Making Doll Furniture

Whether you purchase kits to make realistic dollhouse furniture or help kids make it out of recycled materials, making doll furniture can be fun. This is a guide about making doll furniture.

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Photo of a dollhouse.Tips for making dollhouse furniture and decorations out of everyday items.

Pizza Box Support as a Table

If you have a Valentino's pizza near you, they used to put little white plastic things in the center of the pizza to keep the top of the box from getting stuck to the toppings. They look a lot like little tables and when I was younger, my grandma would save them for me and we'd use them as tables for my dollhouse. They worked especially well for the smaller Kelly dolls.

Sink and a Trash Can

The plastic protectors on roll up deodorant are clear and oval shaped. Could be used as a sink. Hairspray tops could be used as trash cans.

By Sue

Decorating a Room

Small school pictures work well as gigantic artwork on the walls. Also, the "after eight" mints have tiny ornate clocks on the front of their wrappers which dress up a room nicely. I used to use wrapping paper as wall paper in the room and scrap fabric for curtains. If your child has a Barbie play-set many times items can be used from it in the doll house. Also, a tiny drum set can be made with enough Dixie cups!

By Kelly

Dollhouse Furniture With Everyday Objects

  • Small boxes can be cut to make chairs and then covered with small amount of batting and fabric.

  • Velveeta boxes make great beds for Barbie.

  • Kitchen appliances can be made by painting boxes to look like them you can use stickers for the burners and knobs on the stove. When constructing these cardboard furnishings I would make sure you use hot glue or a tough tape as they will get a lot of wear and tear.

  • 2 mac and cheese boxes could be used for a couch covered with batting and cover with fabric. You can get small amounts of fabric at a discount in the remnants bin at Walmart. You may even be able to find real upholstery fabric.

  • Tables can be made from small food containers by drawing legs on to the container and then taking a pair of scissors and cutting out the legs. Depending on how much work you want to put into this you could tile the table tops with the glass gems.
Hope this helps

By Debra in CO

Strawberry Container Table

When I was a little girl, we used the green plastic containers that strawberries come in. We turned them upside down, and placed a washrag or scrap fabric over the top. It could be a bed or a table, depending on the size of the doll.

By Jill Iannetti

Found Objects

I love making things for my dollhouse from found objects!
  • Dresser drawers can be made out of matchboxes. Simply glue, cover with pretty paper and add small beads for knobs.

  • Magazines and newspaper ads are great sources of scaled down pictures of foods, book and magazine covers and posters.

  • From old makeup: the thin trays eye-shadows come pressed in can be used as trays or picture frames. If you can pop the mirror out of a compact without breaking it, it's a good scale for dollhouses.

  • Couches and beds, any stuffed furniture, can be made from small boxes, cotton or batting, fabric and glue.

  • Cotton swabs and round toothpicks make handles for brooms and mops (kite string for the mop head). Buttons for plates, beads for vases and bottles.

  • Toothpaste caps and/or empty creamer containers for lampshades and/or garbage cans.
Have fun!

By Kristine

Doilies

I have found that small doilies work fantastically as rugs, tablecloths, bedspreads, etc.

By Alina

Popsicle Stick Furniture

You can make small (or large) furniture from craft sticks or Popsicle sticks by cutting them to the right length and gluing them together. Most public libraries also have books on this topic.

By Alina

Doll Lamp

I've covered those little medicine cups that come with NyQuil with pretty fabric. Hot glue a bead on top for a finial, attach a lollipop stick to the inside center, and a large heavy button to the bottom for a base. Makes a nice sized lamp for 11" dolls.

By Chris

Russell Stover Bed

Russell Stover candy boxes make an ideal sized bed. Glue wooden beads at the four corners for feet. Cover with fabric.

By Chris

Balsa Wood

My mom used the strawberry plastic containers for the shelves in the fridge and stove which she made from balsa wood, she made them many years ago and the are still in my proud dollhouse today! Balsa wood is great for carving things for your doll house!

By pakjc

Matchbox Drawers

When I was a kid, we had a book called "Things to Make and Do". It had instructions for a six-drawer desk in it made from matchboxes. You make two stacks of three matchboxes, with a matchbox-width space between them. Cover with a piece of cardboard long enough to fit up, over, and across the stacks. I didn't have the brass prong paper-fasteners for drawer-pulls, so I used thumbtacks. I think tiny buttons would also be cute. I covered mine in denim Contact paper (it was all I had), but I guess you could paint it. Contact paper also comes in woodgrain. Thanks for asking for tips; I'm warm and fuzzy remembering how I loved my creation!

