Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Matchbox Monday 3: The Tiny Travelling Doll's House

Over the years, this has been one of my all-time favourites. This version is great for taking on holidays, especially when the car is choc-a-block full. Firstly, it doesn't take up the whole back seat. Secondly, when you are little it's nice to take a bit of your own familiar world with you on holidays. Finally, and this is really important, it's made to wear around your neck, which (hopefully) means that it won't get lost...which means, with a little luck, you probably won't have to spend several hours of your long-awaited holiday looking everywhere for it.





For this project I've used a 5cm x 3.5cm x 1.5cm matchbox. In Australia this is your regular matchbox size. I know the sizes can be different in different countries, so I hope you can get something more or less the same. As you can see from the photos it's all pretty straight forward. The roof is made from a piece of cardboard folded in half and then covered with felt. A piece of coloured cardboard will usually look better than plain white as you can see at least part of the inside of the roof in the finished house. I've scalloped the roof edge because little details like that give a nice effect (especially when you're working on a small scale). I like collecting tiny coloured buttons, as you can see, and have used some for the flowers and door-handle. In classes I let the girls chose a ribbon for the necklace. Here I just used imitation leather.



The little fairy doll is made with coloured wire (I love using coloured wire). I've used 2 wooden beads, one for the head and one for the body, and an artificial flower petal for the dress.



For her bed I've made a little pillow, a small quilt and just cut a piece of knitted material for her blanket.





Hope you enjoy making this. When the kids make it by themselves there's going to be less fine detail than if you help them, but either way it can look great, and it's always a lot of fun.

P.S. I've been having a bit of trouble with my hot glue gun sticks. My old supply has run out, and the new sticks are very stringy. Does anybody know a good brand of hot glue gun sticks?

43 comments:

  1. I found this on Sew Mama Sew too. It is just so adorable. It reminds me of when I was a little kid. I would put cotton wool in a matchbox and use it as a bed for my tiny toys so they were comfortable when I carried them around.

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is adorable.
    I too found you through Sew Mam Sew and will definitely be visiting again - my girls would go nuts for one of these!
    You're very clever.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I´ve just find you through Sew mama Sew. So great, I will make this to my girl, she will adore it!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love this fairy and her lovely little home!!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I also love this project. I fond your site on SewMamaSew's Twitter site.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I love this project. Your matchbox projects are so charming! I found you via OneCraftyPlace.

    ReplyDelete
  7. This is the cutiest idea. I came over from One Crafty Place

    ReplyDelete
  8. A friend sent me the link for this...it's just gorgeous!! My little girl will love making one of these with me, so thankyou :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hello, i included your creations on my blog. The you can see on http://paneamoreecreativita.blogspot.com/2009/06/la-casa-delle-bambole-di-cartone.html
    I hope you like it.
    hello, linda

    ReplyDelete
  10. Oh my goodness! These are the cutest ever! My kids are off on a road trip with their grandparents this weekend, and I think I might try and make one for my daughter before they go. Thank you so much for sharing these :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. this is such a cute idea!!! Also a nice present for the girls to treat friends with!
    thanks for sharing!!!

    love miranda

    ReplyDelete
  12. This is one of the cutest thing I've ever seen!

    ReplyDelete
  13. This is soooo freakin' cute!!! LOVE it!!! Definitely gonna make one for my girl!

    ReplyDelete
  14. hi i love your lovely stuff brilliant blog iv got little sprogs too i will definately try the little matchbox house i m going to recomend your blog to the childrens rep of british guild bye for now tina
    expeditionquiltart@blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  15. love this! my little girls will be wearing these around their necks, and maybe even their mom :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thanks for sharing your creativity!! Wow!! soooooo cute....

    ReplyDelete
  17. Oooo! Thank you for sharing this. I know the next project I am doing with my daughter. I love it very much!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Hi Trixi,

    I found this link on crafty crow this morning. I am very excited and have been thinking about them all day. My daughter is carrying a pocketful of fairies around today and I'm wondering whether to adapt to a little portable mushroom (these are mushroom dwelling fairies) or just copy your very irresistable creations. And I promised myself that I wouldn't start a new project until I finished all my works in progress!
    Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  19. So, so kawaii !!! Simply adorable!

    ReplyDelete
  20. This is so cute! I think I'll make one for my little girl.

    ReplyDelete
  21. This is super adorable! What a great idea!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I just finished making mine and I am soooooo happy how it turned out!thank you for sharing! http://www.flickr.com/photos/daisieslalaland/3975948523/

    ReplyDelete
  23. I found your site while blog hopping, I'm so glad I ended up here. I saw this cute little house on http://polka-dot-daze.blogspot.com/ and it led me here. Oh this house is so cute, I think I will make it as a Christmas ornament and put a little surprise inside and decorate it with tatted trim. Oh I can picture it now. I've browsed through your site and it is so interesting. I still have more to see.

    Have a good weekend!!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Oh boy, this is so cute. Brilliant. I saw this through Karen (And So I Sew) who is making them for the cancer council... lovely.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Hi Trixi, I am putting a link to your travelling dolls house on my next post. Hope this is ok with you? Chele

    ReplyDelete
  26. These are the cutest craft ever! Many thanks for sharing! Can't wait to make one, or two, or three or more!
    Kate

    ReplyDelete
  27. Thanks so much for this clever idea. I made four of these for my daughters - and will post, and link back to you, as soon as I complete the little dolls for them. Oh - and if you find a good brand of glue stick please do pass that along - my glue was very stringy too!

    ReplyDelete
  28. I am breathless! I cannot WAIT to give this a try!!

    Absolutely incredible!

    ReplyDelete
  29. This is very cute! My 10 year old daughter just used your idea to make a stocking stuffer for her 3 year old sister.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Hi Trixi,
    Yay we made 2 today, shhh - not as good as yours but I will join your flickr grp soon as I photograph them! Great fun!
    Chele x x

    ReplyDelete
  31. I love these, i have just bought all the supplies and my six yr old daughter and i are making one for our road trip this week. I am also making a boy version and found some very cute spiders to put in the box instead of a doll. I will email you a picture of her effort. Thanks so much for the idea.

    ReplyDelete
  32. hi, very cute.

    Can you please share with me how/with what you cut the cute edging on the roof, thanks. It doesnt look like pinking shears as not pointed enough and it is a nice clean cut

    I enjoy your blog :)

    ReplyDelete
  33. This is fantastic! I have to make one of these for myself some time - never mind little girls getting all the fun :D

    I'm a member of Waitakere Miniatures and they linked to this page from their newsletter. Such a wonderful idea! Thank you so much!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Awesome!!!! I hope you don´t mind if I feature on my blog.
    Hugs from Brazil

    ReplyDelete
  35. So cute!! I hope you don't terribly mind but i added this to my pinterest(had to way to cute not to share) Keep up that awesome imagination

    ReplyDelete
  36. Thank you for sharing this project, it's increadably georgeous :) Unfortunately I lost the link and had to "copy" it from memory, this is what i made: http://magacuki.blogspot.com/2012/02/vom-wiederfinden.html

    Meanwhile I could link your page, too :))
    Hugs and many thanks from miss.magacuki

    ReplyDelete
  37. Hey my hot glue gun sticks suck too. My husband says it is because I get them from Dollar Tree. So I saw on Pinterest that you can get the strings to go away with a hair dryer. Hope that helps! Anyway this is too cute! I am gonna make one for my niece for next Christmas. Merry Christmas and thanks for posting this!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  38. You are from Sydney, Australia! That makes me think of Finding Nemo! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nof2FYyIeVg

    ReplyDelete