I’ve had these Ollibots on my list of gifts to make since I first saw them over the summer, and I’m excited to give Jackson a set for Christmas this year.
These wooden robots are a great “homemade” gift because the artwork is provided for you (in case that’s not your thing), and assembling the robots is fairly easy as long as you know how to use scissors and glue. Which doesn’t take away from how cute the final robots are or how many possibilities they offer for play, whether it’s mixing or matching colors, building your own robot or bringing them to life with silly voices and poses.
A couple things to keep in mind:
- If you don’t have a laser printer, you’ll want to get the pages printed at a print shop since the ink from inkjet printers is likely to bleed when you apply the Mod Podge.
- I would estimate that it is taking me approximately an hour per robot to assemble these. The most tedious part of the process, in my opinion, is actually cutting out the artwork. There are 25-30 individual pieces for each robot and you want to cut carefully.
- The instructions include details for which wood pieces you’ll need to purchase. I spent $32, including shipping, on the supplies to make 6 robots, but you could easily give each of the robots as a gift by itself if you’re looking for a frugal gift.
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