DIY MELODY’S TRANSISTOR RADIO

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Hello everybody! We are back with a fun little craft for you!

As soon as we saw Melody’s sweet little transistor radio we were in love!

Here’s the pretty little thing now.

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The price tag however…

Anyway, as always, that got this mama to thinking. 🙂

DIY Time!! Lol!

Here’s what you need:

A small box

Paint

Hot Glue

Lids or caps

Thumbtacks

Mesh fabric or felt

Fine tip felt pen

Miscellaneous beads/buttons

Okay! Let’s get started!

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Start off with a small box. If you don’t have a box, Michael’s sells little boxes for $1-$2.

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You could also use a box like the one above, or a jello pudding box. Basically any little box will do.

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Mix your paint to get the colour that you like.

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Paint your box. My box had a lid, so I painted both sides. I decided to make two radios. 🙂

After it was dry, I varnished over the paint, but that’s entirely optional. I just like the shiny finish.

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Gather lids and caps. Any lids will do, so long as they fit on your box. You can even use the caps from medicine bottles.

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We had a bunch of pull tabs from orange juice and other containers, so we decided to use those too. If you don’t have anything at all, you can always trace circles onto a yogurt container lid, and cut them out to use. See picture below.

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Now carefully push a thumbtack through the centre of each of your dial knobs.

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To be sure that your tacks stay put, add a dab of hot glue to the backs.

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For the orange juice pull tabs, I just pressed the thumbtack into the box to attach it.

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Then I flipped it over, and added a dab of hot glue to the back to keep it secure. My boxes have no backs, so this was easy to do.

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If you want the dials to turn, you can use brad fasteners instead. I was just using what I had on hand.

Next, hot glue the larger dial on.

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Take a piece of paper and cut out a pattern for the speaker.

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Lay your pattern piece on a piece of mesh or felt. Cut it out.

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Hot glue or use a glue stick to stick your speaker on. I used a glue stick for the mesh because there are holes in it, and I didn’t want the hot glue to ooze through.

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If you don’t have plastic mesh or felt, you could always just use a straight edge to draw a grid pattern on a piece of paper.

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Okay, my pen was very leaky, but you get the picture. lol!

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Just colour your grid paper with a pencil, or a grey pencil crayon. At this time you can also use your fine tip felt marker to add some details to the dials.

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Very cute! Lastly, gather up your metallic buttons and beads.

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Hot glue a couple of buttons to the top of your radio.

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And you’re done!

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I noticed that there was an adorable little elephant that comes with this set. I found a similar TY beanie a while back that I think goes nicely. 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed making this craft with us today! We are loving these little radios! ❤

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(I will probably glue a piece of craft foam to the back of the radio to conceal the inside of the box.)

Have a crafty kind of day!

Leave a comment below!

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