The other day, there was someone in my Facebook group asking which modern dollhouse kits would be best for beginners.
So I decided to dive deeper into this topic and made an oversight of the DIY kits that I believe to be the best to start out with, in combination with people’s opinions on Facebook, as I have joined many groups myself 😉
But first, why would you start with modern dollhouse kits for beginners?
Starting out with DIY miniature kits can get quite frustrating when you start with one that is way to difficult, believe me! 😉
And I was even ready to not buy miniature kits anymore, but the thing was that I got 2 more of them for my birthday and that Cathy’s Flowerhouse was the most difficult one for me, auwch!
But after starting with the second one, Miller’s Garden, I was addicted and things got a lot easier!
The reasons to start with a beginners kit are:
- As said above: starting with a more complex kit can get frustrating and you will want to give up
- If you have never created miniatures or dollhouses, starting with a beginner’s kit will help you decide if you even want to create miniatures yourself or just collect them.
- Creating 1:24 kits or on another scale, like 1:48, can help you decide which scale has your preference.
- It can help you understand how to create miniatures and get insights into dioramas.
Anyway, let’s dive deeper into the modern dollhouse kits for starters!
Beware: if you see a different “brand” when you go look for details on Amazon and others: beware that the kits that they are selling are from retailers and not the correct brand!
If I can’t find the exact brand, I will mention so in the reviews. It doesn’t happen a lot anymore because I mostly recognize the style and materials used now 😉
Expanded reviews on the best modern dollhouse kits for beginners.
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1. Soho Time by Robotime/Rolife
Not only is this one of the most affordable DIY kits from Robotime, but it is also quite easy to create when you are just starting out.
The design is simple and modern and “light”.
|Pro’s||– obviously: one of the easiest kits from Robotime to create|
– Very affordable
– good quality product
|Contra’s||– You might not like/get a bit frustrated about|
the wirework on this
– a very known brand can also mean that the project
isn’t unique and you don’t feel “special” as a
|Hours to Make||about 15 hours|
2. Buttercup Dollhouse kit by Greenleaf
Admittedly that the dollhouse kits from Greenleaf are usually on a more difficult level, because they are larger and more “complicated”, because of the Victorian or Gothic theme, which makes them more finicky.
That being said, Greenleaf does have dollhouse kits that are suitable for beginners.
Just like this one called Buttercup, and it can represent a chalet in the mountains or a getaway at the beach 🙂
|Pro’s||– Very elegant designs|
– this can be made from 12 years and up, so quite easy
– sturdy enough for even kids of 9 years and up to play
|Contra’s||– does not come with paint, furnishing, or other|
decorations. Some shingles come with it, but they are
not like in the picture
– you need to sand the pieces a lot to not get splinters and
to assemble the pieces
|Hours to Make||About 14 hours|
3. Cake diary by Cutebee
This Cake Shop DIY kit from a cute brand called Cutebee is fairly easily made by beginners.
Don’t the little cakes look delicious?
|Scale||1: 24, but more like 1:22|
|Pro’s||– great step-by step manual|
– from 14 years and up
– easy to assemble
– lots of fun miniature items
– comes with a music box
|Contra’s||– You need extra tools, especially for Cutebee kits|
– glue and batteries are not included either
– no dust cover included
|Hours to Make||15 hours and up|
4. Robotime’s Sams’ Study
This bookstore called Sams’ Study was one of the first modern dollhouse kits that I assembled myself.
Besides a few issues (the chair) and the looong work on the books, this kit is quite easy to do for a beginner.
|Pro’s||– Besides the upholstering of the chair, this kit is easy to assemble|
– This is a well-known kit on social media, so there is a lot of
help out there if you need it. My place, for example;-)
– the pieces fit together well/quality kit
|Contra’s||– lots of books lol|
– no dust cover
– can take a while to finish
|Hours to Make||it took me about 25 hours|
5.A tiny Putz Brownstone kit
Maybe not thàt easy as these are tiny, tiny, and tiny haha, but on the other hand if you would like to start with something special, this would be a good choice and very unique.
These buildings are approximately
4 1/2″ tall
3 1/4″ from front to back – NOT including the stairs
2 1/2″ wide.
|Brand||Aged With Time|
|Pro’s||– unique and tiny kits|
– very easy to assemble and fast
– you can paint them in any color you like
– handmade craftsmanship
|Contra’s||– they are less sturdy because they are from cardboard|
|Hours to Make||5 hours|
6. Peaceful time little dollhouse
If you would like a complete dollhouse with 2 floors instead of a boombox to start out with, this dollhouse kit could be something for you.
|Scale||This is more like 1:48, although it says 1:24|
|Pro’s||– sturdy materials|
– easy to assemble
– quality kit
|Contra’s||– No batteries or glue included|
– the instructions could be better
– it takes some time to assemble
– you need extra tools
|Hours to Make||24|
7. Forest Time by Cutebee
Another easy one by Cutebee is “Forest time”.
I tend to find the DIY kits from Cutebee easier than most other big brands, but this one looks very easy to do. Hardly any wirework and lots of wooden pieces to just assemble and done 🙂
|Scale||1:24 but more like 1:22|
|Pro’s||– I love that this a little house with a roof, that isn’t |
always the case
– this is not a big and overwhelming kit, you can take
your time to enjoy the process
– pictures are easy to follow
|Contra’s||– English translation is a bit of|
– the wall lamp is a little bit fiddly to make
|Hours to Make||14 hours|
8. Mini Tree House Engraved
Looking for something unique instead of the big brands? How about this cute little engraved and laser cut miniature tree house?
True that these are a little more expensive, because of the more expensive procedure laser cutting procedure, but that is what makes these DIY kits unique!
Have you seen my fairy garden houses by the way?
|Brand||Home Delights GB|
|Scale||47cm Tall x 18cm Deep x 37cm Wide|
Base Stand: 18cm x 16.5cm
Opening Door Dimensions: 6.5cm Tall x 6cm Wide
|Pro’s||– Handmade craftmansship|
– fits together well because of the laser cut parts
– very easy to assemble
– unique DIY kit
|Contra’s||– you could keep it blank, which looks nice like that,|
but if you want something colorful and “real -looking”,
you need to decorate it, which can be tough for
beginners in the miniature world
|Hours to Make||the undecorated piece should be easily made in |
a few hours
9. A dollhouse in a picture frame: Warm Dawn
How about this DIY mini kit in a picture frame?
This doesn’t take a lot of time and neither is it difficult to do.
The brand on Amazon says “Flever” dollhouse kit, but I don’t think that is actually true.
I would rather think it is from Robotime or Cutebee, but this time I’m not quite sure about it, sorry!
|Brand||“Flever” (probably not)|
|Pro’s||– Quick and easily made|
– if you don’t have a lot of space in your home,
you can still have miniatures on your wall 😉
– very affordable DIY dollhouse kit
|Contra’s||– the hanger hole to hang up the frame was larger|
then the screw, and thus hard to get screws in.
|Hours to Make||about 8 hours|
My Final Conclusion.
I hope that you enjoyed this blog post on the top 9 modern dollhouse kits for beginners!
If you have any more questions about this topic, please feel free to ask them below in the comment section or join me on my social media pages or Facebook group.
I wish you happy crafting!