recycled crafts

Coffee Table

Recycling a Goodwill find, I made a coffee table with storage for the dollhouse.

I found this little wooden box with a beautiful carved top at a recent trip to thrift stores. I decided to use the base as a coffee table for the dollhouse. I removed the cork from the back of the box top to attached to my new table top. The medallion will be saved for another application.

For the top, I cut a 1/2″ section from a large cardboard tube and fit a piece of foamcore into it. I then glued coffee stir sticks across the top. They were easy to trim with an exacto knife once the glue had dried. After soaking some of the stir sticks in warm water, I used the same cardboard tube to bend them around for the edges of the table. I let them dry overnight clamped to the tube, then they were the perfect shape to glue around the table top. A coat of thin paint as a stain and several coats of poly finish and it was done.

Galaxy Day!

The Date to Create for May was Galaxy Day. The granddaughters, Margo and Helen, made Galaxy Slime, rode in a flying saucer, ate Galaxy popsicles and MilkyWays….and ended the day with painting and making planets from styrofoam balls and old cds. So much Glitter!

We started the day with the flying saucer on the swing, but it proved to be much more fun on top of the little car.

This was an amazing day. The big hit – definitely the Galaxy slime. It started as four different colors swirled together, but by the end of the day was deep purple and lots of stars and glitter. Still beautiful! They played with this stuff for literally hours. I did learn that the glitter does not necessarily stay in the slim. It was turning up everywhere!

We used glow in the dark paint to accents on their cd planets. The girls had to run into the closet and shut the door to check their painting every minute or so. The last project of the day was doing a galaxy painting. They both had a different take on it, but two beautiful, creative paintings!

New Project(s)

I am getting ready to start another miniature project. For play, of course. In fact it think I am starting several simultaneously. A gnome type house as a neighbor for the doll tree house. My granddaughters have Calico Critters that they enjoy playing with, that would make good neighbors for the Waldorf dolls.

The critter home will be in a large tree trunk. I want it to be a moveable house that can be set on a table, or moved to the floor next to the treehouse. I am thinking two floors. A great room downstairs, with a living room and kitchen. Bedrooms upstairs. The interior and the furniture will be very rustic. In this home, I will forego the bathroom. After watching my granddaughters play with the large treehouse, I have found the bathroom gets very little attention. The majority of play is about cooking dinners and putting dolls to bed. The tree will be free form paper mache something like the sketch below…..

My second project is going to be a street of shops. I recently purchased 4 miniature American girl dolls – one for each granddaughter. They stand 6.5” tall and have removable clothes and shoes. They will sit, although with their legs sticking straight out. I will have to work around that, but it is doable. The scale will be determined using them as a measuring stick, as it seems to be a larger scale than 1/12.

This street will find a permanent home in the studio. The girls love being out there and it has more room available than my house. Unlike the doll tree house, I will start recording my process from the start.

The first shop planned for the street is a bakery/cafe. I have already started making baked goods from polymer clay after watching YouTube videos. It is really quite easy to turn out realistic breads and pastries with this stuff. Also, it’s a project I can work on for short spurts of time. With spring here, my garden is calling me and spending full days in the studio is a challenge.

Other shops I am considering – a clothing store, a book store, and/or salon. I want to put a small apartment above one of the shops. This is definitely a long term project. Although, I do need to get it done while the girls are still young enough to enjoy it!

My process can sometimes be rather random, but I do have a rough plan. These buildings will be constructed by recycling cardboard and foamcore as I did with the tree house.

I started the bakery with a floor plan and constructed a base. When I did the tree house, I didn’t do this properly and my floor was a nightmare to get flat. I wound up gluing the living room and kitchen to a plywood board to keep them from warping.

So…right now I have a floor, with a floor plan and some food. It is a start!

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