Here it comes. The monster of all posts.
I have been dreading this one because as much as I love it, I don’t want to explain it. Please don’t make me explain it. Don’t make me explain all of the little details so that you all find out just how crazy I can actually be. Please?
Crap. I’m going to have to explain it, aren’t I? Sigh.
Ok here goes.
We adore Monster High.
M-O-N-S-T-E-R! Monsters, Monsters so bizarre!
Be yourself. Be unique. Be a monster!
So we can’t say enough about everything Monster High. It is enough cool for my six year old who thinks she is going on thirteen sometimes, but enough cute for my heart that wants to keep her young like this forever.
So we bought a few things. Nothing too frivolous and most of it on sale. Yes, I am a sucker for a sale just like everyone else.
And then we saw this:
And my little princess just had to have it, of course. Okay maybe I wanted it too, just a tiny bit. Price tag check?
Ninety dollars!!!???? Are you freaking kidding me???!!!
What in the ever-loving world could make this toy be worth ninety dollars??? I mean, is it a bloody time machine, or something?!! Will it transport me back to the eighties when there wasn’t a single toy on the market that could possibly cost ninety-freaking-dollars?!
How do these people sleep at night?
Anyway, unless the thing was indeed a time machine, it was so not happening.
But then my little princess was unhappy, and I hate that. Yes, I am a sucker for a fat, pouty lip just like everyone else.
So, when her princess is sad, her momma gets out her crafting cap and sets to work.
Here is what I had:
1. A large, white, wooden 5ft Barbie dollhouse that weighs a thousand pounds and was at the time being used as a one inch scale dollhouse. (stay tuned for some one inch dollhouse crafting fun to come)
Basically I have this, except mine is all white.
3. The Internet
Now all over Pinterest there are amazing mommas who are just saying NO to the ninety dollar Monster High School playset too, and graciously thumbing their noses at the establishment by building spectacular dollhouses of their own on little to no budget at all.
And of course, I wanted to be just like them.
So like I said, I had this huge-normous dollhouse that was painted all in spectacularly boring white.
My dilemma, I didn’t want to ruin the dollhouse. I didn’t want to paint, glue or modpodge anything to it. In other words, I wanted to build a temporary Monster High Dollhouse.
I wanted something that should I want my one inch dollhouse back one day, I could easily change it out. And then instantly change it back to the Monster High Dollhouse the next week. That’s not so much to ask, is it?
Well somehow I pulled it off. I’m almost in awe of myself actually. I’ve never really been in awe of something that I have created before, but this is it. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of projects that I work on that I finish and I sit back and say, “Hey, that looks good!”
But I love this one. It’s awesome and the princess’ frown is now permanently turned upside down.
In fact, she assures me that:
“The toys WE make are way better than the toys in the store.”
I love how she just subtly tacks the ‘WE’ in there. As though she is also up every night crafting until 4am like a madwoman.
Here is the rundown.
My first dilemma was to find some backgrounds. So I hit the internet and lo and behold, there are tons of backgrounds on there! Haha!
That hooray moment only lasted about five seconds for me. I instantly realized that I had an itty bitty computer screen and a huge dollhouse.
How in the world was I going to print a background large enough to cover the walls of those enormous rooms?
I so don’t want to have to explain this. I just want to say, Tada! Here’s the dollhouse! Hooray! Enjoy!
And leave it at that. But here goes nothing.
I needed to get that itty bitty background from my computer screen onto my larger than life dollhouse. But printing them off just gave me an 8X11 and enlarging it just made it go all blurry. So that was out.
There is a lovely Monster High dollhouse bookshelf kit that I noticed online. It is supposed to come with backgrounds meant to fit nicely into a bookshelf turning it instantly into a dollhouse. Fantastic. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a bookshelf and I have not been able to find anywhere to purchase said dollhouse kit even if I did. So that wasn’t doing me any favours.
I finally opted for the crazy. I mean, it was the only thing I could do, and I blame Pinterest for always making everything look easy. Especially at midnight. Don’t judge me.
Here is what I did.
First, I printed off some backgrounds that I wanted for the house. I made a cafeteria, a school gym and a science laboratory, but you can choose whatever you’d like. There are backgrounds and wallpapers like these all over the internet.
Then I took some transparent plastic packaging that I had leftover in my recycling pile and I traced the images on with felt marker.
Here comes the craziness so get ready for it.
The next thing I did was create a projector from an idea that I found on Pinterest, much in the same way that I did for my coffee table post here
I had some large drawing paper so I just cut it to fit my dollhouse walls. Then I secured it to my rec room wall and projected the image onto it. You can move the projector to adjust the size of the image to fit your paper exactly.
In retrospect, I would advise you to invest in some large pieces of card stock/bristol board for this project instead of paper. Just cut to size and then you can fold it up for easy put up and take down.
I seem to do everything the hard way for some reason. Mostly I just have no idea what I am doing at the time.
Next, I traced the projected image onto the paper with a pencil. Then I outlined it with a black felt tip marker and coloured it in.
Last, I laminated the entire thing with packing tape. Hence the advisement for you to just invest in the card stock or bristol board instead. It eliminates the lamination process which in reality just sucks. It works wonders for smaller projects but for this one, I should have thought twice about it.
Regardless, I was able to make it work. So tons of work later, it was time to insert it into the dollhouse.
Now this is key so pay attention. You can’t just place backgrounds in a dollhouse and expect that they are going to just stay there on their own. I needed a solution that was still temporary, in other words I couldn’t just glue it up there or modpodge it down.
So instead, I used sticky tac. I just love the stuff. I tacked it up there much in the same way that you would hang a poster on the wall and voila!! It worked like a charm.
Now my daughter can play to her heart’s content and the walls won’t fall down on her. For the smaller rooms in the dollhouse, I just took some packaging from some of the dolls that we had collected and they fit in there perfectly. I mean some of the packaging is cute already so why let it go to waste right. Check out my pics below. 🙂
So there you have it. A monster high dollhouse on a dime budget.
As you can see, we ended up putting the LaDeeDa doll patio in the top room of the dollhouse. I would have done a monster high room up there as well, but as she stands, my kid isn’t tall enough to reach it yet anyway. She already had the cute little patio set, so I figured why not.
The pink Monster High Gloom Beach is pretty empty too, but I wasn’t sure what to put there. Any ideas would be most welcome if you have any. For now, the monsters just hang out and suntan in the black sun.
Don’t have a thousand pound dollhouse? I am sure that a bookshelf would work for this project too.
I hope you enjoy!!