First of all, I apologize for not writing about the mugs, which I said I would on instagram…I just didn’t have the time to finish them up in time. Next post for sure will be on that.
Anyways, the other day, I asked my niece who has a bit of Calico Critters at home, what she would want the most if I were to make it for her. She said, “a small pool for babies.” So I made the pool below.
When my son saw it, he wanted his own for his town as well…(yes, he has his own town in his room, too.) He wanted a blue whale shaped pool. After making two pools, I definitely recommend sticking to a circle shape if you are going to try it. Whale shape was not the easiest to make nor did it turn out so pretty….
But alas, I forgot to take pictures of the pink circle pool, so you will get the tutorial on a whale shaped pool!
First of all, on the 5mm thick foam board, draw and cut out the shape of the pool you want, in this case, a whale.
This cut out will be the bottom of the pool. Paint it however you like with acrylic paint.
While the paint is drying, Cut out 3 strips of foam boards, one of them being 1.5cm, other two being 1cm each in width.
Take the 1.5cm strip first for the inside of the pool. Sand down only one side to give it a curved bottom for the pool wall. The back side does not need to be sanded.
With a low temperature glue gun, glue the inside wall onto the bottom curved side down, facing inwards.
Now take one of 1cm strips, and sand both top and bottom leaving the back side untouched. I should look like a half of a circle from the end of the strip.
Glue on the strip on the bottom of the outside wall.
Sand just the bottom of the last strip like the 1.5cm strip, and glue it on on above the last strip.
Sand the top of the wall to give it a nice round shape.
Paint the pool wall.
Once the paint is dry, coat it with clear acrylic paint to give it a shine.
You can be done with your pool at this point. If you want, you could put a piece of clear plastic sheet on the bottom to make it look like it’s got water inside. I just happened to have resin at home, so that is what I used.
If you are using resin like me for the water, don’t forget to seal the bottom with a glue gun. Pour in clear casting resin. Once resin is cured, you are done!
Now the whale pool is in my son’s town, where many of my craft prototypes end up in. His town also has many different creatures….