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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Pinterest Project-- Just Hangin' Around

UPDATE 12/24/2015:

So this is crazy but it looks like this little post is getting a lot of attention right now & that is nice and all but I should warn that I am not great at responding to comments--Sorry. This post is really about documenting my boys and their life, it's their scrapbook. With that being said, this idea and project is still in use today. The only issue, the cars sometimes still get misplaced so it isn't as full as it once was. We solved that issue by replacing cars with Sticky9 magnet photos. The cars that we do have, the magnets are still in place, unless some little kiddo has ripped it off the car, and they will roll fine on the floor or on Matchbox set. Enjoy. Oh and Ikea would be a great option for the magnet bars, we didn't have one in our city until recently.



Again, awesome that this post is getting so much attention but I'm sorry if I don't respond to your comments, I haven't or probably won't realize they are there.

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We have been working on the playroom for awhile now. Its been a process and a long one at that. But we are finally finding ideas and pieces that we want to incorporate into the room. In the coming days a few pieces of wall art should be arriving and I'll have one more thing to share but until then, I thought I would share our project from today.

I saw a really cute idea on Pinterest on how we could display the boys' Matchbox/Hot Wheels. And since the idea is pretty simple and straight forward there really wasn't a way that I could add my own twist to it--I just went for it.

But before I get to unveiling the project let me tell you how we went about it. We purchased 4 21-inch stainless steal magnetic knife bars from Amazon. As soon as they arrived I pulled out Kaden and Logan's cars and went to show my idea to the hubs. I took the first car out and as I showed him how it would work, the car, it fell immediately to the ground. Wasn't this suppose to stick, it was magnetic and all & thats how the picture showed it! I went through our entire stock of cars and not a single one would stick, the cars weren't metal, they ALL had plastic bottoms.

(I believe if you have the older Matchbox or Hot Wheels cars you should be fine since they were made with metal bottoms).

To the drawing board I went. I needed to find a magnet to adhere to the underside of the car. It couldn't be too thick because then the cars wouldn't roll. It had to be just right and I needed to be able to cut them to size so I headed to JoAnn's to see what they had. I ended up with magnetic tape that you could adhere to the back of business cards and such.

I raced home to try to it out. The first car fell. The second car fell. The magnet wasn't strong enough. I decided to double it up and what do you know the first car stuck, the second car stuck and so did the third for about 10 minutes before falling to the floor leaving the gosh darn magnet behind. I needed glue. Crazy glue---ended up using a type of Gorilla glue. A few dots later and we had ourselves a functional piece of art right by their train table. All we need now are a few more cars! Vroom, Vroom.




98 comments:

  1. I'm glad it all worked out in the end :) Looks great!

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  2. I love this! What did you use the crazy glue for? Did you glue the cars to the strip? Can you post a photo of the underside of a car?

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    1. Sorry, I am horrible at responding because mostly I think its just my family reading this but yes, I glued magnets to the bottom of the cars so they would "stick" to the metal bars.

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    2. I would be afraid the magnets might come unglued and be a choking hazard to a young child.

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    4. I don't think you have use the small magnets the look like tablets. You can use sheet magnet and cut it into rectangles to fit the underside of each car.

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    5. Avis Holt ; A magnet is no more a choking hazard than the wheels would be .. and hot wheels tires DO come off. Hot Wheels are not intended for children under the age of three.

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  3. She super glued the magnet to the underside of the car

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    1. Can always use the strips to hang tools with or magnetic paint even.

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  4. Were the cars wheels still able to roll when the children took the cars off the play with them or did the magnets make them to high off the ground?

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  5. I would recommend using Gorilla glue to adhere with. I'm not sure how safe or environmental friendly it is.

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  6. I would Not recommend Gorilla Glue for doing this. It is an "expanding glue" and also need moisture to cure. It would make a mess and would create dozens of unusable cars.

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    1. You are so right it really sticks, but boy does it ever expand and expand and exxxxxpand.......:-D

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    2. Would have been cute painted like little roads, or hung in the shape of a car even.

