I saw this idea at Simply Stork and instantly knew I had to do it too. She calls it a Quiet Family and it's a must-make. These little people come in their own house made from a wooden box--all tiny enough to store in a purse--and are made for keeping small hands quiet at the doctor's office or during the sermon.
For my own little version I bought a wooden box with a latch and handle ($2) and a set of wooden game pieces both small and large ($2.60 total). I lined the box with brightly colored felt glued in place with wood glue to keep the pieces from loudly knocking around inside the box.
On the front of the box I used my wood burning tool to make a simple decoration and the words "My Family" then made a little flannel blanket for putting the people to bed, making a tent or having a picnic. I bought tiny precut painted wood chips in the shape of a dog, cat and rabbit so the family can have their pets with them (another 75 cents for all three) and then I made up the family.
I gave the girls little felt aprons and pearl necklaces and the boys little felt pants. Since we're a family of blondies I went for yellow hair all around and I gave them the special touch by burning each person's name on the bottom of their piece: "Mom," "Dad," "Grace," "Spencer," "David" and "Lily."
If you need more pictures, I've got several boxes made up and for sale in my Etsy shop--if you want one I will personalize the pieces with the names of your family members and give them any color of hair you specify. I can even make little babies in tiny felt blankets.
But I thought I'd take this one step further and make another kind of Quiet Family (also in my Etsy store) but this one with pieces for fairy tale play: a princess, a witch, a king and a prince. I used the same idea but customized the people suitable for your favorite fairy tales, decorating and lining the box, labeling the pieces and giving them a blanket.
I'm so in love with these little guys that even when Lillian's grown I'll probably still carry them around in my purse.
Here are some other great craft ideas I've seen lately:
Cake in a Jar by Angry Chicken
A Blackboard Table Lamp by A Little Hut
Felted Take out Containers by Ric-Rac
Patchwork Sewing Basket Tutorial by Little Thing
If you're up for a double dose Scribbit, I'm posting this week over at Design Mom--see you there!
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