Making A Masterpiece Out of Scrap Part One

*This post is based on personal experience and is for information purposes. I received no payment or any other compensation for this post.

I recently visited the Scrapstore in Milton Keynes to gather some art and craft material for the holidays. To gain full access to the Scrapstore, you have to be a member of the Milton Keynes Play Association (MKPA).

MKPA offers a service for play, training and resources. There are lots of benefits to becoming a member including equipment hire, discounted rates for the shop and training courses, tailored practical lesson support and much more!

One side of the store is a craft shop with individually priced items. On the opposite side is the Scrapstore. At this Scrapstore play service, you have a choice of a large or small shopping trolley. I opted for the small trolley. Ready, steady and off I went around the scrapstore. I didn’t manage to fill it up to the top, but I did get quite a bit.

shopping at the Scrapstore
Shopping At The Scrapstore

I picked up a notepad, some loose fabric and bags of material, a few pieces of wood, plastic bits and acrylic paints.

(I also found this doll, which sparked an idea).

It all depends on how much you fill up your trolley with, but the scraps that I picked up cost me £8 altogether.

The idea for the doll, who is Little Miss Muffet, is that she will be getting a makeover. I thought that my son and I could transform her into Slappy The Dummy.

I can show my son how to create patterns for the clothes and to design the suit. Miss Muffet will be getting her hair dyed and cut too.

a photo of little miss muffet
Little Miss Muffet

On the way back home, Little Miss Muffet sat in front of the car with me.

When I picked my son up from school, and he saw the doll, he did jump at the sight of her and said that she was “freaky”.

Now let’s compare Slappy the Dummy with Little Miss Muffet.

little miss muffet with slappy the dummy
Slappy the Dummy and Little Miss Muffet


I think it’s the eyes maybe. I’ll see how it goes. We might have to abort this project and use the rest of the material to create another masterpiece. That’s the beauty about art, you get to explore new ideas, and we may end up with a creation far from this original idea.

I shall keep you updated on this project in part two.

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