How to Make a Doll House

There’s something special about miniature replicas of real-life structures. Dollhouses have the ability to capture both children’s and adults’ imaginations. To make this realistic dollhouse, all you need is a box and some basic craft supplies. Decorate the dollhouse with lovely colours before filling it with miniature furniture. Have fun making your own dollhouse!

Part 1 Creating the Main Structure

1. Set a box up lengthwise. For this activity, any regular box will suffice. Choose a large box for a large dollhouse or a small box for a smaller project. Place the box on one of its narrow ends. Keep the lid if it has one for later use.

Shoeboxes are ideal for this activity.

If you want to make a wooden dollhouse, use a wooden crate.

2. For your dollhouse, make an A-frame roof. Measure the depth of the box, then mark the length of that length across the width of your lid. Draw a line down the middle and cut it with scissors. To make an A-frame roof, fold the trimmed lid in half widthwise. Then, apply 2 5 cm (2.0 in) pieces of sticky tape to the roof’s short edges and stick it to the top of your dollhouse.

If you don’t have a lid, a scrap piece of cardboard will suffice.

If you want to make a roof for your wooden dollhouse, make an A-frame roof out of scrap wood.

If you made a wooden roof, use super glue to keep it in place.

3. Decorate the dollhouse’s exterior with tissue paper or paint. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to personalise and make your dollhouse one-of-a-kind! To cover the box, cut out pieces of tissue paper and stick them to the dollhouse. Paint the box instead, or cover it with stickers, sequins, or glitter.

To make the dollhouse look more realistic, draw bricks on it or cover it with brick-patterned paper.

Part 2 Making Extra Rooms, a Door, and Windows

1. Internal walls can be made by glueing vertical pieces of cardboard or wood together. Trim a piece of cardboard or wood to the first story’s height. Place it where you want it, then secure it with hot glue. Repeat this step on the second storey to add extra rooms or leave it open.

If you don’t have hot glue, use super glue.

Leave the glue to dry for about 1 hour.

2. Make a second storey out of cardboard or wood. Place your dollhouse on top of a piece of cardboard or wood, draw a rectangle outline around the base, and then cut out the rectangle. Hot glue or super glue the edges of the rectangle and slide it horizontally into the dollhouse, halfway up the box, to create a second storey.

If you don’t want a second story, simply skip this step.

3. Draw the dollhouse’s doors and windows on the back. Rotate the dollhouse so that the flat back of the box faces you. Then, with a pen, create a door and as many windows as you want. To make the house appear more realistic, consider putting at least one window in each room.

Leave at least a 2 cm (0.79 in) gap between each window to keep the structural integrity of the dollhouse intact.

4. Cut out the windows with scissors or a jigsaw. Make a hole in the middle of the window with the tip of the scissors or the blade. Then, using this hole as a guide, cut around the perimeter of your windows.

Cut as close to the window’s outline as possible so that the pen marks are hidden.

If you don’t have a jigsaw, think about renting one from a hardware store.

5. To make an entrance to the dollhouse, cut out the door. If you made a cardboard dollhouse, cut the top and one side of the door so it can be bent open. Cut along the top edge of the door with scissors. Then, cut along one of the door’s long edges. Fold the door back along the opposite edge so that it opens and closes normally.

If you have a wooden dollhouse, cut out the entire door with a jigsaw.

If you find it easier, use a craft knife to make the cuts on the cardboard instead.

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