I've been wanting to make a playscale dolly diorama for a long time and when my Littlefee Rebecca arrived home she seemed the perfect doll to make a special room for. Besides she was tired of being photographed against a white background. ;)
Isn't she sweet?
So I enlisted my lovely Hubby to make the furniture. He has serious carpentry chops and can pretty much make anything he puts his mind to.
I started with choosing a wallpaper and floor. I chose pretty green and faux wood scrapbook papers from Michaels craft store. I didn't realize it at the time but this paper would prove to be waaaaaay too small, but I liked it at the time.
Wallpaper and floor.
Next Hubby and I designed what we wanted the furniture to look like, and he spent some time during Easter weekend crafting this amazing miniature writing desk and chair from some balsa wood he had lying around. He did such an incredible job! Thank you Hubby! :) Then I set about painting them which took at least an hour because of all the little nooks and crannies. I never realized balsa wood soaked up so much paint.
Behold the awesomeness!
Rebecca seemed to like it too. ;)
Testing the chair.
Then it was time to look through all my miniature props to see what would work with 1/6 scale. I was pleasantly surprised to find quite a few things in my Calico Critters (1/12 scale) toys that I could use. For instance what had been a waste paper basket could now function as a pencil holder on the desk, and what had been a laundry basket could now be used as a waste paper basket. The guitar, butterfly net and magnifying glass in the little basket on the top shelf came with my Liv Doll, It's my Nature dolls; the tiny glass jars are from Michaels; the little plant was a gift from my friend Jen (Spampy); the little suitcase that now acts as an art case is by Playmobil; the little bunny and tortoise are by Schleich; the mini bread and rug are Calico Critters and the basket the bunny is sitting in is from a Barbie zoo set.
Next up hubby made the miniature corkboard from a sheet of cork from Michaels, a thin sheet of Balsa and narrow strips of balsa. It turned out even better than I'd hoped. Then I dug through my miniatures again and found the Calico Critters globe and green tray and the Lalaloopsy book. Plus I starting wondering what to put in those tiny glass bottles. Rebecca's character is a big nature girl and she loves to study bugs and butterflies. So I devised a cunning plan. ;) I went to Michaels and found some absolutely teeny butterfly stickers, then I simply stuck two of the same sticks back to back so both sides would look the same, and popped them into the bottles. I love the result! For the butterfly lovers out there please note that, in my imagination, Rebecca only collects butterflies that have already died naturally. No butterflies were harmed during the making of this diorama. Lol! ;)
Corkboard and Butterflies!
Next I made the playscale pencils. I found an awesome little tutorial by FoxyBelle at Flickr. I cut down some round tooth picks to the size I wanted and them colored them with markers. It was fiddly work but pretty easy and I love how they turned out! :)
Last I found some pictures on Google that I like, printed them off, carefully cut them out and stuck them on the corkboard with tiny pieces of tape.
I'm so happy with how everything turned out and Rebecca seems to approve too. I couldn't have done it without my amazing Hubby! Now all I have to do is persuade him to help me make the rest of the room. ;)
Thanks for looking!
Ta Ta for now Dolly Peeps!