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  7. Super glue Gorilla glue is different from the expandable Gorilla glue. Super glue Gorilla glue does not expand. It works great. I use it all the time. Strong bond.

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  8. Super glue Gorilla glue is different from the expandable Gorilla glue. Super glue Gorilla glue does not expand. It works great. I use it all the time. Strong bond.

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  9. I would love to try this but I'm worried they would detach (I have a 4, 2 and six month old). Plus, my eldest has sensory issues and he might freak out over the magnets.

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    1. Have you given any thought to magnetic paint? They have variety of colors that may help with sensory issues.

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  10. Its a great idea but it is backwards... you dont need super glue or magnets... just buy magnetic lengths the chefs use to hang knifes on... Hot Wheels cars have metal base so they will stick to a magnetic strip.

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    1. 98% of Hot Wheels cars have plastic bases I'm afraid.

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    2. Umm yeah. That's what she used.

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    3. Wow! What a wonderful idea!!! How did you ever come up with that??? LOL

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    4. Can use magnetic tool hanging items, magnetic paint, As for the plastic ones, the magnetic strips that hold sockets- have interchangeable spacers)/holders.

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  11. Some people just don't read. :( .......From a sad teacher :(

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    1. LOL .. funny thing is, they look so silly .. just post "that is a wonderful idea" bwahahahaha

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    2. That is what I was thinking... must be a teacher thing. 😫

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    3. That is what I was thinking... must be a teacher thing. 😫

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    4. No, it's a READ IT AGAIN thang.

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    5. Lol! I was thinking "If you READ the article you wouldn't be asking that question."

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  12. For cryin' out loud! Well, you tried Becky. Just sad when people feel they need to comment, but don't read.

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  13. I am also curious if the cars will still roll. I love the idea, but my 4 year old will not have cars that won't roll.

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  14. Skip the magnet and attach them by the roof of the car with the wheels facing out. Most brands still have metal, just not on bottom anymore. ;-)

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    1. They are bottom heavy because the bottom is bigger .. I think they would still slide off. Not to mention the fact of an O.C.D. mom, as myself, wouldn't be able to handle looking at the bottom of the cars when I walked into a room. This is a neat, orderly way of cleaning up cars!

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    2. They are bottom heavy because the bottom is bigger .. I think they would still slide off. Not to mention the fact of an O.C.D. mom, as myself, wouldn't be able to handle looking at the bottom of the cars when I walked into a room. This is a neat, orderly way of cleaning up cars!

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  15. This looks like a neat idea, and I think most kids would love picking them up off the floor (yay!) and arranging them. This might not work for some kids, though. I have a few grands that would be dismayed at the covering of the information on the bottom. They are so obsessed with every milimeter of every car that I can see them doing their best to remove the magnets.

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  16. This looks like a neat idea, and I think most kids would love picking them up off the floor (yay!) and arranging them. This might not work for some kids, though. I have a few grands that would be dismayed at the covering of the information on the bottom. They are so obsessed with every milimeter of every car that I can see them doing their best to remove the magnets.

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  17. I have a great method for organizing Hot Wheel cars. Start with a box made of some nontoxic material such as cardboard. Place each car in the box...poof! All done, problem solved!

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  18. I have a great method for organizing Hot Wheel cars. Start with a box made of some nontoxic material such as cardboard. Place each car in the box...poof! All done, problem solved!

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  19. lovely when all the cars are similar, my lads would have tractors, kitchen utensils, nuts bolts anything that is metal until there was no room for cars....im waiting until theyre 18 to have nice things like this and finish the house.

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  20. I love this idea! All my children and grandchildren have out grown these toys but I still like to keep them on hand for when I have friends bring small ones over, so this would be a great way to keep them on the wall of my craft room between visits! TY for sharing!

