Sunday, June 3, 2012

cardboard dream house

Last Monday I had this random childhood memory pop up of my old Barbie Dream House. I played with that thing and assorted Barbies forever. So much so that I overheard my mother telling her visiting teachers that she wondered if it was normal for a girl going on 12 to still play with dolls.

After getting all nostalgic I thought it would be great to make one for me my grand daughters. Here were my rules: it had to be made out of cardboard (mostly) and I couldn't spend one dime on it. Nada. Zippo. I challenged myself to just use what I had on hand around the house. Granted this would be hard to do if I didn't already have a fabric stash, glue, cardboard and other random crap stuff. The dolls I already had.

I can think of many other things I would like to add but Cate and Maddie saw it today for the first time and were thrilled. Cate has put in an order to make a TV and a Barbie car so I'll have to get busy.

Here it is then:

Since space is a factor I wanted to make it so it would fold up and be able to store or transport. I used foam board and cut slots in it for the walls.

The bedroom.

The Armoire opens up. Note the paper clip hanger:)

The Living Room.

The Kitchen.

The Bathroom. It's not finished, I need to add a sink obviously and wallpaper. Cate already stripped her doll down and tried out the tub and the toilet. It doesn't flush, though:)

It's a work in progress but I love making something come into being that wasn't there before.

I'll post updates on any new home improvements.

1 comment:

Fat panda said...

The first time I saw the unfinished house I was shocked, my lips keeps "O" for long time. I can't believe you made it all by a short time,admire your talent!