Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sand Pail Mobile

Hi Everybody!

Hopefully you just came from visiting Jenny @ CrazyAboutCricut , then you are in the right place. If you just stumbled upon this awesome blog hop, please head over to see Jenny @ CrazyAboutCricut to start from the beginning.
Thank you for joining us for the All American Blog hop!  

 Here's the project I made to share with you today:
 it's a sand pail mobile.  

My kids and I made it to honor our recent trip to the coast, but it can also become a welcome sign for your front porch or summer themed BBQ or party decoration.
Sorry about the busy picture.  It's raining here and I couldn't get a break in the weather to take a better picture.  Those are my Clematis and Concord Grape vines growing on the arbor you see in the background. :)

After we selected our pail and found a surplus of shovels, we sat down to create our mobile. We drilled a few holes in the bottom of our pail and strung the shovels using fishing line. I also added a few extra holes for drainage.
We used Nate's ABC's for our lettering on our pail. Cut it out in white vinyl. Here my son is pulling off the negative space (the bg around the letters) from the letters.
After using transfer tape to place the letters on the pail (we used clear shelf paper for transfer tape) we added details and doodling using a Sharpie marker. My eight year old did very well, but six year old was very unsure about his lines, but I think he did fine.

Here is the completed mobile.

We ended up finding seven shovels. Hanging them using fishing line worked well. We hung them in varying lengths and they make a nice soft sound when the wind catches them.

We used this project to make a family mobile we can hang in the front yard (once we get a new hook placed) but it could easily make a wonderful summer party decoration!  How cute would it be to let your kids make their own!! They come out really inexpensively, especially if you shop at the Dollar Tree or end of summer clearance sales.

One last picture of our project. Don't my boys look so proud!! Bryce (8) is on the left and Owen (6) is on the right. In total, the mobile measures about 3 ft.

That's it, I hope you enjoyed my project, we had a wonderful time making it and would love to hear what you think!

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Josie0602 said...

So cute!! That would be a great summer craft project with the grandkids!

Crafty and Green said...

Super Cute Project! Love it! The kids will love to do this!! We love kid friendly projects!!


Tanya said...

I totally LOVE this project!! How creative you are!! The kiddos look so excited about the project!!!


Janet said...

This is a really cute idea Love it TFS
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Lara said...

This is great. I am a follower- thanks for the chance to win such great prizes! lclass003atgmaildotcom

Unknown said...

This is such a gret idea. Love watching the expressions on the kids' faces
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My 3 E Scrapbooking said...

Cheryl, your project is awesome! I can't wait to make one of these with my kiddos! You can see how proud the boys are of their creation! Thanks for sharing all the details!

Brenda Wooten Porter said...

cute idea using the sand pails and shovels for a mobile!! I would love to win! have a safe July 4th weekend!

Kim said...

Very cute!! Cool idea!!

Jenn's Paper Crafts said...

I'm a new follower to your blog.. Super cute idea :)

Amanda said...

Super cute!! My kids would love to make one! TFS!

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mamawcindy said...

What a Great Idea!!! I have left over Buckets and Shovels from my Grandsons Birthday Party. This would be a Great project for me and my Grandkids to do this Summer. Thanks for Sharing, :0)
cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com

Simply Sweet by Sharon said...

Very cute project!! I wish I had little girls (11 &13) that would want to make this. I might have to make one with my niece. Thank you for the idea.

Hawks Nest Hobbies said...

Super cute idea, what a fun summer project.

Darlene said...

how cute and original! TFS

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Cynthia V said...

Am now following you. Would love to win....I will check back to see your project later. Onto see what Sharon has waiting for me. Ü TTFN
ta, ta for now.

365 Days of Cricut said...

This is so cute! I need to make one of these for when I take my son to the parks so the other kids don't try to snatch it LOL!

Tammy Schmitt said...

What a fun and colorful project! Thanks for sharing:-)

~ Tammy

Heather said...

LOVE the idea of using a beach project! Crazy thought- you could also put bird seed in it!

great project!

pruttybird said...

Very cute project. Your boys did an excellent job!!!

pruttybird at comcast dot net

Chriss America Real said...

Cheryl, your projects give me fits! Where do you come up with all of these ideas? Your kids must have so much fun! I have about 4 projects of yours that I want to copy (as soon as I get the time...sigh) I am putting them in my grandma files (if I ever get a grandbaby)

Hey come over to my blog I am giving away a Mickey and Friends Cricut Cartridge to one LUCKY follower!

