When I was a little girl, I had a favorite babysitter. She didn't give me sugary treats or let me stay up late watching TV. Oh no. I loved her for the ginormous dollhouse in her room. Leftover from her younger days, I was mesmerized by its small rooms and miniature furnishings (there was even tiny soap in the bathroom!). Fast-forward 20 years or so and dollhouses have emerged from the world of ultra-girliness to become an imaginative toy for boys and girls alike. If you've wanted to give your kids a dollhouse, but aren't interested in the high cost of pre-made versions, we hope you'll be inspired by these DIY projects instead! Parents like you built the following 8 dollhouses for their kids!
1. Dream Dollhouse by Ana White
This three-story dream dollhouse is perfect for 12″ dolls (yeah, it’s big). Crafty mom Ana White made it with soy based plywood, some scrapbooking paper and a quart of pink paint for accessories, and finished it with non-toxic linseed oil. Complete instructions, along with material list, available for free on Ana’s website.
2. Natural Fairy House by The Laughing Monkey
Looking for a dollhouse that will beckon imaginative outdoor play? Try this tree-inspired fairy house that’s sturdy enough to live on a porch or patio. Find out how mom Rose created it for her daughter’s birthday (as well as some awesome fairy dolls) on The Laughing Monkey blog.
3. Vintage Suitcase Dollhouse by Hart & Sew
Dreaming of a dollhouse that can come with you on vacation? This adorable tutorial from Hart & Sew turns an old suitcase into a portable dollhouse with interchangeable rooms (especially helpful if you’ve got multiple kids with different interests).
4. Fabric Dollhouse by Mama Says Sew
5. Easy Bookcase Dollhouse by Land of Nod
Got an old square-compartment bookcase you’re not using anymore? This tutorial shows how adding some wrapping paper, cardboard and yarn can transform it into an instant dwelling for homeless dolls.
6. DIY Christmas Tree Dollhouse by Mr. Printables
If you’ve got some extra cardboard boxes lying around, this step-by-step guide from Mr. Printables will show you how to turn it into a holiday-themed dollhouse complete with tiny figurines!
7. Guitar Dollhouse by Lorraine Robinson
This crafty mom and owner of Fairy Meadow Miniatures wanted to give her daughter a special gift upon her departure for university. Rather than buy something at the store, she spent long hours transforming a used guitar into a magical home for a miniature musician. See more pictures.
8. Shoebox Dollhouse by Molly Moo
Yet another dollhouse project that reuses things you have lying around the house. In this case, shoe boxes. With a little Papier Mâché mix and ec0-friendly paint, you can have a two story dollhouse in a jiffy.