One of our readers shared the photos of her daughter, Annika’s dollhouse. Annika has five dolls: Kirsten, Jess, Nicki, AG 27 (Ally), and Emily. She has really gotten into the doll collecting, watching the youtube videos on line, shopping at thrift stores for stuff for her dolls, and crafting. Most of what is in the house is not AG.
The house is in her room in a strange nook area by her door that was not very usuable. The dollhouse is 4 ft by 2 feet by 8 feet (6 feet to top of 3rd floor).
Annika saved her money and bought all of the wood for the doll house. It coast around $70. The roof is hinged and has storage under it and the shingles are made from garden edging.
Bedroom one- shared by three dolls (has a mattress under the bottom bunk). Bunk beds found at garage sale for $2 and I made the bedding for her after she picked out fabric (and paid for by herself) at the fabric store. The carpet is just left over from a DIY project in our home.
All of the wall paint is also left over paint from around the house. The desk is Kit’s desk a gift she got for Easter. Lighting is a locker light.
Bedroom two- Trundle bed is made from old baby doll bunk bed that we took apart and repurposed. It has a mattress underneath and I made the bedding. The dresser is a painted old jewelry box from a thrift store, mirror is from dollar store, lamp is air freshener, window is a picture frame with a picture from a calendar behind it.
Living Room- We made the fireplace following myfroggystuff directions and glued real twigs together and put flickering Halloween tealights behind them so it looks like it is really on.
We made the couch and ottoman out of scrap wood and batting and old cabinet knobs for feet. We made the window seats out of scrap wood and they are great for extra storage. The chair is an AG flip chair from Ebay. The flooring is stick on tile that looks like wood planks. The windows are made from picture frames with a picture of a street in town behind it.
We are still deciding on what kind of curtains to hang. There are four tap lights from the dollar store on the ceiling and the coffee table is an old jewelry box. The TV is an empty DVD case with different screen shots printed from google image and stored inside so you can “change the channel”. Case is velcroed to the wall so that the scenes can easily be changed. Idea came from Myfroggystuff.com. The grandfather clock was found at thrift store and it actually works!
Bathroom- Our generation bathtub set. Made the shower to look like the AG one with fabric, a metal ring, and some left over odds and ends from the garage. The vanity is made from a little set of drawers found at a garage sale for $.50 then we added a glass bowl and a pump from a soap dispenser for the faucet and different odds and ends for the handles. The tile is real ceramic tile left over from a project and the toilet was found at a thrift store- it is a bank and it actually makes flushing sounds.
The vanity sconces really light up and are book lights painted silver from the dollar store.
Laundry/craft room- Partial Laundry set from OG bought off Ebay. Found the closet at thrift store and use for coats, boots, umbrellas, etc. Recovered Ironing board with scrap fabric. Made craft table from scrap luan wood and small plastic tubs for drawers from dollar store.
Made the sewing machine from directions from Karen mom of three. My daughter made the easel with left over cardboard. Still need to pin stuff on corkboard on wall (from the AG school set). Window is picture frame with google image of horses that look just like the ones in the stable next door.
Kitchen/Dining Room- OG kitchen set. Peel and stick vinyl wood flooring. OG table and chairs plus wicker bench from garage sale painted white. Locker chandelier. China hutch is jewelry box that was free at garage sale.
Patio- Contact paper flooring. Wicker chair was cut apart and made into table and chair as per instructions at doll-it-up.com. Made the grill using two plastic red bowls and a camera easel from the dollar store- wheels are medicine bottle caps and handles are empty spools. The railing is made from the baby doll bunk bed that was taken apart to make bedroom two’s bed.
Stable- Door is made from babydoll bunk bed that was taken apart. Inside has shelf with party favor trophies and a riding hat.
Blue mailbox is attached to back of stable found at thrift store.
We are hoping to possibly add one more bedroom above the stable and then put the patio on top of that since the house is crowded and Annika is currently saving up for Saige who will need a room! We may have that new room accessed from the side instead so that it is easier to play in- it will have an exterior wall with cut out window facing front and we are thinking of trying to make a loft bed for that room like McKenna’s.
This has been such an enjoyable activity for me and my daughter to share. I remember playing for hours with my small doll house and making things for it all the time and I find joy in watching my daughter doing the same. It is a great way for her to be creative and I am happy she has interest in such a wholesome activity!