How to Make a Doll House out of a Cardboard Box

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How to Make a Doll House out of a Cardboard Box
Reuse common items to fashion a dollhouse for your child. (Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Dollhouses intrigue adults and children alike. Whether using dolls to play in the house or simply arranging the furnishings, dollhouse collecting and play is a common hobby. Rather than spending an exorbitant amount of money on a dollhouse, fashion your own by reusing a cardboard box and simple items that may otherwise wind up in a landfill.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Cardboard box
  • Tea boxes
  • Egg cartons
  • Flexible straws
  • Toilet paper tubes
  • Fabric scraps
  • Sticky shelving-paper
  • Craft knife
  • Glue
  • Markers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut the top flaps off of a large, flat cardboard box. Slide the flaps into the box opening to create sections that will become rooms in the house. Cut doorways in the walls. Decorate and colour the walls with markers, stationary paper, stickers or sticky shelving-paper. Cut windows in the walls of the house. Glue window panes onto the windows using sections cut from plastic berry boxes.

    How to Make a Doll House out of a Cardboard Box
    Reuse an empty box that otherwise might be discarded to make an intricate dollhouse. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Create tiled flooring in the kitchen using markers or checkered shelving-paper. Cut an empty tea box in half and cover it with aluminium foil. Draw four black stove burners and cut open an oven door. Make a kitchen sink with an empty pudding cup. The sink cabinet can be created using paper to cover the pudding cup sides. Glue the elbow joint of a flexible straw to make the faucet. Stack milk jug tops as dollhouse dishes. Paint and cut an empty tea box to make a dining table. Cut paper towel cardboard tube sections and cover one end with a paper circle to make stools at the table.

    How to Make a Doll House out of a Cardboard Box
    Utilise empty paper towel tubes for crafting dollhouse furniture. (Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Paint a soap box white and stand it on its end. Cut a circle flap at the bottom of the box to create the toilet tank and lid. Use an individual sized juice container as the toilet bowl. Paint an empty tea box white and attach the elbow joint of a flexible straw to make the bathtub and faucet. Cut a tea box in half and it stand on end. Cut a circle in the centre the size of a milk jug lid. Fit the lid into the box to create the bowl of the sink. Glue the elbow joint of a flexible straw to create the faucet of the sink. Turn over the cap of a hair mousse container to create a wastebasket in the bathroom.

    How to Make a Doll House out of a Cardboard Box
    A tea box makes great bathroom features when emptied. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Empty and cut a berry basket in half. Place the walls of the basket next to each other and glue together to create seating in the living room. Draw and colour an area rug on the floor. Paint the top half of a tea box to make a coffee table. Staple small pieces of folded paper together and colour them to make books in the living room. Draw a clock on the wall.

    How to Make a Doll House out of a Cardboard Box
    Use a berry box to make living room furnishings. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)
  5. 5

    Paint on individual-sized cereal box and cut it in half. Glue Popsicle sticks inside the box to create the legs on a dresser. Draw drawers and handles on the dresser. Trim an empty cardboard berry basket with rounded edges to create the headboard and footboard of a bed. Glue the bed to another empty cardboard berry basket to create legs for the bed. Make the bed with a fabric scrap blanket.

    How to Make a Doll House out of a Cardboard Box
    Bendable drinking straws become everything from reading lamps to faucets in the dollhouse. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

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