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  14. And I hope you manage it STM - you're right, it's a lot easier than anything with paper mache. Don't forget to post a pic too, and link back here - at present you stand an excellent chance of winning the DVD, 'cos no-one else has said they're going to enter!

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  15. Oh you garage is lovely - SO NEAT! Our crafts, ahem, turn out much messier (which is me and not my son!!!) Love it!!!

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  16. What you didn't see was the paint all over the table, RT... I had to 'edit' the pictures or there'd have been paint on the camera.

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  17. (And thanks for linking up :-) and yes, I often have paint on the camera!!!!!)

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