Monday, November 8, 2010

Fun Fridge Train Set

I told you on Friday how you have the chance to win this great bundle from Silhouette: Printable magnet paper, printable tatoo paper, and 2 rolls of heat transfer material (yellow and white).

If you missed that post, check it out here. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, so you still have time to get in on the drawing!!


Today I'm going to share a tutorial on something that I made with just one of these items, the printable magnet paper.

Now, I have a 2 year old son. So I think it can go without saying that there is a certain obsession with these around my house. Anyone else in this boat?


I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my magnet paper as soon as I opened it up, create a little fridge train set for my son.

Silhouette has an online store where you can buy single images for $.99 each. (The train above counted as a single image even though it has multiple parts.)

So I went to the store and started browsing for train tracks. I was in luck.


The tracks and the puzzle part underneath started off as just 2 outlines of the 2 shapes. You have the option to fill them in with a color or a pattern, or just leave them blank. My fridge is black and I wanted the track to pop against it, so I filled in the puzzle piece background with this fun rock pattern and made the tracks themselves black.


I then ran the magnet paper through my printer on the photo printing setting.


I then cut the pieces and stuck them up on the fridge. I went pretty basic, straight tracks and curves. (Again, with a 2 year old, this is really all that it took to thrill him.)


I also made him a little train to cruise on the tracks, and he was thrilled!

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Here are the tracks in action. If you can't tell, his lips are pursed to make the tell tale, "Chug a-chug a-chug a-chug a-choo-choooooo!" sound.


When I'm ready to add on to the "set", there are train splits, 45 degree crossings, 90 degree crossings, towns, cranes, bridges, etc. Plus, since I have already bought the curves and straight tracks, if I need more I just print more off of my computer. Much cheaper than buying train extension sets, and much less little plastic pieces to trip over on the floor!!


For those of you with little girls, if I was in your shoes this would have been my first order of business for my magnet paper. Fridge paper dolls!


You can even change their hair!!


Okay, okay, so are you ready to try this out for yourself?!

Silhouette is offering a GREAT DEAL to Lemon Tree Creations readers this week of 25% off their various accessories!!

All you have to do is enter the code LEMONTREE at checkout. This offer will expire Saturday November 13th at midnight, so head on over now, just click here.

Also it's not too late to enter the Silhouette bundle giveaway!!

The winner will be announced on Wednesday, just go to this post to enter! You have 4 chances this time, so good luck!!

I'll be linking my train set to these great parties, so stop by and see what everyone else has been making this week!!

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Tiffany November 8, 2010 at 7:24 AM  

This is so stinkin' adorable. Tyson would LOVE this! And Avery would go crazy over those magnet dressing dolls. So perfect. Thanks for sharing this! They would also make fabulous gifts!

TBonesMom November 8, 2010 at 8:03 AM  

SO AWESOME! Love it! My 2 year old nephew & 4 year old niece would have a party with this stuff!

Jana November 8, 2010 at 6:41 PM  

How cool is this! I love it!

Patrice November 9, 2010 at 8:44 AM  

This is so cute! Laurelei would love the train set. "choo-choo" is among her favorite words at the moment thanks to Thomas! I might have to use this for a Christmas idea!

Mandy November 10, 2010 at 2:07 PM  

Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Craft Edition - I featured you today!! - Mandy,

dmuseit November 11, 2010 at 7:45 AM  

Either of these ideas appeals to kids of all ages. Thanks for sharing.

Shannon November 12, 2010 at 1:07 PM  


I'm having a Christmas card giveaway on my blog right now. Stop by and enter!

Sarah @ Sugar Bananas! November 12, 2010 at 8:13 PM  

This is a great idea and would help a lot when I'm trying to prep/make dinner with kids underfoot. It's so crafty and looks like something from a big-name toy maker. Great job! I'd love for you to add this to my Sweets This Week link party.


Kristen @ November 13, 2010 at 10:48 PM  

such a cute idea!! Come link up on Tuesdays to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings...

monica November 15, 2010 at 3:27 PM  

love love love these!! you are one talented lady!!!


malia November 15, 2010 at 10:57 PM  

Hi Erin, FABULOUS idea... my kids would have loved this when they were a little bit younger. You are so creative!!! Malia

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