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 Tools

Please 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.
  • Power drill, corded or battery powered.
  • Jigsaw, essential for cutting curves.
  • Tenon saw, also known as a back saw.
  • Woodworking clamps
  • Sharp woodworking chisel, 19mm (3/4")
  • Drill bits - 8mm twist drill and 40mm spade bit.
  • A set of compasses, pencil, and combination square .
  • Sharp utility knife and steel ruler.
  • Sanding block, 120 and 240 grit garnet sandpaper and 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper.
  • Two paint brushes.
  • Workbench with vice and holdfast, or a Black & Decker Workmate.

Materials List

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.

Cutting List

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.

  • 1 piece birch plywood 400 by 400 by 6mm (bottom floor)
  • 1 piece birch plywood 350 by 350 by 6mm (middle floor)
  • 2 pieces birch plywood 300 by 170 by 6mm (roof)
  • 1 piece birch plywood 375 by 350 by 6mm (gable wall A)
  • 1 piece birch plywood 385 by 350 by 6mm (ridge wall B)
  • 6 pieces birch plywood 140 by 130 by 6mm (stairs)
  • 4 x 20mm lengths of 8mm dowel



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Step-by-step Instructions

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.

Photo 1 dolls house plans Carefully mark out the board after studying the plans to see how everything fits together. The set of compasses are useful for marking out parallel lines. Shade the waste areas to be sure you cut on the right side of the pencil lines.
Photo2 Dolls House Plans Cutting long straight lines with a jigsaw can be tricky. Aim to cut just a fraction off the line on the waste side. Go real slow, time spent getting it right saves time trying to fix it later. It should be easy to shave off the high spots with a sheet of 120 grit sandpaper or a smoothing plane.
Photo3 Dolls House Plans Drill pilot holes for the doors and roof slots. It's a good idea to scribe the lines with a sharp knife before cutting with a jigsaw. See this woodworking tip.
Photo4 Dolls House Plans It is important to cut the slots as accurately as possible for a good fit. Scribe one side with a sharp knife, use a scrap piece to measure then scribe the other side. Aim for a slot that is no more than 6.5mm wide. 
free doll house plans stair120 The stairs are made by laminating three pieces together. The dowels are used to keep the pieces aligned while the glue dries. Drill the hole for the arch using the spade bit. The steps may be cut using a tenon saw if you don't have a bandsaw.
Photo5 Doll house plans Run through a trial fitting of the two walls. If the slots are too tight, wrap sandpaper around a scrap piece to adjust the slots.
Photo6 doll house plans Test fit the floors over the two walls. They should sit flat on all of the support steps. Once again, you might need to adjust the slots with sandpaper wrapped around a piece of scrap MDF.
Photo7 Doll House Plans With all the pieces fitting together properly, round off all the edges with a sanding block. Now it is ready for painting. Paint each part separately using colours of your choice.

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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Woodworking Tip

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

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