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I’ve been wanting to make a dollhouse for my daughter for a long time. Victorian dollhouses are as beautiful as they are expensive. At the same time I did not want anything that take up half of her room, which is already narrow, nor did I want anything that visually made the room look messy.

That’s when I had a vision of a very tall house that I could turn and lean against the wall, hiding the messy little furnitures. Ha! A Dutch Canal (Doll)house!

I searched websites looking at buying one, new or secondhand, but no luck. So I decided to go to Ikea and see if they had any pieces I could use as a base for the dollhouse.

That’s when I found the Eket Unit System. I took my daughter so she could choose her favourite colour. The light blue, she said! Assembly is with one click only. Great!

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I bought three modules of 35 x 35 x 25cm.

Next Stop: a DIY warehouse. I needed to create the front of the house. A 6mm tick plywood board, 131 x 38cm. I bought two pieces, one reserve just in case I made a mistake.

We set up the Eket Unit but left out the back part. These we will use to create the roof.

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With the plywood board on the floor, I first marked with a rule and pencil the three squares 35 x 35 cm to know the exact position of the three Eket Units. Then I drew the rectangles that are the windows, the door and the silhouette of the roof.

Here is the point where you can create your own design, make a curvy roof, maybe? Six windows?

This is where you put your husband to work! Thank you! Let’s cut the wood!

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After that you have to sand the edges, so everything is very smooth.

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Let’s then glue the modules with double-sided tape and wooden glue.

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Look at the little house! How exciting is it to see a project taking shape!

The Rounded window at the top, we did with utility knife because we did not have the right tool for this. It worked well but you need patience. It takes a while.

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In fact, before you glue the front of the house with your EKET Units, you will need to prime and paint it, both sides. I took a piece of the Eket Unit to the DIY Shop to find paint that matches the original colour of the Unit. Luckily they had the right tone of blue without having to customise anything (much cheaper!).

For anyone living in the Netherlands, the one I bought was the water base Grijsblauw 1008 from Flexa. I’m sure other brands will do the same job, so go ahead and find it or choose any other colour you love.

Let’s go back to that part of the Eket Unit (the back wooden sheets) that I said not to use because now we will make the roof of the dollhouse.

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Cut two squares of 24.5 x 24.5 cm.

Lay the house down and glue these two pieces together making a triangular prism shape. If necessary, score objects so that the wooden sheets do not move. Leave it overnight to dry.

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The Dutch Canal Dollhouse is ready to play with!

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And as far as that spare plywood board goes – I’m considering creating a second house, with a different shaped roof, so we can store our kids’ books as well and make the Kids’ room look super cool.

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I hope you like it ! If yeas, leave a comment! ;)

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Em Português: Faz tempo que eu andava querendo fazer uma casa de bonecas para a minha filha. Dollhouses vitorianas são tão lindas quanto caras. Ao mesmo tempo eu não queria algo que ocupasse metade do quarto dela, que já é estreito, nem tão pouco queria algo que visualmente deixasse o quarto com um aspecto bagunçado.

Então cheguei na solução que uma casa vertical, alta, onde eu pudesse virar e encostar na parede, sem que se visse os pequenos móveis, seria a solução. Claro, uma casa típica de canais holandeses!

Por não saber como fazer a casa, eu olhava em sites de segunda mão. Tivemos algumas tentativas de compras frustradas, até o dia em que fui passear no Ikea com a intenção de ver se eles tinham alguma peça que eu poderia usar como base para a casa de bonecas.

Foi quando achei o sistema Eket do IKEA. Levei minha filha para que ela pudesse escolher a cor favorita. Azul claro, disse ela! Ótimo!

Comprei três módulos de 35 x 35 x 25cm.

Agora é hora de ir até a loja de materiais de construção e comprar a frente da casa. Uma placa de madeira compensada de 6mm de espessura. Pedi para que pudessem cortá-la 131 x 38cm. Trouxe duas, caso eu errasse, teria uma para substituir.

Montamos os Sistemas Eket do Ikea mas deixamos de fora a parte de trás. Eles vão servir para fazer o telhado mais para frente.

Aqui é o ponto onde você pode criar seu próprio design, fazer um telhado curvo , talvez? Ou até 6 janelas?

Agora é hora de colocar o marido para trabalhar! Obrigada!

Depois disso temos que lixar as rebarbas de madeira para deixar bem liso.

Vamos então colar os módulos com fita dupla face e cola de madeira.

