If your little girl has been wanting a dollhouse for a long time, but you’re no closer to having the money than you were when she first requested it, worry no more! You can easily build her that dollhouse and you won’t even need any tools – except a glue gun! Use foam board to build a shelf-type dollhouse and she’ll be thrilled! You don’t have to know anything about building mini houses to make a simplistic set of shelves, that can be sectioned into rooms, to create a meager but fun dollhouse for your little girl.
Purchase large pieces of foam board at most any craft store and the house will be built in no time. Foam board is just pressed foam, made into a slab, then covered on each side with white paper. It’s easy to cut, easy to glue, and makes a really nice house. Use a sharp knife to cut the slabs to make the house or purchase them already in the sizes you need.
To assemble the dollhouse start with the first slab of foam. Lay it on the floor – this will become the first story of the house or can be used as an under-the-house garage. Now you’ll need something that can be used to separate that shelf from the next one. Pringles cans covered in decorative cloth or fabric, large-diameter dowel rods, or similar items work well to use as pillars. Glue a pillar to each corner of the first shelf then glue the second shelf on top of those. Cut pieces of foam board to glue across the length of the shelf to form separate sections. Make two rooms, three or more depending upon how long the shelves are. Stand the foam board up, glue it in place, then add the next set of pillars and the final shelf.
You can use a large piece to make a back for the shelves. Simply cut the piece of foam board and glue to the backside of the stacked shelves. For the sides, cut two identical pieces then glue one to each side of the stacked shelves. This encloses the entire house except the front.
Purchase inexpensive step sets so the dolls can get from one floor to the other or make a simple set yourself. Use pieces of carpet, felt or similar things to make carpeting for the home. Make your own furniture or purchase cheap furniture online. There are lots of different furnishings you can make by using Styrofoam, small boxes, scraps of fabric and other things you might have around the house. Your little girl will have the time of her life and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you gave her just what she wanted!