It is a known fact if you’ve been reading my little blog here for very long that my girl is smitten with all things frilly, fluffy, pink and sparkly. And you can assume that anything princess or faerie related falls into any one of those categories.
When I was gearing her up for the Paci Faerie, one of the questions I asked was what toy would you like the faerie to bring you in exchange for your pacifier? At the time, she was stuck on wanting a bathtub for her faerie house. At the time you could, of course, find one of these things in the store…at the time…
Well, time passed and by the time it was time for the faerie to visit all of these darn bathtubs were gone! (Too much “time” in that last sentence, sorry!) They had been at Target and Walmart, both in store and on the web. Then suddenly, no where to be found.
So the paci faerie had to substitute a little bed for the bathtub. My girl didn’t seem to be too phased or traumatized (unlike her mother). But it did come up later that her faeries needed a bathtub. So, I improvised! And let me tell you, the faeries have never been happier
I have the habit of squirreling away random containers for projects, “just in case.” I don’t know if any of you out there have ever tried the Philadelphia cream cheese flavors that are chocolate, but they are yummy! And the containers just so happens to be the perfect shape and size for little bitty bathtubs. I gathered one of the tubs and some origami paper I had laying around and got to work!
Pretty paper…I love paper…I have a problem with pretty paper..there I said it! I have too much paper, but that’s another story for another time
I let the wee one pick out what color paper she wanted for the outside of the tub, she then helped to tear the paper into manageable pieces so that I could glue them to the plastic tub. I simply used school glue to adhere the paper to the tub, and then put a coating of the same glue over the paper to make sure it was secure. I then let it dry to the touch before I tried to figure out how to disguise the top edge.
Pipe cleaners and glue gun to the rescue!!!!
I glued one pipe cleaner to the underside of the edge, then used the glue gun to glue another color to the top of the edge.
The pipe cleaner I used on top wasn’t quite long enough to go all the way around. So I decided the faeries might like to have a spa, and used some pom poms as a “pillow” on one end of the tub. (Of course this helped to fill the gap the pipe cleaner left.) Like so…
And there you have it! Our faeries have their own tub and enjoy it almost daily!
I was never a doll girl growing up. I liked stuffed animals and had a big brother, so there were lots of action figures and hot wheels around when I was a kid. So this doll thing is new to me. I would imagine the need to improvise clothing and doll accessories will come up again in the future.
Have you ever had to come up with your own doll clothes/furniture/accessories? Or maybe your parents did it for you as a child? I’d be interested to hear your stories!