In my opinion, buying gifts for a one-year old is a headache anyway: they are too young for the really cool things, and too old for the baby-gifts. Fortunately, the father of this child has a not-so-subtle hobby: Star wars.
|Well, yeah.. something like that!|
So, ( with a trunk loaded with things to donate) we happily hopped off to the thrift shop!
And there we found this faded little friend:
a rocking horse! We thought it was perfect for a one-year old, but the paint was a little faded, and the wooden rockers were slightly spotted.
So, we cued the Star Wars music ( PAM PAM PAM PAMPAPAM PAMPAPAM....) and set to work!
-Quickly, as we were running out of time- I unscrewed the top part, washed and sanded it and started painting it in a light blue/grayish color (water based, so it would dry a little quicker).
Meanwhile, Joost sanded the bottom half of the frame clean.
Then, I looked for some suitable Star Wars characters online. I first thought of making an At-At, but as that quickly turned out to look like a weird, alien sea horse, I decided to make the ultimate star wars-icon: a storm trooper!
I didn't use a stencil, and just sketched it a bit as I went along, painting with a black water-based paint.
After some painting, I realized that those bumps on the forehead were really awkward, so, under the sawing machine it went!(with some additional sanding and painting to cover up the edges)
When I finished the painting on both sides, I gave it a quick layer of varnish, and was done!
This is what it looks like now!
For a regular one-year old, I think a storm trooper is a wee bit scary-looking, but this child seems to have inherited the star wars-genes from his dad (and the house is filled with those things anyway, so one extra doesn't matter, I guess?)
Even though our "quick" gift caused us to be an hour late for the party, they really loved it! :)
|rock on, storm trooper!!|
Well, What do you think about it? Good save, or does it belong in the museum of awkward fandom-collectables?
And I am also wondering: do you ever give or receive thrifted/upcycled gifts? I'm asking because, although I love receiving them, I always feel a little awkward giving them. Anyone recognize that? I'm really curious!