For this project, keep the construction of the dollhouse simple, then get as creative (or keep it as basic) as you wish with decorating your house. Kids of all age ranges will love this project!


  • one shoebox
  • 5 cardboard tubes (i.e. toilet paper rolls)
  • 1 cereal box
  • paint and paintbrushes
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks


    1. rsz_step_2_stack_4_paper_rollsOpen up an empty shoebox and turn it on its side.

    2. Stand four cardboard tubes up next to the shoebox.

    3. rsz_step_4_top_paper_rolls_with_cardboard_squareCut a large rectangle out of your cereal box and fold it in half widthwise to make a roof for your house.

    4. Cut out a square of cereal box cardboard and place it on top of the paper rolls.

    5. rsz_step_5_fold_a_cardboard_rectangleFold a rectangular piece of cardboard in two places to form a reclining type chair.

    6. Cut a cardboard tube in half and top it with a small cardboard square to form a table.

    7. rsz_step_6_make_a_tableNext, paint anything you want. Paint the cardboard tubes, paint the cardboard furniture, paint the roof. You can get as detailed here or keep it as simple as you like. You can paint windows in the house or other decor, too.


    Gather your dolls and enjoy your new dollhouse!

Caroline Gravino Urdaneta, a PBS Parents resident crafter, is a designer of creative family projects, tinkering painter and mother of four children. She writes about project ideas for the whole family and how to encourage creativity in kids on the popular blog, Salsa Pie and shares videos on the PBS Parents YouTube Channel. Subscribe HERE.

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  • Georgina

    I agree! One of the most important thing is that we have to let our kids realize that failure and mistakes are just nothing, they should not be embarrassed about it. On a blog I read there are also some activities listed there, a guide to unlock creativity in our children. Well, you know what they say not all children are born equally. But we always help them out to be better! :)

  • iworkforthestate

    Good article! Makes a lot of sense.