An Easy Pinterest Project (Emerson approved!)

3.06.2012

Emerson has TONS of toys. We haven't bought her a whole lot but she has received quite a few as gifts and one of our neighbors passed on a basket full! She has toys that play music and light up, balls, blocks, stacking cups and everything in between. But, like any typical 9 month old, they don't really hold her attention for very long. What does? Random things like strings, boxes, and paper towel rolls, of course! So, when I saw this idea courtesy of Tinker Lab on Pinterest for a fabric bucket I knew I had to try it.

I didn't have a yogurt container, but I did have a little canister that previously held E's vegetable puffs. It wasn't the prettiest looking thing, so I decided the first thing I wanted to do was cover it. I had a long fabric strip left over from one of E's nursery projects so I wrapped it around the can and hot glued it in place. It would probably look much neater with a piece of fabric measured to fit the can, but I was so excited about trying this out that I took the easy (and not so pretty) way out.

Next I used a knife to cut a small square in the plastic lid so that I could use scissors to cut a larger rectangle. I tried to make sure that the edges weren't sharp and that the corners were rounded. I also made sure that it was big enough for Emerson to get her hand and out of the hole easily.
Then I glued a piece of ribbon around the edge of the lid. This isn't necessary but I was trying to make it look a little bit better. I will admit that the green lid doesn't exactly match the fabric and pink ribbon but it still gets the job done. :)


The fun part was finding the materials to put inside the can. I just went into my scrap bin and found a few different things that I thought Emerson would like.
I put in several pieces of scrap fabric, including some fat quarters that I ordered when I was working on her room.
I also put in  some ribbon and a long strip of fabric because I know she loves strings.
Then I cut a few shapes out of scraps. I made a pink heart and a really messy looking E.
I shoved everything in the can and handed it over to be judged by little miss.
At first she mostly just played with the can. She would hold it by the hole in the lid and swing it around. Then she turned it over and noticed the bottom was reflective. She stared at herself for awhile before banging on it like a drum.
It was fun watching her do all of this but I have to admit I was eager with anticipation to see how she would react when she finally figured out that there was stuff in the can. And oh- it was definitely worth the wait. Once she pulled out that first piece of fabric, there was no stopping her.
 I am not exaggerating when I tell you that she played with the can and the fabric for a good 35 minutes.
She would pull everything out and wave it around.
She would examine it and "talk" about it.

 And then we would put it all back in and start all over.
She was mesmerized! And I was one happy Momma! I can't believe a 5 minute Pinterest project has turned into my sweet girl's new favorite toy.



Andrea said...

oh how cute! I am going to have to do this!

Mom said...

What a great idea. She looks so cute figuring it out. I am so ready to see you all. Give her a big hug from Mimi. Love you.

Kristi said...

Easy but satisfying! That's my kind of project! Even my oldest daughter would enjoy this and I am sure she would make something from those scraps.

Lyndsey said...

35 minutes?! Yeah, I'll be making one of those soon! Thanks for the idea!

Just the Two of US said...

that is sooo cool, I'll have to keep that in mind for future babies!

Sarah said...

How cute!! Two questions...love that bow! Did you make it? Also, where do you buy your fabric from?

Beth Ann said...

This is awesome!!! And it is a project that I can actually do! I've been saving formula cans because I just know there must be a good use for them. I will definitely make this when Holden is a little bigger! Thanks for the idea ;)

Mateya said...

What a good idea!

Brittney Galloway said...

I love this, too cute! I got all of he supplies to do his about 4 months ago, but for some reason, never completed it! I think you've motivated me!

The Jeffcoats said...

What a cute and easy idea to do!!! You can definitely tell she loves it! She's so lucky to have such a crafty momma!!

-Lauren said...

Cute and easy. I give you props for actually making pinterest projects! Go girl :)

Rebekah said...

That's really neat! Miss E is too cute!

Joeylee said...

how fun for her. She looks like she really liked it. She's getting so big and is such a doll

Natalie said...

That is so precious! I love it, what a great idea :)
Totally random, but you should do a house tour... I want to see your place! :)

Natalie said...

Hey now 35 minutes is like a record! :) Isn't it amazing what actually holds the kid's attention usually isn't the expensive toys? Great idea!

Megan said...

Awww, this is so cute! And what a great idea. Thank the Lord for Pinterest!!

Blissfully Burton said...

35 minutes! Wowza! Will have to make this in a few months! Oh, and she is PRECIOUS!

Kelli Kegley said...

I was actually thinking I like the staggered fabric on the can :) I have wanted to do something like this for Connor...I think he'd still like it at 2!

Callie Nicole said...

Oh my, what a cute idea! I might have to try this with one of our old formula containers too!

Amber said...

what an adorable idea! I did the can with glitter pom balls a while back but never thought about to do the patterns.

Ashley said...

Such a great idea for kids! I'll have to keep it in mind when my little cousins come to play -- definitely a more attractive toy to have lying around than tons of plastic veggies :)

And I have to say, that I LOVE all of the little bows Emerson wears! TOO cute, and she is such a good sport keeping them on! All of my cousins rip theirs off immediately!!

Hope you had a great weekend!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

I will have to try this, I bet B would love it!

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