Tuesday, April 30, 2013

DIY Toy Cash Register

I'm back! I know it's been a while. Things have been crazy these last few weeks and I could not help feel like I have been pulled from different directions. Whew! While I am still recovering from my ridiculous schedule let me share a project that I made a couple of months ago.

Here it goes:
Old boxes + bottle caps = toy cash register!
It is common knowledge that toys can be really expensive. But here’s proof that you don’t need to spend a single peso for your kid’s toys.  By recycling a couple of old boxes, toilet paper tubes, bottles caps, added with a bit of imagination you can create toys for your little ones. This project will help you save money, save the environment and at the same time keep your kiddos amused with play! Now don’t be surprised if people start calling you “super mom”.
 For this project you’ll need the following:
Old boxes
Cardboard tubes (toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, etc…)
Bottle caps
Step 1: Look for boxes that will go together to form the shape of a cash register (a medium sized, bulky box, such as a slide through shoe box and another that is relatively taller and thinner, like a cereal or pancake mix box).

Step 2: Paint boxes and glue them together.

Step 3: Get s piece of tube (as in a toilet paper tube, paper towel tube, etc...) and adjust the length as necessary. Paint the tube and attach using glue. 

Step 4: Create a “drawer”. This step will depend on the type of box you are using. Cut an opening through the front of the box and insert a smaller box inside (I was lucky to find a box that already had an opening). But if you are using a slide through shoe box this step won’t be necessary.
Step 5: Cut a piece of cardboard big enough to cover the opening if the box for the “drawer” is too small for the opening. (Here I also attached the opening flap of an empty pouch used for baby wipes to cover the cardboard. This step is optional, of course)

Step 6: Paint “drawer”
Step 7: Glue bottle caps on top of box
Step 8: Put in all the little details such as the numbers over the bottle caps, a piece of cardboard “monitor” and a little slit on the toilet paper roll to hold the “receipt”.
Oh, and don’t forget to fill the drawer with play money!