Spur of the moment bit of work last night - this cardboard carriage for the girls' Barbies/Kens/Liv dolls. The girls have been playing Doll Ball (as in formal dance thing) and wishing for a carriage. They'd made their own in the past by converting their mini wagon into an open ride for the Ball participants but it got taken apart whenever they wanted their wagon back. So last night, even though I was supposed to be cutting out fabric for Bag Testing Stage 2, I put on a movie (Thor - sigh... I love Loki - there, I've admitted it in public) and picked cardboarding instead.
I made it quite spacious, so it can be both private transportation (like a limo)
and mass transit.
I didn't take any step-by-step photos because it was late at night and I was distracted by all the dark shiny Norse costumes in the movie. So this morning I took my usual after-the-fact shots for you.
First, the carriage is just two flat pieces of cardboard with windows cut out and made 3D by a gusset. This gusset was rolled
to wrap around the curves of those flat cardboard pieces.
The curly scroll thing is just rolled cardboard
with little stacks of cardboard separating the layers
so it keeps it "open" shape and doesn't collapse.
to fold down into a ramp
so the passengers could enter and leave the carriage without tripping over their stilettos.
The inside of the carriage was just two long seats, glued in before the gusset was attached.
The carriage harnesses to the lone garage-sale plastic horse (the one having a permanent bad hair day)
by two strips of cardboard glued and fastened to the front
and wrapped around the waist of the horse. The paper fasteners were largely decorative (since everything was also glued down) but this pair also served as a string clasp of the sort found on document envelopes.
The wheels were empty ribbon spools.
Two straws were glued and taped on the bottom of the gusset for axles,
with bamboo skewers running through them. The wheels were impaled and glued onto the ends of the the skewers.
And look: everything stores back inside it, even the horse!
Snuck it into their bedroom with a note. I like leaving stuff for them to find the next day - it buys me more sleep-in time. The girls are planning to decorate it and add little paper curtains today. And Emily suggested adding a raise-able convex roof. Although that might not happen till late, since we baked cupcakes and want to frost and eat them first.