It’s been quite a while since I last penned down any thoughts on the blogging world and so I’ve decided to make this very first one a fun read for all of you who have spared some time to drop by this little page of mine (thank you!).
For quite some time, I’ve wanted to get my daughter a dollhouse. No, no… she did not pester me for one. I voluntarily wanted to get her one. It’s a mom thing (or maybe I’m trying to relive my childhood dreams *grin*). I had my heart set on those large dollhouses that could fit her Barbie dolls and My Little Ponies and all those other pretend play dolls that she has so they could all have tea and live happily under one roof.
Unfortunately, those kind of dollhouses aren’t exactly cheap.
Especially if they’re made of wood.
Ohhhh boy the tags that come with those wooden dollhouses. It’s enough to buy me a brand new Kate Spade handbag.
See this one? I was head over heels in love with it. But the price was over RM1000.
Seribu lebih? Pengsan mak.
So, with much determination, I set out to make a dollhouse with my own two hands!
From cardboard boxes!
Alhamdulillah it turned out quite alright. My daughter was thrilled and that’s enough to make me the happiest mom ever.
Tadaaa!! My DIY cardboard dollhouse!
With that, I felt that I’d share the steps on how you can make your very own cardboard doll house!
All you need is:
- 1 large cardboard box (the size you want your dollhouse to be)
- 1 additional cardboard box (for extras such as roof and flooring)
- A long ruler
- Paper mache (optional)
- A variety of coloured paper (I used leftovers of wrapping paper)
- Ice cream sticks
- Hot glue gun & glue
Cut out the front section of the cardboard box of the size you want your dollhouse to be.
Stuff you need
Back at home, I had a COWAY box sitting idly in my working studio from my recent purchase of the COWAY Lombok II air purifier (so in love with my air purifier). I also found another large box from the husband’s tech monitor purchase. Perfect!
Note: To all COWAY customers, don’t get rid of your boxes so quickly, you never know when they might come in handy!
I cut out the front section of the monitor box and got myself a perfect frame for the dollhouse.
Decide how many floors you want your dollhouse to have. Two? Three? It’s your call!
After you have decided, measure the length and depth of your dollhouse, and cut out the size from your additional cardboard box to make the floors.
Measure the sides of the walls and mark it to ensure that your floors will be glued on straight. I was lazy and went on to just stick it on without doing much measuring so yeah..go figure.
Quality Control Officer on duty saying that the floors need holes for stairways
Now, using the hot glue gun (who will now be your best friend throughout this project), stick the floors onto the walls according to your marks!
Cut a long section of the cardboard box balance or from your additional cardboard box and fold it in half. This will be your roof.
Alternatively, you can opt for a slightly lop sided roof like I did, just for fun, haha!
Now, grab your best friend (yes, little miss glue gun), and stick the roof to the top of your dollhouse’s body.
Whaddya know!! It’s starting to look like a dollhouse already!
This is an optional step.
You can add on a layer or two of papier-mâché (paper mache) to give your dollhouse a stronger hold.
Just mix together 3 parts glue with 1 part water, dunk in strips of paper (I used white mahjong paper) and slap them onto your dollhouse.
Also try to convince the resident bunny that it is not food
Remember to squeeze off as much access of glue from your paper strips as you can. If the paper strips are too soggy, it might soak your cardboard frame, weaken its structure and cause it to curve in (yeapp…I learned that the hard way).
And keep reminding bunny that it is a dollhouse, not a bunny house
Just one or two layers is enough
Leave it to dry overnight.
You’re almost done! All you have to do is just take the coloured/wrapping paper and decorate the rooms and floors!
Putting up wallpaper, yay!
You can even paint the walls!
I decided to paint the ceilings white
After you’re done with all of that, don’t forget to add in room partitions too! Use the balance of the additional cardboard box to cutout room partitions as well as doorways and hot glue gun them in place.
If you have an extra observant kid who takes details into account (like mine), you might have to put in stairs so that the non-flying ponies without wings can go up to the other floors. I made mine using ice cream sticks which I got from Mr. DIY.
Just snip, arrange and hot glue gun them together
Stairs all set!
Take a step back and admire your hard work!
Taadaaa!! Your dollhouse is complete!
Dollhouse made with love
Now it’s time to surprise your kid(s) and let their imagination go wild with the furnishings and imaginative play.
Kids at play
They have a little kitchen too!
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