By LizCar

Barbie Tub

Cut the bottom of a detergent bottle to make a tub for Barbie. Thick foam works well to make the sofa, just hot glue fabric on it.

By hibbardg

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Barbie Bath Tub

By coville123 326 89

This is a frugal way to make barbie items for your girls.

Approximate Time: 1/2 hour

Supplies:

  • kleenex box
  • glue
  • scissors
  • pink foam
  • white paint
  • 2 beads
  • small wire
  • paint brush

Instructions:

    Kleenex box

  1. Paint your kleenex box white.

  2. When dry use pink foam to cut out a frame for around the top of your tub, glue on. Pink foam rectangle

  3. Then, cut pink foam into squares and glue them all around your kleenex box. Making Barbie Bath Tub

  4. Bend a small piece of wire for your tap and make a small hole in your box and secure in place with glue.

  5. Glue your beads on for taps. Making a Barbie Bath Tub

  6. Put your barbie in the box and your done.
Barbie Bath Tub

By Coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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Recycled Barbie Bed

By coville123 326 89

This is an easy craft to do if you have girls who love Barbies.

Approximate Time: 1/2 hour

Supplies:

  • small cereal box
  • duct tape of your color choice
  • 4 pencils
  • extra cardboard
  • fabric
  • stuffing
  • scissors
  • marker (tracing)

Instructions:

  1. Cover your 4 pencils with duct tape of the same colour as your bed unless you want different. These will be your bed legs. Recycled Barbie Bed

  2. Then using your extra cardboard cut out a headboard and foot board use your cereal box as a guide for measuring. Cover them in duct tape. Recycled Barbie Bed

  3. Then cut a piece of material big enough so you have excess around the sides of your cereal box. Recycled Barbie Bed

  4. Secure the fabric around three sides of your cereal box with duct tape. Recycled Barbie Bed

  5. Stuff the last side with stuffing for your mattress, then cover with duct tape. Recycled Barbie Bed

  6. Attach your head board and foot board with duct tape to your box. Recycled Barbie Bed

  7. Then attach your pencils with duct tape to each corner for legs. Recycled Barbie Bed

  8. Then go around the sides of your bed with duct tape you want to decorate with. Recycled Barbie Bed

  9. Add a piece of fabric for a blanket, and pillows. Then your done.
Recycled Barbie Bed

By Coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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Make Doll Furniture from Scrap Wood

By marieaa65 2 14

Photo Description
Doll furniture made from scrap wood and blanket made from 2nd hand material.

Photo Location
At home. The kids love these.

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Question: Making Doll Furniture From Household Items

By helen 70 81

I am looking for ideas for making doll's furniture out of items in the home.

By H.Arnott

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By Lee 6 111 08/31/2010 Flag

One gal made miniature candy bars, she shows how to pull an image from the web and size it also youtube. This might help to make wall paper to size. Curtain rods made from tooth picks and beads on the end. Cups made from glue bottle tops

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Question: Dollhouse Furniture and Decoration

By gina 3 1

What recycled items can I use to make a 1:12 scale floor lamp?

By Gina from MO

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By kisses2sweet1975 1 06/04/2012 Flag

Go to youtube.com and type in "how to make barbie furniture" and there's a woman who has a lot of videos, her username is "myfroggythings". She is a genius and very simple and inexpensive. Your little ones will love it! : )

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Tip: Use Office Supplies for Doll Furniture

By Tim Lawson 26 13

Some time ago there was a lady that wanted ideas for doll furniture. I find that most website ideas are for actual miniatures, not play-scale which means 11 1/2 inch fashion doll size.

Using office supplies, you can make some very fancy fashion doll furniture. Square pencil cases become end tables, especially the frosted glass kind. Letter holders or large pencil holders with multiple cubicles can be used for headboards to a Barbie bed. This works especially if they have a curved edge. Buy them when the stores are trying to change their inventory. Or if you frequent Wal-mart, you need to try every six months. Most of these stores will try to clear their inventories then.

Use glass candle holders for table pedestals with the mirrors or matching glass candle plates glued with epoxy resin or clear silicon glue. These don't break as easily I thought, but you might not want your little one playing with them. They can get heavy, but they are really good looking. Maybe you can use acrylic holders; I have seen them believe it or not.

Place mats make very sensible floor coverings.

