Resolution Renovation: Chalkboard Puppet Theatre

Resolution Renovation: Chalkboard Puppet Theatre

Julia Cho
Jan 30, 2008

During the month of January, we'll be posting photos and tips on DIY renovation projects from our readers. The first twenty submissions posted will receive an AT bib or T-shirt. Please click here for all the details.

The lesson here- the next time you're about to toss something- be sure to think about whether or not you can use it for something else- maybe a fun project for the kids. That's just what this reader did, and look how great it turned out.

Your city and location: Ghent, Belgium

Details of your project (what you did, materials used, how long it took, level of difficulty, etc.): I turned an old wooden towel rack into a puppet theatre for my two year old son. Whole project took about 2-3 hours over the course of a weekend.

The towel rack was left by the previous tennants in the house we rented, but didn't look good because the wood had suffered from too many wet towels. I was going to throw it away but then thought of a different use for it. I turned the top part of the rack from vertical to horizontal position. I then took out the three middle bars with a small hand saw.

I fitted an old piece of plywood and painted it with chalkboard paint (two coats). I attached the plywood to the towel rack with 6 screws.

I dyed some left-over fabric red (two old 'hydrofiel-luiers') and sewed on the felt flowers to add some color.
The curtain rail is a thin metal bar from the hardware store, which is held in place by two screw eyes and two wooden beads (one on each side).

Your best tip: One: Recycle
Two: Make things that can be used for different purposes (e.g. chalkboard + puppet theater)

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