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Recycling Craft- Doll House Making Tutorial

Doll House Making
Dear friends sharing a recycling craft tutorial I had Guest posted some time back  at my friend Yvonne's blog !
I made this doll house with my then 5 year old daughter who loves to craft with me.We decorated our doll house with quilling and handmade punchcraft flowers .
Doll House Making
How to recycle a Box into a House
You can recycle any box into a doll house! At the top part of your box draw a horizontal line and drop a vertical from its center to reach the roof as shown. Draw sloping lines from the sides to meet the top center and you have made the shape of your doll house
Doll House Making
Use a knife or scissors to cut down from the top corner to meet the horizontal line as shown.Bend the flap  inwards at the line earlier drawn as shown to make the front of your doll house
Doll House Making
Do the same cutting and folding for the other 3 top corners of your box and you will have 4 triangular flaps as shown
Doll House Making
Bend the side wall at the level of the horizontal line and fold down the rectangular shaped flap as shown
Doll House Making
Stick the side wall flaps to the triangular flaps from the front and back of the house and the basic frame work of your doll house is ready.
Doll House Making
My little one wanted the door to swing open and fortunately the cardboard was strong enough to withstand our architectural efforts!
Doll House Making
Make a roof by bending some cardboard over your doll house or measure out 2 roof pieces and glue them   over the doll house
Doll House Making
If you want to make a detachable roof so that you have a house shaped box here is the tutorial link : House shaped box.Here is my young architect decorating her cardboard doll house and enjoying our recycling craft.
Doll House Making
Our roof has 2 pieces of corrugated card glued down in the middle with pattern paper. I used a Fiskars punch [ Thank You Priya!] to make the lacy roof of the doll house.We also added some homemade fabric bows and punchcraft flowers.
Doll House Making
My daughter wanted a window so hand cut a window and hid the jagged edges using corrugated paper and jazzed up the wall with some quilling.
Doll House Making
The other side of the house too has some punched flowers and quilling
Recycling craft
Here is our cardboard doll house in our garden ready to play with. If you keep the decoration minimal,making these cardboard doll houses is quite a quick craft for a school project, an xmas tree decoration or just to pretty up your house with a fabulous recycling craft.
Recycling craft
I know most of my old followers have seen this Doll House as its one of my most popular ones [it had won top 3 at  4 different challenges] but I have never shared the tutorial on my blog before so just reviving a favorite recycling project with an extra zing!
This tutorial was featured on Totally Tutorials
Here are some House Shaped Boxes with the tutorial links
Here is another  link to House shaped box making tutorial - the lid comes off and you can use it as a box
And another House shaped box made by recycling a chocolate box: House shaped Box Tutorial
Box Making Tutorial

61 comments:

  1. What a pretty doll house in pretty shades of pink and purple! As usual, an awesome creation.. Love the hand made flowers. :)

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  2. Thank you Sindhu..this was a very special project!

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  3. Lovely! Your daughter will certainly turn out to be a great crafter when she grows up!

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    1. Thank you Leanne I hope she continues crafting as its such a good stress buster!

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  4. Gorgeous and pretty doll house !!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Angelin

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  5. pretty project for pretty daughters .lovely ,beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much for such a sweet comment Megha

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  6. its amazing to see such boxes turned into such a gorgeous house.... awesome

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    1. Thank you Bhawana..even the useless toothpaste boxes can be made into cute houses!

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  7. Wow, very lovely and so creative ! hugs, Marion

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  8. Amazing what you can do with a box. I especially like the door and rooftop. The pearl is so cute for the door handle. A super recycle!

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  9. Wow ! Pretty doll house and lovely colors and awesome recycling !

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  10. Wow so beautiful!you know the more I see your work the more I feel guilty of not being a good mother and at the same time you inspire tooo, being a working mother is no excuse isn't it .kindly give tips on time management

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  11. Hey Sonia I haven't seen your earlier project so this one is the first time I am seeing your dollhouse and I just loved it!! I have been making dollhouses for some time and my efforts always fizzle out. Yours is really pretty and is just a treat for the eyes. Wonderful photography too. I will make some furniture for your little one's dollhouse when we meet which will hopefully be very soon.
    Crafting Till The Crack of Dawn

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    1. Thank you Sunehra..the blog photography is always in my balcony as its the only place with good lighting! And yes I hope we can meet up soon.

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    2. Dr Sonia - I love the tutorial projects on your site. So glad and grateful to have found it. Kudos to you for making time in what I assume is a busy/challenging schedule as both a surgeon and mother for your creative side! If you hadn't gone into surgery, you'd have thrived equally as an artist, honestly. xx Thanks for sharing with all of us!

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  12. Wow wow wow, you are incredibly creative. Beautiful little pink house. Your daughter is very lucky :)

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  13. That's a very beautiful doll house and I'm surprised to know that it is made out of box.

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  14. This little house is too cute. Love the colors. She did a great job with the embellishments. She is a crafter like her mom.

