A mom andteam has worked hard to create a very unique twist on , using a bit of imagination, determination, and Disney magic to reimagine an old Barbie Dream into a unique take on the .
since the animated . debuted on Disney+ in December 2021‘ four-year-old Zariyah loves Disney’s Encanto. No, we mean she really loves Encanto–so much so, that she has watched the story about the family Madrigal, casita, and “the one we don’t talk about” every single day
In fact, Zariyah loves the movie so much, that she begged her mother to buy her a dollhouse version of the, also called “casita,” so she could play with it while she watched Encanto. There was only one problem: couldn’t find an Encanto-themed dollhouse anywhere.
So, she decided to create theherself, using an old Barbie dollhouse as the base.
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“I couldn’t find one that was interactive enough for her, so I decided to make one that was,” Maestas said.
The determined mom used an old Barbie dollhouse that Zariyah had. The original dollhouse had four , a bathroom, and a kitchen. Before she could go any further, Maestas had to remove everything from the Barbie dollhouse and cover the entire plastic structure in primer.
It was quite the feat for , as, by her own account, she’s not an artist.
“I don’t know how to draw. I’ve never painted a pretty picture in my life,” she said. “I sat down and looked at pictures of casita, watched the movie, and asked my whose she wanted to have.”
With the help of her , Maestas arrived at the decision to have in the for Mirabel, Isabela, Luisa, Antonio, and Bruno. There would also be two smaller areas for Dolores and Camilo.
Zariyah’s mom Jasmine said that once she and her decided which members of the from Disney’s Encanto would inhabit one of the inside the new dollhouse, she began watching the movie on repeat so that she could make the as close to the film as possible.
In an online video, Maestas showed footage of the painted dollhouse. It’s had almost 300,000 views.
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Over the next few weeks, Maestas posted more videos, each one documenting progress on the new abode for the .
Two of the videos detail Maestas’ creation of the bedroom for Mirabel, the film’s main character who at first appears to be the only , but as we learn later in the film, she’s anything but ordinary.
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Further videos give even more details about the elements Maestas added to the Encanto-inspired dream , such as a special red chair for Bruno, and even a swing for Isabela.
“It took me about seven weeks, and I had no help,” said. “It turned into a bigger project than I originally intended.”
The dedicated mom says she spent approximately $150 renovating the Barbie dollhouse and reimagining it into an adorable version of the .
She explained that some of the added costs came from “interactive elements” she included in the for her Zariyah, such as a floating bed in the room for Isabela, as well as a vine swing that stretches all the way down the side of the dollhouse.
Inside the bedroom she created for Bruno (we don’t talk about him, but we’ll talk about his bedroom), Maestas added a kinetic sand bin that she made from a Barbie swimming pool. In the bedroom for Mirabel’s sister Luisa, she built a hammock and included weights in the room for Zariyah to play with.
In a video that details Maestas’ work on the bedroom for Isabela, Zariyah’s mom confesses that she may be more obsessed with the new for the than her is.
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“My loved all of it,” Maestas said. “She played with the dollhouse throughout the entire renovation process. I never kept it away from her since it was her project from the beginning.”
Since she finished the new , Maestas says that her has played with it every time she watches Encanto.
“It’s so exciting to see her recognize that the dollhouse is now Casita, and she knows who each room belongs to,” she said. “It makes me happy knowing that she was happy that I did it for her. She’s so gentle with it too.”
While the ‘s new casita was a success, it seems that isn’t quite finished with her Disney home construction hobby. On her TikTok account, Jasmine has featured videos of her work on a dollhouse inspired by Disney’s Alice in Wonderland as well.