Mini Make: Animal Hutch

I’m afraid I forgot to take in progress photos of this make today as I was too engrossed in the task and it was taking so long lol! So hopefully you’ll get the idea from me explaining it with the pics of it finished.

I started with an egg hutch, which is basically a little cupboard you are meant to keep on your kitchen counter for holding eggs in lol. It had two little shelves in it with holes in for the eggs to sit in. I’ve already adapted the inside in the picture below but hopefully it will give you an idea as to what the heck an egg hutch is if you haven’t come across them before lol!

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The plan was to make it into an animal hutch and I finally finished today. Well. I’ve finished the basic adaptation but I still need to finish it off with some accessories and decoration etc. Anyway, its taken me a while as I can only use one hand due to my illness so all crafting takes a long time for me lol, but this took particular effort.

I used jumbo lolly (popsicle) sticks to make floor boards to cover the holes on the shelves inside the hutch. I cut them to fit, and shaped them on the top shelf to go around one of the holes so that I could put a ramp (again, made from one of the jumbo lolly sticks) down to the bottom floor. Its not the neatest job in the world but it does the job!

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Animal Hutch

Brave stepped in to model to give you an idea of the size. As you can see, its suitable for chickens and guinea pigs πŸ˜‰ I need to make some “bedding” to go in there and accessories such as a food bowl and water bottle etc but for the basic adaptation, I am pretty pleased with it so far πŸ™‚ I am also going to add legs to it to make it a little taller. I’m sure I’ll post more pictures again when it is complete.

Animal Hutch

Animal Hutch

Animal Hutch

Animal Hutch

Animal Hutch

Animal Hutch

Animal Hutch

Animal Hutch

Animal Hutch

Animal Hutch

Mini Make: Cat Tease Toy

Today I decided to make another little toy for my BJD cat, Nala. I previously made her a cat tree (though I may remake it soon) and thought she could do with another toy that the BJD kids could play with her with. Tabby and Hanni decided to help me πŸ™‚

First of all, you will need a lollipop, some feather trim (or just some craft feathers) and also glue and scissors which I forgot to picture.

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Now the first thing you have to do, and its REALLY hard… is eat the lollipop πŸ˜€ You need to eat it because we want the stick! Of course, if you have some cake pop sticks or kebab sticks laying around at home, you can use those too but I think using a lollipop stick is much more fun. Hanni agrees πŸ˜€

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Before we carry on, Tabby wanted to let you know that feather trim makes the most perfect feather boa for dressing up too πŸ˜‰

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When you have finished your lollipop, cut a piece off the feather trim and glue it to one end of the stick. The stick on this lollipop was plastic and hollow so I put a little bit of glue inside the stick and then stuffed one end of the trim inside the stick to make it more secure. I then put a little blob of glue on the other end of the feather trim to stop it from fraying. The End! One cat tease toy for your BJD cat!

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Here are some extra pictures of Tabby and Hanni playing with Nala and her new toy (and the feather boa!). I think they all approve!


Mini Make: Play Doh

So my best friend Emma sent me a little dolly sized packet of Plasticine/modelling clay at Christmas and I just knew I had to make some Play Doh pots to put it in for the dolls πŸ˜‰ I finally made them a week or so ago and so I thought I’d show you how I did it as I am pretty pleased with how they turned out πŸ™‚

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Firstly, you’ll need some little plastic storage pots. I got the ones I used in the craft section at a shop we have here in the UK called “The Range”. They came in a pack of about 8 I think. Next you’ll need some sticky labels you can use to print labels off the computer. The labels I used were 38.1 x 21.2 mm made by Avery (model no. J8651 -25). You’ll also need some coloured round dot stickers, and of course, some modelling clay or plasticine (or anything similar, e.g. small amounts of actual Play Doh, or Fimo etc.)

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I used this tutorial to make my labels in Microsoft Word using a picture of the Play Doh logo I got off the internet. My label sheet was lined up wonky in the printer tray so the ones you can see on the sheet in the photo aren’t printed on the labels properly but that was my fault for not lining the sheet up correctly. The first three that I used on my pots came out perfectly; and these size labels are almost the perfect fit for the little plastic pots I used. I only had to trim them very slightly to fit on. So, once you’ve printed the labels, just stick them onto the pots πŸ™‚ If you want the whole pot covered you could use two labels perhaps but I just went for one as it looked fine enough.Β Finally, use the colored dot stickers on the lids of the pots to correspond with the colour of the “Play Doh” inside πŸ™‚

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I will share some photos of some of my gang playing with their new Play Doh pots in the next post.