fun stuff : make a crafty house

posted on: Friday, September 24, 2010


Do your kids keep a craft container full of discarded packaging and general domestic debris? Did you? I did. I filled it with bits of odd-sized wrapping paper, fabric, old cardboard rolls, boxes, and evidently -- paper doilies. Or maybe the doilies were new and I snitched them from the kitchen drawer. Looks like I also snitched some aluminium foil. To make a roof. For my house:



One rainy Sunday afternoon when I was about 10 or 11 years old, I decided to make this house for my little Sylvanian Family rabbit. (Can you imagine my delight when I saw some Sylvanian Families in Toys 'R' Us recently? They're still around! But I digress.) The frame of the house was made by cutting up a couple of large grocery store cardboard boxes.


This is the bedroom. I used grey felt for the carpet, tiny pieces of lace to make the curtains and stuck a small square mirror above a treasure box to make a vanity. See the shadows to the right? That pink lump is a pouf I made out of half a walnut shell wrapped in fabric. I also made an attic. That's what the rabbit is sticking it's head out of. Ha.

Here is the rabbit reclining in the lounge room with a little book I made and wearing spectacles (didn't make those). I think I also made a tree -- that's what you can see through the back window.

So if you're feeling crafty this weekend perhaps you can help the wee ones start an odds and ends box. Or if you have one already why not make a doll/rabbit/small anthropomorphic-collectible-toy house? Grab some bits and bobs, some sticky tape and glue, and go for it.

Have a great weekend!

p.s That's me up top with my beloved Cabbage Patch Kid a couple of years before the house-making occurred. Can you guess which one I am? Thanks Mum and Dad for taking all the pictures!

10 comments:

  1. OMG! I love this post. I love the pic with your cabbage patch kid! Too cute. The house is adorable. I love that idea! You were super duper crafty has a little one.:)

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  2. Are you kidding? I've still got my odds and ends box! I can't bring myself to discard perfectly good "craft" supplies. I guess it is about time to hand it down to the little person.

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  3. Gorgeous! The kids, the house, the post... we save things but then I never have a clue what to do with them. Now I do. x

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  4. Awww, the pictures are so cute. I dont remember having an odds and ends box, but I did have odds and ends.

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  5. I am so happy your parents took pictures! That house is really amazing. The wall paper and the pictures on the wall - I love it all. Sylvanian families are called calico critters in here in the states and my daughter loves them. I just got her a rabbit family to set aside for christmas. Maybe in a few years she'll make them a house too. :)

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  6. I wish I had photos like these! What fabulous parents you have to have taken them! And what amazing homes and rooms you created! WOW! And the cabbage patch kids..its all too much, loved this post!!!

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  7. Oh yes, i have to sneak the recycling out at night as craft x 4 children who live in a house with a craft studio . . . well it can get out of control. Plus they bring home so much craft from school & their assignments!! Love Posie

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  8. Soooooo adorable! My Nonnie helped me make one when I was a wee one. I had such a blast!

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  9. This is so adorable! And creative! When I was a kid I had lots of containers full of things to make crafts with. Brings back good memories :)

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  10. That is one amazing bunny house! Wow! Wall papered and everything. Whoa.. I never crafted anything like this.. I did use to use kleenex boxes to house my dolls.. This house is so much better! And look at you.. Adorable!

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