DIY Dollhouse Part 3: Rugs, Furniture and Wall ArtJune 13, 2015
So this post is the third part in the DIY Dollhouse Series. In Part 1, I showed you how I took a wicker bookcase from the thrift store and added some foam board in a few strategic places to form a dollhouse shape. In Part 2, I showed you how I used scrapbook paper and printed sheets to create wall paper & roof shingles to take the dollhouse up a notch! Just to remind you, here are those posts!
DIY Dollhouse Part 1: From Bookcase to Dollhouse
DIY Dollhouse Part 2: Adding Wallpaper, Flooring & Roof Shingles
So today, what we will do is add rugs, wall art, furniture and windows! It’s simple and fun to do! Trust me, you will have fun designing and decorating it!
DIY Dollhouse Part 3: Rugs, Furniture and Wall Art
So let’s first take a look at some of the furniture I made. It was all super simple, using only foam board and dowels rods! Of course, I used furniture pieces that I had in the house from my daughter’s play sets, too. So let’s first look at the pieces of furniture I made!
As you can see, the dollhouse toilet is simply composed of two items: one foam rectangle and one shampoo cap. The dollhouse sofa is composed of two foam rectangles and two dowel rods. The dollhouse breakfast bar is composed of one foam rectangle and two dowel rods. I spray-painted all my furniture colors that I liked (and had in stock). The dollhouse bed is composed of three same-sized foam rectangles that are stacked and glued together. Then I attached another foam rectangle on one end as the headboard. I used washi tape to cover the edges of the foam boards for the bed and glued on a small button on the headboard.
Now we can check out the individual rooms of the dollhouse to see how it all comes together! First up is the living room.
So I used a blue felt sheet to make a rug for the living room. The TV and plant I found in my daughter’s stash of play sets. The sofa I made out of foam board. Notice how the back of the sofa is supported by a piece of foam board, which also serves as the back of the sofa seat. I cut out rectangles out of yellow and orange foam sheets to serve as throw pillows and the seat cushion of the sofa. I found small stickers of Frozen characters for the TV set. Also, I printed out a picture of a window online and taped it to the wall with some holographic washi tape.
Now let’s look at the kitchen!
For the kitchen, I already had the fridge, stove and chair from another play set. The breakfast bar has two dowel rods on one side of the table, while the other end of the table is hot-glued to the wall. I placed a plate of pancakes and a tea kettle on the bar. The E-A-T art and the flower art on the wall are simply scrapbooking embellishments that I used to add some interest to the room.
Next room we’ll look at the bathroom.
The red rug is simple a square made out of red felt. The sink I had around the house from one of her other sets. The toilet is made out of a shampoo cap and a foam rectangle (got that idea from here). The mirror on the wall is simply a small frame for scrapbooking that I filled with a sheet of aluminum foil.
Next up is the bedroom, which is probably my favorite room of the house!
The rug is just a rectangle cut out of blue felt. The floor mirror is simply a scrapbooking frame that I filled with aluminum foil. The wardrobe I had already, but I printed out a dress online, cut it out and glued it to the wardrobe rod. The gallery wall is composed of various scrapbooking stickers that I had around. The letter S is simply a small wooden letter that I hot-glued to the wall and “framed” out with some washi tape. The window is a picture I got online, printed and cut out. The nightstand is a small table I had on hand. I placed a small cup and a book (simply a tiny rectangle made out of foam sheet) on the nightstand. The bed is simply 3 stacked, same-sized foam rectangles glued together as the base of the bed, along with another bigger foam rectangle as the headboard. I wrapped much of the bed in floral washi tape and glued on a small button to the headboard. The mattress is simply a piece of purple felt wrapped around and glued to a foam sheet. The pillow is a small rectangle made out of a pink foam sheet. The comforter is just a scrap of fabric.
The final room is the attic, which is the nursery & playroom.
The rug is a green felt rectangle. The crib is a small table I had from another playset that I simply turned upside down. I used scrapbook stickers to spell “baby” on the side of the crib to identify it further. The window is an image I printed from online and glued to the wall. The beach balls and monkey toys are 3-D scrapbook stickers I had in my stash. The little dog and dog bowl were found around my house. I filled the dog bowl with some colorful pom poms.
My kids absolutely love their new handmade dollhouse. Although I didn’t make all the furniture, it feels very handmade because I decorated every space entirely, from the wall paper to the flooring. It has been a very fun project that I enjoyed creating for them (and myself!)