When I was a little girl, my grandpa built me a beautiful dollhouse. It was blue and had a hinged roof with little wooden shingles. He had also custom made some of the furniture inside and put carpet in the living room and bedrooms, and tile in the kitchen. I loved that house. I have it in “storage” [at my grandma's] and am just waiting until Ava is old enough so I can redecorate it and give it to her. Now, I’m no carpenter like my grandpa was, so I went looking for some DIY dollhouses that pretty much anyone can create …
This felt creation by Melissa Crowe is actually a piece commissioned by the Wintergreen Arts Center in Maine, but it’s a great idea you can make for your own home [little ones old enough to use scissors can help!]. The house is mounted on canvas and decorated in felt and moleskin that can be moved around [just like a felt board]. For more photos [and more great crafts], check out Melissa’s blog, Checkout Girl.
These adorable wooden dollhouses are made from unfinished cd houses that are then painted and decorated to your own liking. I have been dying to make one of these for Ava, but so far have been unable to find the unfinished wooden piece [which is said to be available at Michael's Arts & Crafts ... so far I have only been to one and the hunt will continue this weekend]. Visit Angry Chicken for more info on this piece …
…and Bright and Blithe to check out this version!
I also found several versions of these cute cardboard and foam core board dollhouses. The customization possibilities are endless and it’s super mobile and would be a fun project to put together with your little one. The tutorial for the picture below is available at Cookie Magazine.
That tutorial was the motivation for this super duper dollhouse put together by the obviously crafty Amy of Sweet Sweet Life.
This tutorial for a recycled materials dollhouse can be found at Craftastica, where Kristy and her daughter Eva fashioned this house based on the above idea.