It is undeniable that being a mother is the best gift in the world. My children and are number one supporters and are a shining light in my life. While all six of my gang are growing up faster than I can blink, I do try to savor the stages they are each in. With that in mind, I do so enjoy creating for kids. Take this oldie, but goodie. Do we smoke? nah. However, we do love a challenge. This upcycled cigar box is prime for the makeover. Let’s have some fun!
I am thankful to my friend, Mandy, who thought of us when she saw this vintage cigar box. Why she thought of us? haha! Because she knows I enjoy taking all things vintage and wooden and making them new. Isn’t this cute? It’s a unique shape and has plenty of space inside.
As a creative soul, I had ideas swimming around in my head for it right from the start. However, I wanted to create something on a mini scale, something fun. Initially, I came up with a few ideas to see what would pique my interest. A few ideas are: (1) a travel game (2) a purse (3) a box full of fun papers, scissors, and a glue stick (4) jewelry box. Because I have a secret stash, this travel dollhouse idea wins my heart. hee hee.
Do you blame me? Who doesn’t love mini things, especially dolls. So, a travel dollhouse it is. woot! You can see my other dollhouse creation HERE using an antique radio. In addition, and old quilt rack became a super fun treehouse. Plus, I’ve built several dollhouses for my kids in the past. It’s so fun!
First order of business is to cover over those engraved details. A bit of wood filler does the trick nicely.
Then, once the filler cures, I choose my base color to go with this vintage Bakelite gem a reader sent to me along with a bundle of goodies.
It’s a gold color and I feel a blue would be the best choice. Big surprise, right? I love blue!
Next, the fun part…decorating. Since I’m creating a travel-size dollhouse, it makes sense to make the outside of the upcycled cigar box look like…well…a house. And, the inside as well. tsk.
After that, I take oodles of time to hand-paint the dolls and add all kinds of accessories to my creation. Can you tell I get lost in my work?
Last, while I could go into more detail of my trip down memory lane while I create, I get lost and totally have fun.
Welcome to my tiny travel dollhouse home from that vintage upcycled cigar box. eep!
You can see I added the handle using eye hooks. However, you can also see I add a closure hardware I had leftover from my upcycled silverware boxes turned luggage. In addition, I also added windows and a door using a clear plastic. Sheet protectors work wonderful for that. In case you didn’t notice, I also held back going nuts on the outside. tee hee.
Now, for the inside reveal. Meet my mini fam.
Proud mama has her hands lovingly full with babe, while the kiddos ramble about. The twins are always up to something! No worries though, as dad is always keeping an eye on them.
Also, the accessories make the play time real. Who doesn’t love a decorating a mini home?
Finally, if you’d like to make this family your own, you can find it in my online shop available with many other goodies too.
Additionally, do pin and share my upcycled cigar box fun. There is potential in everything!