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Making a Bookcase Doll House

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Bookcase Doll House
With a few simple tools, some decorative paper or wallpaper samples, paint, and other bits and pieces you can turn an old or inexpensive, new bookcase into a clever doll house for your child. This is a guide about making a bookcase doll house.


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By 4 found this helpful
August 3, 2010

To make a Barbie house, start with a small bookcase you might have that you no longer use. Use carpet remnants for the floor, or recycle an old rug. You can also use linoleum scraps to cover the floor of your doll house, or use the contact paper with the wood look. Use contact paper or glue on wallpaper scraps for the walls.

You might choose to paint the bookcase before beginning the craft the dollhouse, depending on what color the bookcase is. Use small pictures cut from magazines to glue on the walls for room decor. This dollhouse is good when you don't have much floor space.

By duckie-do from Cortez, CO

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August 5, 20100 found this helpful

This is a great idea! Where were you 10 years ago?


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August 6, 20100 found this helpful

My husband and I did this for our granddaughter a couple of years ago. The only difference in ours was that he made two doors to go on it. The doors were decorated to look like front doors and we painted the outside like a house. We also put a slant roof on it and "tiled" it. When she is finished playing with it, she just closes it up and it looks like a miniature house.

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August 8, 20100 found this helpful

I don't think any submission should be considered as a contender without pictures!

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August 4, 20110 found this helpful

This is a really cute idea. Major dollhouse lover here, and what an easy way to make one!

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August 4, 20110 found this helpful

Thumbs up on this one! When I was a kid, we had a big long hutch in the kitchen with shelves up top and a couple of compartments with doors on the bottom that had a shelf each and were maybe a foot high.

My Dad cleared out one of those compartments and it was my two-story Barbie house. Your tip brings back memories :)

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August 4, 20110 found this helpful

We did something similar for our American Girl type dolls. My daughter was desperate for a bed for her doll, which I knew she would be receiving from Grandma for her birthday months later. I used a white bookshelf (like the kind from Target that you assemble yourself) and an old curtain. I did have to buy a tension rod for the curtain. She used one shelf for a doll bed with some doll blankets and a pillow and then we got another tension rod to make a closet for the other shelf. It's really cute with the curtain to close when she's asleep and to conceal her doll closet.

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By 1 found this helpful
July 6, 2009

I am making a doll house out of a small bookcase. I was cutting pictures from magazines to use for the "rooms". I glued them to the sides and back of the inside of the bookcase and wanted to cover them with something clear to help hold the pictures on. I have a roll of clear laminate with a "sticky" side. But it is not sticking enough to stay, only enough to tear the pictures if I try to take it off the rest of the way when it starts coming off. Any suggestions on what I can use? Thanks.

By minnabird from VA

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July 6, 20090 found this helpful

How awesome! What a beautiful job you did.

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July 7, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks! If I ever get the thing finished I will post a picture of the finished house. Just have one "room" left I think. Anyway, thanks again!

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July 8, 20090 found this helpful

You can use modpodge which is available at most craft stores for $5. It's used for decoupage projects and I love it! It will dry clear, no fear!

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August 4, 20110 found this helpful

Yes, this is a great idea! I once read that you can make your own Modgepodge by watering down glue; however, I've never tried it. Might want to experiment.

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August 4, 20110 found this helpful

I am very inspired to make one for my little girl. Thanks for all the ideas!

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