DIY Dollhouse–Make Your Own Dollhouse out of Recycled Materials

You may have already read my post on making a dashing doll dress out of a frazzled old sock. My creative endeavors did not stop there: I went on to make a doll house out of a cardboard box and an Ikea catalogue.
DIY dollhouse out of a cardboard box

My daughter and I spend one Saturday morning cutting up little chairs, beds, and even whole rooms out of the catalogue, then pasting them inside the box. We even found an outdoor scene to glue onto the outside of the box so that the dolls would be able to entertain outdoors. Audrey actually does play with the box, too, setting her little dolls inside and creating stories for them.

DIY dollhouse interior with catalog cut-outs

So if you want a little project that requires no new materials and almost no crafty skills at all, give this a try!

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  1. I LOVE this!!! I remember my brother and I used to make forts when we were little out of chairs and blankets, but this really stepped it up a notch. Not only does your child get something neat to play with, but they’ll feel a sense of pride in creating a beautiful piece of art. Then, we they outgrow it, you don’t have to haul it anywhere but the recycle bin!! Just great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. So fun! Looks great!

  3. I made my own dollhouse when I was little (though older than Audrey–I was about 9). I took the top-down approach (no ceiling, one-story house) and used a box that was about 6 inches tall and maybe 24 inches by 14 inches? I used an old scrap of towel to carpet the two bedrooms and made room dividers out of cardboard which I glued into place. I made beds out of little boxes, covered with cloth scraps. An empty spool with a square of cardboard glued on top became the kitchen table. A sponge cut lengthwise with one part glued perpendicular to the other became the living room sofa. And so on. I had so much fun making this and it cost my parents literally nothing (except for buying the mouse “dolls” who inhabited the house). And I had no idea at the time that I was recycling!

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  5. Wow, this is awesome. I hope I do creative stuff like this with my kids someday instead of plopping them in front of the TV. Actually, I KNOW I will. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great post!

  6. Yay! I love this idea.

  7. rebecca's mom says

    Wow how clever is this. Now the next time I come to play with Audrey we will have another option from her other play house.

  8. This is definitely more practical than the solar-powered doll house that costs about $200.

  9. Wanted to say thanks for this. I am plowing throguh finals right now and have three beautiful kids who are dealing with mommy cramming and staring at the computer for hours… this is a great idea using what I have on hand to add some sparkle to their days.

  10. This is a wonderful idea. I will have to remember this when my little girl gets a little older.

    My brother and I did something similar to this when we had a whole family of gerbils. They LOVE to chew on cardboard, so we made them a cardboard house complete with ramps to upper floors and paper towel tube connector from their cage. It was a lot of fun. They chewed it bit by bit until it was a huge fluffy nest in their cage.

  11. William E.M. Cunningham says

    I actuley made a 1/12 dollhouse from cardboard. And furnished it with cereal box furniture and appliances! I would like five people to make this design and give me feedback on prefecting the instructions. SEND

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