I saw a similar project a while ago on this and so decided to make my very own Plastic Army Man Fruit Bowl. Best part is it only costs around £6 to make.
Here's how you do it.
Step 1: You Will Need
WARNING: Plastic Army Men are toxic and just like the real things, can kill. So make sure you do this outside on a breezy day.
You will need:
- 2 to 3 bags of plastic Army Men (eBay sells many at dirt cheap prices £3)
- Metal mixing bowl (£3 from a home/kitchen store)
- Heat gun
- PVA glue (optional)
- Paint brush (optional)
Step 2: Lay Out the First Men
First of all lay two plastic amy men together bases touching each other; this will form the central link. Then arrange the men with bases down so that they have as much solid plastic against plastic.
Build up as many as you can without them tumbling down.
Step 3: Heat Up Layers
The metal bowl can get burning hot so use some oven gloves when rotating the bowl around.
Don't get too close or they'll boil, burn and melt like crazy. Use a stick to poke them against the bowl once they start to melt. Very important: make sure each man is melted well into the next.
Step 4: Continue Adding Men
Step 5: Check Men Are Melted Together
Step 6: (Optional) PVA Glue Varnish
Step 7: Add Fruit and Admire!
Can be used to store anything that isn't too heavy. And you could also melt them into any other shape using glass or metal containers.
Thanks for reading and please post up your bowls when you've made yours! I'd love to see them, especially a red Army men version if you can find red soldiers.