Loving Leeds granddad goes viral after creating incredible Minecraft inspired bedroom for just £60

A Leeds granddad has gone viral on social media after creating an unbelievable Minecraft inspired bedroom for his grandchildren in just three weeks - for less than £60.

Saturday, 22nd May 2021, 11:51 am
Updated Saturday, 22nd May 2021, 11:56 am

Mark McFarlane 48, let his grandchildren Oscar, 7, and Finn, 4, watch the progress of their incredible new bedroom on Facetime as he got to work creating shelves, cupboards and wall decorations inspired by the hit video game.

Mark, from Bramley, used three different paints with a variety of masking tape to create the unique block effect - replicating Minecraft features across the bedroom.

Unbelievably, Mark - who is the founder and director of a Star Wars themed group who have raised thousands of pounds for Yorkshire charities - said he spent just £60 to put the room together.

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Mark McFarlane, 48, let his grandchildren Oscar, 7, and Finn, 4, watch the progress of their incredible new bedroom on Facetime as he got to work creating shelves, cupboards and wall decorations inspired by the hit video game.

His grandchildren can't wait to visit after being apart for more than a year sure to the lockdown restrictions.

Speaking exclusively to the YEP, Mark said the project originally started as a "project to starve off the boredom".

However, after completing the work, Mark posted pictures of the bedroom on a popular Facebook forum.

More than 10,000 people have now liked or shared the post and marvelled at his amazing work.

Mark McFarlane, 48, let his grandchildren Oscar, 7, and Finn, 4, watch the progress of their incredible new bedroom on Facetime as he got to work creating shelves, cupboards and wall decorations inspired by the hit video game.

Mark said: "It took about three weeks on and off as I was mostly doing it on a night time.

"My grandkids saw the evolution take place over Facetime when they would call."

"Both have loved seeing it come together and then the big reveal at the end.

"It wasn't too expensive as it's mainly paint using different shades of two base colours.

Mark McFarlane, 48, let his grandchildren Oscar, 7, and Finn, 4, watch the progress of their incredible new bedroom on Facetime as he got to work creating shelves, cupboards and wall decorations inspired by the hit video game.

"I used three different paint colours of grey, brown and white and various stages of masking tape to get the wood effect between different layers of paint shades.

"The crafting box/table is wood lats with the Minecraft tools cut from an old 1.5mm foamex board I had laying around in the shed.

"All in all it has cost about £60."

Mark said Oscar and Finn are thrilled with their finished room.

Mark McFarlane, 48, let his grandchildren Oscar, 7, and Finn, 4, watch the progress of their incredible new bedroom on Facetime as he got to work creating shelves, cupboards and wall decorations inspired by the hit video game.

He added: "It was a small project to starve off the boredom we've all had to endure during lockdown whilst everyone has had to sit their regular routines out, but now things are looking up we can all start getting back to filling those voids."

Mark is the Founder and Director of a registered non profit organisation based in Leeds called 'Sentinel Squad UK' - a Star Wars themed group that raises thousands pounds for Yorkshire and surrounding areas children's charities.

He can often be seen around Yorkshire dressed as a 7ft Wookie.

Mark added: "We have been established since 2013 and raised over £120k with 100% being donated to our various causes.

"I have various characters all built by myself but mostly can be seen around Yorkshire as a 7.5ft Wookiee."