Babycakes Jr. had been making mewling baby noises about getting in on the Food Truck craze and establishing some visibility in the sectors of his community where his brick-and-mortar store ISN'T, so to that end, I did his bidding by gussying up some super inexpensive plastic baby buggies, the sort that are typically used at baby showers for little candies and whatnot.
This post will be less of a step-by-step how-to and more like a here's-what-I-started-with and here's-the-end-product type of thing. So I bought a package of 2 blue plastic baby buggies at the dollar store for $1.29. Why they don't call it the "$1.29 Store" is another Mystery for the Ages, but there ya go.
Here they are, above, as I bought them. As you can see, I was able to pop the parts out. Well, I wasn't able to pop the wheels off. I probably could have, but I didn't want to risk breaking my oh-so-expensive purchase.
I basically added fabric and painted the buggies. (Click on the image for a larger view.)
- flannel fabric for interiors
- felt mattress with coordinating flannel fabric for mattress
- lace (gathered and glued) around buggy
- lace in interior of buggy "bonnet" (bonnet remains removable)
- polka-dotty ribbon as trim
- painted undercarriages and handles silver
- wheels painted
- bit of fabric wrapped & glued around handles
So I'm saying to my dad that I'd like to have a whole fleet of these food trucks for Babycakes Jr. Dad asks, "Does he have anyone else helping him?" I say, no, that he has parents, but I haven't made them yet. Dad says, "Well, for one guy, 2 food trucks is probably all he could manage." I say, "Well I was thinking that he could just leave the food trucks unmanned in various parts of town, and rely on Good Faith payments from his customers." Dad's response to that was UNSATISFACTORY. But I love that we are discussing the business dealings of a finger puppet with something that approaches seriousness.
The name, concept & design of this puppet and his stories are the property of Megan E. Jeffery.These images are © Megan E. Jeffery. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.