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Frugal Dollhouse (with Photos)

December 18th, 2016 at 06:20 pm

I've mentioned the dollhouse before, and I thought you might want to see the progress...

The kit itself was fairly inexpensive, and I think that may be because the instructions didn't match the pieces. But I was winging it a little bit anyway, and changing it along the way (in the original kit you can't see the stairs to the attic and the railings are ugly - didn't use those).

I made all of the paneling out of kleenex and dog biscuit boxes. The fireplace is made from illustration board. I did buy some inexpensive basswood strips and some paint from Michaels (with a coupon of course). I still need to do a lot of work. The stone foundation will be made from egg cartons. I have to do shingles, and I am thinking egg carton for those, too. The railings are made from toothpicks and paper-beads.

The furniture will also be made from illustration board, cardboard, etc.

I thought I'd show you the progress. This is my silly little hobby, but a lot of people like to see it! (PS - I can't figure out how to make the photos vertical - ugh!!).

Second floor hallway; stairs lead to attic, door is to bedroom. Floor is paper, railings are paper beads, door made from illustration board and kleenex boxes. Doorknob from kleenex box and paper bead and a toothpick.


Bathroom with kleenex box paneling, paper floor.


Front (still unfinished).


Kitchen looking toward entry hall and stairs to second floor.


Front door with illustration board and kleenex box door. Acetate for fan light (painted with house number in gold). Letter box is made from kleenex box and door knob is toothpick with a paper bead.

13 Responses to “Frugal Dollhouse (with Photos)”

  1. Bluebird Says:

    Your dollhouse is amazing!

  2. Laura S. Says:

    It is perfect. Funny my daughter built one for her bf's daughter. For a young woman's first try, she did well. This puts hers to shame by far though!

  3. Carol Says:

    Wow!

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Wow! You do awesome work!

  5. lirpalynn Says:

    That looks awesome! Wow.

  6. VS_ozgirl Says:

    That is awesome!! Such attention to detail.

  7. alice4now Says:

    What a neat hobby! Very creative!

  8. livingalmostlarge Says:

    That is so cool.

  9. Kiki Says:

    So very cool! It this a gift or a hobby?

  10. crazyliblady Says:

    This is fantastic work. I think you could make these and sell them, and that's not an exaggeration.

  11. ThriftoRama Says:

    Uh, that's epically awesome!

  12. Buendia Says:

    Awww! Thank you everyone! And I've now figured out how to get the photos the right way - it's an iphone thing, so I have to save them as a new jpeg before uploading.

  13. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Wow! So cool

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