Cynthia V said...

Your pail is such an ingenious idea! The "kids" did a great job! Thanks for the project.

Peaches23 said...

I never thought to use vinyl this way. Great idea. I'm sure the kiddies love their new pail and shovels

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

So cute! love all the shovels, and what awesome helpers you have! Thanks!

B. Nguyen said...

This is such an amazing project! SO cute! TFS!

Dawn, RI said...

What a wonderful idea, this would look great hanging around my pool area. I think the idea is ingenious. Thanks for sharing.
Dawn RI

Lindsey said...

I like the font of Nate's...may have to find that one.

Cute idea...may have to try that in the classroom.

Crafty In Carolina Stamper said...

Wow, this is so clever! Love that the kids helped make it! =)

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Mihaela said...

Wow, so intersting ideea, I love it.

myself said...

THAT is so adorable! I love it.

JustYolie said...

Great project!

Leah said...

That would be a fun project here too, but I think our last name would go around the pail at least 1 and 1/2 times. We'll have to see if I can work something out on that one. LOL


MomGoneCra-Z said...

Cheryl, your boys did a great job on this mobile. It turned out great and I love the picture of them holding it at the end. Sooo cute!


mjblahnik56 said...

Love Love Love this project. What a great idea. TFS.
I am a new follower.

joydee1963 said...

Wow,very cool mobile!,Great job!joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

Courtney said...

LOVE it. Totally stealing this idea for our porch. Thanks for sharing!

Rock Girl Designs said...

What an adorable why to share and keep a memory of your family's day at the beach outing!
Rock Girl Custom Designs

Monica said...

I love it. Love how the boys got involved. Great job. loving this hop!

Emily said...

Really cute project idea!

Peggie said...

cute project - looks like the boys had a great time! Peggie

Pink Lady's Paradise said...

What an inspired idea! Turned out great and what a marvelous way to recycle all those sand buckets!

Thanks for the inspiration,

Cindy :)

all4sydney said...

Too CUTE!!

MsJay said...

Love this project, this is definitely a keeper. TFS

Unknown said...

Awesome project, my daughter loved it!... she wants to re-create one for our patio. I'm a follower.

Marlene said...

What a great idea! Your boys are so cute and they did a great job!
This is a great hop.

Tambo said...

Very cute. My grandsons just returned from a beach trip and I am taking care of them on Sunday. This could be a wonderful way to spend some of the day. Tfs Tami

Tambo's Creations

Tina said...

What a neat idea! My daughter would love to do something like this!

Karen said...

Thanks for the chance to win

Babe O'Mara said...

Very cute and clever project. Love it.


Jenn said...

Great project! I love how you got the boys to help!!


J said...

I am a new follower. Love your bucket mobile and that the kids were able to do it!!
justina1218 at

S`andra V. said...

I love it. Wonderful project to do with young children. Thanks for sharing. Love the Blog Candy. I am a new follower of your site.
have a Happy 4th!

Vicki said...

How cute and what a fun project for the family!!

Kim Ricketts said...

cute mobile!

Anita Braddock said...

Iam sure your kids had so much fun making this it is so cute
thanks for the chance to win

scrappin2babygirls said...

what an awesome project. such a cool idea.. thanks for sharing! :)

scrapbookingforfun said...

Cute project for the kids!! I love it

Brendanc said...

What a great project. I loved all the pics you shared with us. So creative.

karensk said...

Great kid friendly project.
I am a follower
Thanks for sharing
karen k 3 at ameritech dot net

Ellen Jarvis said...

So sweet and unique! Happy Independence Day -- Home of the Free because of the Brave.

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

Shelley said...

Very cute Cheryl as always!

Shelley - Fellow CJToo DT Member!

littlen said...

very cute project. very creative & clever. tfs.
i'm a follower of crazy about cricut.

Anonymous said...

This is so CUTE!!! :-)

-Sam :-)

SamanthaJDesigns @

Unknown said...

CUTE project! So perfect for summer.

Julie said...

OMG! This is sooo cute! I love it, what a great idea!

Cricut Chick

Kathy's Kreative Spot said...

What a great Summer project, it is very colorful.
Katsews at gmail dotcom

Anonymous said...

what a great and fun idea!!! Thank you for sharing!