If you’re thinking of making a big homemade gift for your child, such as a wooden dollhouse … I would urge you to go for it. It may seem daunting, but I can assure you that the benefits far outweigh the challenges. Last Christmas, my Dad and I made Baby E a homemade wooden kitchen. It was amazing, and she still plays with it almost every day. This year, I wanted to tackle another DIY gift: a dollhouse! With a lot of help from both my Dad and Mom, we did it.
I love homemade toys. And I love DIY projects. There is something special about a toy that is made with a particular little one’s interests in mind. Over the past year, we have created some wonderful homemade gifts for Baby E, that she has truly loved. I am thankful for Pinterest, and the inspiration that it provides. And I am extremely grateful for my Dad, who is a fabulous carpenter and can turn any project idea into reality!
My parents have told stories about the last minute frantic activity that can occur on Christmas Eve when you have young children. Apparently, after my brother and I were tucked in bed, my poor parents were sometimes up late into the night putting together toys for Christmas! Hearing these stories growing up, I was determined to avoid the last minute Christmas Eve gift stress. We were chatting about what to get Baby E, and came to the conclusion that she loves to bake, and loves to pretend cook with her pots and pans and muffin tray. I have seen some beautiful wooden kitchens in the toy stores here, but they are all quite expensive. After a little bit of searching on Pinterest, I discovered that other crafty parents have made a DIY kitchen for their children out of a second hand bookshelf! I love working on projects, enjoy painting, and thought this would be a perfect meaningful gift for Baby E. And so the search began to find the perfect piece of second hand furniture. This was back in the summer – giving me plenty of time to complete this project before Christmas!
It’s now over four months later and I am just now finally putting the finishing touches on. I wanted to share my progress with you. You too can make your own DIY wooden kitchen in 11 easy steps!