I’ve been saving champagne corks for a while meaning to twist together some tiny cafe chairs, but I had forgotten about the project until . . . I tripped onto This Is My Dollhouse, a recent picture book by Giselle Potter (published by Schwartz & Wade Books). As a maker and admirer of all things itty bitty as well as a fan of Potter’s doll-like, oval-faced illustrations, I couldn’t resist getting my hands on the book.
The story is about a girl who creates a dollhouse out of a cardboard box, furnishing it from snippets and household bits.
Inside the dust jacket is a hidden treat: hints and ideas for making and outfitting your own cardboard box dollhouse.
Clothespins and a matchbox become a bed. Bottle caps make perfect plates. Pieces of yellow string equal noodles. Fried eggs? Pencil a yellow circle on a white scrap! The story honors a child’s ability to transform the ordinary into a miniature world.
So, I found my champagne corks where I had squirreled them away. If you have a supply ready, here’s how to make them:
You need: a wire cutter and a champagne (or craft beer!) cork
Step 1: Cut the wire that connects the bottom of the cork cage. Try to straighten out the twists as best you can.
Step 2: Twist the wire into the shape you’d like and hook and secure the loose ends to the back legs of your chair.
The tricky part (other than all that twisting that ended up lopsided in my attempts) is to secure the back and keep the seat on the chair. If the legs splay out too much, the seat falls off. You need to straighten the legs a bit to keep the seat attached.