Upgrading the House… well, Dollhouse.

I found this little plain white dollhouse at my local Goodwill for $5. I snatched it up in hopes of doing something cool with it for my little girl. See the photo? Yeah, taken in my old craft room… from a year ago. Yep, let’s just say I procrastinate with the best of them.

play dollhouse for kidsWell since this has been sitting in our garage since the big move, my kid has noticed it everyday. And said something about it every single day. So over the weekend we finally decided to tackle the dollhouse.

I took her up to Michael’s and let her pick out some scrapbook paper. Then we simply trimmed it to size and used some Mod Podge to adhere it into place. 

mod podge scrapbook paper on dollhouseNext I used this little tool that came with my vinyl kit to smooth out the scrapbook paper onto the wood.

scrapbook paper in dollhouseWe used a brick pattern for the exterior and a burlap pattern for the roof. We even found a little picket fence piece to add to the outside of the home to give it a bit of character. 

dollhouse for girlAnd then time to fill with some of her goodies!

scrapbook paper covered dollhouseThis kid has such an odd collection of little mismatched characters…. I love it.
But at least they now have a home.

little dollhouse goodwill find

dollhouse for little girl

revamped dollhouse

And she’s absolutely in love with it!
Best part? Dollhouse was $5 and scrapbook paper was less than $10 for everything.
Quite the makeover… even though it only took me a year to complete.

scrapbook paper covered dollhouse

So, do you have a project on your to do list that you’re procrastinating on?
Anything sitting around for a year? Maybe longer?

 

DIY Rope Vase Centerpiece

I know not everyone crafts like a rockstar (including me), so I thought today I would share a great beginner project that anyone can do.

The rope vase.rope vase centerpiece

 

Yep, super simple and looks great as a centerpiece or end table décor. And you only need a couple supplies:

  • • glass vases from the Dollar Store or Goodwill
  • • sisal rope from local hardware store
  • • hot glue gun
  • • scissors

rope vase centerpiece suppliesTo begin, start hot glueing the rope to the base of the vase. To make sure you’re flush with the bottom of the vase and you won’t have any weird gaps or waves, place it on your table and check the placement of the first line before you continue gluing the rest (trust me on this).

rope vase tutorialAdd lines of hot glue working your way around the vase, working in small sections at a time. Instead of using little dots of glue, I decided to use full lines so this vase would last and the rope wouldn’t shift over time.

DIY rope vase tutorialWhile gluing, keep pinching together the rope to avoid gaps. Use extra hot glue where needed.

rope vase centerpiece tutorialNote: I did not cut the rope off the spool while working continuously around the vase. Just keep going and save your cut for when you get to the top of the vase.

Make sure you slightly overlap the top edge of the vase with the rope. Use a good amount of hot glue under the rope edge to finish off. Then trim any excess rope hairs.

rope vase diy tutorialAbout 20 minutes later you should have this!
Not bad… but it could use some bling.

DIY rope vaseI’ve had these little flowers in my craft room drawers for about 2 years. Guess it’s about time I used them. They’re from Michael’s and I got them on clearance for about $1.50 for the pair I think.

rope vase centerpiece

 Not to shabby, right?
Especially for a project that cost just a couple bucks.

DIY rope vase centerpiece And trust me, anyone can do this project!
GOOD LUCK!

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