Lakenheath mum reveals how she transformed her kids' old playhouse into incredible gingerbread grotto for £50
A savvy DIY mum from Suffolk has revealed how she transformed her kids' old playhouse into an incredible gingerbread grotto for £50.
Stevie Gadsby, 30, teamed up with her husband Benjamin, 32, to give the neglected toy a festive makeover and turn it into a home decoration.
Son Kye, nine, received the £500 playhouse for his fourth birthday from his grandparents, but lost interest in it a few years ago.
When thinking about how she was going to decorate the family home in Lakenheath this year, Stevie had a stroke of inspiration.
She first spray-painted the plastic white, then fished out balls from their ball pit and cut them in half to look like gum drops.
After gluing those to the roof, she created a snowy effect by spraying on expanding foam.
She then drilled a 'Santa's letters' post box to the front, and glued on some sweet decorations and Christmas lights from holidays past to complete the makeover.
The whole transformation took Stevie about a week and only £50 in supplies, and has impressed her friends on Facebook.
Kye and Rayne, four, are now banned from playing inside, but the 4x4 foot grotto has got them all in the Christmas spirit.
Dental nurse Stevie said: "I love it, it screams Christmas!
"It’s different, you don’t see it everywhere.
"I’ve had parents ask me if they can take pictures outside of it with their children which I love.
"Rather then throw it away we made it into something we can use each Christmas.
"I decorate the outside of my house with candy canes.
"Last year I made a candy themed Christmas Garland for outside the door and thought it would be nice to have a gingerbread house with it.
"The day I finished it, picked my little boy up from school and he loved it.
"It’s fun to be creative and make memories with family especially around Christmas."
"The new decoration has definitely added to the Christmas spirit it’s made a lot of people smile and that’s what it’s all about."