I grew up with plenty of dolls to collect and play with. I remember making my own doll houses from scrap shoes boxes lying everywhere at home. I used my flair in creativity and designed my doll houses as pretty as I could using all the resources available to me. The most that my mum had spent on for materials were on glue, and art paper.
It is most little girls’ dream to give shelter to their cute dollies. It is a great time to play make-believe and it fosters the nurturing side of a kid when they play dolls.
As a parent, we can help develop that creativity and nurturing values of our kids through play. So, create your own doll house for them (and their dolls!) to enjoy on hours’ end.
Shoe boxes (several of them)
Stapler and staple wires (to secure the boxes)
Gift wrapper or any printed or patterned paper (for the walls)
Fabric swatches (for carpets and flooring)
Popsicle sticks (for stairs, fences or window shutters) – optional, only if you want to add stairs and shutters for the windows
Glue (or even glue gun with glue sticks)
Small furniture to fit your doll house
- Cover the shoe boxes with fancy gift wrapper papers or any patterned paper as decor. Each box corresponds to the room of your doll’s house
- Cut out some squares and rectangles for windows and doors. Secure the cut areas with extra patterned paper to cover the cut part
- Stack them up and sideways to create floors and partitions for various rooms
- Attach cut fabrics on the floor with a glue to secure them
- Stick some swatches of fabric on the popsicle sticks to use as rod and curtains for the window and affix on the windows
- Arrange your doll’s furniture inside the house
Here are other decorating tips for your doll house:
You can purchase mini fairy lights in any hardware or hobby store. If you’re quite the handy person and knows electrical stuff, you can actually make your small light circuit to attach to your doll house. Adding lights can add more pizzazz to your kid’s play thing.
(Photo credit: all photos are not mine. Due credit to their owners)