Antes de colar a frente da casa, você precisará passar um primer e pintar. Eu levei um pedaço do Módulo Eket na loja de materiais de construção para conseguir o ton mais próximo dele. Eu tive sorte de achar uma tinta sem precisar mandar fazer uma mistura e assim pagar mais caro.

Se for relevante para quem vive na Holanda como eu, a tinta que comprei foi a Grijsblauw 1008  from Flexa. Tenho certeza que outras marcas farão o mesmo trabalho, então é só procurar!

Vamos voltar para aquela parte do Sistema Eket que eu deixei separado. Agora vamos fazer o telhado.

Corte então dois quadrados de 24,5 x 24,5 cm.

Deite a casa e cole essas duas partes com cola forte, fazendo um triangulo. Se precisar, coloque alguns objetos em volta para escorar as placas de madeira, para que elas não se movam. Deixe a noite inteira secando.

A casa está pronta para brincar.

Antes de finalizar, lembram daquela placa de madeira compensada que eu tenho sobrando? Ela ainda pore ser usada para fazer uma segunda casinha, com o formato do telhado diferente e assim acharmos espaço para guardar livros e fazer o quarto infantil ficar ainda mais charmoso. ;)

 

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This is the “kinder Boeken Week 2018” here in the Netherlands. This means that it’s kind of the same thing as the Book Day we experienced in England.

That’s so cool because it’s not purely dressing up, but it must be a Book Character that the kids like and relate to.

This is what we came with this year. :)

I hope you like it!

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This project could be a perfection from the start to the end, but it’s not. I’d say that if I was going to sew these butterfly wings again, I’d do it a bit different but somehow it came up cute and someone here is having lots of fun.

First I used some pieces of fabrics that I brought from Brazil. The idea of making wings was there, stored in a folder in the bottom of a drawer somewhere called Pinterest. I saw different styles and could figure out how to make it. Well, more or less.

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First I drew half of a wing on a large paper (wrap paper works wonderfully) . I cut the cloths and sewed the middle part of each one together.

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I pinned the fabric facing each other together and sewed almost all the way, leaving only the bottom part opened, so then I could turn and fill it with the batting (foam for padding).

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This is how it looks after turning.
Then I ironed the wings. (This step is necessary, believe me.)

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I had some wire at home, and this is the part that I would have done differently, buying a thicker one. The wire makes the wings to hold up.

Then I calculated and bent the wire until it was more or less in the required position and format. I bent also the ends (see picture) so it would not stick the fabric later.

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I cut the wadding that I had at home the same size as my previews drawings, using it doubled to be ticker. I placed them inside the wings.

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I sewed again around all the edges, one centimeter to inside for the wire to pass around.

I drew in a piece of A4 paper some forms. Sewing those forms gives nice details to the wings, at the same time making the batting to be in place. You might require a bit of familiarity with free motion quilting, but as I don’t have it, I sewed very, very slowly. Haha

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The last step now is to sew the elastics. In this case I covered them with fabric but a simple elastic will be fine and cute too. I had to try it many times while sewing to get it right and don’t get so tight or so loose on my daughter’s shoulders.

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The fine wire made these wings very soft, and I even see a charm in it, but maybe it’s wiser to put a thicker one if you don’t want to be smoothing out the wire after every play.

The size of the wings depends a lot on the size of the child. The nice thing about this project is that you can play with size, format, types of fabrics and padding, thickness of wire… and it will give a totally different look to the wings. Enjoy it. :)

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For those who wonder, the crochet doll was made by my mom. We loved so much this “doll experiment”,  that we asked to bring it all the way from Brazil to here. So it stays like this; bald, no eyes, no mouth or clothing. :)

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When your almost 4 years old daughter can’t still start Kindergarten, mom has to be creative somehow. With some pieces of old cartoon boxes, some paint and fabric, we created puppets. It turns out being the toys I love the most. :)

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We’ve been to this miniature park, Madurodam. The 1:25 scale replicas of famous Dutch landmarks are wonderful and it’s quite impressive to think that the park is already 65 years old. It was restored in 2011 to celebrate its 60th birthday.

Madurodam was named after George Maduro, a jewish law student from Curaçao who fought the Nazi occupation forces. He died in 1945 at Dachau concentration camp.

Estivemos no parque Madurodam, onde há réplicas de vários monumentos holandeses na escala de 1:25. O parque foi renovado em 2011 para celebrar seu 60 anos.

O nome Madurodam vem em homenagem a George Maduro, um estudante de direito judeu de Curaçao que lutou contra os nazistas pela Holanda e morreu em 1945 no campo de concentração de Dachau.

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