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My baby girl is done with school and soon she’ll be joining her brother in a land far, far away to study veterinary science. My heart’s really sad but I’m one proud Mommy too. When her brother left to study Psychology I made him a Lord of the Rings styled journal so he could write down all those beautiful stories that are locked up inside his head. Talea needed a handmade gift too, and since she’ll be doing all kinds of medical things soon, I made her a stool sample. No, it’s not what you think 😉 It’s something that will make her smile and hopefully remind her of a wacky Mom back home who loves making fairy gardens, almost as much as she loves her kids.
See it’s cute and crazy and a fun gift idea to make for a friend or family member that’s off to medical school. Heck, it’s a great idea for someone who’s already qualified too. It would sure put a smile on my face if I saw a stool sample like this in the Doctor’s waiting rooms 😀 And my daughter is a very punny kinda girl so it appeals to her off-beat sense of humor.
There are three parts to this make. The “stool sample”, teeny tiny little reading glasses and a miniature book.
Start by cutting the branch into ½” slices. I had to cut quite a few before I had one that was reasonably straight. These kinds of stools aren’t meant to be wobbly 😉
I would have loved to use small twigs for the legs but couldn’t find any that were really thin and strong enough so I used wire instead.
Since this stool sample would have three legs, I needed to make sure that they were evenly spaced and my protractor was way too big to fit on that tiny little stool. As a workaround, I drew a large circle on a piece of paper and marked the 120, 240 and 360-degree points. By positioning the circle over the branch slice I could figure out where the legs needed to go.
Using the smallest drill bit we have, I carefully drilled three holes making sure not to drill all the way through the slice.
The wire legs were glued in places and left to dry.
Okay, time to make those glasses.
Talea started wearing glasses when she was about 10, and she’s just got herself a new pair with the coolest black frame. So I really wanted to try and make a miniature pair that were similar to her real ones. Miniature glasses are pretty easy to do. All you need is a paper punch, clear plastic (an empty plastic soda bottle is perfect), some wire and super glue. Make sure that the bottom bit of the punch that collects all the holes is empty before punching two holes in the clear plastic.
Cut a tiny piece off the top of each circle and place them next to each other. Take the piece of wire and bend it into a U shape. The bottom of the U needs to be as wide as the two glasses.
Apply a small amount of super glue to the bottom of the “U” bit and stick it down onto the glasses. Once it’s dry bend the earpieces and snip off any excess wire.
Easy right? The glasses are not even 1/2″
big small (about 1 cm) so keep them somewhere safe until you’re ready to put everything together. I learnt that the hard way. They’re so tiny and get lost really quickly. I ended up having to make a second pair coz the first one disappeared. I have this sneaky suspicion that one of our fur babies may have eaten it.
Miniature books are even easier to make than glasses. All you need is a small piece of balsa wood, glue, and a book cover. You can download a whole bunch of different sized ones here for free. Fold the miniature book cover and cut the balsa wood to fit inside. Glue the cover onto the balsa wood and you’re done.
Time to put everything together. Glue the glasses onto the book and then glue the book on to the stool. Tie the stool sample label on to a piece of string or twine and wrap it around the neck of the jar.
The empty jar had a rounded bottom so I popped a piece of furry material inside to level it out, before carefully placing the stool, book and reading glasses inside.
Don’t you think it’s a cute way to inject a little humor into what’s going to be a few really challenging years of study? In my books, anyone who decides to traverse the gauntlet of medical school deserves a medal.
I would love to know what you think of the gift idea. Is it something you would make for a medical student?
We also have a tutorial to make a life-sized version of the wooden stool if that’s more your style.
And if you have any tips on how to cope when both your kids are living on the other side of the planet, please share those too. I’m going to need all the advice I can get. Oh before I forget. If you’d prefer to buy rather than DIY, we’ve got you covered Disclosure: Clicking on the links below, means we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us come up with more amazing craft ideas to share with you 😉
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