This week is Chef Week (much more to come about ideas for the week!) and one of the first things I made to get ready for the week were these cards for our DIY grocery store. In fact, I have been working on our grocery store for a LONG time now. It has been one of those projects that takes forever, just in little chunks over time. I wanted an area that encouraged creative play for the kids where they could engage their imaginative play ideas and get rough with the toys without them breaking.
While creating this imaginative space together for them, I knew I needed TOUGH toys, tough decor and anything paper had to be encased in plastic to make it indestructible You see, my boys are the type that can destroy anything (cue the photo of the crashed bunkbeds and broken hardwood dressers), so to give the store a fighting chance, it had to be tough.
That is where my laminating machine came into play. I wanted to have cute labels for the various produce sections, without going for crazy loud and bright colors. Even with thick cardstock, I knew my boys would destroy them instantly, so I decided to laminate them.
*Some sections of this post have been previously published on Crafts Unleashed and products provided by Consumer Crafts.
- Charcoal Pencils or Thin Tip Sharpie Markers
- Watercolours and Paintbrush
- Laminating Machine
- Plastic Sleeves (come included in machine kit above)
- Hot Glue and Gun (optional) to attach cards to store
Cut your cardstock into the shape and size you want for your labels. Start with pencil and draw an outline of the fruit or vegetable you are focusing on. If you are very confident in your sketching abilities, go ahead and use fine-tip sharpies. I tend to stay with the charcoal pencils for a lighter look and the possibility of erasing :)
Once you are satisfied with the sketch, break out the watercolours. Using light strokes, fill in the interior of your sketch. Stick to 2-3 colors to prevent the watercolours from mixing and becoming muddy brown.