Do you have a little girl in your life longing for a doll house? If you do, you do not have to spend tens of dollars on buying it, instead you can make it yourself. If it’s a present, you can make it yourself and then give it to the child. I however feel that it would be a better gift if you worked on the doll house together with your child. It would be a fun project, into which she concentrates her energy. At the end of the efforts, she will appreciate the item more and she will even remember the experience for the rest of her life.

The first thing you need to do is a plan. Look at the dolls the child has; how many of them should fit in the doll house and how big are they? Based on these, you should be able to determine the size of the house, as well as the proportions. Then, plan the rooms. Generally, it should be fine if the doll house respected the norms of a human house, by having at least a kitchen, a dining room, a living room, two or three bedrooms, two hallways, three bathrooms and a garage. Still, you can improvise and adapt. But whatever you decide, draw down a plan – a real plan with measures, proportions and everything.

Gather up the materials. You could make the house structure from soft narrow wooden boards, or you could use resilient cardboards. You will also need paint, textiles and glue.

Begin construction. Assemble your primary commodity (the wooden boards or the cardboards) by first cutting wall shapes and then putting them together to form the house; then divide the house to make the rooms. Remember that you only need exterior walls on one part of the house, the other remaining will be open for access. Also, make the roof.

Once you have created the house and the rooms, get to painting. Use whatever colors the child prefers. Use different colors for the outside, the inside (even the rooms can be painted in different colors) and the roof. The doll house should not be subjected to harsh conditions, so you do not need to spend a lot on expensive paint. Also, if the child participates in the painting, make sure you get something as non-toxic as possible.

Cut the textile material in small pieces and fix them in the windows, to serve their role as curtains. Finally, for the pieces of furniture, you can use the toys that may have come with the dolls, or you can use remains from textiles, cardboard and paint to make beds, chairs and others.