Dollhouse Project

Haunted Doll House

Just in time for Halloween, ghosts and goblins have moved into my doll house!

It was super scary for my granddaughters when the lights went out and there were glowing ghosts and pumpkin faces.

I had a family of Mellisa and Doug dolls that were not being used, so I turned them into Dracula, a witch, a mummy and Frankenstein boy.

The witch has a broom and vials of potions. It was fun for the girls to decide what magic things the potions would do. I was told next year she needs a cauldron and a black cat. We all could think of so many new additions for next years haunted house. Bats, black cats, goblins and a haunted graveyard next to the house….Years and years of Halloween fun!

Coffee Table

Recycling a Goodwill find, I made a coffee table with storage for the dollhouse.

I found this little wooden box with a beautiful carved top at a recent trip to thrift stores. I decided to use the base as a coffee table for the dollhouse. I removed the cork from the back of the box top to attached to my new table top. The medallion will be saved for another application.

For the top, I cut a 1/2″ section from a large cardboard tube and fit a piece of foamcore into it. I then glued coffee stir sticks across the top. They were easy to trim with an exacto knife once the glue had dried. After soaking some of the stir sticks in warm water, I used the same cardboard tube to bend them around for the edges of the table. I let them dry overnight clamped to the tube, then they were the perfect shape to glue around the table top. A coat of thin paint as a stain and several coats of poly finish and it was done.

Finished Dollhouse

The doll house is done and decorated….for the most part. It’s in it’s final resting place and ready for play anyway. There are, and probably always will be, things to add or make better….or repair😂. I also need to start on Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations.

I want this post to be mostly about the pictures. But as a reminder, this house is completely constructed (except for the refurbished base), completely of cardboard and paper mache. Everything in this doll house was made or repurposed by me with a few exceptions. I purchased wooden stir sticks for the floors, lights, and a set of dishes and pots and pans, for a total cost of around $30. The food and animals were made from polymer clay that I bought as a beginner set for $15. All of the cardboard, glue, paint, dyes, fabric etc., were already in my studio from many other projects. I also pulled from a stash of items I had saved for one reason or another (like napkin rings for lights, jewelry findings, the old book cover I used as paneling, etc) It truly is a recycle project. I think it may take up only a little less room as a whole than the pile of stuff that went into it, but it is much more pleasant to look at!

So, here it is before Helen and Margo show up for their play date today and totally redecorate….