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mplsdeanna
« on: January 14, 2012 05:16:20 PM »

My kids' school is having a silent auction at a fundraiser. I'm donating this:



Man, why did this photo turn out so crookedly? Sorry! Aaaaaanyhoo. I did NOT build the castle -- I found an unfinished wood dollhouse at Michael's. I sanded, primed, sprayed that "stone finish" stuff on it, then spray-painted it and finished with a clear glossy acrylic.  I made the set of Harry Potter characters based on a set I'd made before (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=375937.msg4433928#msg4433928). It's Harry, Ron, Hermione, McGonagall, Dumbledore, Snape, Hagrid, Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle.

I was going to simply paint the inside a stone gray, but when I saw a package of library stickers (Jolee's Boutique), I became obsessed with how to decorate the inside.




On the top left is the Gryffindor common room (a few couches, a fireplace, and the Gryffindor seal), and on the bottom is the library (desk, bookcase, a sign demanding "Silence Please").





In the center is the big entryway (with a drawbridge door). On the right is a large staircase with lots of paintings hung up all around.





On the left top is the hospital wing (an eye chart, a hospital cot, Caduceus, a table filled with magical medicines), and on the bottom left is a classroom (a table with two bubbling cauldrons, a cabinet of magical ingredients, a chalkboard).






In the center is the Great Hall, featuring the banners of the four houses, and a long table. This must be the start-of-term feast. Then there's another staircase.




Overall, I'm really pleased with how it turned out. The doll house itself was $20 retail, but, you know, people like us? We always have that 40% off coupon in a pocket. There were a number of cracks in the wood, and the hinges aren't entirely square, and the screws attaching the drawbridge door had busted through the wood (I had to glue and clamp and drill new holes and all that). And that was the nicest one they had in stock. Still, for $12, it's not a bad place to begin on a project like this. Also, the house came with a little drawer that fit perfectly into one of the rooms ... until I put all my thick stickers in there. It still fits in the Great Hall, though, so that will be a handy place to store the peg dolls.

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2012 05:30:39 PM »

Very cool!  I'm sure whoever gets it will love it!  The peg dolls look great and I love hte detail you put into the rooms.
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2012 05:37:03 PM »

Absolutely awesome! That will be an incredible addition to your kid's school's fundraiser!
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2012 05:41:55 PM »

Love this! You did such a great job!
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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2012 06:12:47 PM »

Oh wow. I'm totally jealous! My daughter came obsessed with HP and doing peg HP people was on my list.. but that castle! Awesome!
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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2012 06:21:42 PM »

OMG LOVE! You did an awsome job! Definately going to raise a ton of money.......Also, why doesn't my Michael's have cool things like unfinished wood dollhouses?   Cry   I hate living in a small town, with understocked stores
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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2012 06:35:01 PM »

Freaking awesome! The details take the cake.
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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2012 06:35:36 PM »

All I can say is EEEEEEEEK! I love this! I want to make a wee Hogwarts now!
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« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2012 07:38:48 PM »

That's awesome I love all the detail you put into the inside.
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« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2012 09:39:22 PM »

I just cannot say enough how completely awesome I think this project is! Love love love love love it!
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« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2012 09:46:42 PM »

This rocks.  Fave project.  Pinned.  Everything!

Wow.  I need a bowing down to your greatness smiley.  ---I love this!  You have no idea what I would pay for this in an auction.  If I saw it, it would be mine. LOL!  Just wow.  Amazing! My girls would die over this project.
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« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2012 02:06:26 AM »

Hogwarts awesomeness - you rock!
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« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2012 06:04:18 AM »

This is amazing! I was just looking at one of these blank castles yesterday, thinking I might pick one up to work on with my son, who loves knights and castles, etc. You've inspired me!
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« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2012 09:59:06 AM »

Thank you, everyone! I plan to make one for my kids, and hopefully I can find a hut for Hagrid too! That would be awesome.
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« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2012 10:53:53 AM »

Amazing!  I would be all over this at the silent auction.  Very creative use of materials - I LOVE the portraits!
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« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2012 06:21:42 PM »

Awesome. The person who gets this is really lucky.
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« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2012 09:29:14 PM »

Wowzers! Where is the school so I can bid on this?! Haha. Fantastic job!
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« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2012 06:17:33 AM »

The school is very lucky to have such a talented Mum like you! This so ROCKS!! My nephew, standing behind me says "Auntie Julie, can you make me one of those?"
You did an awesome job, the castle will be very loved by any child, your detaild are what makes it magical Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2012 01:43:30 PM »

So awesome!
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« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2012 04:57:58 PM »

Amazing detail work, I'm astounded at all the little stickers you used. I would go way overboard with the peg people and bring them everywhere.
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« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2012 08:09:40 PM »

that is truly amazing
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« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2012 09:45:34 PM »

*swoon*

Amazing! My kidlet and I are planning on doing some sort of Hogwarts themed house together. I can't wait to show him this.

