A Holiday Dollhouse DIY

A Holiday Dollhouse DIY

A Holiday Home for your Mini Dolls 

This Holiday home was a joy in the making. I wanted to share it with you guys and just give you a little peek into how we created it, in hopes that you will be inspired to make one of your own.

**Disclaimer**Although I would love to, I can't give a full detailed tutorial because we had no idea what we were doing and we messed up so many times. I can give you measurements though and show you some little tips and tricks that we learned along the way.

First we wanted to be sure to use materials that we had on hand already or if we did have to purchase, I wanted to purchase sustainably. So, thrifted or second hand all the way. You certainly do not have to go this route but for this project, I wanted to challenge myself. I believe the only thing I purchased new was the paint color and that is only because I didn't happen to have the gingerbread color and I had a vision of a Holiday Gingerbread house.
We used a piece of board we had on hand already but I believe it was 4 foot by 4 foot and we were able to cut all the pieces we needed out of just this one piece. Here are the pieces we cut out.
Pieces of dollhouse to be assembled
Front and back panels 17 x 12 inches // Side panels 12 x 11.5 inches // Roof pieces 12 x 8.5 inches // Bottom piece 12 x 12 inches

If we had to do it all over again, we would probably have used a thicker board. However, we were using what we had on hand. We ended up having to create a teeny, tiny house frame in order for it to hold up and to help create more strength. I would advise just using a thicker board BUT it did add some lovely detailing. 
Dollhouse being made
We used teeny nails along with wood glue to hold it all together but again, I feel like if you used thicker wood, you could just get by with wood glue.
It took us about a week to finish all of the framing. (This is because we only worked on it after my daughters bedtime) We then used some of the smallest hinges and a magnetic piece to latch the door. After the framing was all done, I began the sanding and painting process and surprisingly this went pretty fast. I used Valspar Pale Cordovan for the exterior. I felt it really gave it that Gingerbread House feel. I had some Sherwin Williams, Candied Peach, eggshell on hand and it was the PERFECT color for the interior.
I love this soft peach color and it really coordinated so nicely with all the decor and printable's we had planned. I used the wallpaper printable's from Thread Mama and it really made it all come together. I then used some scrap wood that we had left over, to add shelves to the kitchen and living room.
Dollhouse being wallpapered
All the furniture I used had been thrifted. I have an obsession with thrifting and so over the last year or so, my teeny furniture collection has grown. You would be surprised at all that you can find when you just purposely keep your eyes open for it. Anyways, I dug into the vault and found all the pieces I felt would work.
Thrifted and vintage dollhouse accessories
Dollhouse printables
I ended up using a ton of teeny printables from Thread Mama. She just had so many sweet treasures. I did end up making all the teeny book covers and for those I just went onto Pinterest and then used the app Bazaart to minimize each one. It was fast and easy and it came out super cute. I created a Pinterest board for this project and you can find all the printable's and the inspiration here.
After much love and many hours later, we were finished and here is how it turned out. I know Mila will cherish it for years to come and I hope it creates happy memories for her.
Mini Dolls in holiday dollhouse
Mini holiday dollhouse scene
Come take a look inside! It's the teeniest little Holiday cottage and I really had so much fun creating it all.
Mini dolls next to christmas tree
holiday dollhouse kitchen
Dollhouse furniture
Miniature doll in bedroom
And of course you KNOW I had to make Mila some special Bitsy's of her own. If you don't know, my daughter is in love with cats and so what else is a Mama to do? Make cats of course!
Mini cat dolls next to dollhouse
So there you have it! Our DIY holiday home is complete and we have been playing with it non-stop this past week. I can't wait to be able to bring it out next holiday season as well.
Let us know if you decide to make your own, I would love to see what your family comes up with!
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