Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bookshelf Fire Station


At our house, the toy closet mostly consists of legos, trucks, and trains. So when my boys see a doll house in toy stores, waiting rooms or friends houses, they love to play with it. I have been considering buying them their own doll house and then I saw THIS picture of a dollhouse made from an Ikea bookcase. I was immediately inspired to make my own "boy" version. A Fire Station!

I started with this mini bookshelf from Target (sold as a mini cube organizer). 


It was the perfect size and the shelf spaces were just what I was looking for. The only problem was that it didn't have walls on the backside. This actually ended up being a good thing because I was able to easily decorate each wall individually. I cut pieces of foam core to fit behind each space. Then using different patterned scrapbook patter, I mod podged the paper to the foam core. Using mod podge is the key because you can keep layering scrapbook paper on top of each other. One for the wall paper, then a window cut-out, fireman jackets, etc. 



When the walls were dry, I used my glue gun to glue them to the back of the bookshelf.

Ok, I should back up... I need to mention the fire pole. Before the walls were glued in place, I attempted to drill a hole for a fire pole. It was really hard to get the drill to fit inside the cubby. I would suggest drilling a large hole before you assemble the bookshelf, or disassemble it to drill the hole. The pole itself is a wooden dowel rod cut to size and painted grey. I used a little hot glue on the top and bottom of it to keep it steady.

I created 4 rooms: 


Bedroom:

Kitchen:

Garage:

Bathroom

The furniture came in an assemble-it-yourself pack from Michaels. I would still like to paint it and add more pieces.

The firehouse wouldn't be complete without firemen! I printed out clip art images of fire fighters which I then cut out and mod podged to wooden peg dolls. I used about 2 coats of mod podge to really seal the paper to the peg dolls.


The top of the fire house is just wrapping paper tapped to the wall with a fire dept. logo glued on top of it.


The boys are having a great time playing with it! It is so fun to see the imaginative play going on.



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This project was made for the Mod Podge round of One Artsy Mama's One Crafty Contest




24 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you made it through! This really was a great project!

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    1. Thanks Steph!! I am having so much fun competing in One Crafty Contest!

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  2. What an adorable fire station! I absolutely love it! Really well done. : ) Congrats on making it through to the next round.
    - Hope @ http://hopefuloneblog.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Hope! I am your newest follower and love some of the things I found on your blog! I could use some of that coconut body scrub!

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  3. super cute - well worth the MEGA effort!
    off to have a look round your site - love you to come visit me too! x

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    1. Thank You! I just stopped by your blog and am loving the buttercup card :o) Happy to be your newest follower!

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  4. This is SO cute!! My boys would love to play with this!!

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  5. I could reuse my unpacked boxes from my moving!!!

    I'm a new follower from the linky! ( GFC )
    http://sparkleandco.blogspot.com

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    1. I was originally thinking of using cardboard boxes. I think that would work great! Happily following your blog :o)

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  6. New follower from Spicy hop! Cute fire station! Love for you to follow back when you get a chance!

    http://naptimeshopper.blogspot.com

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    1. Happily following you back! Thanks for stopping by :o)

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  7. OMG!!! What a FABULOUS idea!!! I've never seen a boy version of a ''doll'' house. LOVE IT!!! Like... A LOT!!!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!

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  8. Your fire station turned out so beautifully! I think my daughter would enjoy playing with it too! Your boys must be thrilled!

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  9. That is brilliant and what a great idea. Am sure you will go on to win, good luck.

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  10. Amazing project! My son who just turned 3 would love that! Something about little boys and their fire stations. My son let's the baby (7 months) be the "fire doggie", too cute:)

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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    1. I was thinking about making a fire dog peg doll but couldn't find a smaller one! Happily following your blog and fb page!

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  11. Oh my gosh, this is too adorable. Any little guy would love love love this. Thanks so much for sharing this week on BeColorful.
    pam

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  12. This is fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing it on Tuesday Tots! Pinned :)

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  13. Oh my gosh. This is the cutest! I made a dollhouse for my niece last year and loved doing it. I will have to save this idea and make one for my nephew!!

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  14. This is FANTASTIC! Thanks soo much for linking up at {Homemade By You} This firehouse is going to be featured! YAY! I hope to see you again tonight!

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  15. Thank you so much for linking up to last week's Tuesday Confessional link party. You've been featured so stop by and grab a brag button! http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2012/06/tuesday-confessional-features.html
    I've also pinned this to my Tuesday Confessional board on Pinterest. http://pinterest.com/craftyconfessor/tuesday-confessional-features
    ~Macy

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  16. Where did you get the clip art for the firefighter dolls?

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