I was looking through old photos and realised I never got round to writing up how we made our cardboard box doll’s house last year. This was a project that took ages and the twins destroyed in about five minutes. They just couldn’t understand that it was meant for dolls and not for them and kept trying to sit inside it.
We started with a book which we borrowed from the library – a lovely book called The Doll’s House Fairy by Jane Ray. WE also got out an old sticker book from us borne with doll’s house themed stickers. One book which I can’t wait to read with the girls when they are a bit older is The Fairy Doll by Rumer gorden – a favourite book of mine when I was a child – some of the scenes have really stuck with me and it’s lovely to see there is a new edition with all the stories in one.
We started with a large cardboard box and folded the sides to make a roof shape. It is all stuck together with duct tape.
To make the project a bit quicker I used duct tape for the roof, rather than painting it. As you can see it had it’s first visitor before the building work was even finished!
To make two floors I stuck another piece of card across the middle with duct tape. This worked well until the twins had finished their lunch and kept putting heavy things on it so the floor ended up pretty lopsided.
I covered over the floor with some fabric for the carpet and cut windows into the sides. The curtains were attached with a drinking straw and made using felt. they didn’t last long though!
We used some yellow paper with brick patterns on it for the front of the house. I used some duct tape around the windows which made them a bit stronger. The chimney was a cardboard roll on top of a match box.
inside we decorated with a small piece of wallpaper on the walls. I cut out a few small pictures to put on the walls as pictures. A fake candle from halloween worked well as a fireplace.
The bed was made with a tissue box and some felt for the covers.
Here’s the mum of the house relaxing with a cuppa and her iPad!
Five minutes peace….
The cupboard was made with a small cardboard box. I needed to reinforce the shelves as they were a bit wonky!
We used a few bits and pieces from the girls other toys to decorate the house.
For more inspiration on making a doll’s house out of cardboard you have to visit Red Ted Art – who has a beautiful and incredibly detailed doll’s house and lots of furniture as well.
If you love making things out of cardboard then make sure you check out my epic series of posts on cardboard creations for every letter of the alphabet.