Christmas Time Means Making Doll Furniture

If you are making gift certificates for friends or family, this printable is really pretty (and free!). It's from Lia Griffith. You can get it and a lot of other really cute freebies at her blog.

If you are making gift certificates for friends or family, this printable is really pretty (and free!). It’s from Lia Griffith. You can get it and a lot of other really cute freebies at her blog.

Judging from how many times I had to type the title to get it all spelled right, I should keep this short. Wine and hot glue together are dangerous enough…I don’t need to add fatigue.¬†As you could probably guess from my less than frequent posting here, I have been crafting for Christmas. Unfortunately, a lot of my guest list actually reads this blog, so I can’t share most of my work. But since my 4-year-old can’t read and doesn’t have unsupervised internet time, I am confident I can share pics of her gift.

Ever since last Christmas, my daughter has been asking for a dollhouse. And she played with the cardboard one we made so, so much that I thought it was a great idea. I was all set to build one for Christmas this year, but my mom ended up finding a really nice one for $15 at a local thrift shop. This works out great because it means now I can have the fun of furnishing it. The list of things she wants for it is quite long and includes a chandelier, toilet and full kitchen set. So to challenge myself and keep things budget friendly, I cracked into my stash-o-crap. Here is where I am at so far with her dollhouse goodies.

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A mirror! Because what Barbie/My Little Pony/squeaky rat doesn’t need a mirror? The backing and frame edge are both cut from a formula lid. The mirror is from the back of a long-gone hairbrush. Embellishments are simple…lace and rhinestones.

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I may have shared a picture of this painting before…I’m not sure. Anyway, it’s a very small canvas I decorated a few months ago. Since my kiddo wants art for her dollhouse, she is getting art. Instead of permanently affixing them to the walls, I am going to get clear velcro strips so she can move art around as she wants to. I plan on doing the same thing for the mirror as well.

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The dresser…thing. I have learned with a four-year-old, don’t over think things. I thought it would be really cool to make a mini dresser with working drawers and cute trim and blah, blah, blah. It’s too much! She is spending doll time using her crazy imagination. Wasting time by adding so many tiny details just sets us both up to be disappointed. That would make it hard for her to use and more frustrating for me to fix when it inevitably gets broken. Instead, I took a wooden container that cost me ten cents, gessoed it, painted it and glued on some accents. She can put stuff on it or in it. Done.

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More tiny art! Little game pieces, decorative paper, paint and rhinestones. I may go back and add more detail. We will see how motivated I am tomorrow.

Besides these goodies, I also made a tiny multicolored chandelier that I am too lazy/tired to go get a picture of now. Just take my word that it’s pretty cool. As soon as everything is dry, I am going to bundle it all up with the gift certificate you see at the top of the page. With that, she can get a custom doll bed or couch with pillows and a blanket. That is my insurance. I wanted to make her more, but I told every family member she was doll house furniture. So I figure I will see what happens and fill in what is wanted after the holidays.

As I said above, I can’t share too much here until people get their gifts. But since my one-year-old doesn’t play on computers either, I feel like I can share his stuff too. When I get it done. Until then, its sweet dreams for me!

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