19.12.19

Birthday Toy Train Tutorial

Birthday Toy Train
Hi crafters...sharing a huge birthday present I made for my little niece who is celebrating her 5th birthday this month. Her favourite colour is pink and so I went really overboard on the  "pinkness" here!!
This project was made exclusively using Crealies  dies. I used the Crealies  train Cardzz die to make the cute train and lots of other dies from Crealies  to add the  fun elements
Birthday Toy Train
    Since I am going to be taking this all the  way to Kerala my hometown where my niece resides I needed the  whole ensemble to safely fit in my suitcase...so I came up with an idea to have the  individual parts fit together with  tiny magnets in the  wheel bars.
So this is like a real toy which you can assemble and then take apart and store! 
Birthday Toy Train
The first wagon 2 wagons had balloons galore for the  birthday girl and this one which is my favourite has floating glittery clouds and the birthday girl's name in matching letters .
Birthday Toy Train
On the  4th wagon I added elements you may see in a typical little girl's birthday : lots of pink ...pink frocks, toy balls, cameras , pink bows and hearts!
Birthday Toy Train
On the last wagon I added something yummy---strawberries!
And more balloons and buttons and a giant 5!!
Birthday Toy Train
Don't you just love those strawberries.
Birthday Toy Train
Ok ...here is how you can make a Toy Train Treat Box/ display for a special occasion.

Make a Shaker Number
The new Crealies number dies in the Cardzz category are really huge and are perfect to make banners and huge decorations. For my toy train I made 2 big number 5 's 
Here is how you can easily make a shaker number.
Die cut your base using the largest shadow number.
Tape the inner 2 numbers together and die cut double sided adhesive foam.
Shaker Number Tutorial 
Stick the number frame cut with the  adhesive foam onto your base.
Shaker Number Tutorial 
Add shaker elements.
Die cut an acetate sheet using the  middle number.


Shaker Number Tutorial 
Stick this onto your adhesive number frame.
Shaker Number Tutorial 

Press well to stick


Shaker Number Tutorial 
Add a frame made using the inner 2 numbers and add it over your shaker
Shaker Number Tutorial 

And you have a quick and easy Shaker number.
Birthday Toy Train


Make Toy Train wagons
Toy Train Tutorial 
If you want to make a sturdy but lightweight toy train you can use foam to give strength your paper train.

For each train wagon/engine 
Die cut 3 pieces [1 in pattern paper, 1 in card stock and 1 in foam- to be sandwiched between pattern paper and cardstock] for the front and 3 pieces for the  back.

To make the  wagon boxes
You can make the boxes from chipboard  or make the  wagons using cardstock like I did for this project
Toy Train Tutorial 

To make one wagon you need just one 18 x 12 cm paper.


Toy Train Tutorial 


Score it on all its edges [ by turning the  paper as you go] at 4 cm from the  edge[ = 1 3 /4 inches]
Toy Train Tutorial 
Once your paper is scored make 4 cuts as shown to enable you to fold your paper into a box.
Toy Train Tutorial 

Snip off a bit of paper to create gluing tabs


Toy Train Tutorial 

It will look like this:


Toy Train Tutorial 

Optionally snip off triangles from the  outer end of your gluing tab as shown below...this is not compulsory...it just gives a neater finish to your gluing
Your paper will look like this now...all ready to fold and glue into a box
Toy Train Tutorial 
Fold all score lines and you will get a shape as shown below
Toy Train Tutorial 
Apply glue to your gluing tabs and glue.Use paper clips to help keep your parts together as your glue dries
Toy Train Tutorial 

My toy train has 5 wagons as the  birthday girl is celebrating her 5th birthday!
Toy Train Tutorial 

Stick the  boxes onto your wagons and your train boxes are ready to add little toys, candy etc
Toy Train Tutorial 
Since the toy train is very big with 5 parts I wanted a mechanism to take apart the pieces and put them back together like a real toy...I made magnetic parts to join the wheels of the train
Toy Train Tutorial  
Cut 3 strips [in cardstock, foam and silver paper] and 2 wheels using the dies in the Train Cardzz set.
Stick the  foam in between the pink cardstock and silver paper...this makes your part sturdy and prevents it from buckling while keeping it lightweight
Toy Train Tutorial 
I made 8 strips to join 5 of my train wagons
Toy Train Tutorial 

You can simply glue the  wheels on to your strips or if you want a really good adhesion use brads. Poke holes on either end of the strips and through the center of your wheel and join the wheel to your strip using the  brads. I added magnets to the  backside of the  strips under the wheel and magnets onto the wagon wheels as you can see in the  toy train individual pieces below


Birthday Toy Train
As a final touch I will be adding photos of the  birthday girl and her family
in each of the wagons and in the  windows!
I hope you like some of the  ideas I have shared in this post
Here are the  supplies used
Crealies Dies:

28 comments:

  1. What a lucky niece, this is so pretty and so amazing, this will be one Birthday gift she can cherish for years. Gorgeous, hugs, Lori m

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  2. Oh my goodness, Sonia! This is incredible! Your niece will love it! Be sure to take pictures of her with it! Thanks for the inspiration- can't believe it's assembled with magnets! Hugs...! And Merry Christmas!

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  3. This is absolutely stunning Sonia, your niece will treasure her gift - a wonderful keepsake.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
    x

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  4. Wow!! It looks so pretty, your niece is so lucky, awesome creation.

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  5. Wow, this is stunning!!!

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  6. This is so charming, cute, well matched and just STUNNING.

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  7. This is SO CUTE!!!! I am IN LOVE with it!!!! Perfect for a birthday party for sure!!!!

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  8. What a marvellous gift, Sonia! You have put in so much efforts and patience into its making. I love it so much. I would love to know your niece's reaction on receiving this gift :)

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  9. Of course she is going to love it! It must have taken you ages to complete this. What an amazing piece of art!

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  10. What a fabulous gift to treasure for years!! Awesome work and very creative! :)

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  11. Awesome project, so cute and fun!!!
    Hugs

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  12. Dear Dr Sonia
    You really are a genius and you always prove that you are my kind heated and talented guru. I just dont have words to appreciate teh beauty of it. Your niece would be thrilled to bits to get this gift and will treasure it for years to come. Thank you for coloring my world with happiness and i am eternally greatful to you for it. May you and your family have a enjoyable holiday and a super duper great 2020 filled with Good health and happiness always. with loads of love and gratitude

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  13. I though I should have a quick catch up with everyone after my enforced screen break and as always a delightful creation awaits.

    Wishing you and yours Peaceful Christmas Season.

    B x

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  14. I can just imagine you're nieces reaction to her 5th birthday card, she will be over the moon, it is just incredible Sonia and so pretty in all ways.
    Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas
    Faith x

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