DIY – Wooden Christmas Tree

This Christmas tree alternative is so cute, of course I had to try it! You will find it all over Pinterest. My favourite ones are the ones from pallets, but as I didn’t have pallets, new planks had to do.

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There are so many ways to go about making one of these, but as always I make it the way it makes sense to me.
My way was to use my kitches floor tiles as my grid. It was easy to mark out some hypotenuses and use those for the Christmas tree shape.

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All the pieces of wood were cut different lengths, according to my marked template. I used another piece of wood inserted between the planks to make even spaced gaps. Never need a ruler when you don’t need a universal standard measurement. It’s all relative.  Mine are Olgametres (“obtaining an object in close proximity that can be used as a measure without universally accepted graduations to identify a certain length used for that single purpose only and disregarded henceforth”). What are yours?

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When the tree was cut, some pieces got moved by mistake slightly further apart, but I realised that I liked it like that more. It looked taller and slimmer like that.

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Once assembled, sanded and painted, it went up on the wall, just above our churches’ coffee counter.

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Here is the decoration odessey. I say odessey, as this took a while, but only because I got to decorate it with some students, and all the ornaments were handcrafted!  More on that later!

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And, as always, ~ Make it and love it!

DIY Dream Doll House

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Love the Doll house my mum and dad made for my daughter for her 2nd B-day!

Another dream fulfilled, with the help of my wonderful dad who can do absolutely anything, and my mum, who loves my visions, understands me at half a sentence, and executes my requests better that what I could have ever imagined.

A doll house is not only every little girls’ dream. It’s every little girls’ mother’s dream, too! I thought about getting Lexie a doll house probably before she was even conceived. First time Lexie picked up a toy was my signal to get to it! Plans for this doll house were born in my head, discussed with my dad and it suddenly all came together.

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Lexie was super-excited even with two walls. 🙂 Could have stopped there!

We used only left over boards from old furniture or other projects to keep the costs low.

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We used wrapping paper as wallpaper

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Front of the house

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С Днем Рождения Лекси – Happy Birthday Lexie in Russian

The house can be rotated to reveal a beautiful town house front painted purple and decorated with colourful bunting. The roof was painted with black chalk board paint to add yet another fun element. The walls inside were covered with wallpaper (some of which is just fancy wrapping paper).  The greatest find I would say was the non-slip material to use as carpets on the floors. It keeps all the furniture in place and looks great too!

As the Doll House was Lexie’s birthday present, all her other gifts were coordinated around the house. She got most of the doll house furniture from ELC (Early Learning Centre) the same week.  A few bits and pieces were added the following Christmas. There is one lady in Cyprus that sells doll house furniture, and although its very detailed and fragile, I managed to find two pieces that would go perfectly into our doll house – a light blue high chair and a white fire place. Perfect!

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New addition

When I was packing away Christmas lights, I got this brilliant idea to wrap them around Lexie’s doll house. These lights are quite unusual in a sense that its not a string of lights. They are meant to be hung in the window, cascading down. Which is perfect for the house, as the strings of lights went through all the windows on all the floors.

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Using IKEA Christmas lights to light up the Doll House

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Baby room, completed with a bunk bed, a doll house doll house (what?!), some tiny wooden toys, a pony and a kitchen set that came with a Lallaloopsy.

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Master bedroom on the 2nd floor.
The super posh wallpaper is actually wrapping paper. The baby cot is in the bedroom too, which I love! I nipped a small make up mirror from my mum and now you can see it glue-gunned on the right.

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Poly pocket is about to have a bath in the bathroom on the 1st floor.

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Ground floor holds a huge kitchen which occupies the whole of this space. Christmas tree is seasonal. Lallaloopsy fits well in this Doll House.

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Living room on the 1st floor. A fridge magnet of New York is playing the role of a TV; as soon as I find a miniature TV, it will be replaced. I have made the pink chair and the beige couch you see in the picture. Tutorial will follow.

This truly was one of the best presents! Lexie and I love our Doll House! The best part? The fun isn’t over yet! Over the next few years, we can repaint, redo wallpaper, make new curtains, carpets, etc. My hope is that as Lexie grows, her love for craft will grow too, and this will be her medium for expression.

Thank you, Dedushka! Thank you, Babushka!

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Redecorating the house is one of my favourite craft activities, so please check out my other fun projects: corner sofa tutorial, fun ideas for doll house curtains and an animal rug.

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