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Cardboard Crafting: DIY Dollhouse

The signs of spring outside my window are just so welcomed and awesome I decided to post this tutorial about a DIY dollhouse ahead of the weekend so I could spend the next two days with Miss7 outside in the bright but cold sunshine, yeah!! Come On Spring!!
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DIY Dollhouse – cardboard crafting to inspire play

This is the first cardboard construction and papier mache project I’ve done in a while – I’ve returned to centre :)
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DIY cardboard dollshouse

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Here’s what you need to make:
- Shoeboxes
- Newspaper
- Cellotape
- Papier mache mix
- Paint (I used a tested pot of household emulsion)
- Scrapbooking paper or wallpaper scraps
- Craft glue

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First slot the shoeboxes together and tape them securely together. The number of shoeboxes you have will determine the shape and configuration of your contemporary flatroof house – you might want to go three stories high!
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DIY cardboard dollshouse

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Add one layer of paper mache to bind the structure together, and leave it to dry.
Click here for my tutorial on how to papier mache
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DIY cardboard dollshouse by Michelle McInerney of MollyMoo

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I like using household emulsion to paint papier mache structures as it covers in just one coat and dries to a lovely matt finish.
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DIY cardboard dollshouse by Michelle McInerney of MollyMoo

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For the inside walls and floors I asked MissMolly to pick out what she wanted from paper scrapbooking books – after all it was her house and her toys had to feel at home there – and I glued the paper into position with standard craft glue.
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diy cardboard dollhouse

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The Shoebox House has become an welcomed annex for the grandparent dolls to live in beside the dollhouse Molly got for Christmas – everyone is happy!!
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Happy Crafting
Michelle
xx

 

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  4. Virma says:

    Where did you get the sofa and the bed?? All accesories?

    Thanks

  5. Michelle says:

    Hi Virma – the little dollshouse furniture is by Lundby Smaland. Santa found it on Amazon :)

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