Imagination might be enough for some kids but let's face it, toys make everything more fun. Add a little adventure to your next meal by combining toys with cutlery, don't forget to make the noises too!
enough talk, let's
Step 1: Tools + Materials
- can toy be easily disassembled/reassembled?
- can toy accept a long flat metal addition?
- is the toy easily modified?
Step 2: Soldier Fork
With the torso open, position the head of the fork in neck opening of toy soldier. There will be an optimal position in the neck opening depending on where the fork neck tapers into the handle. After the fork head has been positioned, mark on fork handle where the hollow torso ends. The excess fork handle will need to be removed in order to fit inside torso cavity.
Step 3: Airplane Spoon
The front wheel had to be trimmed off using a utility knife, then the spoon handle was positioned. Holding the spoon in position mark on the spoon handle where the excess can be cut off.
Step 4: Truck Knife
Open the truck and find a suitable location to place the knife handle. This toy truck has a wind-up feature that I wanted to keep operable, so I placed the knife handle off-centre next to the wind-up housing, the blade sticks out the front of the truck through the radiator.
Using a hacksaw, cut a slit through the the truck chassis to hold the knife, then cut a matching slit in the radiator located on the top half of the truck shell. Several small modifications were made to the inside of the truck body to allow the knife handle to sit low and snug, use a combination of knife and hacksaw to make the grove the knife will sit in.
Step 5: Cut Utensils to Length
Clamp down cutlery securely before cutting, once secure use a hacksaw and make the cuts.
Remember that the handle embedded in the toys will help provide leverage when in use so measure twice cut once, the sugru alone will not hold the utensil heads.
Step 6: Sugru
Place several gobs of sugru around soldier's neck and inside torso, then place fork and add more sugru to secure in place. Reassemble soldier and work any sugru that oozed out neck back in.
Roll a gob of sugru into a log-shape, then place the roll on the flat underside of the plane where the spoon is to be placed. Position the spoon handle on top of sugru roll and press-fit into place. Using more sugru covered the spoon handle and smooth the sugru seam after joining.
Sugru was used in select areas of the chassis to keep the knife blade vertical, stable when in use, and to join together to top and bottom halves of the toy.
Leave sugru to set overnight at room temperature.
Step 7: Vrooom, Time to Dine!
Time to make some tasty eats and invite your new friends to vroooom, wooosh and semper fi your next meal. Post your own version of this project in the comments below.