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  21. This is a GREAT idea!...Thanks so much for the details of working out the kinks!...My nephew has tons of Hot Wheels because I can never resist passing by one that he does not have at the stores!..We would play games with them by sorting them by color...He would have my 6ft X 4ft coffee table covered with them...but like any toys...He has favorites and this would be wonderful to incorporate on the wall over his train table as well...Thanks for posting!

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  22. Oh well, this is a great idea that would work if the cars were made the way they used to be made. It still will work if you are the type to work to make it work (so to speak). You can always just put them in a plastic tub with a lid and encourage the children to pick up their cars when they are finished playing with them and put the tub back where it goes. Cleaning up is still part of the teaching and learning process. I still love the look of the hanging cars for a little boy's room; and I still think think this is a super idea.

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  23. What a fun idea a cardboard box!!
    Plain practical and boring
    Can't wait for my grandson to see a cardboard box full of hot wheels

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  24. Awesome idea and one that I plan to use in my home daycare. I just noticed this was posted in 2012 so no need for my comment, but I was going to suggest placing protective cover on your electrical outlets. I've been caring for kids in my home for 20 years and I just notice stuff like that. Anyway, this idea would be great in my block area as an alternative to piling cars in baskets. Thanks for the idea!

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  25. So we're trying this but I'm having an issue making sure the cars wheels still touch the ground and can be played with .... we bought magnets that are super strong but are too thick. I'm afraid the magnetic tape will be too? Even if doubled up?

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  26. We couldn't do this solution as we reference the belly of the car (yes, often plastic) to tell us the name and/or year of that car model. Oh well. Very nice that it worked for you!

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  27. totally unrelated to the magnetic car holder (which by the way is the reason i found your post...and i think it genius) i am LOVING that picture on your wall...did you take that and have it printed?? info if you did?

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    1. Hi Nancy, Yes, I took the image on the wall. I'd be more than happy to share the image with you if you would like it.

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  28. I couldnt find to much other information on this article, so it was nice to discover this one. I will be back to look at some other posts that you have another time. visit our site

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  29. Magnets , if swallowed and connect together inside the body can cause major problems by pinching parts of the body causing the part to lose blood supply and die.

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    1. Very true, our boys are well old enough to know they don't stick things in their mouth. Also, this post was published to document out life, never expected it to be looked at this much---clearly, this isn't for everyone.

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  30. This is such a fantastic idea! Throwing them in a tub scratches them whereas this way you can keep then in better condition. As far as the magnet, if your child is to young and still puts things in their mouth, then obviously, don't do this! No need to be rude about it people! So if I understood the post correctly, two pieces of magnetic tape (or something just as strong and as thin) adhered to the bottom of the car with Super Glue Gorilla Glue and waalaa, I've got a car that will stick to the stainless steel magnetic knife bar! I'm going to tell my husband about this! We have a 26 year old learning disabled son that collects and loves to play with match box cars and also a 6 year old grand that doesn't collect them but sure does love to ply with them! And it is a GREAT idea to have them pick them up. So much more fun for them to organize them the way they want them rather then just throwing them into a tub or a box! Thank you for the GREAT IDEA! I know that it will help out in my house!

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that this would work for you and your family! They don't play as much with the cars anymore as this post is a few years old but we still use it to display magnetic pictures we get from stick9.com. Have a very blessed new year.

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  31. Thank you for posting this idea. I am going to use it for my 12 year old grandson's room to display the cars he has collected and no longer plays with, but wants to keep. I am also going to use it in my SPED classroom as a teaching tool for sorting, counting, etc. I think the kids will love it.

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  33. Hi Kayla,
    Sabrina Piazza here- I am an interior designer starting a blog. I am doing my first series on kids spaces, and this week's post is unconventional play surfaces. As a mom of two, love this idea of car storage/parking and so did my 3 yr old when he saw this photo! I couldn't find another means to contact you but would love your permission to use this photo on my blog (Fresh Paint). It would be posted Here's the link: https://www.livingquartersid.com/blog
    Please let me know as soon as possible! Thank you, Sabrina

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