Eye glass and contact lens cases make very durable suit cases. They snap shut, so you don't have to worry about attaching snaps unless you just want to make it look authentic. Just add a simple handle and go! Paint them with Krylon Spray paint if you don't like the color. I look for solid color cases so there isn't any bleeding of lighter colors up through the spray paint. Usually, I find a solid color that I like and don't change anything but add a handle.

These items can be used for things other than doll furniture and that is why I like these ideas.

Source: Doll Divas is a website that has some of the same bed and end table ideas that I have, but the suitcase made from eye glass and contact lens cases I found at the local Wal-mart optical store.

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Question: Clothespin Doll Furniture Ideas

By Pattie McIntyre 39 58

Could all crafters that make doll clothespin furniture submit their wonderful works? I am trying to find more furniture to make, they are so adorable! Directions with real pictures showing assembly would be most helpful. Thanks!

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01/22/2009 Flag

Couldn't find any instructions on the internet on clothespin furniture at all 'except' at Thrifty Fun ;-)

Go to this link to look at Barry's G's photo and then scroll down to Ariela's comment which has a Thrifty Fun link for making rocking chairs thanks to Ray :-) Hope you find more patterns or come up with some of your own and share with us :-)

http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf31118343.tip.html

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Tips for making dollhouse furniture and decorations out of everyday items.

Pizza Box Support as a Table

If you have a Valentino's pizza near you, they used to put little white plastic things in the center of the pizza to keep the top of the box from getting stuck to the toppings. They look a lot like little tables and when I was younger, my grandma would save them for me and we'd use them as tables for my dollhouse. They worked especially well for the smaller Kelly dolls.

Sink and a Trash Can

The plastic protectors on roll up deodorant are clear and oval shaped. They could be used as a sink. Hairspray tops could be used as trash cans.

By Sue

Decorating a Room

Small school pictures work well as gigantic artwork on the walls. Also, the "after eight" mints have tiny ornate clocks on the front of their wrappers which dress up a room nicely. I used to use wrapping paper as wall paper in the room and scrap fabric for curtains. If your child has a Barbie play-set many times items can be used from it in the doll house. Also, a tiny drum set can be made with enough Dixie cups!

By Kelly

Dollhouse Furniture With Everyday Objects

  • Small boxes can be cut to make chairs and then covered with small amount of batting and fabric.

  • Velveeta boxes make great beds for Barbie.

  • Kitchen appliances can be made by painting boxes to look like them you can use stickers for the burners and knobs on the stove. When constructing these cardboard furnishings I would make sure you use hot glue or a tough tape as they will get a lot of wear and tear.

  • 2 mac and cheese boxes could be used for a couch covered with batting and cover with fabric. You can get small amounts of fabric, which can be bought at a discount in the remnants bin at Walmart. You may even be able to find real upholstery fabric.

  • Tables can be made from small food containers by drawing legs on to the container and then taking a pair of scissors and cutting out the legs. Depending on how much work you want to put into this you could tile the table tops with the glass gems.
Hope this helps

By Debra in CO

Strawberry Container Table

When I was a little girl, we used the green plastic containers that strawberries come in. We turned them upside down, and placed a washrag or scrap fabric over the top. It could be a bed or a table, depending on the size of the doll. (11/01/2004)

By Jill

Found Objects

I love making things for my dollhouse from found objects!

  • Dresser drawers can be made out of matchboxes. Simply glue, cover with pretty paper and add small beads for knobs.

  • Magazines and newspaper ads are great sources of scaled down pictures of foods, book and magazine covers and posters.

  • From old makeup: the thin trays eye-shadows come pressed in can be used as trays or picture frames. If you can pop the mirror out of a compact without breaking it, it's a good scale for dollhouses.

  • Couches and beds, any stuffed furniture, can be made from small boxes, cotton or batting, fabric and glue.

  • Cotton swabs and round toothpicks make handles for brooms and mops (kite string for the mop head). Use buttons for plates, beads for vases and bottles.

  • Toothpaste caps and/or empty creamer containers for lampshades and/or garbage cans.
Have fun!

By Kristine

Doilies

I have found that small doilies work fantastically as rugs, tablecloths, bedspreads, etc.

By Alina

Popsicle Stick Furniture

You can make small (or large) furniture from craft sticks or Popsicle sticks by cutting them to the right length and gluing them together. Most public libraries also have books on this topic.

By Alina

Doll Lamp

I've covered those little medicine cups that come with NyQuil with pretty fabric. Hot glue a bead on top for a finial, attach a lollipop stick to the inside center, and a large heavy button to the bottom for a base. Makes a nice sized lamp for 11" dolls.

