Free Doll House Plans.
How to Make a Dolls House
Use these free doll house plans to make a doll house with a big difference. There are two versions of this plan, the first for barbie size dolls and the other for dolls up to six inches tall.
The difference with these plans is the fact that they come apart to store flat. Most barbie doll houses stand at least three feet tall and can present a storage problem.
A doll house is usually top of the list when you ask a little girl what they would like for a present. It's all too easy to buy a plastic doll house from a toy shop, so why not show how much you care by making one yourself. This is the best present you can give your child because you made it. The design is simple enough for anyone to make using only hand tools.
When I found this doll house plan in Quick & Easy Projects for the Weekend Carpenter by Alan & Gill Bridgewater, I liked the concept so much that I just had to share it.
The original doll house plans specify 6mm thick top quality birch plywood, but it's not always available, so I decided to use MDF instead. For the barbie dollhouse I would recommend a thickness of at least 9mm or 3/8"
It's not my favourite material to work with but it does have it's advantages, price and availability being two of them. It's not as robust as top quality birch plywood, but it will do in a pinch.
Solve the doll house storage problem.
A doll house can be a nuisance around the house. They tend to be bulky and difficult to store out of the way. This is a free doll house plan that comes apart and can be flat-packed for storage under the bed and out of the way. The parts are shaped so that it is easy enough for a child to learn to assemble.
Child Safe Paints.
The parts should be finished in child safe non-toxic paint. Check with the manufacturer to ensure the paint really is suitable for applying to children's toys - it must have no harmful effects if the toy is put into the mouth.
A less costly alternative is to use food colouring, which also has the advantage of being available in your local supermarket.
Essential ToolsPlease note the plans in the book show a scroll saw being used. I made mine using a jigsaw. Not the ideal solution, and a band saw would obviously be better if you already have one.
For the smaller version of this free doll house plan, use 6mm birch plywood, the best quality you can find. 6mm Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) can be used, but it may not withstand the knocks it receives in the normal course of play.
For the barbie doll size version, I would suggest using 9mm or 12mm thick birch plywood, or again, MDF. For decorating use child safe acrylic paint, colours of your choice. Food colouring is an option, but on MDF the colour does not come through that well.
For the barbie size version, use 2 sheets of 2.4m x 1.2m (8 x 4).
The following list is for the smaller version of the dollhouse.
Please note that these instructions refer to the smaller version of the two dolls houses. The method of construction for the babie size dolls house is similar, simply subsitute 2 sheets of 8x4 9mm MDF or good quality plywood.
I hope you enjoy making this Doll House as much as I have. Please feel free to circulate these Free Doll House Plans without any changes or amendments.
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This tip is for cutting rectangular holes in MDF. We all know about drilling a pilot hole to pass the blade through, and so on.
To cut clean holes, I scribe around the rectangle using a straight edge and a sharp utility knife. Make a few passes without too much pressure on the knife, just enough to cut it about half a millimeter deep. Using a jigsaw or a scrollsaw, cut about a millimeter off the scribed line on the waste side. The result is a tiny shelf that provides a key for the chisel to rest against when trimming up. Return