July 6, 2011 15:27 | Comments (4) | |
I should mention right up front though that it’s going to take a good chunk of your time. I originally found this set on Amazon for $13.75 but noticed in the comments that a few people had purchased the same kit for $5 at their local Michael’s store. So I called around (after striking out at the first Michael’s I went to) and found a location near us that stocked them. We’ve done several of the smaller Creatology sets before (like dinosaurs and airplanes), so I knew what to expect with the kit (unlike perhaps some of the disgruntled Amazon reviewers). The sticker price was actually $4.99, and for 34 pieces of furniture upon completion, I just don’t think you can beat that deal.
The kit consists of 4 sheets of balsa wood. The pieces are stamped, but you have to press them out. There’s not much in the way of directions, just a diagram with a bunch of numbered pieces to assemble in order. Here’s me working on the final piece!
They all fit together surprisingly well though. Out of 185 individual pieces, only 4 needed to be glued. I did seal them all with a coat of clear acrylic to reinforce the joints and protect my time investment just a bit. I think the furniture is adorable with quite a variety of pieces.
Kitchen and Dining:
Even a bathroom:
And my favorite, a piano!
The piano keys are the only piece I painted. I happen to like the natural wood, but I also think (if someone had the time) that it would be great fun to paint the entire set. Such possibilities!
This little project of mine actually started with a project of Jerry’s that… well, you can read about it here and here and here. But to make a long story short, her Daddy built her the cutest play table turned dollhouse turned castle.
She absolutely loves it.
And for good reason. I think he did an amazing job!