I've always loved these toys. I used to have one and all my kids have had one at some point. I don't know the proper name for them which has made finding a tutorial on how to make them pretty hard. I know someone on UKS put up a tutorial a year or two ago because I remember commenting on it. But can I find it now?
My name for these has always been clicker clackers. I finally took some pictures of Ruby's one when we went to Hastings last time (it lives in Nanna's toy box) and did a rough sketch on how it's put together. Last night I decided to have a bash at making one for my entry into the Fiskarettes comp. If, like me, you thought you had to use Fiskar stuff to be eligible to enter the comp ... well that isn't the case. Please check it out or we could be in danger of losing a great comp for good.
The theme is Summertime and when Phoebe realised what I was up to she claimed this one so it was pretty easy then to just find some summertime photos of her.
The blocks are hinged and fold this way and that way and up and down - forming a different picture each time. I hope these pictures give you some idea ;)
I'm going to go around the edges in gold paint and have learnt a few things for next time... don't put the pictures so close together on the joins and don't use red card for the hinges ;) But for my first attempt or a 'prototype' as Craig calls it, I'm pretty pleased. Showed my Dad earlier (ran out of photo paper so went round on the scrounge) and he seemed impressed, which for him is a compliment indeed.
Edited to add: Hahaaaaa. Good old Photobucket. Here we go, there's no fancy music BUT we have moving images! Woohoo!
Thank you for all your lovely comments. I've cobbled together a tutorial of sorts for those that asked. Just click here :)