My friend Holly, who is quite crafty herself, mentioned the existence of such a thing a couple of weeks ago and how expensive they could be. So I got home and Googled it and found she was totally right. Outrageously expensive. $250 outrageous. But, I also discovered a bunch of DIY Lego tables that looked awesome. Really awesome. Most of them required power tools and a whole bunch of space once it was complete to store it and I wasn't up for either of those. I needed easy and small. So I took matters into my own hands and made this in less then 15 minutes.
|I know better then to move blocks during construction so this photo is candid. It's a big surface with a small footprint.|
|if you look close you can see the slight, very necessary gap between the plates.|
Cost: $39.11 (each of the base plates were $6.53 which is really a form of Danish terrorism, right?)
Verdict: Legos are the most amazing quiet time toy ever. Should have made this a year ago.
Abby has been wanting one forever but I couldn't find one that was the right size or that wasn't made of plastic or plywood. Even those I did find were way too expensive. $78 for a doll bed and blanket, plus tax and shipping? And I have to put it together? I kept putting off buying her one. So when I saw this bright green solid wood Ikea doll bed for $10 I snatched it right up.
|It was violently green. Brain searing green. Radioactive frog green. GREEN-GREEN. Like greener then my startling green bathroom.|
A bit of spray paint (Krylon this time, seems to work as well as the Rust-o-leum for a small project and is cheaper) makes it pink. I'm still not doing great at the spray painting. I did go back and fix this because it was just too drippy for me.
Cost: $10 for the bed, $4.99 for the spray paint, everything else I had on hand already. Took me probably an hour to paint, sew and stuff everything. If you are curious you can buy the doll bed at Ikea un-painted for $20, no mattress.
Verdict: Super fun! My daughter loves that it matches her bedding and I love that it didn't cost me a fortune and isn't plasticky.