Pop-up playhouse

By US Desk
Fri, 03, 21

Tie 3 strings to the outer metal ring and tie them in a knot a 1/2 yard above the ring to make a hanging arrangement....



  • House stencil or template
  • 2 sheets of heavyweight paper
  • Craft knife
  • Sewing thread
  • Hand sewing needle


1- Sketch your own house with doors and windows.

2- Fold two rather heavy sheets of paper down the middle. Cut out the outline and windows with a craft knife.

3- Place the two sheets of paper on top of each other, and sew a few stitches in two or three places along the fold. Make a floor from a third piece of paper if you want.

4- Ready for move in!

Vintage Wall hanging


  • Vintage or new wallpaper or piece of fabric
  • Scissors
  • Half round wooden moldings
  • Saw
  • Hot glue gun
  • Rope


1- Measure out how long and wide you want your wall hanging and cut the wallpaper to size.

2- Cut the wooden molding to size. You need 4 lengths and they should be 10” wider that the wallpaper or fabric. Hot glue 2 moldings on each of the wallpaper.

3- Tie a rope to the top ends of the moldings and the knot at the top.

Spring mobile


  • Various decorative papers
  • Metal rings
  • String
  • Sewing machine
  • Paper puncher
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks


1- Punch a bunch of paper dots with a paper puncher.

2- Sew dots together into a very long garland, leaving some space in between each dot.

3- Connect 2 different sizes of metal rings by tying string between them at 3 places.

4- Tie 3 strings to the outer metal ring and tie them in a knot a 1/2 yard above the ring to make a hanging arrangement.

5- Cut your garland into shorter pieces and hang over both metal rings. Make the inner end a little longer and the outer a little shorter.

6- Secure garlands to the metal rings with a little bit of hot glue. This will make your mobile more stable.

Secret paintings


  • Plain wood box
  • Sea shells
  • Masking tape
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint brushes


1- Put masking tape around the edge of the lid to avoid getting paint on the outside of the box.

2- Paint the inside of the box lid and shells with a base layer of white acrylic paint. Allow to dry per package instructions of medium you’re using.

3- Create your work of art inside the lid of the box using oils or acrylics (I used oils).

4- Allow paint to dry overnight for acrylics and at least 72 hours for oils.

5- The receiver of the gift box can decide whether to keep the painting a hidden treasure or put it up for display. When left open, the rim of the lid frames the painting nicely!