Are you loving this Spring Stashbust as much as I am?! It feels so good to be whittling away at my stash of stuff, instead of constantly replenishing!
You know how you think you've come up with the most genius idea in the history of the world, only to discover that somebody already beat you to it?
Yeah, this is one of those times for me...kinda. After I came up with the idea of a Bookshelf Puppet Theater, and even sketched it all out, I happened to do a Google search, and found this tutorial on Infarrantly Creative. Of course, her bookshelf was a little different, so I still had to put my thinking cap on to make this work.
This is what I started out with:
Does it look like its missing something?
This is a $20 assembly-required bookshelf we bought at Big Lots a few years ago. Its made from pressboard, and has those little metal peg things that you stick in holes on the side and then set the shelf on top of the pegs.
I made the mistake of putting it in my toddlers' bedroom. Less than half an hour later it was stripped...and the worst part is that they hid the metal pegs and I have yet to find them!
So, the first thing I had to do was make a SECURE shelf. I used some blocks of wood I found in our shed to nail to the inside of the bookshelf, like this:
I also hammered a nail on each side, right near the top, letting it hang out a bit. This is where the curtain "rod" will be later.
After a couple coats of grey paint (leftover from painting bedrooms!), I added a flannel board front. And of course forgot to take pictures of the process, but its pretty straight forward. Using the backing from the original bookshelf (it was flimsy, a little bit better than cardboard though) I cut it to fit in the front. I covered it with yellow flannel, folding the edges over to the back and hot gluing them down. Then I nailed it in place.
Now one of my kids can use their Felt Faces and other felt cutouts on the front while the other is putting on a show up above!
The curtain "rod" is a wrapping paper tube painted white. I was scrambling all over the house, trying to find something I could use to hang these curtains from so I wouldn't have to break my Stashbusting oath, and finally I had this stroke of brilliance. I had to cut it a little shorter, and put a slit in one end so I could slide it over the nail, but it is surprisingly sturdy, considering its just cardboard.
I admit, this first attempt is not the prettiest thing ever.
But the puppets were a BIG hit!
My Munchkin loved how she could stand them up...lay them down....
(see? They fit inside each other, perfect for compact storage!)