Monday, January 17, 2011

repurposing. a townhouse village.

Do you remember when I did this...turning TRASH into TREASURE is so gratifying!  Well, today I am at it again.  This time was for a birthday gift for my 7 year old boy. Wow..does he have an imagination. He LOVES to play with stuffed animals. He gives them names..makes makeshift homes for them under his dresser, which have included a small Christmas tree, a wreath, a refrigerator, a bed, a shower...you get the picture!  I have a thing where I love to make at least one of the kids birthday gifts each year.  Call it a little motherly love they can hold on to. It took me awhile to figure out what to do for him, but then it came to me.

I started out with this:

and turned it into this:


A sweet little townhouse village for his little animals:
made from..cardboard box, paint, sharpies, clear vinyl, ribbon, and scraps of paper and packaging from other projects I have done.  I did not have to buy anything for this project..and I think that is the beauty of repurposing..you use what you have around!
a few of the details:

this is by far my favorite house...bricks, shutters, bright colors..you can't go wrong!:)

oh..and a wood door:


The seafaring town house with port hole windows..and of course a bird..


the wreath over the front scalloped door:

The doors open..
and out come the animals..

and in the back of the house we have a cloud mural...

that when opened leads to the back yard:


with grass, clouds and a tree:
A townhouse made for my little prince..with hopefully a lot of play hours ahead.

And all for the grand cost of $0.

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9 comments:

Tausha said...

are you kidding me? Really? I wish I was neighbor so I could just come and look at your creations in awe!! I am sure that your kids know how fabulous their mother is. If not, remind them, from me! :)

Emily Kate said...

Oh my heck this is so cute!

Megan said...

wow! that is so super cute! I love all the little details! adorable!!!

The Iowa Farmer's Wife said...

This is so adorable! I love it! We constantly have boxes lying around from packages and what not, this would be so fun to make! I love how yours turned out!

Christina said...

How sweet! Love the wreath and the backyard.

OneRadMother said...

So much fun!! They always say that kids like boxes best!

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rebecca said...

I just LOVE your cute, crafty blog! These little houses are darling. If you're ever interested in guest posting over at my blog Simple As That I'd sure love to have yoU! :) Rebecca

gigi kennedy said...

hooooooly moly this is brilliant!!!! thank you so much for sharing this fantastic idea! my kids would LOVE this!

gigi kennedy said...

hooooooly moly this is brilliant!!!! thank you so much for sharing this fantastic idea! my kids would LOVE this!