DIY Superhero Style- Penguin’s Lair, Flying Photographs, and Homemade Spiderwebs

Coming as no surprise, my sons’ superhero obsession continues!  Since I need to utilize my own crafty powers to maintain my sanity, we continued our pursuit of homemade superhero-themed projects.  First up, Penguin’s Lair!

1.   Penguin’s Lair- this is another diarama play space for action figures.

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The boys decided we needed pipes, a manhole, and a ladder leading to the sewer lair.  They also wanted security cameras and guns in the shape of umbrellas.  This is the first lair we spent money to make, as I did not have drink umbrellas on hand.  I found some at the thrift store for $1.  I was also out of black paint and glitter, so we had to restock those although they are supplies I normally have in my craft closet.

My favorite feature is Robin being poured from the pipe into the sewer.  I made the water by smooshing glue and glitter onto plastic wrap and letting it dry.  The pipes are plastic water bottles I sprayed painted silver.  We used the end of the water bottle to make our manhole cover.  You can see one of our security cameras, which are movable.

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The umbrella guns in the back are also movable.  You might want to stick something over the ends of the toothpicks to keep them from being used to poke- perhaps a dried dough handle?

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2.  Flying portraits- I saw a photo on Pinterest of kids appearing to fly by laying down over a city drawn with chalk on the sidewalk.  We decided to give it a go.  I showed the boys the photos before we did our shoot, so they would know what to do- I highly recommend this for young kids.  We got a good photo, but with the bright sun and the slope on our driveway, it did take a bit of Photoshop.  Here are the before and after.

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3.  Homemade spiderwebs- These are small webs our action figure Spiderman can use to throw at bad guys.  Super simple- hot glue on a piece of wax paper.  Got the idea from Project Runway where a contestant tried to make a lace treatment for a dress.  He got kicked off that week- perhaps he just need to target a four year old audience.  The paper did stick and had to be torn from the back.  I’m sure there is some way to prevent this- maybe a nonstick spray or a different paper source.

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And those are the ideas for this edition.  I have no doubt that a fourth installment will be up soon!

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