DIY Dollhouse

DIY Dollhouse

Back at Christmastime, I was shopping for my kids and became incredibly discouraged to find so many cheaply made but expensive toys. I know, I should not be surprised by this anymore. After doing a lot of searching in stores and online for a well-made but not $300 dollhouse for my daughter, I gave up. I asked my hubby if he thought that maybe he could make one and I gave him some inspiration photos of ones I’d found online but, again, didn’t want to spend $300 on.

He said yes. Yes!

We went to the store to get the wood for it and spent a whopping $27. I can’t get a “cool” plastic piece of junk toy that was made in China for that at Target. I was a happy mama.

Then I did something that I never ever ever do and I didn’t boss hubby around on the project. I let him do it all himself without saying “oh, do it this way! Make more rooms! Make less rooms! Put stairs in! Put windows in!” I let him hide away in the shed and build his daughter a dollhouse. With the wood we bought, a scrap piece of beaded board we already had for the back and two small cans of oops paint for $2, we surprised our little girl with something she had no idea she even wanted but instantly fell in love with.

I don’t have a step-by-step tutorial and I do know that more went into it than just slapping wood together. I am trying to talk hubby into making another one so I can detail the process. And then he can sell it for $300. ;)

The best part is that when she outgrows the dollhouse part, it can just be a bookshelf. We hope she gets many years of use out of it!

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  1. Kristina Morris says:

    So beautiful! I will look into this for Gabriela’s Birthday. Any chance of at least getting the wood measurements out of you??

  2. I love this! It’s way better than the ones you buy in the store anyway. Hope she has many, many days of playtime happiness ahead.

  3. Very nice! Last summer we found an old but solid set of shelves for free at our local “take it or leave it”. My girls turned it into a littlest pet shop building. They also used cardboard boxes to create a polly pocket house – and did a fabulous job! they have so much fun with these things (well, my oldest daughter is now 12 and has quit playing with these toys) and they look much more appealing than pink plastic.

  4. What a lovely idea, and you can see how much she loves it. She’s going to have a great time with it :)

  5. Great dollhouse! I love it when my husband makes things for the kids. :)

  6. That’s gorgeous! I love your daughter’s expression in the second picture – I can tell she loves it.

    I’ve just forwarded this post to my boyfriend. He always says he wants to make things for our future children, and I’m sure he’ll be inspired by this.

  7. Beautiful! I will have to keep that in mind for my daughter when she gets a little older.