Fabulous!
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« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2012 02:35:49 AM »

I totally want this!!
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« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2012 04:07:35 AM »

This rocks! Simple and beautiful, and so many great rooms to play out stories in. The kid who gets this is so lucky!
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« Reply #24 on: January 17, 2012 06:11:25 AM »

This is awesome!!  I saw that same castle at Michael's I've been wanting it ever since!  And I LOOOOOOVE your peg dolls!  Hitting "this rocks" immediately!!! And pinning the heck out of it!
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« Reply #25 on: January 17, 2012 06:17:04 AM »

This is fantastic! I love the HP theme.

Also, I was just looking at that castle this weekend! My niece is old enough for something like that but she is severely spoiled so I'm not going to get her one (she has a lot of doll houses already!) and my bros girlfriends daughter is too young. I might just get one to play around and finish it. I'm always inspired by all of the little house projects I see on here.
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« Reply #26 on: January 17, 2012 09:30:06 AM »

as a young adult i would like this for myself.
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« Reply #27 on: January 17, 2012 01:27:31 PM »

And now I have to go to Micheals here and see if they have an unfinshed doll house so I can make one too.   I'm not even into harry potter and I think this is cool!
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« Reply #28 on: January 17, 2012 04:00:05 PM »

awesome!!
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« Reply #29 on: January 17, 2012 05:14:04 PM »

I admit that I've never seen any HP movies, but this is too cute.
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« Reply #30 on: January 18, 2012 04:51:58 AM »

As a huge Harry Potter fan, all I can say is, I really really want one!!
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« Reply #31 on: January 18, 2012 05:19:54 AM »

That is absolutely amazing!!!!  Our school has fundraisers every year I wonder if they will let me donate some handmade stuff.  They usually pic a theme for the class and then ask for store bought items to fill it.
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« Reply #32 on: January 18, 2012 06:24:35 AM »

They should pick a "Handmade" theme! Smiley
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« Reply #33 on: January 18, 2012 03:12:01 PM »

oh! next time i have money i need to check out Michaels and see if that have one for me . my daughter would love it if i got one and we turned it into an awesome castle together
 you're loosk so great . awesome theme !
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« Reply #34 on: January 18, 2012 04:53:40 PM »

Wish I knew where this silent auction was... I'm counting my cash on hand right now. Tongue
I think your did a "Brilliant" job, everything looks perfect. I love the Hagrid peg doll and the Potions Class is MARVELOUS! I'm literally in Love!
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« Reply #35 on: February 05, 2012 06:37:01 AM »

Hi everyone! Thank you so much for your support and kind words. The fundraiser was last night (so, so fun -- an open bar will do that), and the silent auction appears to have been hugely successful. The castle and dolls went for $130, which honestly is about $100 more than I expected, and $110 more than it cost me to make. Also, two of the other bidders asked if I'd make them a castle and set of dolls for an additional $130 donation. Never doubt the power of wood, some stickers, and a little acrylic paint!
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« Reply #36 on: February 07, 2012 09:18:08 AM »

That's great news!! Glad to hear it was such a success and you get to make more Smiley
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« Reply #37 on: April 29, 2012 06:59:43 AM »

This is really, really pretty, I think I'll make myself one to stop me from thinking about the LEGO castle Smiley I didn't know they had such cool castles at Michael's!
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« Reply #38 on: April 29, 2012 07:13:13 AM »

Not all of them do, and not all the time. Ooooh, the thrill of the hunt!
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« Reply #39 on: March 23, 2013 05:28:10 PM »

Wow, such detail! This is an awesome doll house! I love how you decorated the rooms. I've seen those wooden castles at the craft stores before and always wanted to get one, but had no idea what to do with it. You've given me some great ideas.
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