Mario-themed Rock Climbing Wall #3: Accessories, bringing it to life

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Blog entry by jamsomito posted 09-08-2020 01:13 AM 523 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now that the painting was done, it was time to bring it to life. First we added the vinyl decals of the characters. I went with the 70-inch sheet from because the bricks were 7” square. My grid was 8” so this matched the best. I looked long and hard for these and I can attest to their quality. We actually got 2 Mario’s in the set. It looks like one of them had some printing issues with some banding and blotching, but unless you’re looking really close nobody would be able to tell. So, my other 2 boys who share a room got some more Mario stickers to share the fun. Nice of them to include both the original and reprint! If this is the case, I like their service!

Here’s a link to the decals I got. There is a 30% off coupon for new customers if you do a google search.

And here they are helping me pick where they should go. Only one thing was certain – I wanted Mario bumping the question block under the vine. Otherwise they helped steer the direction of which pieces went where.

Where we ended up:

Then it was time for the rock holds. These are the ones I used, and I got 2. In the end I had 11 left over, mostly reds.

Rock hold kits:

The colors were perfect for this. Reds matched Mario’s shirt perfectly, the blues worked for the sky and mario’s overalls. The green ran sort, wish I had a few more of those, but they went on the grass, hills, bush, and vine. Yellows went on the turtle and worked great for the dirt. I used a couple where I ran short of greens. The dark brown was a perfect match for the brick blocks and goombas! And I used a few browns in the dirt as well.

Once again the boys helped lay these out with a little guidance from me. After using it for a bit, we inadvertently made a hard route on the right up to the turtle, an easier one up the vine in the middle, and a medium route on the left up to the blue hold way at the top above the air return vent.

We made a bit denser area for my 1-1/2 year old on the bottom right so he could learn on it a bit easier.

And the final outcome. It definitely clutters things up a bunch, which IMO is a bit of a bummer, but the whole point is to be a rock wall, and as far as those go, this is still the coolest one I’ve ever seen :).

Before we tested it out, I had to introduce the next surprise: a plush 1-up for an extra life in case you fall.

It was a hit.

Here’s a link to the pillow. There are a bunch of cool ones like it:

Obviously we jumped on the wall as fast as everything was fastened.

I even had to give it a try :)

Then, of course, Bowser stole the 1-up and put it atop his castle. Thanks to the Nugget ( and a little imagination, we quick made a castle/fort.

Then it was time for the final surprise. A question-mark block with a button on the bottom that if you hit it, it lights up and makes a coin “bling!” sound. It was always the intention to put this little piece of magic on top of the vine.

At nap time, my oldest helped me make a holder for it to keep it in place. We did it right, I think!

We painted it to match the block and the wall and put it together.

Then when everyone was up, we put it on the wall to wrap everything up.

In the end, it’s a huge hit. Like I mentioned earlier, I would have been happy even if they never used it just going by the sheer joy it has brought us all putting it together. But they played on it for hours today! It’s been a pretty special project indeed.

I have a list of materials with links, quantities, comments, and costs in the google file here:

Any questions, just ask away!

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