A child's imagination can supply hours of fun and enjoyment, and nothing seems to complement that better than the traditional dollhouse. For hundreds of years, children have enjoyed dollhouses as a never-ending supply of activity. Making a wooden dollhouse is not only easy but also can become a family heirloom. While you may not want the smaller children around for the construction, this is a great project that can be done together in an afternoon.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- Spare cardboard
- Eight 1-inch-thick boards, 11 by 11 inches
- Eight 1-inch-thick boards, 12 by 18 inches
- Four 1-by-1-inch wooden rods, 16 inches long
- Hammer and nails
Mark a rectangular doorway space 3 inches by seven inches on your cardboard. Cut the shape out. Mark a centre point on the bottom of the doorway piece; there should be 1½ inches on each side of the mark.
On all of the 11-inch square boards, find and mark the centre of one side along a bottom edge. Line up the mark on your cardboard template with the mark on the boards. Trace the doorway onto the wood. Cut out the doorway on each piece. Sand the boards smooth on each side and be sure to round the edges of the doorways.
Mark the centre point along the 18-inch side of four of the 12-by-18-inch boards. Trace the doorway template here as well and repeat the process for cutting out the doorway and sanding the boards. Sand the solid 12-by-18-inch boards and the 1-inch rods.
Hold one of the 12-by-18-inch boards with the doorway cutout facing up. Line up the board with the edge of one of the 11-by-11-inch boards with its doorway also facing up. Hold them so that the larger of the two boards overlaps the edge of the smaller. Nail the boards together to form one corner of the room. Place a second 11-by-11-inch board, doorway up, on the other side to create the second corner and nail into place.
Set one of the solid 12-by-18-inch boards on top of the three walls and align the edges so they are flush. Nail the base into place and flip the piece over.
Attach a rod to the room by aligning it with the top remaining corners of the 11-inch squares. Nail into place. This will provide more support for the room. Complete the other three rooms in the same manner. Once finished, the rooms can be rearranged in a number of ways to create different layouts.
Tips and warnings
- Paint the rooms or wallpaper them to create decor and make the house playful, or supply a simple wood stain to smooth out the look of the house.
- Use wood glue to add extra security to your construction.
- For safety, sand all edges before giving the house to a child to play with it.