Woman Creates Incredible Clam Pram For Her Baby Girl For Just £25
A woman has created an amazing 'clam pram' for her four-month-old daughter - and it is the most extra buggy we've ever seen.
Bex Ellis-Dunstan, 31, explained she came up with the idea after attending a pirate festival with her husband and son last year.
The family, from Newton Abbot, attend the festival every year, but this time would be baby daughter Penny's first time visiting. To mark the occasion, they wanted to create an adorable mermaid outfit for the little one.
Bex, who works for a multi-sensory children's support service in Devon, explained she came up with the idea of her daughter "sitting in a clam" after her husband suggested the mermaid theme.
She told Latestdeals.co.uk: "My husband came up with the idea of our daughter going as a mermaid to the pirate festival we attend every year.
"There were mermaids in a tank last time so we thought it would be a good theme to go with. Our oldest son has a pirate ship buggy which my dad and I upgrade each year and I wanted to do something special for our daughter.
"When he mentioned a mermaid, I thought of her sitting in a clam, and so the clam pram idea was born!"
Bex managed to source secondhand materials from Facebook Marketplace, with the shell of the pram made from clam-shaped sand and water trays - which she bagged for just £5.
"We thought about different ways to create a clam shell, and how to fit it around a buggy," she explained.
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"We use a lot of second hand materials and things we already have when crafting. I found someone selling a clam-shaped sand and water tray for £5 on Facebook Marketplace and thought it would be perfect as the clam frame.
"Luckily, we had an old buggy which I had bought secondhand a couple of years ago also.
"I cut into the shell and made channels and holes so it would slot around the frame of the pram. That was probably the hardest bit, figuring out how it fit!
"We used cloth tape and hot glue to create the lines on the shell and newspaper to create a clam lip. I bought some spray paint online and on sale in Wilkinson's and sprayed the shells white, nude and pearlescent.
"I found some pink material for 50p at a charity store to cover the seat, and used felt and left over material from my daughter's mermaid costume for seaweed and ocean critters.
"Overall, I think I spent around £25 on it."
The mum was chuffed with how it turned out - and we can see why, it is *so* impressive.
Sharing her tips on how to keep the costs down, Bex recommends hunting down secondhand items as well as using what you already have at home.
"It's amazing what you have lurking around the house. Old prams and half cans of spay paint really do come in handy!
"If you want to create something big, think about transporting it. Make sure it can come apart and go back together! Give yourself a lot of time to create it."
Brb, just off to work out how we could fashion one of these into a cute bedroom chair...
Featured Image Credit: Bex Ellis-Dunstan