Today is DAY FOUR of the Malone Street Studios Blog Launch Party.
You read about the Vintage Ice Cream Social Malone Street Studios hosted for my darling niece, Claire, on DAY TWO of the Blog Launch Party.
Today I will be sharing with you some fun photos I captured of Claire and her new play ice cream stand, a simple an inexpensive DIY project that you can make for your own little one.
Thanks to the awesome tutorial provided by talented Jennifer Holmes with Dear Lillie, my better half, Frankie, and I were able to construct an ice cream stand that will provide our niece Claire with hours of entertainment. She is right at that age (and height) where she is starting to really get busy cooking in her play kitchen and feeding her baby dolls (and stuffed ponies).
When I went up to Dallas a few months ago to start planning her 2nd birthday party, Claire got one glimpse of the Vintage Ice Cream Social invite I had created and it was alllllll ice cream talk after that.
“Claire, what would you like to do today?”
“Claire, where would you like to go?”
Later that day, running errands with my sister Julia, we were perusing PB Kids – a favorite of ours. And I spotted this awesome Melissa and Doug play ice cream set.
This is the set of all sets. I would have loved this as a kid. It’s complete with a magnetic scoop, and each scoop and cone has a magnet, as well. Perfect for stacking a sky-high ice cream cone.
I brought it home to Claire and before we knew it, I had unleashed the ice cream monster within her.
She had so much fun building us ice cream cones and couldn’t stop giggling when her stuffed kitty cat slurped it up and begged for more (did I mention I can be quite the ventriloquist?). Claire wanted to cart those cones with her to bath time and into her crib when it was time to sleep. She didn’t forget about them in the morning either. She had them sitting right next to her while she munched on her cereal. Too cute!
It had been well over a week and she still demanded to bring the set with her wherever they go. I was receiving frequent text updates like this.
My sister’s friendly way of reminding me that I had brought out an obsession in her nearly 2 year old daughter. An o-b-s-e-s-s-i-o-n.
Which only got me thinking what ELSE could I possibly do to further nurture this adorable obsession of Claire’s….
Moral of the story: if you give a mouse a cookie toddler a play ice cream set, you might as well build them a stand to go with it.
And her Vintage Ice Cream Social birthday party happened to be the perfect time to present her with this homemade gift.
Dear Lillie’s tutorial is simple, playful, brilliantly interchangeable (an ice cream stand, lemonade stand, doctors office, puppet theater AND store all in one?!?!), budget friendly, and best of all – a toy that will last for the better part of a childhood and will make memories to last a life time.
Just follow along the tutorial, found here, to build your own.
For the stand alone, we spent about $50 on materials – the wood, a sample can of paint (Sherwin Williams Pure White), paint rollers, hinges, and a pack of screw-in hooks. And I roughly spent $50 on the fabric for the curtains, knobs, and other accessories.
Overall, this project is definitely feasible for under $100.
And $100 for endless hours of fun for your kids sounds like a pretty good deal to me.
I added a knob on each panel, and one underneath the countertop to hang signs or play aprons from. I painted the knobs with the same paint from the stand, and just ran a sanding block over the edges for a slightly distressed look.
How cute is this Hand-Dipped 5 cent ice cream cone sign? It was a “splurge” at $11.99 from Hobby Lobby, considering that is about 25% of the material cost for the stand itself.
The fabric for the curtains was on sale (I always check out Hobby Lobby or Joanne’s …they always have good sales on their fabrics!). I bought some Heat’n’Bond strips to make pocket seams (aka no-sew/iron-on seams). Then slipped the curtains onto a thin dowel rod from the hardware store, and hung it up with some hooks.
The chalkboard sign at the bottom of the stand is in fact, a Chalkboard! The board is completely hand-painted, with a coat of magnetic paint AND chalkboard paint. But the lettering is painted on with real paint, so that it lasts. The only lettering that is drawn on with chalk is the price.
So little ones can either put up magnetic numbers or draw on their own price!
I definitely got some keepers. Well, they were all keepers really. All 250 of them….got a little carried away.
And I think in the next week or so, I will do a reel of bloopers….there were some priceless expressions caught on camera!
This photo shoot was the last part of our trip to Dallas, and it was the perfect way to wrap up a weekend of ice-cream-filled goodness with family and friends.
I would have to say this was one of my favorite DIY projects. The construction was simple (you can even get Lowe’s or Home Depot to cut your wood to size if needed), and the decorating was so much fun!
I love the toys, especially handmade, that are simple in nature, encouraging little ones to use their imaginations. No fancy gadgets or electronics here. Just good old-fashioned fun!
Have a wonderful Thursday!
P.S. I’m still receiving selfies like this from Claire : )
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