Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fold-Away Doll Houses

Collapsible DollhousesLillian and I were busy this week decorating up a storm with this fun little project--can you see how it's a dollhouse?

But it's about as simple a dollhouse as you'll ever find. I used foam board though cardboard would also be good and cut two rectangles with slits in them then slid them together to make the basic shape.

We cut a door and some windows that you see here then flooring, window treatments and furniture followed in a very feng shui manner.

That piece of yellow you see is just a large rectangle of felt and we cut different felt shapes as rugs for each of the rooms.

You could even put another floor above with a flat piece of board and another structure on top. Where will it ever end???

Collapsible DollhousesHere is the bathroom where she sculpted a bathtub for her little peg doll and the red disc hovering like a lollipop is supposed to be a shower head. We used foam sheets to cut out little pink shelving and I had a mirror that we glued on the wall--all very fun.

And it all folds up if you want to store it quietly away.

Sponsored by Pink and Blue for unique baby gifts to make them "ooh" and "ahh."

22 comments:

The Source said...

Now that is a really cute idea! My sister and I used to use old shoe boxes and snitch washcloths from the linen closets to make beds for our Barbies. Our mom was usually not as thrilled as we were!

Jolanthe said...

My girls will be sooooo all over this one. I'm printing off the post right now!

Multiple personalities.. said...

What a wonderful idea! I showed this post to my 8 year old boy, and he says he wants to try it, but with a few minor changes: instead of a dollhouse, he wants to make a martial arts studio of some kind, and each room will be for a different component of martial arts. He says his power rangers and other action figures will work perfectly...thanks for sharing!!

CWDkids said...

I LOVE this idea! I can't wait to get my daughter started today.

Thank you!

Ashley, with CWDkids

Chele said...

My daughter would get a kick out of that!! Thanks for sharing, I think I can actually attempt this and get it right! Ha-Ha!

chelle said...

Ooo too cute! So going to show Becs!

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

Darling. Making peg dolls would also be a part of the fun. Hmm...may have to stick this in my summer activity calender for the younger girls!

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

What an adorable idea!

fruitfulwords said...

Fun, inexpensive, creative, hands-on,easy. What's not to like about a "craft" and toy that is all those things?

Anonymous said...

I love your ideas. Simple yet I'd never come up with it. Can't wait for the grandkids!

Connie said...

thanks for sharing this great idea, this has so many possibilities.

Kim said...

You always have the best ideas! My 9-year-old will LOVE this.

Scribbit said...

I LOVE the idea of a martial arts studio! How cute! I mean--how manly!

Or maybe a car garage for Hot Wheels.

Blondie said...

I love anything that inspires girlies to make purty little dollhouses. I might try this trick with my niece. Oh, and your moose story absolutely slayed me. I just LOLed. Thank you.

Madeline said...

Aww! I would have loved that as a kiddo!

Heather said...

One of my favorite dollhouses as a girl was a cardboard box I made myself. This is a great (Foldable! Love it!) option for my 6-year-old!

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

That's TOTALLY cute, and I didn't have room for a big toy house when my daughter was young enough to enjoy it. Wish I had seen this idea back then.

ewe are here said...

A very sweet idea... may have to try this someday. :-)

Cynthia said...

Great idea! We don't have a lot of space, so this would be wonderful for us.

perilloparodies said...

so need to do this when my girlie is a little older. love the idea!!! thanks.

MeckMom said...

Such a clever idea! I'm itching to sell my daughters' doll house because it takes up so much floor space. This will be a much easier option! Thanks for posting.

shoestringliving said...

So cute, I bet there was a lot of bonding time over the project as well.