Months ago, I took a class at Castle in the Air taught by Katrina Martin, a real life fairy, to make a suitcase dollhouse. It’s taken me this long to post because I didn’t finish my dollhouse until just the other week. But it is now all finished, and I would like to give you a little tour :0)
I really built this dollhouse for Pee Wee, my little amigurumi monkey.
One half of the case is the house, and the other half is a garden.
The top floor of the house consisted of the bathroom and bedroom. The ground floor was the living room and kitchen.
The pedestal sink in the bathroom was made of stacked wooden spools that I painted white, an acorn cap, a seashell, beads for the handles, and a piece of bent wire for the faucet.
The drawers in the bedroom were made from matchboxes that we covered with decorative paper, beads for the knobs, and wooden spools.
Next to the drawers is a rug and mirror.
The bed was made of needle felted wool roving and covered in velvet leaves. The pillow was made of two stuffed velvet leaves.
A tea-dyed doily serves as the blanket.
The head- and foot- boards were made from wooden die cuts.
Katrina added a wooden floorboard to our dollhouse prior to class to create the two floors. I painted mine red so that it popped against the color of the suitcase lining. The only problem was that I got some red paint on the pale green walls when I painted the edge of the floor. In order to cover it, I cut some pieces of balsa wood and painted them white to create baseboard trim. (I also ended up adding white trim along the edges of the ground floor).
The red floor and white trim really make a difference in the overall look and feel of the dollhouse!
The living room consists of a sofa and matching side table, each made from fabric covered cork, and trim. The cushioned sides of the sofa were made with batting. The feet of the table were made of wooden spools that I painted a distressed brown. A doily served as a rug.
I added the wooden clock, which was leftover from a collection of dollhouse furniture that I had purchased originally to sell on eBay.
On the wall is a framed picture that I cut out from some Graphic 45 scrapbook paper.
After I got home, I made a kitchen table from a plastic pizza saver that I topped with a piece of scrapbook paper and a crochet doily.
The kitchen shelf unit was made in class out of cork and wooden spools I painted white. We covered the surfaces with decorative paper and the edges with fabric trim.
We filled the shelves with mini glass jars, a basket of wooden eggs (on doily), a mortar and pestle (on doily), and a knife. I filled one of the jars with crackers made from polymer clay that I had made in another Castle in the Air class years ago. The little confectionery boxes were also made in that earlier class.
The hardware of the suitcase was exposed along the ceiling and floor of the house, so I decided to cover both surfaces with green scrapbook paper.
Unfortunately the scrapbook paper was 12 inches long, while the suitcase was 14 inches wide, so I had to add the paper in two pieces for both the floor and ceiling.
A house is not complete without a garden! My dollhouse garden was covered in wool roving for the grass. Katrina gave us some tiny paper flowers to create flower patches. She also supplied us with toadstools and a garden gnome that she had made out of polymer clay.
We made a birdbath out of a seashell and a paper straw. I added a wooden bird from an old, broken music box I had in my stash.
With such a pretty garden, why not enjoy a French picnic in the sun?
I cut out the picnic blanket from a thrifted floral bedsheet with pinking shears. The food had been made in that polymer clay class I took years ago at Castle in the Air.
Pee Wee can eat!
After all that food, Pee Wee likes to relax in his comfy sofa, all cozy and warm.
I ended up hot gluing down some of the furniture and even velcroed the bedroom rug in place, so that the pieces wouldn’t fall all over the place when I move my dollhouse. But now I wish I hadn’t because I actually had some museum putty that I could have used to secure things in place temporarily. If I could do it all over, I would switch the placements of the kitchen table and shelf. As it is right now, having the kitchen table right next to the sofa side table doesn’t look quite right. Plus, the size of the shelving unit would have served as a nice divider of sorts to separate the kitchen from the living room.
I love how my dollhouse looks like a little cottage, one of my favorite types of dwelling :0)