Are you still using stick matches? Possibly you have a leftover box from many years ago? If so, dump those matches out and make the cutest little end table or night stand for a Barbie dollhouse; it’s adorable and useful as well! The craft is so easy that many little girls can do it themselves. Use the same, simple technique to make many different designs.
It only takes a couple of minutes to make a night stand or end table for the Barbie house. Choose a piece of decorative paper or fabric to use for covering the old matchbox. It only takes a small piece; glue it neatly around the box. Use a tiny bead as a handle for the table drawer. Glue it to the end of the sliding part of the matchbox.
Craft stores feature all sorts of small wooden dowels that are perfect for creating the legs on the table. You’ll find short ones sold in multipacks and they cost very little. Glue four of these onto the bottom of the matchbox. Make sure that the legs are glued to the same side where the seam of the fabric or paper is. Instead of wooden dowels you can use stacked wooden beads, sections cut from wooden skewers, small-diameter tubes, a small block of wood, tiny Styrofoam pillars or similar things. Legs can be painted or decorated by wrapping them in fabric or paper.
If you need a larger end table or night stand you can make it by gluing two of the matchboxes together, side-by-side. Do this before gluing on the four legs. Make an end table by gluing three or more matchboxes together. Set it so that the knobs face the couch. For furniture pieces where the back of the “drawer” will show cut a strip of fabric or cloth and glue it in place.
Make an easy dresser by stacking and gluing several of the matchboxes together. Wrap them, as a whole, in paper or cloth. Glue on the chosen beads as knobs. Make sure these are perfectly aligned down the center. Or, make a different version where each drawer has two small knobs. Make tall versions to create chest-of-drawers, shorter, wider versions to make dressers. Make really short types that can go in the bathroom or can hold a plant somewhere else in the house. Matchboxes make it really easy for you to create any number of new furniture pieces for a dollhouse!