The answer to how to build a dollhouse from scratch is the consequence of a much-asked question in the dollhouse world, but a little too general to answer straight away.
So I split up the question into different categories, in the hopes of answering everything you always wanted to know about building a DIY dollhouse.
So let’s dive straight into things!
How to Build a Dollhouse from Scratch for Beginners
In this phase, I hope to tell you all the detailed instructions for building a dollhouse from scratch – step by step.
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Step 1: Decide on which dollhouse style.
Well, if you wonder how to build a dollhouse from scratch, the first thing to do is to think about which dollhouse style you are going to work on because there are many.
On my website, I have written about most of the styles that exist for dollhouses, although I think I’m still missing a few 😉
In the list below, you can find the ones I have already talked about:
- Victorian dollhouse style
- Shabby Chic dollhouse style
- The Tudor dollhouse style
- The Georgian dollhouse style
- The Gothic style
- Farmhouse dollhouses
- the Asian dollhouse style
- The Federal style
- the Antique Dutch cabinet dollhouses
I still need to figure out Art Nouveau and Baroque, I think haha. That’s for another day!
In the meantime, please do let me know below which style has your preference, I would like to know!
Step 2: Look for DIY dollhouse plans or create your own.
There are two ways to have your own DIY dollhouse plans:
As you noticed again haha, I have written about both ways. I didn’t even realize myself that I already wrote about so many things ;-).
Oh, how about Victorian dollhouse plans, found those as well, almost forgot!
Step 3: Gather your building supplies and power tools.
Before you can start building your DIY dollhouse, you need to know these 2 things, for which again, I have already written expanded articles, just click on the links below:
- Which power tools and other small tools do you need to build a dollhouse?
- An informative article on the building supplies needed to build a dollhouse.
Step 4: Cut out the pieces in the right size!
Follow the instructions of the DIY dollhouse plans to the letter and use the appropriate power tools to cut them out. You can now sand them first as well.
Step 5: Assemble the dollhouse!
You can now glue together all the pieces with wood glue. In this order is easier:
- Start by cutting out the base plate with a jigsaw and drill a hole in all 4 corners (you can use a mini-drill for this).
- Cut out all the walls and glue them to the base (after cutting out windows and doors).
The reason I mentioned drilling the holes is that you can also decide to screw them together, on top of the gluing. This makes your dollhouse a lot sturdier.
- Regularly check in between placements of walls, to make sure that everything is well positioned according to the DIY plans.
- Install the first floor, parallel to the ground floor. It is better to now start installing the intersections of the rooms in the dollhouse.
Then, move on to the rest of the floors, if you have several.
- Install the roofs and there you go, you now have the basics.
- From there, install the stairs, if available.
Step 6: Finishing and decorating the dollhouse!
I must bore the hell out of you now, but to finish the dollhouse, I have written tons of articles as well 🙂
- DIY Dollhouse Wallpapers
- DIY Dollhouse Roofing
- DIY Dollhouse Landscaping
- DIY Dollhouse Windows & Doors
- DIY Dollhouse Flooring
- DIY Dollhouse Electricals
- DIY Dollhouse Painting
Building A Dollhouse From Scratch On A Budget
Interesting to find this question on Google, as I would assume that creating a dollhouse DIY from scratch, would always be the most affordable way to go.
So I kind of guessed what people were trying to figure out here, and I think that maybe they are looking to build a DIY dollhouse without having to use (expensive) power tools?
In that case, there actually are a few ways, and what do you know, I wrote about them haha!
- How to create a dollhouse with cardboard
- Building dollhouses with popsicle sticks .
Plus a list of examples from miniature artists creating popsicle houses.
How to Build a Dollhouse from Scratch for Kids
This other question I found on the big wide internet, made me think as well. What do they actually mean?
Are people looking for a way to have their kids build a dollhouse themselves or are they looking for a way to build a dollhouse DIY that is safe for kids?
In the first case, I would try to let them build their own dollhouse with solid cardboard. I used to do this when I was a teen myself.
Although I didn’t “play” with it, the process of building your own dollhouse as a kid is very creative and makes you happy 🙂
What do you know, I have…
No, I haven’t written an article on this one haha!
And it is actually a quite nice idea to dive further into it later, and then come back to update this part, so keep posted!
In the meantime, you could take a look at some DIY books for kids on Amazon, there seem to be a few!
This one, I actually bought this one myself, and it is full of easy DIY projects that your kids could do as well, although I haven’t found the time yet to do some of these.
Creating a Dollhouse from Scratch with Reclaimed or Recycled Materials and/or Reclaimed Wood
I thought I’d mention the use of reclaimed wood or upcycled wood as well, partly because I am quite proud of my own dollhouse treehouse that I am slowly finishing up. (and I do mean, véry slowly lol).
In the article, you can see step by step, the process of making this treehouse, just by using wood from my real size house, so repurposed, and using twigs that I found on walks in nature.
The big branch that you can see partly in the picture above, is also part of a wood pile that is used for our wood stove.
The roof is covered with pencil scrapes and everything else that I am making at the moment is from other things found in nature, upcycled or recycled.
This project has become something that I have been working on for years now, like in between other projects of mine.
I’m sure that you can find tons of other examples of dollhouses made from repurposed wood, as I found on Pinterest, for example!
Building a Dollhouse with Pre-Made Pieces
Aha, here we are definitely talking about all of the premade dollhouse kits out there, and there are lots of them!
Should I write down another list here for you? I will spare you and myself from that probably, as it would be way too long haha!
Building a Dollhouse With A Small Space
If you have a small house or living in an apartment where there is just not enough space to show off your dollhouses, then I can make a few suggestions:
- You might not have enough room for a 1:12-scale dollhouse, but maybe you DO have room for something on a smaller scale, like 1:24 or even 1:48?
- How about creating a miniature scene in a frame that you can hang on a wall? This online tutorial teaches you how to do that.
- If you don’t have enough space in your house, but you do have a patio or (small) garden, why not create a Fairy Garden?
- And finally, you can also just create little room boxes that could fit in your library, for example.
Take a closer look at my own fairy garden! I am always adding something when spring comes around or adjusting something each year. I want a whole village lol!
My Final Conclusion
When I write a new blog post on a certain topic, the first thing I do is look for questions that people might have on a topic and thus try to answer those.
I hope that this time again, I could answer the question on how to build a dollhouse from scratch, more in-depth for you.
If you have any more questions however, feel free to ask them below in the comment section or leave a message on my social media channels below or Facebook group, where maybe other people can answer them as well!
I wish you happy crafting!
My name is Lizzy, and I am an amateur miniaturist obsessed with everything in the dollhouse and miniature world, ever since I was a teenager.
I love to write as well about all things happening in the miniature world, hence the reason why I created this blog!
I wish you happy reading and crafting!