DIY Dollhouse Turntable

lazy susan

When some friends of mine said they no longer wanted their lazy susan, I said I had the perfect repurposing for its retirement years.

With the addition of some plywood, screws, and felt, I now have a spinning stand for my dollhouse. This makes displaying it more fun, as it can be more easily viewed from all angles, and, since it is still a work in progress, makes working on it much easier as well.

Here’s the easy schmeasy step by step.

Supplies:

1/2″ 2′ x 2′ Plywood – Purchased at Home Depot

Lazy Susan – Courtesy of my friends

4 Screws – Scrounged from my bin of various hardware odds and ends collected over the years. I simply rooted through it until I came up with four similar screws, the length of which would go through the plywood and into, but not through, the top piece of the lazy susan.

Felt – Leftover from a previous project, but available at any craft store

4 Nails – Also from by bin of hardware fun

Glue – Craft Bond Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive, available at craft stores

Turntable Creation:

1. I found the center of the lazy susan and measured 3 inches out from center in all four directions.

2. I did the same for the plywood.

3. I drilled holes for the screws at each of these four points.

TIP: Ever fear drilling too far? If I ever want to ensure I drill a hole only as deep as the length of a screw, I measure the screw against the drill bit. I put a piece of painter’s or masking tape on the bit to mark the top of the screw. Then, I drill until the tape reaches the surface I am drilling into.

4. I placed the drywall over the lazy susan, lining up the holes, and screwed the plywood to the lazy susan.

measure

screws

finished underneath

5. I cut the felt to fit the plywood, with enough overhang on the sides to fold underneath.

cut felt

Figuring this part will never be seen except on this blog post, I kept the felt covering simple and rough. I did not bother with perfect edges, and simply folded the corners in rather than trimming to perfection. To help hold it in place and ensure the extra fabric at the corners stayed tucked in, I simply hammered in a nail at each corner.

hammer

6. I sprayed the overhanging felt with glue and fastened it to the underside of the plywood.

glue

7. I placed my dollhouse on top and spun away!

finished front finished side final back

 

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