The bed we bought -Simmons Natural Care – their eco-friendly line
Corn MAiZE at the Pumpkin Patch
Oregon Zoo – they have discounted admission every second Tuesday!
Giraffe Growth Chart from Quilts, Bibs, Blankies…Oh My!
Note: I am currently working on getting better directions worked up in Adobe Illustrator, but for now, here are the bare bones.
Sponge Bob’s House Tent (a Pineapple) …Flora calls it “Boppy ‘Ouse”
1 large-sized cardboard box (roughly a square with each side measuring 3 feet)
Six 8-inch sections of thick wire (we used extra Romex 12-1 wiring)
Four 10-ft lengths of pvc pipe – 1/2 inch thickness. Cut each pipe into three 3-ft segments. Once you’re done cutting you should be left with twelve 3-ft sections and four 1-ft sections.
Six 45-degree angled connectors (1/2 inch size)
One T-connector (1/2 inch size) for connecting the chimney to one of the sides
One 90-degree connector (1/2 inch size) for creating the chimney look
One end cap (1/2 inch size) for topping off the chimney
One piece of light cardboard (I used a cereal box)
5-ft of sew-on velcro
9-yd of orange fabric
1-yd of green fabric
1/2 yd blue fabric
blue painters tape
bunch of duct tape – we used white to match (found at Joann)
Connect 3-ft segments of pipe together with a 45 degree connector (should have 6 pairs).
On one pair of pipes cut pipe about 4 inches down and attach T-connector. Using a scrap piece of pipe cut in half (2 six inch sections) and connect with the 90 degree connector and top off with cap. This should form the chimney.
Drill two holes on the bottom of each pair to thread wire across. (We did about 3/4 inch up). Thread wire through the pipe, down through the cardboard, up through the cardboard on the other side, then twist wire tightly and trim.
With great excess of tape, wrap around the connecting poles until it looks like a huge mess. Then use some more tape.
Cut 6 four inch strips selvage to selvage (45 inches) of green fabric. Fold in half, so it is 22 inches long, right sides together, and sew up each side. Turn right side out and slip over the top of the pipes.
With one person holding a side of orange fabric, cut triangle-shaped trapezoids, overlapping the pipe about an inch. After each shape is cut, pin together, creasing the fabric so when you go to sew, you just sew along the crease-line. It helps to leave over night to let the seams “set.” Measure the long bottom of the triangle, and attach a piece of fabric that length, so it covers one whole side of the hexagon-pyramid. Then sew 5 sides together, leaving the side with the chimney un-sewn as that will have velcro the length of it, and the door which needs a little bit different care.
For the “door” measure two pieces of orange fabric that overlap 4 inches. Fold over the long lengths and sew a quarter inch finishing seam where the kid will be running through. On the left side of the door, cut a door out of blue fabric that is approximately 8 inches wide and 20 inches tall, with a rounded top. Sew the two pieces to the trapezoid piece above it.
To the left of the door panel cut a circle out for the upper story window. I used a plate and traced around it, then cut a smaller circle a half inch away (not going all the way to the line I drew) so I could cut every inch or so trapezoids around the circle and could fold over 1/2 inch pieces while I sewed 1/4 inch seam.
For the chimney top cut a circle out (i used a bowl) and cut a wedge out (it should look like Pac-Man) and fold it down until it overlaps into an appropriate looking cone shape. Tape together with strong tape, then over that tape with blue painters tape. Over the white pvc pipe of the chimney parts wrap with more blue tape.
On the sides that connect at the chimney sew velcro all down the entire length of each side so 1. it can be taken off to wash, and 2. you can easily put it around the chimney. There are more finishing steps you can do (sew the top and bottom of the structure so no raw edges show…serge the inside seams, etc. )
Flora loves playing in this: http://www.youtube.com/oregonruvalcabas#p/a/u/0/rOD5DBGm3-g