Does your littlie’s favourite doll need a place to call her own? Create a mobile mansion from a kid-sized case – it’s tops! You can make a different wall and floor for every room, then flip from one to the next. Get your budding interior designers to help collect boxes, fabric offcuts, beads, paper and any other bits and bobs, then assemble a fab furniture collection and decorate up a storm. Hello dolly!
Gather your supplies
• Vintage hard-shell suitcase
• 25mm dowel (4 lengths, cut to size)
• 5mm corflute, cut to size
You'll also need
Brown paper or newspaper; marker pen; utility knife; cutting mat; patterned paper; fabric offcuts; small paintbrush; Mod Podge Paper Matte; metal ruler; hot-glue gun and glue sticks; scissors; Velcro tape; pin.
Note: You can easily make interchangeable walls and floors for the different rooms of the house. Try covering them with different papers, fabric or ConTact (self-adhesive film).
To make wall template, measure inside lid of suitcase and mark and cut brown paper to fit. Repeat for inside bottom of suitcase to make a floor template.
Lay corflute on cutting mat. Top with templates and outline each with a marker pen. Cut out wall and floor pieces from corflute using metal ruler and utility knife.
To cover wall, lay patterned paper right-side down. Top with wall piece, then cut out, with about 5cm extra all around. Brush back of wall piece with Mod Podge then press in position on centre of paper.
For a neat finish, use scissors to make 2 cuts in paper at each corner. Brush with Mod Podge, then fold over at corners and along edges. Press down firmly.
Flip over wall cut-out and press out any trapped air. Use a pin, if necessary, to prick air bubbles and press flat.
Repeat Steps 3-5 to cover floor. To support floor and create a space to store the furniture, use hot-glue gun to fix a length of dowel inside each corner of bottom of case.
Cut and hot-glue a length of Velcro (hook side) to inside of case lid at bottom.
Cut a tab from a fabric offcut to run along back side of the floor. This will act as a hinge so floor can be lifted up. Hot-glue tab to back side of floor. Glue Velcro (loop side) in position on underside of tab so it meets with hook side of Velcro on case lid. Put your floor in place.
Put wall in place. Now, you can decorate with furniture and fittings. See instructions, right (for bedroom) and over page (for lounge room).