A couple of months ago I started looking for a fold-up dollhouse for Beau. Our little house in the woods is *quite* little, and we are already overrun with toys big and small. I thought: How cool would it be to find a dollhouse that I could just hide away at night? Then I came across a couple of blog posts from moms who made their own dollhouses out of recycled cardboard. Bingo!
I decided to make Beau's dollhouse with foam core instead of recycled cardboard; it isn't "green", but I was more interested in the dollhouse being stable than recyclable. I also wanted a floor for the dollhouse, so I added an additional piece for the bottom and pasted on flooring to match the rooms. For collaging the dollhouse I used old Ikea and Pottery Barn catalogues, and my husband's Dwell Magazines.
Here's the basic design:
Basic measurements are this: bottom piece is 28" x 17". Walls are 8 1/4" high, door openings are 5" high, long center wall is 28" x 8 1/4", two shorter wall pieces are 17" x 8 1/4". You can view links above to see the mechanics of how the walls fit together, it's pretty easy. I used 3 pieces of 20" x 30" foam core for the whole project. I got the foam core at my local art store.
Won't you come in?
Here's the kitchen (yes, there is a ghastly price tag over the hood of the stove, but Beau doesn't notice).. kitchen images courtesy of an old Ikea catalogue, and I found all of my rugs and floorings in Dwell.
Here's the cozy living room... I was going modern with the flat screen TV and the modern art. (That's Cy Twombly top left.) I also added a kitty by the fireplace since Beau adores cats. The fabulous wing back chairs I got from Judy Go Vintage, they are "Petite Princess Fantasy Furniture" chairs and came in their original boxes!
The nursery is my favorite. I took the yellow walls from an Ikea catalogue, and the rest of the images are from Pottery Barn. The nursery furniture I ordered from Melissa and Doug. I LOVE Melissa and Doug.
I love the open top of the dollhouse. It's so easy for little hands to reach inside. You can also "see" what everyone is doing in each room.
A sweet little wooden family completes the house, and the proportions happily invite Polly Pockets, Disney Princesses & Fairies figurines, and Fisher Price folk... on occasion.
And if there was more room in the living room I'd be purchasing this:
(Petite Princess Mid Century Modern Chair and Coffee table, sold here.)
So, if you are inclined, I hope you have a go at one yourself! Have some collage fun with your old catalogues. And let me know how it goes... Beau plays with hers every single day... I might be making a more hefty version in wood someday soon.