Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I need your help

Question to the blogger community? Do you spray paint or paint toys for your kids?

I bought something similar to this last week at the new Harrisville, UT DI. I got it for $1.50.

My ultimate goal is to turn into into a homemade version of this:
and be able to turn any shopping cart into a car cart.

My son loves car cart and the only time I can have an enjoyable shopping experience is to let him ride in one. There are a few problems with these car carts though:
1. They are ALWAYS dirty and disgusting
2. They are almost twice as long as a regular cart and I have nearly knocked over displays trying to navigate one.

I didn't love the dorky vibes that my thrift store steering wheel toy was giving off so I took it apart, removed the stickers, and spray painted it. When my husband saw it he got upset and said I couldn't spray paint toys, that my cheapy spray paint might contain lead, that Graham would chew on the toy and scratch off the paint.

So, do you spray paint toys? Is my husband right? Should I scrap this project, look for a new steering wheel toy, and let it be dorky in all it's glory? HELP!


Larissa Wardrip said...

I think I agree with your husband. =S I wouldn't spray paint my son's toys (he's 11 months) at this age and for another year or two they will want to put them in their mouths. Personally, I don't think it would be a good idea to eat paint chips or even suck on something that is painted. Ya know? But that is just MHO. =) Good luck! I love the idea!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

sorry! I have no idea! I don't do either!

Kim at Polka Dot Thought said...

hmmmm....I would have to go with a no on spray painting toys. I worked for a craft company that actually made paint back in the day...knowing what I know now from that place...I wouldn't do it. I know the 'safer' of the paints have the API seal on it...but again, I wouldn't spray paint toys at all..better safe than sorry :)

Jewels of a Child said...

There is special spray paint for plastic toys. I have not researched it out but it is a direction for you to look into further.