You know when you do something that just makes you feel so clever? This was definitely one of those projects. I felt like a genius. And now you can, too. (I'll even let you take the credit from your awed party guests).
I have thought of so many other things I can transform this cart into: a car, a submarine, a sleigh for Christmastime. The possibilities are endless.
I free-handed my train shapes. I practiced on a piece of cardboard. Then, when I had a shape I liked, I traced it onto the back of the mat board.
Cutting this sucker out was not fun...but it was well worth it. I used a combination of scissors, a box cutter, and sheer, brute strength. The tight corners in the windows and around the stack were a pain in the behind. Just don't say I didn't warn you. Or curse me when you're at your lowest, whatever - just persevere.
I had some velcro cord organizer straps laying around, and they were gray. Like this:
I put two velcro strips on each side, near the top corners of the cart sides, to hold the whole thing in place. When you're mounting your sides, be sure they're high enough not to get in the way of the wheels when you turn the cart.
You could probably also use zip ties or string. If your cart has solid sides, you might try some of that super sticky velcro they sell for hanging up pictures: Just stick one side of it to the cart and the other to the train? I don't know, but I bet you can come up with something.
I also made gray panels out of the leftover mat board for the front and back of the cart. Just be sure to cut space for your wagon handle so you can still drive the cart.
And that's it! I sewed up a couple of big, long pillows to put in the cart for the kids to sit on so they didn't have to lean against the metal cart, but it was probably overkill.
And that birthday boy's smile is all I need to call this one a success!
Did you make one? Make sure you send me a picture; I want to see your garden cart in action.