Check out these DIY Dollhouse Ideas for Kids to Make themselves! Few things are as satisfying to make as a dollhouse, especially when you decorate it yourself!
I remember when I was a kid, we used to get together with our cousins during the summer holidays and have loads of fun. We used to try all kinds of experiments that time, including making mango ice cream. Nothing like making something together for maintaining life long bonds!
One thing we always attempted making was a dollhouse, and we used cardboard boxes for the most part. It was a joint project, where each one was assigned different tasks – making the roof, the furniture, the curtains. And to think that we did all this when there wasn’t Pinterest!
However, today, we do have the internet which gives us access to lots of amazing DIY dollhouse ideas. Kids today also have access to more craft supplies, and you can now put them to good use with our list of 20 DIY dollhouse ideas that can be made with different kinds of materials. Loads and loads of fun guaranteed!
20 DIY Dollhouse Ideas for Kids to Make
This dollhouse from Crafts by Courtney is perfect if you have a large size cardboard box, and it should be able to fit larger dolls. We love the minimalist look of this house, with the white walls and the sparse furniture. The windows are cut out so neatly and there’s even an attic at the top!
Maybe your dolls live in a large, crowded city like NYC or Mumbai, which means they’ll have tiny apartments. If that’s the case, try this mini dollhouse from Make it Your Own, which you can easily make from a box and a bunch of craft sticks! A smaller house means its easier to decorate and furnish!
Let’s Do Something Crafty makes a bright and cheery dollhouse that anyone would want to live in! You can use any old cardboard box for it, even if it’s a little tattered, because all those patterns are going to cover the imperfections anyway. You can go for a smaller print or plain paper if you want a more minimalist look.
If you’ve got lots of cartons lying around thanks to stress-shopping during the pandemic, CBC has the perfect dollhouse for you. We are absolutely in love with that adorable spiral staircase, as well as the beautiful flooring of the house. Don’t miss the window box of flowers too!
DIY Dollhouse ideas for Barbie dolls are tricky, since they’re quite tall and those long legs need a lot of space! However, Ikatbag solves this problem with a large, 3-storey townhouse made of cardboard. It’s quite detailed too – there are stairs for both the upper floors, as well as an elevator – how cool is that?
If all you have with you is some plain brown cardboard, no problem – even you can make a house! Kotiliesi shows us how simplicity means elegance with this basic, simple house that still looks stylish. Check out all the cool cardboard furniture too, as well as accessories like rug and clock!
This house from Consumer Crafts is a dollhouse that’s great for slightly larger dolls who are content with a place to lie down and hang up their clothes! Turn any old child’s suitcase or lunchbox into a custom dollhouse with some smart design, and you have a dollhouse that you can take with you wherever you go!
Recycled dollhouse? When can I start building one? We are big fans of this cardboard dollhouse from My Cakies, not just because it makes use of something you’d otherwise throw away but also because it does so in a very stylish manner! This house looks like its perfect for that peg doll family, especially since those large windows will let in lots of light!
Don’t have large cardboard boxes to make an impressive dollhouse? No problem, shoe boxes will do! Just two shoe boxes are enough for a two tier decent dollhouse like this one from Molly Moo Crafts. And don’t worry about the size, just furnish it well and you’ll have a grand home for your dolls!
10. Crate Dollhouse
It’s not just cardboard boxes that can form the structure of your dollhouse; wooden crates will work just as well! Check out this pretty dollhouse from Refresh Restyle that even has a fun outdoor setup complete with a barbeque grill and a dog! The house looks so cozy and full of personality – I would love to meet the person living there!
A dollhouse out of paper? Yes, it’s possible, as Delia Creates shows us! We love the design of this one – simple but it offers lots of potential for decoration and furnishing. The color themes are pleasing to the eye and are neutral enough to find matching pieces for your house.
Here’s another example of a traveling dollhouse, that you can make with a child’s lunchbox! This one is from Handmade Charlotte and is great for a little soft toy who doesn’t have too many clothes and accessories. We love the little shadow boxes on the wall and that adorable couch in the corner!
13. Fabric Dollhouse
If you enjoy sewing or have a sewing beginner at home, this fabric dollhouse from Pickup Some Creativity is perfect for you to try. The dollhouse is surprisingly sturdy and durable, and the best part is that you can just toss it into the washing machine when it gets dirty. Wish our house cleaning was as easy!
If you have an unused bookshelf or a low toy shelf, you have some DIY dollhouse ideas right there! You can use all the shelves as storeys for your dollhouse or stick to just the bottom two. The advantage is that your dollhouse is super sturdy and will not get damaged and you can keep changing the furniture and decor as you wish! Check out more details at Mama Papa Bubba.
Wallpaper is huge nowadays, and it works very well in dollhouses too! If you’ve got spare patterned paper pieces lying around, this is the perfect way to make use of them. We love how the decor matches the wallpaper in each room. You can find out how to make this house from Today’s Parent.
Okay, this dollhouse from Pickle Bums has got to be the easiest one among all the other DIY dollhouse ideas! All you need to do is download the printable, print it out and color it any way you like. That’s it – a custom, one of a kind dollhouse just for you!
Mer Mag shows us how to make brownstone style dollhouses, which look really pretty. Make multiple of these to create a little town or village. Then make a bakery, store and doctor’s clinic. Just thinking about the sheer potential of this has got me all excited!
All of us love furniture that can be folded and put away when not in use, and if you like your dollhouse to be the same way, you should check out this project from Second Chances by Susan! This dollhouse is fully collapsible, so you don’t have to worry about storing the dollhouse when not in use.
Printables make life so much easier, don’t they? Adventure in a Box seems to think so, which is why they’ve given us a printable dollhouse template that you can easily fold and turn into this gorgeous little house. Perfect for smaller figures like these Sylvanian family animals.
Finished your milk? Yes, you need to buy more, but don’t throw away that old pack just yet! DIY Hamster shows us how to turn an old milk carton into an adorable, compact dollhouse with multiple stories. This is a dollhouse that won’t occupy a whole lot of space and still offers lots of playability.
Aren’t these DIY dollhouse ideas just darling? I’m sure you’re itching to make one for yourself too – age notwithstanding! You can also DIY many of the furniture pieces in it as well as the decor. If you enjoyed this post, you’ll also enjoy our DIY peg doll craft and DIY wooden Waldorf dolls – they’ll make perfect inhabitants for your brand new dollhouse!