    Have a great day.
    Hugs Nana
    ♥ My Crafting Channel ♥

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  15. I remember this and dont mind looking at it again, you and your Daughter are a great team, hope she continues to create with you as she grows up !!!!
    Paula

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  16. wow!! very pretty!! Lovely colors and creative ideas :)

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  17. You and your sweet daughter are amazing at recycled projects!! You took a box and made it gorgeous!! I love the birdhouse!! The details are fabulous!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  18. That is Adorable! Thank you for sharing :)

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  19. So delightful Sonia...love the quilling details and gorgeous colours...beautiful project.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  20. Hallo, liebe Sonia, schon wieder eine wunderschöne Zusammenarbeit von Mutter und Tochter. Das Puppenhaus ist einfach zauberhaft!!!!
    Liebe Grüsse, Ulla

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  21. Very clever use of a box, for sure! And you created such a beautiful little house--love it! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

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  22. This is just gorgeous Sonia!!! LOVE all the beautiful quilling and that taking a box can be made so gorgeous!!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Oh wow this turned out really gorgeous Sonia!! I love your clever design with these projects! :) Thanks for sharing!! Have a happy day! Smiles and Hugs - *Vicki*
    *My Blog* - Stamp Smiles

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  24. Wow, just a big WOW Sonia... I'm dazzled over your house that both of you had put together.... It's so adorable... That quilling is awesome, love the colors, all the details... Super super cute....

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  25. Its Awesome sonia...U are excellent and junior sonia is getting ready.It is superb.I like the ping shade..

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  26. love each nd every corner of ur pretty house Sonia...really a wooow project..!!
    nd convey my sweet regards to your little cute architect...
    hugs
    LEKHA

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  27. What a very lovely dollhouse!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  28. oh how fabulous is this .. its so cute
    Lisa x

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  29. Ahhh this is sooo pretty,real estate sell it for $1000,000,000 dollars.But don't sell it to pretty You do some most prettiest things around.Love them hope keep up awlsome job..Thank's Cookie17----(love your little helper to)

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  30. Lovely doll house...I would have Loved it as a kid...(well.. also as an adult)...!!
    those tiny flower lamp shades are toocute...!!!

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  31. lovely and so illustrative tutorial Dr.
    u r wonderful...
    And here i am to say you thank you for all the lovely comments that you drop in while visiting my blog....Thanks a ton dear as they mean a lot to me

    Aparna
    http://aparnamagotra.blogspot.in/

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  32. Awesome Work..Lovely and pretty pink house :)

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  33. Fantastic project Sonia..Loz

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  34. Очень красивый домик!

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  35. Dr. your tutorials are always well explained with great pictures of every step..thanks for sharing !!

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    1. Thank you so much Poornima..I myself prefer picture tutorials so only try to take step by step pictures!

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  36. Wow! I love your doll house! It's so beautiful!! I really like the colors and all the flowers! Thank you for your comment at my blog. :)

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  37. This is freakin' fabulous!!! I'm going to have to try this!

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  38. very pretty Dr sonia. How you turn a plain simple paper into a beautiful piece of art is amazing. Someday when I will get the passion for paper craft, will definitely look for your tutorials. Thanks for sharing

    lots of luv
    moushumi

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  39. Doc you are just brilliant!

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  40. you are really awesome ! where do you buy the craft supplies in Bangalore ? you are inspiring me to create something !

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    1. Meenaxi I keep a look out for beads and lace in fancy stores and pick up foam and felt from Auchan Mantri mall. Staples shops across the city stock cardstock .My local super market in Sahakaranagar called Big Market often stocks foam and punchcraft paper at economic rates. Other exclusive stores for craft items are Itsy Bitsy and Devi and Co.

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  41. you are simply awesome ! you are inspiring me to create something! where do you get your craft supplies in bangalore ?

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    1. Meenaxi thank you. Check out this post :
      Craft Supply stores

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  42. doc... I want a doll's house just like this one... please make one for me... :P

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  43. This is so beautiful it always amzes me what you can make from recycled materials. i love the colors and all the flowers
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes March Linky Party
    DIANA L.
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

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  44. This is recycling at its best. Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs, Drora

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  45. wow this is just amazing.My kid loves to do such crafts and she is 5yr old. Lately we have been doing this Project for school (Landform - Island).I don't know whether we are going to win a prize or not but we really enjoyed working on this.Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial I will definetly try.

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  46. This doll is so cute and the colours I just love it. Just now I showed it to my kids and she is very excited and she want this doll house. Amazing work.We have just finished a school project on lanforms - island and don't know we will win the prize or not but both of us enjoyed working on it. Thank you so much for sharing such beautiful craft

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    1. Pavani thank you so much!! I am sure you will have lots of fun making doll houses!!
      You have a great cooking blog

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  47. Absolutely gorgeous!! We used to have a scrapbooking store near us called the "Purple Paper house" is was just the best to buy scrapping goodness from..Love your work.

    New challenge blog
    http://offtherailsscrapbooking.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping by Amanda

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  48. Soniaji,i cudnt find 3mm white color quilling strips anywhere.I hav a mini paper shredder,does normal A4 sheets look good for ear rings?

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    1. Geethu use your shredder to cut the white paper but normal A 4 is slightly flimsy.If you can use slightly thicker paper it will be easier to make your coils.Tight coils wont be a problem but the other ones may not be sturdy enough wit with the normal A 4 paper.Try white chart paper

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