An easy tutorial for how to hand-paint an old wooden dollhouse and turn it into a unique and beautiful DIY gift. Affiliate links in post.
My friends, allow me to level with you here: this dollhouse is my secret shame. Okay, shame is a bit harsh – it’s my biggest disappointment, maybe? Two of our friends are pregnant with their first child (super exciting!) so I wanted to make them something special as a gift.
If you followed my old blog, you may remember that I converted a wooden dollhouse into an advent calendar for Christmas . . . without really considering what I was going to do with said dollhouse afterward.
So, when I found out that our friends were having a little girl, a fun way to upcycle the dollhouse popped into my head!
One: I obviously wanted the dollhouse to be pretty. It’s quite large, so I didn’t want it to be a massive eyesore in their home. However, I also wanted to create something imaginative.
What I settled on was Sienna’s street. Each of the dollhouse rooms is a different shop – and the loft room can work as a home. I remember as a child loving to create my own little “businesses” and having my toys run restaurants – so I thought this could be a fun idea!
One of the shop windows is left blank; my friend had the idea that one day Sienna could draw her own shop in and I just loved that.
The other shops were: a patisserie, a toy shop and (of course) a plant store! Is the plant store my favourite? Of course it is.
What You Need To Recreate This
- A flat wooden dollhouse
- Paint pens in assorted colours
- Base colour paint (either spray paint or wall-paint samples works great for this)
If you’re a serial crafter like I am, you’ll probably have the majority of these materials already!
How I Made It:
Alas, as I said at beginning of the post, this is not a craft I’m entirely happy with.
Due to my rather sudden move to Canada, I didn’t have time to finish anything other than the front of the dollhouse. While I love how that turned out, I would’ve loved to finish all the rooms – and maybe even tried DIY paper furniture. Oh well! It’s the thought that counts.
Anyways, as half complete as this DIY dollhouse is, I still think it made an adorable gift. Whether you have children of your own, or you want to make this for a friend/family member’s kid, I definitely recommend giving it a try.
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With that, my friends, we shall end at the end! I hope you enjoyed this post – would you ever attempt something like this yourself one day? Do you prefer a traditional dollhouse idea or would you create a little street too? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
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