Teenage Boy's Room Roombox
Completed on December 9, 2012
I was commissioned to make a memorial room box for a teenage boy. I incorporated all of his favorite things into the space. I felt honored to be able to create such a memento for his family.
I made the box based on the measurements of the boy's actual bedroom. I painted the walls to match his, and used scrapbook paper to match his flooring.
I covered the outside of the box with logos and characters that were favorites of his.
I used a dollar store placemat to create the mini blinds. I made the dresser with balsa and bits of dowel for the drawer knobs. I used photos of the furnishings in his room to help me recreate them.
His bed and desk combo was originally from Ikea. I used dowel, balsa and illustration board in making the copy for the room box. I used foam and cotton sheeting to make the linens and pillow. I left the bed mostly unmade, because a teen boy wouldn't be concerned about making his bed.
The TV was made from a screen from a broken phone. The edges were covered in electrical tape, and fun foam bits were used as control buttons. The mini refrigerator was a box made from illustration board with a printie added to the front. The printie was created from an actual photo of the boy's mini fridge.
The game and DVD covers are printies glued to fun foam. The game disks are printies on cardstock. The chair was made using photos of his real life chair for reference. One of the chair's arms was broken, but the boy loved the chair, so it was never replaced. I copied the broken part of the chair when making the mini version.
I made the game systems from printies glued onto dollar store erasers pieces painted to match. The controllers are printies glued to fun foam. Thread was used for the wires.
I added family photos and collages of personal photos to the box for visual interest. The food boxes and computer are printies and fun foam.
The backpack was similar to the one the boy had in real life. Of course his belongings are on the floor, because a teenager's room would look that way.
Clothing items added into his chair. He had a large sock monkey in the corner, so I recreated that as well.
I added a pile of clothes in the corner because we all know that would be accurate in a teen's room. The tie-dyed shirt was a favorite of the boy's.
The room box with all of the finished items.
More views of the completed room box.
The clothing was printed onto computer canvas fabric, then cut out. The lava lamp is battery operated. It was made from the cap from oxygen tubing and a plastic pen cap. I mixed glue and paint to give the inside the appearance of moving lava. The on/off button was placed on the outside of the box and the light was threaded through and into the lamp.
Teenage Boy's Room Box
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