Since I don’t want Baby Boy to forget all his peeps in the United States, I came up with a creative way to display photos in his Italian playroom/our living room. Lately, I have had creative uses for photos on the brain, and this one just came to me. Inspired by the trend of creating photo streamers for birthday parties, I decided I would make a train with paper, some glue, and scrap paper I had leftover from other projects. If I were home in the United States, I would have made train templates and traced them and traced perfect circular wheels. Here in Italy, which is the land of no printers for me, I free-handed it and decided to purposely make everything a little off. I also didn’t have the time to perfect anything.
To keep things even simpler, aside from the start of the train, which is in the photo above and looks like the conductor’s cart, I made the rest of the train out of basic squares and rectangles with wheels on them as you’ll see below. I cut these out freehand, too. Then, I simply pasted photos to them. I was sure to use the photos as a guide for the size of the squares and rectangles, so each would be framed nicely. For the first conductor’s cart, I cut out an L-shape, a rectangle and strips for the window, and the top for the “smoke” to escape. Then, I cut out very skinny strips of paper and folded them in a random, accordion-like manner to make that “smoke.”Finally, I used tape to attach the pieces of the train to a ribbon, which actually came from a baby gift we received last year. I used tape at the back of the train carts to make sure it stuck to the ribbon.
Now, I get Baby Boy to chugga-chugga-choo-choo over to the photos every now and then and point out who he’s with in them. I hope he’ll at least have an idea of his American family when we return to the States a long, long time from now.