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Dollhouse Ideas

Doll House Idea

Dollhouses are definitely a big part of any girl’s or boy’s childhood. With these structures, the girls first learn to pretend-play, and the boys find garages for their toy cars.

So whether or not you were lucky enough to get your own dollhouse, you know how major it is in a kid’s childhood.

While store-bought dollhouses are pretty much the dream, DIY houses hold so much more love and memories to them. So, if you’re looking for some dollhouse inspiration, we’ve got you covered.

We brought together some DIY dollhouse ideas to keep your kids entertained. So let’s get straight to it.

29 Dollhouse Ideas

Here are 29 DIY dollhouse ideas to guide you on your next project.

1. Cardboard Dollhouse Craft

The age of expensive dollhouses is over! With this craft, you can easily DIY the dollhouse of your dreams with a cardboard box and some accessible art supplies. It may be somewhat labor-extensive, but the finished product is absolutely to-die-for.

Cardboard Dollhouse Craft from Crafts by Courtney

2. Mini Dollhouses

Who knew you could make the cutest dollhouses out of drawer organizers? With this project, you won’t have to spend much time on the house’s structure because the drawer organizers take good care of that.

Instead, you can focus your attention on the details and furniture that’ll make your dollhouse special.


Mini Dollhouses from Make It Your Own

3. DIY Cardboard Box Dollhouse

If you’re about to throw away an old cardboard box, don’t. This DIY will guide you through upcycling your old cardboard boxes into cozy little dollhouses. You can even turn your leftover decopatch paper into dollhouse wallpapers if you have those lying around.

DIY Cardboard Box Dollhouse from Let’s Do Something Crafty

4. Upcycled Cardboard Box Dollhouse

Upcycling cardboard boxes seems to be a fan favorite when it comes to DIYing a dollhouse, and it’s for obvious reasons. This project is yet another way to make your own dollhouse using cardboard boxes.

However, the really cool thing is that you can use the discarded cardboard bits and flaps to create the dollhouse furniture.

Upcycled Cardboard Box Dollhouse from CBC

5. Cardboard Barbie House

Barbie dollhouses were the childhood dream of almost every girl out there, and today you’ll create your own using cardboard. This DIY gives you the classic three-story Barbie dollhouse with way less cash and a lot more memories.

Cardboard Barbie House from ikat bag

6. Recycled Cardboard Dollhouse

We can’t say we’re surprised at how much the “recycled cardboard dollhouse” trend is catching up; it just makes sense.

Upcycling old boxes doesn’t only help the environment, but it also gives you all the creative freedom you need to create your perfect dollhouse. This project is pretty basic yet fun and functional.

Recycled Cardboard Dollhouse from My Cakies

7. Shoebox DIY Dollhouse

Shoeboxes are popular in the DIY world for their convenience and versatility. Throw in papier mache and some wallpaper scraps to the mix, and you get yourself a very professional-looking dollhouse.

This two-story dollhouse craft gives superb results for the amount of work required.

Shoebox DIY Dollhouse from MollyMooCrafts

8. Dollhouse Miniature Made From Crates

It’s finally time to catch a little break from all the cardboard dollhouses with this project. For this one, the main characters are crates.

You can make your dollhouse as big or small as you like depending on the number and size of crates you have on hand.

Dollhouse Miniature Made From Crates from Refresh Restyle

9. Pop Up Paper Doll House

Compared to all the dollhouses so far, this one is fairly small. However, its size adds a world of convenience and portability to the pop-up structure. Moreover, the project gives you all the freedom to build rooms with unbelievably intricate details.

So, if you’re ready, prepare your supplies, and let’s get straight to it.

Pop Up Paper Doll House from Delia Creates

10. DIY Traveling Dollhouse

Bet you never thought of utilizing an old lunchbox to build a dollhouse. Luckily, someone thought of it, and we now have the formula for creating awesome miniature traveling dollhouses.

Three cool things about this project are how little space it takes, how easy it is to put away, and how little effort it requires.

DIY Traveling Dollhouse from Handmade Charlotte

11. The Fabric Dollhouse

Can you really make 3D structures out of fabric? Apparently, you can. With this project, you won’t only make 3D dollhouses out of fabric, but you’ll also learn to sew the furniture onto their walls.

If all this isn’t cool enough, the fabric dollhouse looks like a bag that you can fold in and out of existence.

The Fabric Dollhouse from Pickup Some Creativity

12. A Bookshelf Dollhouse

You may like this bookshelf dollhouse idea if you have a little more budget to work with.

Originally, the project calls for IKEA’s BESTÅ unit, but you can use any small, shallow shelving unit you can get your hands on. Set it up with some miniature furniture, and you get yourself a high-end dollhouse with all the elements and nowhere near the full cost.

A Bookshelf Dollhouse from Mama.Papa.Bubba.

13. Cardboard Dollhouse

We’re back to cardboard dollhouses with this project. However, to make this cardboard dollhouse, you’ll be using flat cardboard squares instead of upcycling old boxes. Every five squares form a box, and every box makes a room.

So now, it’s up to you to choose the number and design of rooms in your dollhouse.

Cardboard Dollhouse from Today’s Parent

14. DIY Paper Dollhouse

If the cardboard is too much for you, you can give these paper dollhouses a shot. For this project, you’ll only need a single sheet of regular A4 paper.

