We’re always astounded at the creative themes that some of our On A Budget members design, but this amazing playroom took our breath away

Just wait til you see the rest of the photos! I’m actually quite jealous and wish my daughters were still small. Maybe they’ll provide me with some granddaughters so I can create an amazing playroom too!

Samantha Jayne Vasiliou explained “During lockdown I have been creating a Sylvanian playroom for my daughter as a Christmas gift. Made from paper mache, molding plaster, grass flocking, epoxy resin, regular house paint and artificial flowers and leaves. This project has kept my mind from going insane during this crappy time we are all enduring and I have finally created a playroom”  

With 3.5 likes and over 700 comments to date the diy group members showed their appreciation too:

I have no words!! Outstanding. Who wouldnt want to play there… be very proud of yourself this is incredible 

I loved my sylvanians when I was growing up. This makes me want to crack them all back out again. My idea of heaven!!!

Absolutely amazing. To be honest I want to live in this room and I am 52 years old. You are a wonderful mom and an amazing artist

This brings tears to my eyes. SO much love poured into that and it shows! 

Samantha relied on YouTube diaroma tutorials, how to create a model waterfall and even ones for model railways, and advises anyone who wants to create their own amazing playroom or something similar to do the same

Although Samantha says the steps are too numerous to show, here’s a brief list of materials used to give you some idea of the length of time and great amount of patience involved

  • 7 large bottles of PVA glue
  • 3 bottles of Modge Podge matt glue
  • 10 GAUGEMASTER grass flocking 2mm, 2.5mm and 6mm all different shades but mainly meadow green
  • Lots and lots of Newspapers
  • Thick Polystyrene
  • Pringles Tubes, just go in your teenagers room for those
  • Carpet Tube (I used the tube from a carpet I ordered from the Internet)
  • Tinfoil
  • Modeling plaster
  • Burnt umber acrylic, regular matt white, matt dark grey, and coffee cream paint
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Modroc modelling bandages
  • Epoxy Resin
  • Woodland scenics realistic water effects
  • Artficial blossom vines and ivy.
  • Tree branches, dead one’s will do
  • Mini glue gun and glue sticks
  • 2000 lollipop sticks
  • Paint brushes a small one and regular one
  • .Hot air balloon light shade from amazon
  • Hot air balloon wall transfers from Amazon
  • A roll of brown string
  • Empty boxes and toilet rolls
  • A roll of felt Grass green 3mm thickness. I bought this from a fabric website.
  • Castle fantasy wallpaper from Amazon
  • Epoxy to do the lake
  • Kids play sand dried out for the lake base 
  • Pre made model trees from Ebay and Amazon 
  • Lettering provided by Kellyanne’s Crafts on Facebook 

And Samantha has included some tips of her own:

As an Amazon Prime member she saved a lot on delivery charges

And if you’re a beginner using epoxy resin don’t measure it with your eye, buy cheap digital weighing scales or the mix won’t set properly – a costly mistake!

The Sylvanian village has several houses, gardens, and surrounding woodland

Because every little girl loves weddings, the village even has it’s own chapel and marquee!

My personal favourite, the windmill atop a very realistic looking log platform

There is no doubt that, although currently too young to appreciate how much hard work this project involved, Samantha’s daughter will appreciate just how much love was poured into it when looking at these photos in years to come!

It’s certainly going to provide her with hours and hours of fun and imaginative play

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