How to make a cardboard-box dolls house

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How to make a dolls house

What you will need

  • 1 carry-handle cardboard box
  • Acrylic paint (we used red and white)
  • Paint brush
  • Foam brush
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Old material
  • Button
  • Green A4 felt sheet
  • 2 large green pom poms

When we saw an old carry-handle cardboard box lying about, we knew what to do with it straight away. It was the perfect shape for a dolls house. Just a little imagination, some paint and old material helped us transform it into this sweet little home.

When your kids have a go at making their own dolls house, they'll really enjoy choosing their favourite colours and picking out the curtain material. They could even add an extension using another box or make the garden bigger.

This craft is easy enough for children over four to make, although you'll need to help by cutting out the windows and doors for them.

Follow our illustrated step-by-step instructions below on how to make a cardboard-box dolls house.


Step 1

How to make a cardboard-box dolls house...
Find a flat surface to work on and gather together all the craft materials you need to make a cardboard-box dolls house.

Step 2

Use a paint brush to paint the sides of the box in white and the foam brush to stamp red tiles onto the carry handles to look like a roof.

Step 3

Cut out two windows and a door using a craft knife and a ruler.

Safety tip: Craft knives are very sharp so supervise your child or do the cutting for them.

Step 4

To decorate the cardboard-box dolls house...

Paint the door red and when it's dry, stick on the button for a door knob. Use more red paint to add details around the windows and when it's dry cut the material into tiny curtains and stick them just inside the windows using glue stick. You could use some pretty ribbon to tie the curtains afterwards and add details to the door using a black felt pen.

Stick the green felt to the bottom of the dolls house for grass and stick on the pom poms for bushes. Now your dolls have a lovely little home to live happily ever after in.

Design created by Jennifer Shepherd for

For crafts materials such as paint and paint brushes etc. visit Baker Ross, a family run craft business who are the leading suppliers of arts and crafts to schools and other organisations across the UK and abroad, based in Walthamstow, London.

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