Not only is this DIY easy and accessible, but it’s also a great doorway into the world of origami.

DIY Paper Dollhouse from Picklebums

15. Cardboard Brownstone Dollhouse

This project helps you create brownstone dollhouses that look like they were taken straight out of a movie. If you haven’t guessed it already, we’ll once again use some cardboard to create these.

You can give your dollhouses as much character as you like by adding different wallpapers and furniture.

Cardboard Brownstone Dollhouse from Mer Mag

16. Collapsible Dollhouse

Collapsible dollhouses are great because, in addition to how incredible they look, assembling them takes the fun to a whole new level. You can create a foldable dollhouse using double album covers with this project.

And when it’s not being played with, the folded dollhouse looks like a thin book, which is very convenient space-wise.

Collapsible Dollhouse from Second Chances by Susan

17. Printable Dollhouse

Have you got another cardboard box that you’d like to turn into a dollhouse? Here’s another project for you. With this one, all you have to worry about is the structure of your dollhouse.

Besides that, all the furniture and decorations are available in ready-to-print templates.

Printable Dollhouse from Adventure in a Box

18. Dollhouse in a Box

If you’re looking to create a dollhouse that’s sturdy, portable, and simple, you should have a look at this one.

Using a wooden box to build your dollhouse saves decent time and energy on the house structure while giving you a dollhouse for years to come.

In addition, this dollhouse won’t wear over time, and being foldable just takes it to a whole new level.

Dollhouse in a Box from Adventure in a Box

19. Homemade Cardboard Dollhouse

Here’s another upcycled cardboard dollhouse to add to the list. With this one, your dollhouse gets its own handles for easier transportation. A little painting with some wallpaper and DIY furniture and your dollhouse is ready to go.

Homemade Cardboard Dollhouse from Pie Mummy

20. Dollhouse Miniature Furniture

So far, we’ve been focusing our attention on creating the dollhouse itself. So, it may now be time to pay closer attention to the furniture in there.

With this project, you’ll be able to create a realistic-looking vintage lady’s secretary for your dollhouse. If you’re into that sort of style, the miniature desk definitely screams major victorian era vibes.

Dollhouse Miniature Furniture from 1 Inch Minis

21. How to Build a Dollhouse

You’ll really have to get your hands dirty if you want to make this dollhouse. While this project will leave you with the signature dollhouse of your dreams, you’ll need some patience, tools, and basic carpentry knowledge to put it all together.

How to Build a Dollhouse from The Handmade Home

22. Fabric Dollhouse Craft

Fabric dollhouses are more popular than you think. With this project, you’ll be once again creating 3D dollhouses using your sewing kit and some fabric.

When closed up, the dollhouses look like basic cartoon houses. However, you’ll find the coziest room inside once you open them up.

Fabric Dollhouse Craft from A Girl and a Glue Gun

23. DIY Dollhouse Bookcase

Bookcases as dollhouse foundations are one of those things that just make sense. With a bookcase, you have the structure of your dollhouse ready, and you can tweak it whichever way you like.

For example, you can add a roof or a layer of paint which can go a long way without taking much of your time.

DIY Dollhouse Bookcase from Fab Art DIY

24. DIY Barbie House

If you want a real Barbie dollhouse, you must be prepared to put in the time and effort it takes to make one. With this DIY, you’ll build your own five-foot Barbie dollhouse using some tree wood.

In addition, adding stairs and terraces to your house will make it more realistic.

DIY Barbie House from Build It, Sew It, Love It

25. DIY Pine Board Dollhouse

This is another project that requires a little carpentry background. With this one, you’ll be using some pine boards to form the structure of your dollhouse.

Basically, you’ll go with a simple bookshelf outline to create the body of your house, then use some more wood to build a roof and a doorway.

DIY Pine Board Dollhouse from Remodelholic

26. Fabric Dollhouse Totebag

A dollhouse tote bag is what you’re creating with this project. For this one, you’ll be using all those little scraps of fabric, buttons, beads, and lace to make the ultimate grandma dollhouse.

The house comes with a built-in closet for your doll’s clothes and a pocket bed to tuck it in at night. Being a tote bag, you can carry this dollhouse around with your doll in it.

Fabric Dollhouse from Xoxo Grandma

27. Suitcase Miniature Dollhouse

At this point, the convenience of a suitcase dollhouse is out of the question. These suitcases look so cute on the outside and even more cute once you open them up.

They won’t take up a lot of your time or energy to make, and the finished products are just wonderful.

Suitcase Miniature Dollhouse from The Craft Patch

28. DIY Nightstand Dollhouse

With this DIY, we’ll be creating our dollhouses using IKEA nightstands. While it may sound like the hard part is done, you’ll still need to put in a considerable amount of work to bring your dollhouse together.

DIY Nightstand Dollhouse from Today

29. DIY Dollhouse Theater

We’re done creating dollhouses; we now do dollhouse theaters. These are especially great because they’re time, space, and budget-friendly. Essentially, all you need is a wooden box plus some other supplies, and you’re good to go.

DIY Dollhouse Theater from Dollhouse Decorating!

This wraps up our humble list of 29 easy dollhouse ideas you can try at home. Now get your tools ready, and let your creativity run wild!

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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