Some shiz went down in this joint on Thursday night. You know you’re a blogger when…. a friend emails you about a craft project for their son’s school and you end up so desperate to finish it yourself that you insist on making (and shipping) it to said friend!
I’d never heard of this, but when C told me about it… I fell in love. At her son’s school, they have a ‘monster box’ for recycling old markers and crayons. Think Cookie with crayons and not cookies…
These were the sample photos she texted me: so fun, right?!
Well, when it comes to making random monsters, there’s only one place to start: the dollar store.
I loaded up my cart with the monster fixins (and maybe a few other goodies…). I popped anything in my cart that might be monster-worthy… think eyeballs, antennae, ears, teeth, scales, fur… you name it.
Time to get my Dr. Frankenstein on. Using a regular postage box, I cut out one end for crayon/ marker retrieval and I cut the mouth. For a crayon/ marker monster, the mouth needs to be big enough for young children to get their hands in… I allowed for a big gummy monster grin.
Next, I covered the box with poster board using a flourish of tacky glue. I covered the edges with green duct tape to make it look all perty and stuff.
Ready for the scales… remember this work of art from way back when? Well, I took the chance that it might just work on table cloths and shower liners. Circle me happy…
With a pile of plastic circles rarin’ to go, I used a hot glue gun to scale up my monster.
I actually added the hands next so that the monster fur/ skin/ scales would fit around them… I stuffed these green work gloves, cut a tiny square in the sides of the box, and affixed the gloves with hot glue and tape on the inside of the box.
Eyes: 2 reflectors + 2 sink drain strainers + a last minute addition of some pom poms. A few feathers are the perfect eyelashes.
Teeth are a handful of plastic spoons hot glued into the mouth. 2 packs of magnetic letters gave me the “feed me” directions. (Although I miscounted my need for “Es” and had to MacGyver an ‘F’ to finish the phrase…)
Hair: I cut zig-zags out of one of those silver sun reflectors that you put on your windshield to keep your car cool. Antennae are my favorite… 2 blind spot mirrors.
For the monster’s back, I used these stove burner liners… super thin and came 6 for $1. I cut them into quarters and hot glued them in a scaly pattern.
I found a tupperware at the dollar store that will fit right inside the box so that crayons and markers fed to the monster can be easily collected by lifting the box up.
Here’s a list of the dollar store materials used for this monster. 15 in all so maybe $20 total.
- poster board
- table cloths/ shower liners
- blind spot mirros
- mesh drain covers
- pom poms
- windshield sun guard
- work gloves
- duct tape
- magnetic letters
- plastic spoons
- stove burner liners
- shipping box
Thanks to C for giving me a fun excuse to raid the dollar store and make something super fun. I love this idea and might just find a reason to make a monster for all our recycling needs! Batteries…paper… cans… bring on the monsters!
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