Making your own dollhouse is a great way to spend some quality time with your children and to encourage your own creativity. It’s also a great way to teach them the value of reuse. However, making the dollhouse can be frustrating when you’re not sure how to do it.
Here are 5 helpful tips for making your own dollhouse without the frustration.
1. Plan your dollhouse
Most of us are not fortunate enough to play by ear on a big project and make it all work out. You should have a good idea of what you want the finished product to be and how it will all fit together. Know where you need to cut, why, and clearly mark “this side up” where needed to stay oriented. There is nothing worse than doing most of the way, only to find that one of the pieces does not fit because it was upside down!
If you do, keep detailed notes on what you did so you can repeat the process when your neighbor wants one for their children.
2. Get your kids involved
Unless the dollhouse is a gift for one of the children, it is best to involve them in the whole process. The act of making something from scratch, building it, and watching it take shape is very healthy for a child and fosters their own creativity and confidence. While it’s tempting to think it would be quicker to do it yourself, get your kids involved and enjoy the experience, no matter how long it takes.
Be safe and keep accurate knife and scissors record at all times!
3. make it durable
Dollhouses are made for play, so focus on making it sustainable. You can also make it stylish if you and your kids want it, but durability should come first. They’ll have a lot more fun with a dollhouse that will last for years, rather than one that falls apart after a couple of play sessions.
Cardboard is a convenient and inexpensive building material, but it is not known for being durable. The edges of the cardboard are dangerous spots, as young arms can reach a dollhouse over a wall. You can reinforce the edges with pieces of wood from any other project you may have to create an edge that will stand up to abuse.
4. Use what you have
It is tempting to go to the craft store and buy everything you need for a new dollhouse. But it sends a better message to your children, and it is cheaper, to use materials that you already have around the house.
An empty paper towel tube, for example, can become a dining chair or a painted column. Be prepared to learn from experience what works and what doesn’t. For example, old popsicle sticks can function as the top and legs of a dining table, or as the sides of a stroller. But craft sticks are cheap enough and much more durable.
5. Accept what’s coming
Chances are high that something doesn’t go as planned. Instead of smoking about it, just accept it as new to the plan and continue to the best of your ability. If the window isn’t exactly where you wanted it, the view is probably better from the new location anyway.