The Beginnings of a Faery House

Faeries don’t need huge houses, of course, being such tiny creatures. And faeries just love rustic, out-of-the-way places where no one would think to look for them, like this shelf I’m turning into a faery home for Princess of the Universe.

There is SO much more I’ve yet to add, but wanted you to see the first layers. A tree to hide under. Pink tissue paper Mod-Podged in for the base. A bird on each level. I’ll post updates as I can. Princes of the Universe has not even seen this project yet. Shhh. It’s a surprise.

I think this would be a great little shelf for her art desk — to keep her inspired.


Doll House Lanterns

Again, another sweet doll house project from Hitty Print Mini: precious little doll house paper lanterns.

We did as suggested on the website and cut off the “paper” sticks which will print out with the lantern. (You’ll know what I mean if you look at them on the website.) Instead, we hot-glued toothpicks into place after cutting the ends off the toothpicks with scissors.
Okay, time for a disclaimer: Ends of toothpicks are sharp and should not be left on the floor to be stepped on. They can be dangerous. Cut over the trash can so that all sharp pieces go into the trash. Secondly, moms, do the cutting. Not children. Also ALWAYS supervise the use of hot glue guns. They are not for children without supervision.

We used just a dab of glue inside each corner to attach our little strings for these two doll house lanterns. They will probably hang up in the dolll house somewhere near the door or in a doll’s bedroom.

The Well Read Doll

My dear friend Michele at Smile, Wink, Nod posted a wonderful link today, so I have to thank her for helping me find this! How could I have missed this sweet bunch of miniature printables at Hitty Print Mini? Oh, never mind, at least I know about it now! And I thought you would want to know as well.

Today we made the dolls a bunch of books for the doll house!

These were so cute printed out!! A page of book covers. I simply cut out each tiny book cover, folded it in half, and then glued it with a glue stick around a piece of nice smooth cardboard (think thick card stock).

Just to show you how mini they really are.

You know now I must make a doll house bookshelf. These dolls love books! I love these dolls.


Wall Papering The Doll House

Today my daughter and I wall papered the doll house (bookshelf) that had not yet been papered! This is something we have been wanting to do for a while. Yesterday we made a trip to the Scrap Exchange to pick up odds and ends, just perfect for doll house stuff. We left there with a roll of left-over wall paper. It’s plain but fancy. You’ll see what I mean.

First I measured the inside of each room: height and length around the three walls. Then I cut.
We used a paint brush to brush glue onto the walls inside the dall house, one room at a time, then we smoothed our wall paper into place.

The last thing we did was to draw beautiful doll house windows with our Prang colored pencils and art paper. We cut the windows out and “installed” one in each room of the doll house using Mod-Podge.
The window in the second picture is top is mine. I’ll have to give you a close-up later. It’s a delicate tree outside with a cardinal in it. My daughter’s window, the one in the third picture, is lovely. I love it! There a “huge oak” outside, and a sunset.

The Doll House General Store

The dolls are busy this week building a doll house general store. Yesterday I had the occasion to be in A.C. Moore and I saw the most adorable little doll house cash register and jar of candy canes.

As a bit of “building background” the general store will be located in a shelf I found on sale some months back at an antique store. This shelf, which serves as even more rooms for doll house adventures, I think was an old cabinet with doors — thinking maybe 50s or 60s. It was cleaned up and painted and sold to me! But I’m sure one could be found at a thrift store as well for even less. Just be patient and keep looking!

You can see Princess of the Universe playing in front of the shelf, on which sits the doll house. It no longer holds books and toys, but is a wonderful extension of the doll house.

Anyway, I had to travel out of my snuggly old home yesterday for a work meeting, and on the way I stopped at A.C. Moore to see if any doll house things caught my eye. It took awhile, but finally the candy canes spoke to me the loudest. And then the cash register.

For just a few dollars, every once in a while, I love to find little things to bring home to Princess of the Universe and her dolls. Little things like this add a fine touch to the doll house that I cannot always figure out on my own.

Upon examining the cute little cash register, the wheels in each of our minds began turning. I’m not sure who thought of it exactly, but we decided to install a doll house general store beneath the dolls’ home. It will be a wonderful place to put “leftover” furniture, lamps, and of course the supplies that any doll family would need.I promise you’ll see pictures soon of the Doll House General Store, as well as some other things we’ve worked on.

A doll house is such a useful thing.