While little girls often love playing with doll houses, purchasing a doll house can be rather expensive for a family on a tight budget. To save money and encourage creativity, try making a cereal-box house for your daughter's dolls to play in. This project can be completed in just one afternoon, using supplies you are likely to already have in your home. Depending upon the child's age and level of crafting expertise, the cereal box doll house can be simple or relatively elaborate.
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Things you need
- Cereal box
- Craft knife
- Acrylic paint
- Patterned paper scraps
- Old magazines with interesting pictures
- Fabric scraps
- Small boxes, such as Jello boxes or empty jewellery boxes
Remove the front panel of the cereal box using a craft knife. Save the panel for later use.
Cover the outside of your box with acrylic paint. You may need to apply two or three coats in order to cover the markings on the box, especially if you are using light colours. Let the box dry completely before continuing with the project.
Draw markings for the doors and windows in your house. Cut these openings with your craft knife.
Cut the cardboard panel reserved earlier. Tape it across the middle of your box to create a house with two stories. If you want to make steps for your dolls to walk on, accordion fold half of the cardboard before taping it into place.
Cover the inside of your box with patterned paper scraps to make wallpaper to denote different rooms. Cut out pictures from magazines to make wall art for each room. Use fabric scraps and hot glue to add curtains to the windows.
Decorate smaller boxes, such as Jello boxes or empty jewellery boxes, to give your dolls furniture to sit on. If you can't find enough boxes that are the correct size, small blocks of wood will work as long as they are sanded to prevent little hands from getting splinters while they play with the doll house.
Tips and warnings
- You can adapt this project to make a more elaborate dollhouse by combining several boxes together.
- While children can handle most of this project on their own, an adult will need to do the cutting. The blade on a craft knife is very sharp.
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