Sunday, 19 February 2012

The wheels on the bus go round and round....

No posts for ages not because we haven't been crafting, but because we've been doing SO MUCH.
So now I'm going to have to hit you with a load of catch-up posts, the first of which is this rather cool London Bus we made.




It's easy-peasy. Really, really. And it looks great. And it's cheap. And infinitely variable. Really, what's not to like about a craft like this?
We did not entirely make this up - it's based on something we saw on Disney's Art Attack programme. But ours is better, so ner.

For the London Bus variation, you need:
  • 2 large, empty egg cartons
  • white card
  • glue, scissors, felt-tip pens
  • paint

First, stick the cartons on top of each other. I used a hot glue gun (my new favourite tool) because it's fast, but any strong glue will do.
When that's dry, paint the bus red. We used acrylic paints so only needed one coat to get pretty good coverage. I'd have done another coat, but Henry was having none of it.

While that's drying, make the windows, wheels and lights. We just cut out window shapes, outlined in black marker, and then drew on people. We also did a driver at the front. If I'd been better organised, I would have got us some Playmobil catalogues and cut out people from them, which would also, I think, have looked cool.

The wheels were circles of card painted black, with smaller circles of white card stuck in the middle. And the lights were small circles painted yellow.
When paint on the egg cartons has dried, stick on the windows and wheels.

Ta-da! Finished and ready to hit the London traffic:




You could do any number of variations of this: yellow school bus, trucks and lorries, taxi (using small egg carton), tractor (using small one stuck on a large one) etc.