Building a kids doll house can be a relaxing hobby, as well as a fun project – and an ideal opportunity to get the children involved, encouraging creativity and imagination. It’s a project that can provide many fun-filled hours for the whole family, and at the end of it, there’s a great sense of pride and achievement at having built something wonderfully enchanting.
Whether you’re a mom or a dad, bring back a little magic in your life by building a kids doll house with your family. Here are some ideas on how to get started:
1. Tools Needed
Building a kids doll house is a simple construction so very few tools are needed. Most doll houses can be made out of plywood, so the most elaborate tool needed is a jigsaw. You can use a hand jigsaw, but a power jigsaw is advisable.
2. Plans for you doll house
Dollhouses, by the very nature of their diminutive size as well as play area access, need careful planning and thought. You may already have some ideas formed in your mind about how you want your dollhouse to look, and may therefore decide to design it yourself. However, if this is your first project, it may be advisable to do a little research online first to get ideas.
Another advisable route is to download a plan, which can be instantly printed out. This will save a great deal of time and head scratching, and will avoid mistakes. Basically, the plan is a cutting list that gives you the exact dimensions for cutting out each piece of the little house.
Another benefit of downloading plans is that they usually come with detailed instructions on how to construct the house.
Most dollhouses are simply constructed out of plywood. A single sheet of plywood (4 x 8 foot) is more than ample. You can either do the cutting yourself (with a jigsaw) or you can take your cutting list to your local hardware store and, for a fee, they will do the cutting for you. Keep in mind that cutting out the pieces can be a great opportunity for dad and the boys to get involved.
4. Time needed to finish the project
The time needed to finish the project obviously depends on the complexity of the construction, and the amount of time you are able to spend on the project each evening, or on weekends. The object, though, is not to rush through the project as quickly as possible, but rather to take your time and enjoy the process with your children.
Warning: building dollhouses may become addictive! This may be your first, but chances are it won’t be your last!