Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Dum Ditty.

One thing I always looked forward to about becoming a mom is the crafts and the coloring involved with raising a child.  I love to color!  In fact, I love it so much that when I was in nursing school I used to buy coloring books and crayons that I'd color in to clear my head after a long stretch of studying.  Something about filling in those lines with all the colors of the rainbow is so relaxing!

Obviously Alice is still a bit too young to color or craft.  Or maybe she isn't and I'm just not ready to deal with the mess that comes with doing those activities with a one-year old.  But that doesn't mean that I can't get my color and craft on until she can join me!

If you read my blog with any regularity you know I'm a bit of a nerd when it comes to reducing, reusing, and recycling.  When we finished up a carton of protein powder a few months back I decided to keep the container to make into a drum for Alice.  Of course that container sat in its original state for weeks before I finally got around to decorating it the day before Alice's party.  Let me tell you, nothing motivates me to get things done like having mommas and babies come over for a playdate and have them wonder why your kid is playing with whey protein!  Here's what you'll need:
  • Round container, emptied of its contents (the Quaker Oats container would be perfect, too)
  • Colorful construction paper (12 in x 18 in)
  • Rubber cement
  • Scissors
  • Colored pencils or crayons
  • Printout of a fun animal or alphabet letter (I found mine here)
  • Clear packing tape
Measure and cut your construction paper to fit your container.  Paint a thin layer of rubber cement directly onto the container being careful not to apply too much.  Quickly (but carefully!) apply construction paper to container and let dry for a few minutes.  Then cut out your beautifully colored artwork and apply it to the construction paper-covered container and let it dry for a few minutes.  And finally, cover the entire thing with the clear packing tape.  And voila!  You have a homemade drum.


  1. SO cute!! She is adorable, so big, and I still LOVE reading the blog!! :) Thank you!

  2. I loved reading that book to you. Great ideas about covering the container. You would empty the pots and pan drawer and gave you a wooden spoon to make lots of noise "music". You would sometimes crawl into the cabinets too and play hide and seek or peek-a-boo.

    You loved to explore.... maybe Alice will love to explore the world like you did and are still doing! xoxo

  3. I love this. There is a tiny oats container in my pantry just waiting to be made into a drum for my little girl. :)


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