Monday, August 1, 2011

Upcycled Wall Shelf into a Peg Toy

When I bought this wall shelf at a garage sale for fifty cents it looked something like this (I actually forgot to take a before picture :-(
It took me a while to get around to transforming it into the toy I had in mind because (silly as this sounds) I had never used an electric drill before, and it kind of scared me!

Then I made the mistake of drilling before I had painted, and the holes shrunk a little when paint dripped inside.  My husband kindly redrilled the holes (not scared of the drill anymore- just don't like the noise!)
He also sawed a set of unsharpened pencils in half to use as the pegs.  The girls watched me work on it for a couple of days and were very eager to try it out.  After the holes were redrilled they had no trouble getting the pencils in and out.

I think it's going to work well as a quiet, somewhat educational toy for alone times.

(Curious to see the pencils come through from the underside)


maryanne @ mama smiles said...

What a cute peg toy! I think it turned out great =)

Christine Gould said...

Did you drill the holes all the way through the shelf, or just partway?  (Wondered about your comment about the pencils going all the way through . . . )

Sue Walker said...

I can visuallize the gears turning in your head when you noticed the the wall shelf at the garage sale.