Make a sweet DIY Laundry Play Set with a real clothesline for your little one! | littleredwindow.com
One of the first chores we let O “help” us with was the laundry. If fact, we have a stacked washer/dryer so to have someone short to pull things out of the washer and hand them to you so you can put them up top in the dryer is kind of awesome. He already has a cute little kitchen and I am determined that he will go off to college knowing how to properly clean and do his own laundry so I thought, why not start now with a little Laundry Play Set! And anyway, the little clothespins are great for hand-eye coordination and it’s just cute!
DIY Laundry Play Set
2 small wooden pegs
Acrylic Craft Paint
Thick watercolor paper or posterboard
Craft knife or scissors
1. To make this, I started out with a regular piece of 28′ x 20″ white foam board.
I drew on some grass and a sun and then just painted it in with acrylic craft paint. This time I went for some swirly texture rather than just paint it flat. I also added two brown clothesline posts.
2. I made a small hole at the top of the clothesline “poles” added some glue and put in a small wooden peg on each side. (I apologize for the following two terrible pictures, it was just one of those days!)
3. After that had dried overnight, I tied (and glued) some bakers twine to each post to make the clothesline. Then I wrapped the loose end around the post a couple times, glued it and cut off the extra.
(And I hope it goes without saying, because there’s a long piece of string involved, don’t let your kids play with this unattended. Same goes for the small clothespins, they have some tiny parts. I get very nervous about that sort of thing.)
4. To make the clothes, I first sketched them on some sturdy posterboard. Then I filled them in with watercolor. If I was doing this again I would go with really thick watercolor paper only because posterboard wasn’t ideal for watercolor paint.
5. When that had dried I went back in and added some shading and then when it had dried again I added details with a fine-tipped pen.
6. Then I cut them out carefully and I was all set to hang them on the line to “dry”!
I made pants, shorts, a tshirt, a button up work shirt, a pair of socks and a pair of undies and O totally loved it. This was one of those projects where he wouldn’t stop asking when he could play with it while I was making it. Oh and I also added a simple little laundry basket at the bottom to hold the clothes before you hang them up!
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