My Great Outdoors: Lissa's Backyard Picnic Table Project

My Great Outdoors: Lissa's Backyard Picnic Table Project

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Janel Laban
Jun 26, 2009

Name: Lissa Lowe
Location: Pepper Pike, Ohio
Type of space: Backyard Picnic Table

Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: After spending my career in global advertising, I traded a long commute in san francisco for a slower pace in Cleveland. It is here in America's heartland where I've morphed into WAHM (known as work-at-home-mom in mommy circles) as home stylist + blogger. The best part about it: time spent playing with my three year old son in our big backyard!

Often, I think up "Fun Friday" activities or little adventures for us. Recently, we set up our very own ice cream shop, "Charlie's Sugar Shack," to be exact. It was a super cute, super quick, affordable project to assemble. And, importantly, a great way for us to craft together as well as role play (an important stage in a preschooler's development).

I thought it would be fun to share this nifty, thrifty + crafty idea with your readers. After all, everyone deserves a treat.

How did you create it?:
A quick stop to Jo-Ann Fabrics yielded all sorts of goodies for our kiddie project. together, we set up shop:

~ large pom poms = assorted ice cream flavors
~ tiny red pom poms = cherries
~ cardboard + brown felt = cones
~ grosgrain ribbon = cone embellishment
~ yellow, red, dark green + dark blue felt = fruit toppings (e.g., bananas, strawberries, blueberries)
~ brown yarn = chocolate sauce
~ poly stuffing = whipped cream
~ sparkly sequins = colored sprinkles

Other essentials:
~ misc. markers, paper, stapler, scissors
~ easel (or tape a sign to a tree or chair back)
~ cash register
~ spoons, straws + napkins
~ ice cream scoop
~ ice cream pints, banana split containers + ice cream cups (tip: wash out take home pints/containers/cups after you've eaten the real thing)

Charlie was a master scooper + concocted all sorts of delicious combos for us, a "Fun Friday" indeed.

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