Hi friends! I’m changing things up a bit today from my usual quest in home decor to show y’all a fun little thrift store find for my (nearly) 2 year-old. Yikes!
If you’re looking for a great toy for your little one that they actually won’t get bored with and requires lots of imagination (and is cheap to make- yay!), then this one is the ticket.
When I was strolling through Goodwill on my weekly visit to check out the hidden treasures, I found this puppet theater for $6. And it had so much potential! Honestly, I could have left it the way it was, but I wanted it to have some versatility (and okay, I wanted an excuse to get crafty because that’s just what I do.)
At Land of Nod right now, they sell the “What’s That Stand For? Stand”. Yes, that’s actually what it’s called. Look at all of the things you can do with it! If you have one like my thrifted one lying around (or even foam board or plywood would work), this is so easy to do.
Land of Nod
One of its uses is a puppet theater. I used to LOVE stands like this when I was a kid, and I knew instantly that it would be a hit with my daughter, Olivia. The only thing is, the Land of Nod version costs $179! (Granted it’s much more sturdy and has some cool accessories…but still.)
I was able to give our thrifted theater a facelift with a few supplies I already had on hand, so this cost me absolutely nothing to make.
First thing, I painted it with some leftover white chalk paint (because really…who wants to prime when you have a bottle of that awesomeness?)
I taped off some simple stripes and the areas where I wanted the chalkboards to go. Then, painted those sections with chalkboard paint we still had leftover from our kitchen wall.
I used a can of a very subtle green spray paint that had been sitting in my craft closet forever just waiting for the perfect project. It’s called Spring Meadow by Valspar.
For the curtains, I did away with the plasticy yellow ones, and pulled out a stash of simple white cotton fabric. I measured it for the opening and cut it in half.
For the “curtain rod” I just used some thick string, folded the top of the fabric over it, and hot glued a seam. (In case you didn’t know this, I absolutely loathe sewing. Machines and I get into fights. Hot glue and Heat n’ Bond are my best friends when it comes to fabric.)
I hemmed the other edges of the fabric with the hot glue too. Then, I just used a manual staple gun to attach either end of the string to the back of the theater, and that was it!
I finished whipping this up during Olivia’s nap, so she woke up to a wonderful surprise to play with. Her face was priceless! I can’t wait to see all of the imaginative things she’ll do with this as she grows. Puppet show, lemonade stand, supermarket, and post office all in one! And I’m sure mommy and daddy will take advantage of some sloppy toddler kisses for the kissing booth.
Now, I guess the next craft on the list is making puppets! I could die from the cuteness of it all.
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