Here are the finished products for my kids' Christmas presents this year. Alex got a car mat and Claire got a pony mat. So far, Alex doesn't really get the car mat, but it has been in Claire's room since Christmas. She loves it. She also really likes her pony mat. Let's talk about that first.
The pony mat is made out of felt that is hot glued together. In order to make it, I looked at the animated version of the house I wanted to create, then drew it out, then cut it out of felt, then glued it together. It was quite the process, but luckily, the ones I really dreaded ended up not being so hard. For my inspiration pieces, check out my pinterest board.
|The entire mat. Sorry it's sideways. Serious blogger issues here. I'll explain each section below.|
|From left (and upside down to boot!): the "ever-free forest", Fluttershy's house, Rarity's dress boutique/house.|
|Apple Jack's house and orchard.|
|To the right is the rest of Apple Jack's farm. The pink building with the bathtub is supposed to be the spa, and the green building with the "what the heck is that?" sign (thanks Alann!) is the restaurant. That's supposed to be a clover. You try cutting a clover out of less than 1 sq inch of felt. The food cart has carrots, hay, and oats. The flower cart just has random flower shapes. I think the little green one is a cactus.|
And now for Alex's Mat. His was finished back in October actually. It was a lot easier than Claire's because the shapes are much simpler, and I had a lot of inspiration to follow.
So those are all my interpretations of the buildings as I was making them. I'm sure Alex will come up with new uses for some of them as he plays with the mat and the cars. I am overall very pleased with how they all came out.