By Chris

Russell Stover Bed

Russell Stover candy boxes make an ideal sized bed. Glue wooden beads at the four corners for feet. Cover with fabric.

By Chris

Balsa Wood

My mom used the strawberry plastic containers for the shelves in the fridge and stove which she made from balsa wood, she made them many years ago and they are still in my proud dollhouse today! Balsa wood is great for carving things for your doll house!

By pakjc

Matchbox Drawers

When I was a kid, we had a book called "Things to Make and Do". It had instructions for a six-drawer desk in it made from matchboxes. You make two stacks of three matchboxes, with a matchbox-width space between them. Cover with a piece of cardboard long enough to fit up, over, and across the stacks. I didn't have the brass prong paper-fasteners for drawer-pulls, so I used thumbtacks. I think tiny buttons would also be cute. I covered mine in denim Contact paper (it was all I had), but I guess you could paint it. Contact paper also comes in woodgrain. Thanks for asking for tips; I'm warm and fuzzy remembering how I loved my creation!

By LizCar

Barbie Tub

Cut the bottom of a detergent bottle to make a tub for Barbie. Thick foam works well to make the sofa, just hot glue fabric on it.

By hibbardg

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RE: Dollhouse Furniture With Everyday Objects

I've found that sculpey clay makes a lot of stuff for doll houses, such as rugs, picture frames, toys, and food. The furniture can be made with cardboard, then painted. I just cut out pieces and hot glued them together. (10/09/2007)

By Madonna

RE: Dollhouse Furniture With Everyday Objects

  • Ankle socks make good sleeping bags.

  • Onion/orange bags can be hung as hammocks.

  • Drinkable yogurt containers can be large vases.

  • Hang paper clips on a skewer or pencil. Attach scrap fabric to the paper clips to make curtains/shower curtain. Or hang strings with beads for a 70's beaded curtain.

  • Make slides out of paper towel tubes. Have races!

  • 35mm film tubes or thread spools can be furniture feet or tables. Or can be the base for a teeter-totter, just lie on side and add a short paint-stirring stick (or Popsicle sticks).

  • Take a large 2-piece plastic Easter egg. Place (the longer) top part open-side down on table. Glue (the wider) bottom part back-to-back on top of the other piece, open-side partway up for an art-deco chair (like the 60s).

  • A non-repairable watch can be a clock (minus the straps).

  • For older kids: Glue tiny pictures inside bottle caps for photo frames. Glue tiny cardboard "stand" behind cap or glue caps to dollhouse walls. (I would recommend covering sharp cap edges with thick line of sparkle glue.)

  • Make stained glass windows by bending black craft wire (or bare wire twist-ties) into shapes, then fill inside with light-colored broken crayon pieces. Melt in oven (200ish?) on waxed paper on a cookie sheet. (I haven't tried this one yet, so good luck)

Happy crafting!

(11/23/2007)

By Melissa

RE: Dollhouse Furniture With Everyday Objects

You could use pop bottle caps as base for a pie. For crust, cut thin strip of tan felt to fit inside the edge of the cap and glue. Fill and glue with colored beads (red for cherry, blue for blueberry). Then use light tan felt cut into strips and glue onto top like the lattice weave of a pie.
(01/22/2008)

By Kelly B

RE: Dollhouse Furniture With Everyday Objects

I have found that the boxes that bank checks come in makes a great bed base. For the headboard, use cardboard or posterboard, cut to the shape you want for the head of the bed and use batting and scrap material to pad the headboard and attach headboard to bed with paper fasteners. Finish the look by making matching pillows, curtains and bedspread with same scrap material. So much fun! Balsa wood makes a great chair rail and hardwood floor to any room. Good use for the leftover stain in the garage. (02/09/2008)

easy furniture

Making furniture from an old oatmeal box is easy. I made:

A tea-table, with a white lace tablecloth. I cut out a circle from cardboard, traced with a compass. For the legs, I cut out a 2-d silhouette of what I wanted the leg to look like, wider at the top and bottom for support, cut slits in those 2 areas, then cut silhouettes of the other legs and inserted them into the slits. No painting is required, a little glue, a litte fabric and you are done. I made a bed too, from cardboard and tape and paper and paint.

