I have been wanting to blog about this project for some time now. I don’t have a full tutorial, because I have a tendency to just wing it for most of my crafting ideas.
My girl loves Shopkins. I like them too. They are small so they don’t take up much space, and they are relatively inexpensive. However, that doesn’t mean that my girl gets everything that she wants. At least not all the time. Especially since Shopkins and Shopkin related items have taken up over half of her Santa list this year. I can’t see that happening.
I try to craft things instead of buying them as often as I can anyway. I feel that it demonstrates to my daughter that over consumerism isn’t always the answer. Besides, a lot of the time she feels that our homemade items are even better than the store bought. At least that’s what she tells me for now. How long that’s going to last, I don’t know.
Here is the little Shopkin refrigerator that my girl wanted for her birthday last year.
Very cute right? We thought so. Of course, I also thought that I might try my hand at making one myself.
For this craft, I didn’t want to replicate the store one. Instead, I decided to make it more our own. That way, it would be something special that no one else had, not just a homemade version of the real deal.
I used my handy dandy Tassimo boxes for this craft. I just love these little boxes! They are so reusable!
You can see how they can be cut into either rectangles or squares.
Like I said, there isn’t much of a tutorial here, but you can be creative and make one that is all your very own too! Mostly we used duct tape. Lots and lots of duct tape. I love the different kinds of patterns that you can get nowadays. We just used what we had on hand, but you can get creative.
We also used stickers. We love the LisaFrank stickers because they are so colourful and fun.
Check out our little fridge below!
The fridge itself was made entirely out of Tassimo boxes. Basically it is just made up of three rectangles and three squares, like this:
I used straws for the door hinges, and they work perfectly! Lots of fun, I’m telling ya. I just duct taped everything together to make it really sturdy.
Add creative details!
We made a cute little storage tray at the bottom that opens up. Just glue in an elastic band to hold it in place.
Be sure that when you add shelves to your refrigerator’s door that it will still close. We staggered the shelves so that they wouldn’t collide with the shelves inside the fridge.
We also added a bit of velcro to the freezer door so that it would stay closed.
Here it is all closed up, and ready for another day of play!
And do you think that my girl cares one bit that it’s not the real thing? Nope. She’s been having way too much fun with this little fridge to even notice.
You could also add in some little baby eggs just like the original has if you want, but that’s up to you. They would be pretty easy to make out of polymer clay, I think.