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Things to make your kids from work?

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by Banners Signs Etc., Jul 2, 2012.

  1. Banners Signs Etc.

    Banners Signs Etc. Active Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    We work with digital printers plotters and other neat stuff...what kind of things can we make our kids or wives to bring home?

    Just off the top of my head, I made a pizza for my 2 year old out of scrap alumacore from a shaped sign..he loved it but it was kinda dangerous...

    Made the wife nice little sugar and flour decals...also wrapped her laptop in with some trippy illustration

    yes we can make stickers and posters and such, but what kind of crafty things have you made at work?? I am looking for ideas...still working on my giant vinyl ball

    Bonus points for scrap usage...
  2. Pat Whatley

    Pat Whatley Major Contributor

    Sep 29, 2003
    Wetumpka, AL
    Backing paper makes some damn fine finger paint paper.
  3. Banners Signs Etc.

    Banners Signs Etc. Active Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    Good idea on the backing paper...Would removable adhesive vinyl pull off paint from a wall? Saw the linked post below about the tricked out wagon...good idea also
  4. 2B

    2B Moderator

    May 5, 2011
    made a custom white board, with each section being an image of each person so no confusion on who has what to do

    also use the empty cores from vinyl rolls to make mazes for the ferrets
  5. Banners Signs Etc.

    Banners Signs Etc. Active Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    I would wrap my mailbox if I didn't think I would get robbed..."This guy must be loaded he's got a custom mailbox!"
  6. amw

    amw Member

    We have a 17 1/2 yr old, 6 yr old, and a 15 month old...
    They make (the 17 yr old will do most of the work) signs and banners for family events/partys, birthday cards out of coro and scrap vinyl, posters, folder wraps, shirts, they use scrap as a lint roller, magnets, etc.

  7. Bigdawg

    Bigdawg Just Me

    Jun 8, 2005
    Sunny Florida
    Let's see....

    we've made wreaths from scrap vinyl.. a pin-the-tail-on-the-pig game on coro... book covers... a christmas tree (from scrap vinyl - my daughter was feeling creative with her kids!) and a dry-erase scoreboard
  8. lexsigns

    lexsigns Member

    Dec 24, 2007
    Burlington ma
    havent done it yet but going to make my daughters name out of signfoam or cintra and maybe some animals for her wall- the poems in vinyl on the walls are in big now- when I fiigure out which to use I will do some of that somewhere..
  9. IronHawk

    IronHawk Member

    Jun 28, 2012
    ~ Scrap banner vinyl endrolls work great for covering the floor for marker drawing and coloring afternoons.

    ~ Shipping tubes for said vinyl make great tree trunks, indoor slides if placed on an incline. (think couch or chair), tunnels for hot wheels, etc...

    ~ My kids have decorated large and small jars with shapes and images cut from vinyl using stencils to draw them first. We have everything from candy to LEGO bricks to money stored in those jars. They get pretty creative with those. :cool1:

    ~ Empty shipping boxes can be reused and decorated with vinyl and turned into a whole host of things when the imaginations get going. We have a napkin holder in our pantry made out of an old square cereal box and a LOT of vinyl scraps.

    On the removable adhesive vinyl question, I know that IJ180 will pull paint off, however there's a 6 mil Ultra Removable by Arlon that would work fine for that.
  10. SD&F

    SD&F Very Active Member

    Oct 4, 2009
    I must be sooo uncreative. I made two custom sandblasted signs for my husbands workshop and my horse barn with our names on them. Mine had my name and a horse and his had his nickname(BEAR) and a ferocious bear. I think I have lost my creativity when it comes to thinking of anything els but sings....go figure?
  11. Just Another Sign Guy

    Just Another Sign Guy Very Active Member

    Jun 19, 2004
    in the past I have pen plotted onto paper for giant 'coloring book' pages,my daughter loves those. Customize stripes / graphics / names / signs for bikes,cars,sporting equipment...anything to cover up brand names I wuld rather read my family name on my kid's bicycle than a brand name/advertisement...of course door names,or room decorations for kid's rooms. Front door family name or mailbox name as well as address as long as you are not concerned with the security of putting your name out like that. Scrap vinyl is great for kid's arts & crafts they love it...customizing & repair or radio controlled toys...especially airplanes...vinyl fixes all kinds of stuff on remote airplanes :)
  12. DRPSignsNGrafix

    DRPSignsNGrafix Very Active Member

    Nov 3, 2005
    Last thing I did was took the A and the E of a channel letter sign that we took down that was getting scrapped. Checked to make sure the LED's were good. Replaced bad ones with some used ones and there now in the play room on the wall for them. The initials. Gotta find a "&" next to go in between it.
  13. signswi

    signswi Very Active Member

    Oct 29, 2009
    Don't like bringing stuff home from work; too many industrial chemicals in vinyl, heavy metals in solvent ink, etc.
  14. TyrantDesigner

    TyrantDesigner Art! Hot and fresh.

    Mar 9, 2011
    Amarillo, TX
    my grand nephews room has a massive comic book pages he can color, erase, and write on with dry erase markers. his 'play room' is lined with them on the wall out of cintra, dmvla4 and dry erase vinyl ... took me a while to draw those pages too.

    wife gets what she wants (large cnc letters to go on the walls, cnc'd out a custom 'curtain' out of colored sintra that I attached the panels with chainmail links, vinyl decals on the walls, covered her car in stars, custom house numbers, etc, etc, etc.)
  15. mopar691

    mopar691 Member

    Sep 15, 2010
    I made a pretty big vinyl ball for my then 14 year old son, he thought it was the coolest thing in the world. 2 more pieces on there and it would of not fit thru the door.

    I actually think its still might be in his closet now that he is off to college maybe I can throw it away.

    Secretly I have always wanted to get a big hot wire knife and cut it in half to see all the colors.
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2012
  16. FHG123

    FHG123 New Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    I made a Spongebob Halloween costume 3 years ago that the kid's won't allow me to throw away... Pin the tail on a Jaguar, Lot's of shapes for card crafts. And decorated my daughters room as a small European city with paint and vinyl.
  17. Suz

    Suz Very Active Member

    Apr 9, 2010
    The Great Northwest
    My 4-year old Grandson loves the big fire department logos I have screenprinted, there are extra samples around the shop that I no longer need for certain designs. He wants me to cut them up and sew them into little shirts that will fit him. I'm on it! Of course I have a serger and all the sewing machines, so why not?
  18. Bigdawg

    Bigdawg Just Me

    Jun 8, 2005
    Sunny Florida

    That would probably look very cool!
  19. eye4color

    eye4color Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Murrells Inlet
    3" core tubes make great bazookas/mortars for the 4th fireworks!
  20. bob

    bob Major Contributor

    Nov 4, 2005
    For kids I think handcuffs and shackles might be a boon.

    I do admit to making a stick horse with the head of a warthog. I printed the head and its mirror image reasonably life size, slapped them on both sides of some Coroplast, cut out the two-sided image on a band saw, and fastened it to a length of PVC pipe.

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