You probably think by now I'm all talk and no action. I prattle on about my love of doll houses and crafting, but for the most part haven't really put my money where my mouth is, so to speak. Today I'm going to show you that I can walk the walk, so hold tight to your keyboard and prepare to be blown away... **winks**
One of my favorite aspects of doll house building is decorating and furnishing my mini-mansion. I can try outrageous color combinations, textures, and treatments on my doll house that I could never do on the walls and surfaces of my own home, either due to cost or my husband's veto power. I don't have to worry about functionality or practicality, I can go all out, and if I don't like it, I can paint or paper over it, just like in a real house. After all, my dolls have only the opinions that I give them, so they are always ecstatic about my designs (except for Hansel, he only likes houses he can eat).
I fell in love with the bright colors and antiqued treatments from the set of "Nanny McPhee," and I really like many of the furniture pieces and treatments implemented in the show "Shabby Chic," so I attempted to incorporate that kind of aesthetic in the design of this doll house. Using fabric scraps, old paint, buttons, paper clips, and various odds and ends, I have cobbled together an inexpensive, easy to make doll house full of rich color and detail sure to impress even the great Genevieve Gorder (even though none of my walls are painted black). Okay, maybe I'm getting a little cocky, but I'm pretty proud of how this one turned out. I hope you enjoy!
|Doors and windows are cut from the cardboard before sealing the edges and painting.|
Wooden beads were used for door knobs.
I would estimate I have $20-$25 invested in this, including the furnishings. Not bad, considering what you would pay for a commercially constructed doll house kit and accessories. (You don't even want to know, really... these things can be ridiculously expensive.) Feel free to take any of these ideas and incorporate in your own projects!
Want more ideas for constructing your cardboard doll house? Check out All Things Crafty's awesome doll house. This one is much more elaborate than mine, although it is not in a finished state in these pics, you will definitely be impressed!