"I Can't Believe It's Not Wood" Play Table

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Feel free to read that in your best Fabio voice. If you can divert your eyes from the delicious felt strawberry cake (just for a moment, we'll get back to it!), check out this DIY play table made from cardboard - yes, cardboard! Meg created a doozie of a Christmas gift for her two nieces this year - a tea party fit for a queen.

Let's start with this incredible cardboard table - Meg swears it's easy to construct and very sturdy. We love the scalloped edge and paint job including the decorative top with her nieces' initials. She even provides a tutorial so you can make your own.

As for the tea party itself, Meg made everything - strawberry short cake, cupcakes, fruit, tea cups, kettle, tea bags and cutlery. Some of the items she created herself and others she made using tutorials purchased on Etsy. Visit posts on her blog, Megnificent Made, for details on everything: strawberry shortcake tutorial, strawberry halves tutorial, her source for tea pot, cup and saucer patterns as well as more photos and resources for the rest of the food she made.

We think Meg has the "auntie of the year" prize in the bag for this one - she's been working on the tea party since October and told us she's poured her heart and soul into it. And that heart and soul is evident in each tiny stitch and every adorable detail of this gift. A final word from Meg: "The girls loved it but despite my efforts to make everything matching to prevent fighting - the first thing they noticed is there was only ONE banana :p"

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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