I almost had a heart attack when Halle (the one that scolded me) asked for a Barbie house for Christmas. I had made it over ten years without having to buy one of those overpriced, bulky, ugly houses. N ow with three kiddos and toy overflow I certainly did not want to add that to my house now! I pretty much laughed at her for suggesting it and shot her down.... shot her down bad. Then I felt bad after Christmas came and went when the poor thing made her own house out of cereal boxes and cardboard boxes (from Christmas presents.)
So this past weekend I decided to do something that I had pinned on Pinterest. I saw that a lady had made a Barbie house out of three ring binders. It is collapsible and portable and stores well on a bookshelf.
She has an excellent tutorial. This lady used a lot of stuff from around her house as the supplies and printed online images for her wall decor. I also printed online pictures. I have no idea which sites I got the pictures from so if they are yours please let me know so that I can appropriately source!
We headed to the store to get the binders. When we were there we compared the height of Barbie to the height of the binders and realized that Barbie was taller. We didn't want her to be taller than her house so we bought some small tri-fold project boards instead of the binders.
This took me a day and a half to complete. While the rest of America was watching the Superbowl, I was sewing Barbie curtains, ha! All of fabric came from scraps that I had or old clothes.
|base made out of cardboard box|
|Barbie Living Room|
|ottoman/coffee table made out of ceramic cup and craft paper|
|"bean bag" made out of dry rice|
|the bottom right corner of this styrofoam cooler is what I made the couch out of.|
|the original cut of the couch. I trimmed the edges down to make the arm rests lower than the back.|
Total project cost - about $40. Not bad compared to the $100+ ugly big Barbie dollhouses. And it's custom. And we had fun making it. The best part is that the rooms are collapsible and portable! They easily slide under the bed and out of the way! The furniture can be stored along with the other Barbie accessories.
|all three boards collapsed.|