Apr. 10, 2016

The Big Project REVEAL!!! DIY Lea's Rainforest House!

Whew! This was the most tiring project ever, and I'm proud of it! Seriously, this was A LOT of work and time! But it was totally worth it in the end, I love it, the dolls love it, and it has so much play value. But talk about a lot of work!

We'd like to give a special thanks to Arianna! She guessed right! I guess some of my hints sort of gave it away, but actually, it was pretty hard still to guess! So great job!

This project cost me $33 to make and about 3 1/2 to 4 hours to make. This turned out a little different from the AG version, but it's ok! The best thing about DIY is that not only does it save you a ton of cash  (I love all the AG stuff, but I'm on a budget :) You get to customize your projects. Which is really what matters, bacause the most fun part of diys are the process.

Anyway, too much talk and no do! So let's do it!

For this craft you will need:

  • One presentation 3 way fold foam board
  • One 20 by 30 inch faom board
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Scrapbook paper or printables you create, or paints
  • Bamboo Stakes
  • sanded wood blocks

Fabrics: Print fabric of your choice, 1 yard burlap, 1 yard of tulle (pink)

Other: Printable window scene, optional- posters, magazine cutouts, etc.

 

Cutting

Take your presentation board and cut it down so it is 25 1/2 inches tall. Cut your single foam board to fit and the floor. Use scraps for your cuts to cut out some shelves if desired. Cut your bamboo for rafters, the bed, the curtain rods, and posts.

 

Glue

Glue your presentation board to its floor, the single foam board. Glue together what will be your rafters. You should have 2 short and acute triangles, with a beam or bamboo at the top for support, and well as one large piece of cut bamboo on the bottom, this will be in front. Glue it to the top of  your hut. Be sure it is secure! Hold it for a minute to be safe, and add extra hot glue to reinforce- you don't want the set to fall apart in the middle of play!

 

Fabrics

Use 4 pieces of cut bamboo and lay on the edges of a piece of burlap cut to the desired bed size. glue down the stakes to the burlap, leaving it fairly taught. glue it to the walls, and make sure to press and hold firmly to it until it is completely dry. It should be strong enought to support a "sleeping" doll. If it isn't, add some foam board supports to strengthen the bed, so there are no falling dollies tonight! lol:)

 

Flooring

Print out as many printables or use as much scrapbook paper as you need to COMPLETELY COVER THE FLOOR. glue it down. Use Mod Podge over the top for a shine and it will last a little longer.

 

Window

You don't need to cut anything from the walls. Just print a photo from Google and glue! I added a fringy burlap scrap for a shade. It looks so cute, but is something AG doesn't have. If you want interchangeable scenes, you and glue a large magnent piece to the wall and some to the back or some laminated scenes, and just stick them on!

Roofing

This was so easy! Just cut some burlap to size and cut slits around the edges so it looks more like the AG version. Then hot glue it onto the rafters.

Blanket and pillow

Just take your print fablic and cut it to 22 inches. include 1/2 inches for seam allowange on each side. it should be around 8 inches wide, not including seam allowance. Sew. I added a line of stitching to make it lie flatter and give it detail. For the pillow, just repeat the steps, but resize to make a pillow. the little blossom pillow was a pillow I already had on hand.

 

Now all you have to do is decorate! Use magazine clippings and mini things for posters, and an extra basket is a great way to fill a corner. I made the bean bag. The binoculars are fro mthe OG "I See A Birdie" set. The boots are from Saige's meet outfit. I made the lantern from colored construction paper.

 

HAVE FUN:

If you get stuck, ask questions on the Guestbook Page. Take your time to get it just right. Customize it. Keep it creative. This wasn't meant to be a fast project, so don't get frustrated it you feel it has been more time that you expected- it's not a race! Have kids help out. It may slow you down, but it's worth it because they love it!

#BeCrafty! Good luck! -The Crafty Chick