She-who-worships-Pink has requested a Barbie dolls' house for her birthday. What she is struggling with now is the waiting. Her birthday is not until just before Christmas.
Then I found this in the IKEA catalogue; The HUSET dolls house mini IKEA furniture. So cute and only $14.99.
Included in the packaging are pop-out accessories - cardboard clocks, books, pictures, mirrors and lamps to colour-in and stick-on.
I got to thinking; How about a room to put this stuff in, a kind of three-dimensional room but, like a play-mat, could be folded flat and kept on a bookshelf when it's not in use.
And this is what I came up with:
Hardware stores, grocers and wine shops are good for cut-away display boxes. Or you can just cut down your own box.
I wanted wall paper but settled for contact paper, since I couldn't buy a sample roll or piece of proper wallpaper under $60 which kind of defeats the purpose of a cheap interim solution.
After applying the contact paper, I glued all the little IKEA cardboard decorations into place.
I cut up a cheap carpet tile ($4) to fit the space of the expanded box. I could have also used a piece of thick fabric like some sort of plaid or wool blend.
I certainly would have preferred a more discrete colour, but you-know-who was with me so we HAD TO BUY PINK!!!. This particular pink is a shocker but this is what happens to parents who shop with their children..All options are exposed and as a result, dubious choices are made. I may have to fish around in the fabric box yet and change it over time - this one hurts both my eyes and my fashion sense.
So this is the first of, I suspect, at least a couple of themed rooms. Maybe with same size boxes I could do them back to back. Originally I had an idea to cut furniture photos out of the old IKEA catalogue and glue those onto the walls. For now I might use our Outdoor Living catalogue, glue a beach or pool terrace scene onto the back of this box and just make Barbie and Ken a little towel each for sun bathing.
And because you can never get too much of Barbie...
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