I remember the days when I swore I would never buy my kids "licensed crap"... but I underestimated just how strongly kids can feel about a character in a show or a movie. The movie Cars is one such movie for us. The day has arrived where we have Cars pillow pets, pajamas, blankets, toys, movies, dishes, shoes, toothbrushes, can openers (not)... the list goes on!
Sounds silly, but one of the things I was most excited about in our new house was that the boys would have their own bathroom. I wanted to surprise them with something fun that was just for them, and that I would never do for a guest bathroom... so I decided to go with a subtle-ish Cars theme. Instead of stocking up on a Lightning McQueen shower curtain, soap dispenser, bath rug, toilet bowl brush, etc. I just picked a few small items with characters, and played off the color scheme.
I only used three actual Cars themed items: a Lightning McQueen bath mat, LMQ soap dispenser, and bath towels. For the shower curtain, I used a red and white "rugby striped" curtain that coordinated. I love the shower curtain because I feel like it will work for a zillion other themes when they boys are done with Cars (nautical, cowboy, sports, etc.).
Finally, I created custom artwork of Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater. I call this a tutorial-ish because it isn't completely step by step, but it gives you an idea of what I did.
I started with coloring sheets of each character.
I cut out the largest shape, then I traced it onto my scrapbook paper and cut that out.
After I had the largest piece (Mater's body), I went back and started cutting out the smaller parts of mater (whites of the eyes, tires, etc.)
I worked methodically through each piece of mater, layering and gluing. To finish, I pasted him on a larger piece of scrapbook paper and put it in a frame that I had.
This was time consuming, but it turned out cute!