Mario-themed Rock Climbing Wall

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Blog series by jamsomito updated 09-12-2020 02:11 PM 4 parts 2170 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: Planning and Construction

08-28-2020 02:35 PM by jamsomito | 0 comments »

My boys and I enjoy playing Mario together, but we do try to limit their screen time. They are also young boys and have enough internal energy to power a small ocean liner. My wife and I are tired from being woken up by them every single morning, and if we don’t attend to them, the situation usually degrades into petty arguments, fighting, and crying. So with fall and winter right around the corner we decided we’d do something in one of their bedrooms that would be entertaining...

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Part 2: Painting the scene

09-06-2020 05:59 PM by jamsomito | 3 comments »

Next up was finalizing the scene and finding the right colors. I drew up a more scaled version of what I was looking for – found out later I messed up the hole locations I was basing everything off of, but at least having major objects to scale was really helpful for laying it out on the wall. Then I had to figure out colors. I found a couple great references. First, I found actual sprite info from the games that I then took into photoshop to get an RGB code for each color I wa...

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Part 3: Accessories, bringing it to life

09-08-2020 01:13 AM by jamsomito | 0 comments »

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 c...

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Part 4: Ideas for future additions

09-12-2020 02:11 PM by jamsomito | 3 comments »

Having way too much fun with this. The boys and I have way more ideas to keep building on this. Thought I would share the ideas here to document for possible use later, and see if it sparks any other imaginative ideas! Ideas for future consideration: 1. Custom holds! This is an easy one. With all the t-nuts in the wall already, all I need to do is make a bolt hole in basically anything and mount it to the wall. An easy one would be a “shelf” hold, say 2” squar...

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