DIY a portable dollhouse out of stuff you'd probably throw away #How-To & DIY#diy#dolls#pretend July 10 2013 | Guest post by Molly Westerman Photos by Molly. My five-year-old and I made this awesome dollhouse out of scraps: an old box for the building itself, and carpet, fabric, and tile samples. My son Noah's own drawings framed in old slide holders. Paper attached and coated with Modge Podge served as the wallpaper, and glue sticks and a wood veneer sample for the kitchen table (affixed with wood glue). A sunscreen bottle cap became the toilet (it opens and closes!), and a sponge covered in fabric for the bed. It turns out poker chips are perfectly sized doll plates, and you can make tiny stools out of wooden thread spools. Yep, we made an entire dollhouse out of stuff you can probably find just lying around. Here's the living room/dining room/bathroom/kitchen side, which we made from the bottom of the box: And here's the bedroom side, the box's top: All closed up for storage: Related Post 7 ways you can entertain your kid with nothing but a few pieces of cardboard Cardboard is kind of the greatest toy-you-might-not-realize-is-a-toy EVER: there are endless possibilities! It's so easy to come by! I can almost promise you that at... Read more We're lucky to have access to a truly fantastic store that sells almost-unbelievably cheap and almost-unbelievably random crap for arts and crafts projects (including the very sturdy vintage binoculars box), but of course you could use any number of odds and ends from the recycling bin or around the house. We picked up the wooden figures at an antique shop for a few dollars and then felt they needed a home. This is a really free-form craft project. (It could be a zoo, an aquarium, a school, all manner of locations.) But do think about how your box closes before you glue on the furniture and decorations, so that you can avoid making box-closing impossible for the finished product: the doll house's portability and easy storage are nice features to retain! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Molly Westerman Molly Westerman is a feminist writer, book nerd, PhD, and parent of two. She talks pregnancy, birth, parenting, and gender at First the Egg and is currently working on a book for feminist parents. http://www.firsttheegg.com PREVIOUS Why I ditched the "American dream" and became a Park Ranger NEXT Music festival season: where are you going, and how are you preparing your family? Show/Hide comments [ 6 ] My boys would flip for this! I am so going to give this a go! Reply Ohhhhh this brings be back!!! I made shoebox houses for my Playmobil dolls. The scale was perfect. These are so adorable and your kids will feel so much better about something they helped create. I flat out LOVE the little slide-in art holders. That is brilliant!! Reply I love the bottle cap as the toilet, so cool that you can open and close it! Thanks for the inspiration, and it will be so much fun looking for items that you can use for your dolls. Reply I used to do this all the time as a kid. I made dollhouses out of all sorts of stuff. Those little plastic things in pizza boxes that keep the box from smushing into the cheese…those make great tables! 2 agree Reply Oh, they would! Reply Fun! I used to make houses like this for my trolls when I was a kid 🙂 Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.