You know you're snap obsessed when you lose sleep because you're thinking about all the projects you want to create using all those beautiful KAM snap colors. We also recently got in some limited edition engraved train snaps that are so adorable that I knew I needed some for my train enthusiast son.
This easy no-sew project uses felt with marine vinyl, and features a rainbow colored train design. The best part? It's an upcycled project that transforms a drab tin can that you might otherwise throw away into a beautiful decorative pencil holder!
I created a rough sketch of the pattern and size for my trains. All the cutout felt shapes are very basic, so you can cut all your pieces freehand without a pattern. Just make sure that your pieces are fairly uniform in size/shape. I also recommend leaving no sharp corners, as rounded edges provide a nicer finished look.
All your cutout felt pieces will look like this.
Lay out your snaps for the wheel and star embellishments. These snaps are purely decorative, so only the caps (round and star parts) are of importance. The backs can be either sockets or studs (use whichever you have on hand) to secure the caps to the felt pieces.
Poke a hole in your felt piece with your awl.
Hot glue each wheel and star felt piece onto your trains. Then hot glue the train onto a measured, cut piece of marine vinyl.
Assemble your decorative snaps at the top and bottom of your trains.
Install your snaps.
Wrap your marine vinyl around your tin can, and use your awl to poke holes where your snaps will be set.
Install your sockets-caps ( engraved train snaps) on one end of your marine vinyl as shown.
Install your studs-caps on the other side of your marine vinyl as shown.
Your installed snaps will look like this (front, back, and closeup).
Wrap your marine vinyl around your tin can and snap together. Now watch your train obsessed son's eyes light up when he spots his new choo choo pencil holder!