We'd been enjoying so much imaginative play together at home, playing 'kitchen' with her toy pots, pans and play-food. She'd outgrown her first baby play kitchen, yet still enjoyed the kitchen toys that went with it, so I really wanted to get her a full-size play kitchen. I know children don't need expensive items for imaginative play, but this was just something I wanted to get for her. And boy did she love it!
set of mini Ikea dollhouse furniture, as well as a fold-able dollhouse backdrop board! The board was the perfect size to fit inside a bookshelf we have at home, which really got me thinking...
I should make a dollhouse out of an entire bookshelf!
And that I did. Like a madwoman on a mission, I spent the next 12 hours before November was due to return home from her dad's reorganizing my apartment to make room for our new additions, building her kitchen (what an ordeal!), wrapping it, getting some sleep, and then waking up early to revamp a used bookcase into a dollhouse.
It was a very simple process, and the end result was awesome! Now, let's make yours.
You will need:
-An old bookcase, desired size
-Scrapbook paper, with patterns resembling wallpaper, carpet, and flooring (mine came from the same package we used for our DIY corkboard and weather board projects. It even just so happened to contain two sheets with a wood panel pattern for the floor, and cloud/sky pattern for the windows!)
-Dollhouse furniture and accessories
-Dolls to fit the house
-Ribbon or thin, colored tape for lining windows
This would make a great Christmas gift for your little one, don't you think?