How to Make a Cardboard Barbie House

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How to Make a Cardboard Barbie House
A cardboard box can be used to make a DIY Barbie house (cardboard box image by MAXFX from

Cardboard Barbie houses can be an inexpensive alternative to plastic Barbie houses you buy at a toy store. They can be built with your child and customised in height, colour and decoration. This craft project also recycles materials that can be found around your home, making the cardboard Barbie house eco-friendly, as well.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Boxes at least 12-inch x 12-inch x 12-inch
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • White school glue
  • Spray paint
  • Coloured or clear cellophane
  • Fabric remnants, stamps, aluminium foil, stickers or other decorations

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  1. 1

    Cut the flaps off of all the boxes.

  2. 2

    Place the first box on the floor. This will be your first story of the house.

  3. 3

    Squirt glue on the top of the first story box and set the next box on top. Make sure that the box openings face in the same direction. Let the glue dry.

  4. 4

    Using your scissors or craft knife, cut out windows and doors for your house. The amount of doors and windows you cut will be up to your child. Remember, though, the more windows the house has the brighter the rooms will be.

  5. 5

    Take the dollhouse outside and spray-paint the exterior and interior of the house.

  6. 6

    Cut pieces of cellophane that are a little bigger than your windows.

  7. 7

    Put a thin line of glue around the edges of the cellophane and glue it over the windows on the inside of the house. This will make the windows look like they have glass in them.

  8. 8

    Glue stamps on the walls for pictures, circles of fabric on the floor for rugs and circles of aluminium foil on the walls for mirrors.

Tips and warnings

  • You can glue wallpaper remnants to the interior walls for extra colour.
  • Barbie is 11 1/2 inches tall, so make sure the boxes you use for the stories of your dollhouse are tall enough for Barbie to stand up in.
  • Use caution with craft knives and supervise children using craft knives or scissors.

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