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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!!

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 :)

DIY cardboard dollshouse


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

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!
DIY cardboard dollshouse

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
DIY cardboard dollshouse by Michelle McInerney of MollyMoo

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

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.
diy cardboard dollhouse

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!!

Happy Crafting



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