This Tardis was made out of a large box by my clever daughter and I during the summer break. Any Dr. Who fans out there? FYI, I used a photo from this site as the background of this picture: http://hubblesite.org/the_telescope/.
I used a box cutter to cut the panels out of the front doors and then we worked together to glue another piece of cardboard onto each door (on the inside). Basically the doors are twice as thick. This detail looks cool but isn’t necessary. My daughter painted the Tardis and cut the “window panes” from paper and glued them on the box. She also did all the clever workings inside. (Lots of knobs and levers!)
I love the way it sparks imaginative play.
Here are a few things that might help you with your project:
The window panes on this Tardis measure 5.5 inches x 3.75 inches. (You will need 12.)
The sign on the door I was able to find on the web and print out.
Here is The Police Public Call Box sign that we used on our Tardis. I made it/ sized it to print out easily on a standard piece of paper. Print out, cut out, glue on.
Today I was surprised to find a Southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans) in my living room. I speculate that my cat had something to do with this. Lucky I was able to corral this cute little thing into a cereal box before relocating it outside for pictures and then to freedom.
Let’s take this opportunity for a closer look.
In this picture you can see how it has extra skin along its side. This skin is called a patagium and allows the squirrels to glide from tree to tree. They can’t really fly (like a bird) but it sort of looks like they are flying!
Check out their feet!
They can be found throughout Maryland. You can also find them throughout the eastern United States, southeastern Canada and parts of Central America.
Flying squirrels are arboreal. This means that they spend most of their time in trees.
Notice their flat tail.
Our guests are delightfully creeped out by our display of gross nature stuff. We call this display, Table of Gross and guests must face their fears!
There are normal fears, obscure fears, and silly fears.
Please note that nothing was killed for this display. Not even these Rhino beetles.
Don’t forget to add dead flowers to your display.
I recommend you glue the jars shut.
After you cut out your own butterflies out of aluminum cans, you can use them in many creative ways. Here are a few ideas.
These butterflies were made by a middle school student. She is working on making a collection of them to flutter up her wall.
She choose to paint hers. Don’t they look sweet? Add antenna if you like.
Make them into a mobile. This was made by a friend.
Use them as ornaments. Here is one I made and it seemingly rests on my finger.
I attached some to my ceiling fan pulls to help remind me which is the fan and which is the light.
I like the idea of using them in the garden as garden art. Further, they can be attached to trees to help one navigate down a winding forest path.
To learn more about how these were made, you may want to see my post: aluminum-can-butterfly-candle-holder.
Make your own fun fluttery butterfly candle holder this summer. I love the way the aluminum can butterflies create shadows on the table or walls. I’m really pleased how well this project turned out. What do you think? I used aluminum cans found during one of our local roadside clean-ups. I see possibilities in trash.
Wash your aluminum cans. Cut the bottom and top off. Also cut along the side so you can lay the metal flat.
(Older children can do this project. My 13 year old, in the photo above, was able to make very nice butteries on her own.)
Next, gently fold the metal to accommodate a stencil or to draw on a butterfly the desired size. Keep in mind that if you fold with the color on the inside, then you will have the color on the top side of the butterfly like in the picture.
Cut out the butterfly; I designated an old pair of scissors for this job. You can also get metal cutting shears from the hardware store. Don’t use your favorite pair of paper scissors!
Gently unfold the metal. Be careful because this seam has a tendency to break if you over work this edge. These can be painted if desired.