DIY Tidmouth Sheds
My son is a Thomas the Train addict and you either have one too or know one. He’s got the engines, the tracks, and a few accessories like a turntable and bridge. But he doesn’t have Tidmouth Sheds or Knappford Station and at roughly $100 each, he’s not likely to get them either.
I’m an intelligent, experienced crafter; I can make them!
Tidmouth Sheds, $100 + tax + shipping
Here’s what it’s supposed to look like. We can do ourselves the greatest favour by wiping that image from our minds because there’s no way we’re going to achieve that with $0. We will be creating a stepping stone for our Thomas fiend’s imagination with
materials needed, also a ruler and stapler (not pictured)
The arrow is pointing to my double sided scrapbooking tape which is stronger than any glue I’ve ever tried. I would highly recommend you use industrial strength glue or a stapler.
Here we go
cutting the shape of Tidmouth Sheds
measuring for the roof
I traced the bottom of the kleenex box onto a piece of the cereal box then added an extra inch on either end to score and fold and attach to the box.
scoring with scissors to make folding cardboard easier
This scoring makes it much easier to fold cardboard along the line you’ve drawn. Put a ruler on the line and press down slightly with the end of the scissors. Fold.
attaching the roof
One inch went over the edge of the box at the back, the other inch got cut to about 1/2 inch and attached to the top of the box.
DIY Tidmouth Sheds
I then traced the bottom of the kleenex box again, cut the whole thing about 1/4 inch smaller than the outline, cut it in half, scored the sides about 1/2 inch from the edge to attach to the box/shed opening and so they’d swing easily.
DIY Knappford Station
Knappford Station was a lot easier to make, I cut the top of a used milk carton, washed it, stapled the opening shut and cut out a train passage, making sure there was enough clearance for the engine to fit so I wouldn’t have a tantrum on my hands.
If I had paint I’d paint this all.