Recently the fetching Mrs. Cook and I were discussing playroom plans for our two boys. Since we have a limited budget for this project we want to make sure that form doesn't suffer for function. Our oldest loves trains and the other likes airplanes. I wanted to incorporate these things in the room, but popular store and catalog solutions tend to be expensive. I decided to take matters into my own hands. We have a ton of raw materials right here in the recycling bin just waiting to be turned into trains and planes. It just takes a little thinking inside the can. I started with a box of dish washing detergent, a couple aluminum cans, and a two liter soda bottle. As the glue gun fired away, the train began to take form. Additionally I added a battery or two, a children's medicine measuring cup, the cap to the litre bottle, the plastic retainer that came with our old Christmas lights, and other miscellaneous bits of junk you could find around the house, or in my scrap box. My scrap box consists of a plastic crate that I randomly chuck things into that I think are interesting in shape or substance. Things like old headlights from the car after they're dead, or spare parts from a TV mount when the VCR was installed. The point is that you never know when those interesting bits of junk can be resurrected into something cool. After a few hours and some black and blue spray paint, I had a locomotive. When it is completely finished, it will be mounted on a simple wooden plaque on the playroom wall. This is a simple and cost effective way to bring that decorators touch to a limited budget.