There’s always a good reason for crafting. When you’re crafting for charity, though, there is no better reason! Last spring, I participated in the Homes.com “Crafting for Charity” Little Tikes playhouse makeover challenge where myself and two other bloggers battled head-to head for the $750 prize to donate to our favorite charity. With the help of a couple containers of river rocks, some construction adhesive, and several thousand voters, my cobblestone playhouse soared into first place! I was so excited to get to donate the $750 prize to Helping Hands, a homeless shelter for families here in Maryland!
This time it’s “Crafting for Charity 2.0: Holiday Style.” This round, another three bloggers, including myself, reached down into the depths of their creativity to decorate another Little Tikes Cape Cottage Playhouse™, only this time, it’s holiday-themed! I struggled a little bit with finding which direction I wanted to go, but something about warm and cozy flannel kept calling me!
Little Tikes playhouses are blank canvases for parents to transform into any magical playhouse! That’s what so fun about these makeovers because you can do nearly anything to them, including adding fabric, lights, or even stones for a fun cobblestone playhouse! This time around, with the holidays, I wanted something that would make you feel warm and cozy when you looked at it or played in it.
Nothing says “warm and cozy” like red and black flannel! Lined with flannel, black, white, and gray accents (and a cute gold glitter tree ornament glued to the front), this playhouse makes me wish my kids were small enough to enjoy it! Doesn’t it look fabulous?! I love, love, love how it turned out!
To create this look, it was critical to make a pattern of the front using thick paper. I traced out the shape that would accept the fabric and carefully cut it out.
I left a ½” seam allowance on the paper in case I needed to trim things down to make adjustments. I only had a bit of the cozy flannel so I knew there was no room for errors!
Next, I needed to decide what color to paint the exposed portions of the playhouse. I didn’t want to do a lot of white, but with red and black flannel, it seemed like just the right choice to highlight the flannel. So, I spray painted all of the brick areas a nice, bright white.
I will admit that I didn’t use a separate primer on the plastic because the amount of primer needed would have been a lot of added cost. However, if you’re making over a Little Tikes playhouse, be sure to add that important step to your transformation, which will help the paint stick better.
I wanted to pull in some dark gray accents to the home because the red and black flannel had some lighter areas where the red and black almost “blend” together. The gray would help accentuate that part of the fabric.
The shutters were originally brown out of the box. I mistakenly thought I wanted green, but later, I realized that red would be better. More vibrant!
For the doors, I went with black, too. I worried it would be too much black but I needed to balance out the colors I was using and black was the only thing that would have worked for the door.
When using fabrics, you’ll need to buy more whenever you’re using fabric with patterns, so that you can match pattern repeats. But in my case, the craft store only had 1.5 yards of fabric, and I needed probably 2.5 yards, so I worked with what I had.
Using the pattern I created with the paper, I laid it down on the flannel and began to cut it out. Once cut out, I fit the flannel onto the playhouse to make sure it fit properly, and trimmed away excess fabric for a clean fit. Then I used spray adhesive on the plastic and smoothed the fabric onto the playhouse. I even added some remote-control lights to the underside of the plastic roof with tape to give the playhouse some added holiday appeal!
One of the final touches I decided to add was spray painting the inside of the playhouse white to freshen it up. While painting the outside, some of the overspray had gotten inside and made it look a bit messy, so painting the inside helped pull everything together and made it look sharp!
When the house was done, it looked amazing! I added a few other features, like the gold glitter ornament, and I also glued a little piece of rustic wood to the underside of the window to act as a ledge to hold a small battery-operated candle. All-in-all, I think the playhouse ended up feeling warm, cozy, and extra seasonal and I’m so excited to finally show you this fun project I took on with Homes.com!
Now, after doing this project, I am definitely ready for the holidays! Aren’t you?!