I am totally in love with Lea's entire collection! To help me NOT buy all of those big pieces, I decided to try crafting Lea's Bahia berry fruit stand. I really wish I were brave enough to try using power tools and working in wood, but I am not. Instead, I have been pretty happy with foam core. For this project I followed the tutorial from Rudy at American Girl Ideas and looked at Lissie and Lilly's measuremens, to help me get started and with placement of the window. I started by cutting the pieces out of non-paper lined foam core. (it was just solid foam, 1/4" thick and can be purchased at my local dollar store) Mine were too short, so I had to piece the larger pieces together and ended up making it about an inch shorter than American Girl's) I then painted all the sides and edges- some places needed 3 coats of paint, am so happy with the results! I painted a sheet aqua and a second sheet the dark coral, then hot glued them together. I used a gloss enamel acrylic craft paint from Walmart on the exterior and a flat acrylic on the interior (because I had them) but I like the gloss better, this looks a lot like wood which I love! The printable from American Girl Ideas are amazing and made this project SO easy! I printed the 'pattern' for each part, traced them into the foam coar, then used my exacto knife in a sawing motion to cut them out.
|For cutting foam core, I like to use this snap off type of cutter, and leave it extended far enough to cut through the entire layer of foam.|
|My family lost our kitchen counter this weekend!|
|I added an edge to the front counter with a 1/2" piece of foam core. I also made my fruit shelf a bit short then the tutorial.|
|I opted to use bamboo to create my awning. I also used linen from an old pair of pants to create my sign, and I used tullip brand fabric markers to create my pattern.|
|I made the little box from thick cardboard as I didn't have a tick tac container.|
|I still need to do a little work on the 'inside'. So far, I decided to glue real tile to my counter top and am really happy with the look!|
Our 'girls' are starting to dream about spring break in Brazil...
I did a little more work on the inside today. I did make the little silver shelf, but cannot find silver paint- I may have to buy one thing to make this project! So far I haven't spent anything yet! I took some pictures today with my Canon (pics above are cell phone pics with artificial lighting) and thought I would share. Once I get the last piece painted I will add additional photos! Almost all of the accessories and food items pictured below are from the Our Generation Aloha set. We have two of these sets and I am SO SO glad I picked them up last time I saw them available online. With the two sets you really have enough for a tropical dinner party!
Last update...I completed the inside.