Thank You! And A Few Resources.


Thank you so much for the response (and all the really lovely compliments) about Emilia's coffee shop. I am completely overwhelmed! You all made my day.

I also wanted to answer a few questions, and give a few resources.

1. Melissa asked about tape (see resources below) and if the entire espresso machine is made of cardboard. Yup. I taped cardboard into the general shape of an espresso machine and then stuffed it with craft paper so that it wouldn't collapse (Emilia is 3 after all and prone to aggressive shot pulling). I made the button by putting a backing of cardboard about an inch behind the top face and making a spring from folding card stock back and forth and gluing it both to the button and the backing of cardboard. The knob is a wooden knob from Michaels that I screwed into the back. Does that make any sense? I hope so!

2. Sarah asked about sharing construction tips. I'd love to! I can't give a play by play, because I really just sort of make it up as I go along, but I'd love to answer any questions you might have about construction and how to make it durable (hint: doubling up on cardboard and tons of paper tape!), so let me know if you have specific questions.

And a handy resource list:

1. Fisher Price cash register bought on Etsy.
2. The wooden food is a mix of Plan Toys and Melissa and Doug pieces.
3. The little coffee maker (which is a GREAT stand alone piece) is Educo's Rise N Shine Coffee Maker.
4. The cups and pitcher that we use for "foaming" milk and pulling shots is part of the Plan Toys tea set.
5. The to go coffee cups and lids are from Garnish.
6. The blue polka dot muffin holders are from Shop Sweet Lulu.
7. I made all the felt food from the 8.5"x11" pieces of felt from Michaels and embroidery floss. And I guess I wasn't too clear. I did sew everything...I just didn't follow any sewing rules (since I don't know any). That's what I meant by faking it. The only patterns I used were cutting apart coffee cups and muffin holders; the rest I just sort of made up as I went along.
8. When constructing with cardboard, it's all about the paper tape. I get mine from Uline, but I'm sure you can find it other places as well.
9. Emilia's darling little apron was custom made by the amazing Claire from Small Batch Production.

It's funny. When I embarked on this crazy project, I asked my husband if I should build it entirely of cardboard or try to get scrap wood and base pieces from IKEA. He challenged me to try and do it without spending a lot of money. We had all the cardboard boxes, I already had loads of paper tape for shipping goods to clients, and Emilia already had the wooden food and different pieces. The only things I purchased were felt, embroidery floss, the cash register and her apron. All told, I barely spent $50 on the entire thing.

It did take me about 6-8 weeks to finish the entire project (usually in evenings after I finished working). I actually finished it in February, but with everything going on, hadn't had a chance to really talk about it until now.
Let me know if you have any questions and if any of you decide to tackle this and make your kid a coffee HAVE to let me know how it turns out!


casey said...

i'm still talking about it to my friends. and wondering what i could make noah now out of cardboard. he likes cars. hmm. :)

Anonymous said...

I followed a Pin to your post yesterday and made the display case and counter #1 today. A run to Toys R Us turned up the cash register and a bit of sorting through our play food rounded it out! Thank you so much for lending your imagination to us, my DD is thrilled with what we have so far!-claire

Anna said...

Thanks so much for all the resources! I'm going to attempt one of these for my daughter for Christmas. She already has the same cash register and food, we just need to start constructing.

Kevin said...

Nice, cardboard boxes proved its importance, it can be used to make various design great.

Amanda said...

Thank you so much for sharing your creation and the resources and tips. I'm not sure I would have thought to stuff the cardboard with paper to make it more durable. Of course- duh! What an incredible labor of love for your daughter. My four year old looked at the pictures this morning and said "I want to make mochas too!" I guess I need to get out my felt and practice my whip stitch. I ordered my cash register and it arrives Monday. Our summer just got a whole lot more creative. Thank you!

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