I finished another Shoebox Dollhouse for another young friend! And I’m already halfway finished with my third. It’s getting faster and easier as the routine is built and the supplies are gathered! :)
Above is the Bedroom for the kids. The parents don’t get one. Haha! Of course, there are only kid dolls anyway. :)
Here’s the happy girl with the entire house in my fuzzy Instagram photo. I think this is the only photo that shows the American flag flying. See it on her cheek?
I had a few pieces of furniture I had gathered from somewhere, including a toy box, so they moved in. Little baby doll, a “stuffed” bear and carriage(with a little mattress I made) are party favors from Dollar Tree. A gumball machine my Sweetie found for free at a garage sale. A sticker for a mirror, a crocheted blanket and sewn pillow and a matchbook dresser with flower thumbtacks from Daiso backed with little beads to cover the point. A sweet doll completes the look, with her fabric dress I made from pretty trim and lace to replace the ugly, plastic one she came with.
I used scrapbook paper and wrapping paper for the wallpapers and floors. I love the little hat that was on some clearance cupcakes at our grocery store. a couple of years ago. I bought them for the hats!! :)
Mickey and Minnie from a valentine heart box, and a clothesline holding dresses I cut from fabric after adhering them to heat and bond so they won’t fray. They’re hanging from little hangers I made from paperclips. And a paper umbrella is the light fixture.
The guitar is another Dollar Tree item and the lamp is from a furniture pack (which also included the doll) I found there, after the plans were already in motion for her house.
Here’s the Bathroom: A toilet made from an aloe vera bottle top, glued to a juice top, I think. I save all tops these days, so who knows? The rug is a coaster, the sink is a top glued to a pizza riser, and a faucet fashioned from a pipe cleaner. Another sticker mirror and a cram cheese container covered in washi tape for a bathtub. Also another paper umbrella as a light fixture. Stickers for artwork and I needed to build a shelf out of a jewelry box for a hair dryer, mirror and spray bottle from that furniture pack again.
Here’s the Living Room:
My little lamp made from a mini cupcake paper and Q-tip and flower thumbtack, sitting on a Dixie cup and cardboard circle. Another coaster rug, a chair made from a box cut in half and glued together and a nut cup is a stool. A grandfather clock and another bookshelf holding pretty perfume bottles and a mini frame holding a “Frozen” picture becomes a TV. :)
A mini frame from the craft store with a bumblebee sticker as the artwork.
And the Kitchen:
I forgot to take a photo of the entire room, ack! A sample cup from Hot Dog on a Stick becomes the base for the table, with a cardboard circle covered in washi tape for the top. Mini frisbee party favors become plates. This also highlights the Animal Cookie Circus cages on her patio. :)
An apron, broom and butter churn (really a ball catcher turned upside down). A hutch and one of the clothespin dolls I made before I found the other dolls.
A stove with Velcro circle burners and a fun fridge and cake made from more tops.
The stove and fridge are boxes covered with paper. I made the oven door with stickers and cut a door for the fridge, using pins I cut and bent away the sharp edges for the handles.
A few years ago, our VBS theme was camping and I created a “firepit” for my classroom. I recreated that in mini form here, with twigs, sparkly sequins and pipe cleaners hiding underneath.
What do you think of my tire swing and swing set sitting on the walkway here? A Yo-yo is the swing and Popsicle sticks with notches make the set. I thought I would need to hang the swing in front of the kitchen, until the last second when I finally came up with this idea!! YAY!!! :)
Plastic bracelets make a pool and a spool, a Q-tip and umbrella provide some shade.
Annnnnd…the outer walls:
The patio folds up and closes the house for transport. This box didn’t have an attached lid, so I masking taped a large piece of cardboard to the main box. It works as a great hinge. I cut the window, trees and flowers from scrapbook paper. Originally I thought I found the perfect box, that even had the mom’s name on it, but it was too beat up, so I did this instead. :)
The front door.
When I saw this paper at our craft store at 10 for $1, I immediately thought…ROOF!!!
She’s a happy girl, with hours of play time ahead!! :)
And here’s the First House I made!