DIY dollhouse! Thrifty mom whose daughter wanted a £ 250 Barbie dream home creates stunning version from recycled materials for just £ 20
- Bristol mother Faith Sheppard created her daughter’s dollhouse from scratch
- After seeing how expensive the manufactured products were, she built one herself
- Using Facebook Marketplace, she bought a cabinet for the frame for under £ 20
- Included in the build were lollipop sticks, boxes of sushi and a bundle of ham
A mother has revealed how she saved £ 230 by making a dollhouse for her daughter for just £ 20 using second-hand and recycled materials.
Beauty therapist Faith Sheppard, 31, from Bristol, got into the DIY project after her daughter asked for a £ 250 Barbie dream house for her birthday.
Wanting to avoid something so expensive and made of plastic, Faith bought a used pine cabinet and then transformed it using everything from lollipop sticks to dish sponges and nail polish.
Beautician Faith Sheppard, 31, from Bristol, got into the DIY project after her daughter asked for a £ 250 Barbie Dream House for her birthday
Speaking to LatestDeals.co.uk, Faith said: “I looked online for hours and couldn’t find what I wanted without it costing hundreds of dollars and everything was mostly in plastic.
“Looking at the pictures of the Barbie houses, I decided I thought I could make one that would be bigger and last longer.”
She started watching YouTube videos about miniature interior design for inspiration and to learn more about the construction of the dollhouse, when she found the piece of furniture. ‘
“It was free and I knew it would be perfect! My husband made wooden shelves that we already had in the garage.
Wanting to avoid something so expensive and made of plastic, Faith bought a used pine cabinet and then transformed it using everything from lollipop sticks to dish sponges and nail polish. In the photo, the finished dollhouse
“I went to a hardware store and got some wallpaper samples to decorate the walls. I also went to a local carpet store where they allowed me to pick what I wanted in the dumpster for my flooring.
Using paints and primers the family already had at home, she got down to business and then completed the cabinet with retro handles that cost her just £ 4.
To create intricate details inside, Faith used a hot glue gun for small parts such as faucets and reused nail polish to paint them.
In addition to the lollipop sticks for the structure, she recycled old boxes of sushi and made it into a shower and for the shower curtain, she used the wrapper from a packet of ham.
The second-hand pine cabinet Faith found on Facebook Marketplace cost her less than £ 20
“I was kindly given accessories and furniture for the Barbie house that someone I know was getting rid of.”
“I did the rest myself from whatever we had lying around. I added pictures of my daughter and my family to give it a personal touch. ‘
“It took me about two or three weeks to spend every night from about 6:30 to 10 a.m. doing it.”
“In the end, the total cost of the project was £ 20. I’m so happy with the way it turned out.
Faith put up tiny photos of her daughter in the dollhouse to give it a personal touch