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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

 

Coffee Pot?

Having been married to a teacher for 14 years, I have seen my share of less-than-useful teacher gifts. They are sweet, well-meant, and sometimes very useful (like restaurant gift cards.) But…really, how many coffee mugs do two people need? (Especially when neither is a coffee drinker!)

When my husband came home this week with his end-of-year gifts, I was pleasantly surprised to see a flower in the mix. It came in a small gift-wrapped container, and fit perfectly on our kitchen pub table. Nice, until…the next morning there was petal-filled cat vomit in the foyer. What IS the attraction for felines to eat things that simply make them sick? Ok, this thing is going outside! But…how and where? Planting a single flower in the landscaping seemed odd, and we had no pots small enough to work either.

Aha! Time to repurpose one of those old gifts collecting dust in the cabinet. I sifted through the shelves of coffee mugs, passing over the cute snowflakes, the oversized one that I love using for hot chocolate, and several others. On the top shelf was just what I needed! An extra-tall Christmas mug decorated with snowmen that I found more gaudy than endearing. Perfect.

mug

With my sister’s help, and a few crafty supplies I had on hand, we made the transformation.

First, two coats of pretty blue paint. Bye-bye Frosty!

painting mug

Once dry, I sprayed it with sealant. Then, we added a touch of flair from the mish-mash of floral pieces I have left over from previous projects. This included a flower that I painted yellow, to help it really ‘pop’ on the blue.

mug pot

I dropped a few rocks in the bottom, to add some heft against the winds on our patio. Then, the final touch – insert flower!

mug plant patio closeup

My new coffee pot!