I'm a Blythe collector, and I'm frequently short of cash so I enjoy making little things like this from materials around the house. Tanks for the tips! (02/16/2009)

By Scarlette

RE: Dollhouse Furniture With Everyday Objects

Tiny plastic food containers with lids make good no sew foot stools and bed side tables for Barbie. Cover the container with thin fabric, stuff the edges inside, then seal with lid.

The metal plastic end piece or jack of tape player head phones makes a nice drill for Ken.

Large size clear tape placed on Barbie size picture art work gives it a nice shine like glass. This is really good if you printed off something on the net.
(03/28/2009)

By BlueRobin

RE: Dollhouse Furniture With Everyday Objects

Use a golf tee as a lamp base. Then glue a toothpaste lid on the pointy end (its the lamp shade). There you have a lamp!

You can also use toothpaste lids to be potted plant pots (03/28/2009)

By mom-from-missouri

RE: Dollhouse Furniture With Everyday Objects

Felt is great for curtains and bedspreads, etc., as it doesn't fray so no sewing needed! (12/23/2009)

By Devonbelle

RE: Dollhouse Furniture With Everyday Objects

You can make great furniture from reusing wine corks. Cut them to shape using a Stanley knife, and glue with hot glue. Cover with fabric (with hot glue) and tuck under the bottom of the furniture. Cover the bottom with a piece of card or thick fabric, then glue on sliced rounds of cork to use as feet. This method is great for making couches, armchairs, chaise lounges, etc. Use corks to make other furniture like beds, or to make pets, cars, etc. I made these with my friend. They are great, very strong as well as light.

Tash, Australia (01/14/2010)

By tashic3

RE: Dollhouse Furniture With Everyday Objects

All of my doll houses are made out of printer paper boxes turned sidewise on the long end so the opening is in front (not on top).

For a bathroom: I used a Crystal Light container for the toilet (it is sturdier than a toilet paper roll) and cut it so that the doll's feet would touch the ground when they sat on it. I glued the lid onto the top of the Crystal Light container (luckily it was blue- so it simulated water). For the back of the toilet I just glued Popsicle sticks to the back wall behind where the toilet was going to go and drew a "flusher knob" with a marker.

For the bathtub I used a Velveeta box. I used the brass brads for the hot and cold water knobs and cut a small hole at the top and put a wire pipe cleaner through and glued it put on the outside of the "room". The pipe cleaner worked as the movable shower wand. I never made shower curtains.

For the sink I cut a toilet paper roll to size and glued a hair spray lid on top.
I got a square piece of cardboard and covered it with foil and glued it above the sink for the mirror.

Now I'm working on a Hogwart's Castle, 12 boxes total, complete with trap doors and movable walls! It is awesome! (03/20/2010)

By clburston

RE: Dollhouse Furniture With Everyday Objects

Here is the Barbie house.
Bottom floor: Kitchen, dining room (with Japanese styled table), and living room.

Top floor: bedroom, Jack and Jill bath, bedroom.
(03/20/2010)

By clburston

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RE: Dollhouse Furniture With Everyday Objects

The closet is just a part of heavy cardboard with a wire pipe cleaner stuck through and glued down on the sides.

I was very short on cash and only used what I had laying around. It worked great though! (03/20/2010)

By clburston

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RE: Dollhouse Furniture With Everyday Objects

Me, my daughter, and 2 friends have recently made a Barbie house from cardboard, picture below. I have produced a photostory of how it was made, if you're interested in seeing it or getting tips please contact me and I will be more than happy to send it you.

Jenna (07/07/2010)

By Berj01

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RE: Dollhouse Furniture With Everyday Objects

I made this for my daughter when she insisted that Tinkerbell needed a house! You can kind of tell what I used for everything, and the little table is a cap for a baby bottle with grosgrain ribbon wrapped around it. Enjoy!
P.S. If you put water in the "bucket" on the roof, the shower really works.(10/09/2010)

By thundersugar78

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RE: Dollhouse Furniture With Everyday Objects

I made my grand daughter a Barbie house by purchasing a three cubbie birch shelf. I spray painted the cubbie pink on the outside, as well as the "ceiling" of each section. I did it vertically, but you could also do it horizontally. I used scrapbooking paper to wallpaper to walls and floors. Use Modge Podge to glue down and decoupage the paper to waterproof it. I used the extra length (cut off to length) to add to the width where needed. I have plans to use small mirrors to glue on fir windows. Also, I am going to add wood trim for crown molding at the top of each room, as the paper is not large enough to cover to the ceiling. Molding will camouflage that.

I plan to use plastic needle point screen to make furniture. (12/28/2010)

By heinicka

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