Here’s a fun craft for boys – magnetic “skater dude” figures that actually stick to a skateboard!
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Aidan (age 10) has been an on-again, off-again skateboard fan for the past few years. Last week, he decided that he wanted to make some pipe cleaner guys using the same method that we used for our pipe cleaner ninjas, except he wanted them to be skate board guys that could ride his Tech Deck toy skateboards. He wanted to be able to play with them on the skateboards. I told him that I didn’t think that the pipe cleaner figures would be sturdy enough for that type of play. We tossed around some ideas, and then ended up going to Hobby Lobby to look for some inspiration.
While we were at Hobby Lobby, I had the idea to use those poseable wooden models that you can buy in the art section. We headed to the art aisle, and found a model that was MAGNETIC!!! Awesome!
The mannequin that we used was 4.5 inches and has magnetic feet and hands. The quality of this mannequin is not amazing, but at $4.20 ($6.99 minus a 40% off coupon) the price was right! I looked on Amazon, and could not find the 4.5 inch size. I found this one that has decent reviews, but at 7.5,” it will probably be too big to be the right scale for a Tech Deck skateboard. Aidan also used a skateboard that came in a McDonald’s Happy Meal. We have also seen little plastic skateboards in the party favor section at various stores. They are not nearly as nice as Tech Decks, but the prices are much, much lower.
The next step was clothes for Aidan’s skater dude. We looked around Hobby Lobby, and decided that paint was really the only way to go. So we bought two mannequins and some acrylic paint.
I ended up doing all of the painting. Aidan probably could have done it, but he doesn’t enjoy detailed projects like this.
I painted on jeans, tennis shoes, and two-layer shirts by painting the lower arms a different color. The face was really the only tricky part because it’s such a small area to work on.
Because of the joints, I let the guys dry, and then bent them a different way and filled in any holes with paint. (See below.)
After the paint was completely dry, I sprayed each skater dude with two coats of a spray shellac to make the paint a little more durable. Please note, however, that some paint will wear off of the joints during play!
The skater dudes actually stuck to the metal screws in the toy skateboards, but we had to position them on the skateboards just so. So we decided to make the entire top of the skateboard magnetic by hot gluing on a magnetic strip.
The finished skater dudes are SO much fun!
Aidan has been playing with them in his Beyblade stadium, and he is planning to build a cardboard skate park for them.
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