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These Upcycled DIY Dollhouses Will Inspire Hours of Pretend Play

A dollhouse inspires hours of pretend play, but purchased dollhouses can be very expensive. Fortunately, there are several unique ways ways thrifty parents can make upcycled DIY dollhouses from items that would otherwise be discarded.

Dresser Drawer Dollhouse

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If you have an old dresser, you can turn the the empty drawers into durable dollhouses for the special little ladies in your life. You’ll need two drawers for each dollhouse you wish to make. Visit Semi Proper to learn more.

Bookcase Dollhouse

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This DIY dollhouse gets major points for flexibility. It can be used as a dollhouse or as a bookcase, depending upon what your child wants to do at any given time. Learn more about the project at Simple As That Blog.

CD Shelf Dollhouse

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A diminutive dollhouse made from a CD shelf makes a charming home for a little girl’s dolls. This project is also easy enough that a child could help make it. You’ll find the instructions at Sew She Sews.

Printable Paper Dollhouse

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Make a simple two or four room dollhouse with this printable project from LoveToKnow Crafts. Once you have the folding process down, you can make larger houses using sheets of wrapping paper and decorate them however you wish.

Cardboard Box Dollhouse

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If you’re on a budget, this cardboard box dollhouse is the perfect choice. All you need is a large cardboard box, tape, glue, and a utility knife. The finished product can be decorated as desired. Head over to Little Red Window to learn more.

Mod Podge Dollhouse


This dollhouse is very similar to the cardboard box dollhouse featured above, but uses Mod Podge and printables to add color to the finished project.  Mod Podge Rocks has the details.

Shoebox Dollhouse

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Upcycle a shoebox to make a tiny travel dollhouse with this project from Mama. Papa. Bubba. This dollhouse can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish.

Plastic Bottle Dollhouse

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Another “trash into treasure” project, this unique dollhouse is constructed from several plastic bottles. Visit Little Things to learn more.