In The Esteemed Words Of Sisqo…

… she had dumps like a truck, truck, truck (more highly inappropriate singing about butts here). And speaking of trucks, here’s the story of the little two dollar Goodwill truck that I got Clara in Georgia (mentioned in this video yesterday). This is what it looked like when I snatched it up:

Perfectly charming and vintage-ish, but a little less “Clara” than it could have been. So I thought it would be fun to get Clara involved in a little makeover. Yes, Clara would be the ultimate truck graffiti artist, but first I applied one coat of blue paint, just to set the stage for her scribbles (the entire project was free thanks to using a little test pot of paint leftover from this old art project last year). The color is Embellished Blue by Behr in case you’re wondering.

After it dried I handed it over to Clara with a box full of crayons and told her to go nuts. She had the best time coloring every last corner and crevice. I wish (oh how I wish) I had thought to take photos of her coloring with reckless abandon (I was too busy watching and clapping and playing the role of too-excited momma). Just try to picture Clara grabbing every color and feverishly coloring her blue truck while completely ignoring me. She loved it. She was focused. She took her truck-coloring job very seriously. Of course there were talks about how we can only color on things when mommy says we can. So here’s hoping she doesn’t doodle on everything else we own now. So far so good. As for the truck though, no surface was left uncolored – even the wheels got some crayon-love. About ten minutes later, Clara had created this:

Her crayon-holding truck, complete with crayon scribbles. Isn’t it cute?

It sits on her little drawing desk. Except for when she’s pushing it around on the floor (which is probably about 70% of the time).

I love that it holds all of her crayons out where she can see them since I used to store them in a little zippered pouch and it was harder for her to see all of the colors that way. And the holes definitely keep her busy since she likes to take all of her crayons out and then put them all back in. It’s like an interactive puzzle slash storage spot slash truck. I mean it rolls for goodness sakes! It’s the toy trifecta.

I thought about sealing her doodles with some clear non-toxic sealer (Safecoat Acrylacq) but I actually like the idea of allowing her scribbles to continue over time, so it can change every day if that’s Clara’s idea of a good time. She has already added a little more pink today. I’m looking forward to seeing how it evolves. Haha. Sort of like the rooms in our house. Now Clara has her little truck to “makeover.” And when she gets a little older we can even repaint it another color so she can start from scratch again if she’d like.

So as work continues on the deck outside (along with some Pinterest-Challenging), here’s a zero dollar project with a $2 thrift store find that Clara and I had fun with. Sometimes the little things are my favorite – especially when Clara’s in on the fun. But that’s not to say that our little crayon truck won’t be ten times more fun when the deck is finished and we can take it out there for some alfresco coloring. Haha. Those will be the days. What have you guys been doing with your kiddos (or pets)? Burger totally painted something for us a while back. That was a good time too.

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  1. Emma says

    What a great truck! And the paint is taking the crayon very well too. Clara is clearly the daughter of designers =)

  2. says

    You are making me wish I had a kid right now to do that with! I guess my 11 year old brother is too old for this, but I might subject him to this anyways! Off to go play with him now!


  3. Brenda says

    Those wooden toys are the best. My brother had a wooden train set like that. The blue is such a fun color, and Clara did a lovely job. :)

  4. onepianomom says

    What a wonderful memory you have made for your family! Love that she was given free rein with it.

  5. LMG says

    I can’t take it anymore. Please do one of the following:

    1) Capture your creativity in pill form so I can buy it, or

    2) Adopt me,

    3) Train me in your Jedi creative powers, Sherry-Wan

    • says

      Hahaha, you’re hilarious and sweet. I’ll share the thought process that got me here. I promise it was really simple and I think anyone could come up with this.

      First thought: I want to paint this. I wonder what color I should use.
      Second thought: Hmm, what about painting some design on the truck like Clara Cola or something funny?
      Third thought: Maybe it should say Clara’s Crayons?
      Fourth thought: What if I just paint it a solid color and let Clara scribble on it, so she’s the graffiti artist?

      See, it was a pretty simple what-should-I-paint-on-this-wait-let’s-let-Clara-be-the-artist train of thought!


  6. Tamara says

    I’m gonna be singing Sisco all day now! Hehe. Very creative and resourceful idea. You clever cookie, you.

  7. Casey says

    When I saw the truck in Image 1 and a glimpse of the can below in Image 2 I thought it was a pint of ice cream. So my imagination assumed you were going to paint it like an ice cream delivery truck for Clara. Your way is MUCH better. She would get hungry if she saw that everyday.

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