Thursday, December 23, 2010

making a doll house - part 4

It's done! And with a whole day to spare! I am actually glad I didn't finish it weeks ago now I won't have to wait long to see Sutton's reaction when she sees the dollhouse for the first time. It's all she has asked for for Christmas.

I have been working on it in my bedroom but Sutton started getting suspicious so Michael (who is a much better liar than I am) came up with a cover story. He told her I was making a bird sanctuary for Aunt Jen. I could tell that she totally bought it because she was so disappointed that what I was working on wasn't for her! Normally, I don't lie to my kids but Christmas presents are an exception!

Anyhow, I am really happy with the finished doll house. Check it out:

I added window boxes.

I bought a piece of 1"x2" wood for $1.68 and cut it down to size with a 50 degree angle on the ends. Then I drilled holes for the flowers. The flowers were $3. Then I used Gorilla Glue to attach the boxes to the house.

I mod podged a picture of windows to the middle bedroom. It really helps to distract from the shoddy wallpapering job. :)

I made the bed from unfinished wood pieces from Hobby Lobby and then painted it white. I made the bedding using scraps of fabric from my stash.

The yellow bedroom got an identical bed and some scrap bedding too.

I love how the flowers are visible from the inside.

I also made a few throw pillows for the couches and chair.

I mod podged another window above the sink. Now Barbie has something nice to look at while she washes dishes. P.S.- I wish my backyard looked like that picture!!

Done and done!

I can't wait for Christmas morning. I swear, I haven't been this excited about a Christmas since I was a girl. Having kids makes giving Christmas presents so fun!

After Christmas I will do a Part 5 post with the "blueprint" of the house for any of you that would like to make your own. I will also do a cost break down.

Sutton's preschool teacher gave us some hand-me-down Barbies which I totally appreciate but they are all naked. I had intended to make a bunch of clothes like Jess did but I have run out of time. I am too cheap to pay store prices (not to mention how slutty most Barbie clothes are) so we will have lots of in 'the buff' Barbie playing at our house! :)


Steph said...

Forget the kids-- I would play with that myself!

Very well done, Erin!

2littlehooligans said...

oh my goodness!! i love it! can't wait to see the tute!

Kelly said...

I love it! So fun - what a special treat for your daughter - I'm sure she'll remember this Christmas forever!

Sara said...

Way cool. Jen could totally use a bird sanctuary BTW.

Cafe Johnsonia said...

You totally rock. That is the dollhouse of my childhood dreams. My mom had those Barbie appliances and I played with them (when she let me) for hours on end. I have no idea what happened to them.

That is awesome. I want one just like that.

Kalleen at Second Street said...


jen said...

love all the finishing touches! especially the window boxes, i'm a big fan of those! i have some semi-modest Barbie clothes for a little Christmas present. Maybe some of your other crafty readers can contribute to the cause? we'll take up a collection! ha ha.

Jess said...

that is spectacular! I love every little detail! I'm sure Barbie won't stay nekked for long, hehe!

Merry christmas!

Kelsey said...

don't worry about barbie clothes, most kids take their clothes off anyways! haha but great job! i can't wait until my little girl is old enough for a dollhouse :)

Wendy said...

This is amazing. You are such a good mom and I love reading your blog. It has inspired me in so many ways. Your daughter is going to flip and the both of you will have lots of memories playing with this house. I am excited to see the post Christmas post.

Anonymous said...

OMG I LOVE IT! I wanna play! I have sons, i SO wish I had a little girl to play with something like this!

Sarah Jane said...

your doll house is incredible! I know sutton will love it. please post a picture of her face on christmas morning!

Kimberellie said...

This is so completely amazing. I bet you're excited! I can't WAIT until I have a little girl so that I can make a dollhouse! Though, to be perfectly honest, I think my son would love a doll house. So I guess, there is going to be a doll house made regardless!!

Yes, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. And if it helps, I like the mismatched wallpaper. I think it looks more "real". You know, like Barbie had a few too many martinis before she did up that room! (last year my uncle got my niece "Cocktail Hour Barbie" for Christmas...she SERIOUSLY came with a a little martini glass!!!). And yes, the obligatory "slutty outfit" to match. We were all rather shocked they would make such a thing!

heart: Kimberellie

Mama Thompson said...

You better get a video of her getting this one...A.Mazing! Kind of want to be your daughter tomorrow! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Sparrow's Nest said...

My pre-K class does a lot of buff barbie playing, lol. Seems like the first thing they do to Barbies is strip them down!

Tabitha said...

I would have LOVED one of these when I was a kid!

Just wanted you to know that I made your family trees from last year for my husband's family this year. Their mom died just before Christmas last year and the family tree was a very special gift for them. Thanks so much for the template and instructions. Everyone loved the gifts! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Lakshmi said...

I want that dollhouse for myself ! Your daughter is so lucky are the best santa ever !! Great job !

Kim said...

This is fabulous!!! What a wonderful job you did. She will remember this Christmas forever, and remember what a special gift you gave to her. Kudos to you mama!

Chris said...

Everything looks amazing. It almost makes me want to get barbie dolls for my girls. :)

Lori said...

Wow! I just came across your blog & this project from Craft Gossip and the second I saw the part 1 in progress shots I was hooked. (and 8 year old me was super jealous!) I wish I had access to power tools. My niece would love this!

You did such an amazing job on this, all of the details are just perfect. I love the little cushions on the couch & chair... all of it. Wow.

Tanka said...

WOW!! I'm stunned! This is so amazing! Great house and all by yourself! =)

dana said...

this is really, really cool. impressive!

missy said...

wow, you did a really great job. I really love your doll house. I am making one for dd and was looking for ideas.

Redefining the Dream said...

This is cute, but instead of giving it as a finished product it would be even better to work on it together with your daughter/son.

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Lauren said...

I love your dollhouse! Thanks for the plans, my husband and I are in the middle of making one for our daughter for her second birthday! It was pretty hard to hide the construction part so when she enquired about what we were doing we had to tell her it was cupboard for daddy's tools! Now we are up to painting and decorating which is easier to hide! Can't wait until it's finished and like you I can't wait to see the look on her face when she gets it!

Anonymous said...

thank you erin I am going to build this doll house for my great grand daughter she is 2 yrs old now iwork very slow so I think by the time I get it done she will 5 or so

Rie Houghton said...

im going to attempt this for my daughters birthday! many thanks from england for the measurements and great photos. x

Debbie Al-Harbi said...

I love it. but for moms who want their daughters Barbie clothes more modest or a lot modest i know of two places that sell them one is new with 75 choices but by october 15th will have 450 choices that one is
the other more established shop is

Debbie Al-Harbi said...

I love it. but for moms who want their daughters Barbie clothes more modest or a lot modest i know of two places that sell them one is new with 75 choices but by october 15th will have 450 choices that one is
the other more established shop is

Cindy D said...

We paint on swimming suits with nail polish, so Barbie is always modest!

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