By Starr Durrant
Everyone loves a good party! Not that long ago my girlfriend had asked me to refurbish her old doll house for her son so I converted it into a hunting and fishing lodge. Then……. a wonderful surprise! She announced they had a little girl on the way. I thought it might be nice to make her something special since the doll house was now a mini man cave. This project, like all my projects, was made with recycled finds from the Edmonton Reuse Centre ,thrift stores and garage sales as well as a few re-purposed elements.
I was inspired by the Smurf I purchased in a bag of miscellaneous from a garage sale and that’s where the project began. Instantly it reminded me of my own daughter back in the day who loved to put on parties for her dolls and I decided that given the Smurf is holding a gift, this might be the way to go. So, how do you create a Smurf playroom and doll party? Recycle a few great finds, blend them with some creative repurposed and handmade elements and party on!
THE DISPLAY UNIT
These display boxes are available at a number of craft and department stores, I bought this one at Target. You could also use a box or build one from foam board.
DOLL HOUSE AND TINY DOLLS
This doll house is an old Christmas wooden ornament. I had this kicking around but I’ve seen ones similar at the dollar store during Christmas season. I didn’t have to do anything more than glue it down, can it get any easier? The tiny dolls are worry dolls, my favorite element. What are worry dolls? Well, they are teeny tiny dolls that come in a little basket that you stick under your pillow; before you go to sleep, you pass on your worries to the dolls and let them work it out while you snooze peacefully, or that’s what they claim. Again, something I’ve had in my box of “This or That” waiting to be reused. These may not be so easy to find but if you wanted to make your own, use two tiny pieces of a tooth pick and glue together like a little stick man, wrap in some fabric for clothes and add a bead to the top for a head.
The cabinet is made from cardboard, a box lid and decorated in fabric, paper and ribbon. I filled the shelves with some tiny dolls I found in a package at the Edmonton Reuse Centre, they are colorful and adorable. The purple doll is sitting on a miniature chair that I bought years ago. It was brown metal so I painted it pink and am thrilled it finally has a home! Another great addition to the shelves is the little doll house also from the Edmonton Reuse Centre that I painted pink as well. The bear is cut out from a card that I glued to a decorated hair spray lid.
TABLE AND CHAIR
The table is the lid to a box, it was already pink with stripes so a perfect find! I added some doweling for legs and a bit of ribbon for trim and it’s good to go. The chairs where a bit more challenging. I used stiff cardboard covered in pink DUCK tape and bent into shape. I then used toothpicks for the legs. The issue here was with stability when I tried to glue the toothpicks to the underside of the chair so I glued one end of each chair leg into a bead and then I had a bigger surface to glue to the chair. I added some plastic balloons that I was fortunate enough to find in the same bag of miscellaneous that the Smurf was in and that added to the party ambiance.
No party is complete without presents! I had one present that was a find at the Edmonton Reuse Centre and worked perfect. These could be made easily with a Cricut. In addition I wrapped candy and dice up, added ribbon and we’re ready for gift opening!
I hope this inspire you find new purposes for old things. Party On!