A dollhouse that is large and tall can cost hundreds – even thousands – of dollars. And that’s the one that your daughter loves, right? Don’t worry that her birthday is fast approaching and you can’t afford an expensive dollhouse. She’ll have the most spectacular dollhouse when you make it yourself. If you have a bookcase it can quickly be turned into a magnificent dollhouse; your daughter will forget all about that store-bought version.
It is so simple to turn a bookcase into a dollhouse. The perfect bookcase is a wooden one, no taller than the child, with shelves; each shelf can become more than one room. If the outside of the bookcase is brown, cover it with paint, contact paper or cloth, and it will have a more girly appearance. If the bookcase is white or another color, consider stickers to make it look more like a dollhouse. Grass, flower, tree, and sun stickers look fantastic.
One option is to paint the walls and another is to cover them with cloth or paper. Contact paper works especially well and is very inexpensive. Since the peel-n-stick also comes in a chalkboard type, you can draw appliances, bookcases, and other furnishings. Want an even faster method of changing the walls? Use designer tape!
Separate one floor into sections with thin wood or thick cardboard pieces. Glue or nail them in place to make one room into two, three, or more. Cover them with the desired wall covering. If you want, cut a doorway into one or more of them, so that the dolls can easily be taken from room to room.
After the walls are done, cut and lay carpet, or even floor tiles. Need a cheaper floor covering? Use contact paper; choose a marbled type, a wood look, or another floor-look pattern. Feel free to make the floor in each room the same or to combine carpet, tile, and other floor coverings, to give each room its own look.
Want lighting for the dollhouse? Drill a hole in the back of the bookcase and use a strand of Christmas lights. Outline the ceiling of one or more rooms with the lights and plug in the cord. It could take more than one strand to light all of the rooms.
One accessory that you can easily make so that the dolls can get to the upper floors is a ladder. Lay two, long dowel rods beside each other and glue small ones between them. Lean one or more ladders against the front of the bookcase dollhouse.
When you fill the dollhouse rooms with furniture, wall hangings, rugs, tiny plants, and other accents, you complete the entire look. Your daughter will fall in love in an instant!