Pimp My Cubby House!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Do your kids L-O-V-E making cubby houses or blanket fortes?  Mine do, and are absolutely crazy for them.  A weekend does not go by without "Mum, can we make a cubby?", which is why I have a stash of old sheets in the linen cupboard just for this purpose. Anyway, this weekend, when we got a break in the weather (it's been raining pretty solid here for a couple of months now), my son & I decided to "pimp" one of the sheets and make it much more "cubby-like".
We thought an Indian-inspired theme would be fun, and would make the whole cubby experience feel a bit more like being in a teepee, so we set about finding some shapes to stick directly onto the sheet with the intention of then spray painting over the entire sheet leaving us with a coloured sheet and white shapes.  
I have a Silhouette Cameo machine so I searched "Indian" using the Silhouette software and purchased a random set of shapes that my son liked (which, FYI, cost 99c per shape).  If you don't have a Silhouette then you could just download shapes straight from the internet (actually my very first thought was to go out and collect things from the bush or beach - leaves, shells, twigs etc - and use them but, to be honest, I just couldn't be bothered doing that!).  The good thing about the Silhouette is it cuts adhesive vinyl so our shapes could be stuck directly onto our sheet.  We placed shapes randomly over the sheet, in no order whatsoever, and also added in some lines and zig-zags with painters tape.  I then mixed up two bottles of watered-down fabric paint, gave them an extra good shake, and we got to spraying.  We gave the sheet a really good spray, with lots of coats, and then once it was dry we peeled everything off to reveal our characters underneath - always the most exciting bit. 

It turned out really quite good, especially being that it was one of those "on a whim" projects that I wasn't sure would even work.  Thankfully it worked, we both had a good time doing it together and now the kids have a quirky teepee-inspired sheet to add a bit of oomph and personality to their cubby-house making.  After we'd finished, I thought it would've been a good idea to have their names, their hand prints and the date on it ... but by then we were done, the paint had been emptied and there was no going back for more.  Maybe the next sheet ...