How to make a cardboard dollhouse

Banish rainy day boredom with a cardboard craft. These dollhouse apartments are fun to build and decorate.

How to make a cardboard dollhouse

Photo: Erik Putz

make a cardboard dollhouse


  • Flat cardboard to make 5 walls as shown (we cut ours 12 x 12-in. square)
  • Gift wrap for wallpaper
  • Metal ruler
  • Utility knife
  • Duct tape (try fun colours!)
  • Glue stick

How to make a cardboard dollhousePhoto: Erik Putz

Step 1

For each apartment, cut 5 square walls (we did 12 x 12 in.). Glue gift wrap to 1 side and trim. This step is the most time-consuming, but the rest goes pretty quickly!

Tip: If you’d rather paint the walls, you must do both sides or the cardboard will warp.

How to make a cardboard dollhousePhoto: Erik Putz


Step 2

Secure the walls with small bits of duct tape just to hold the structure together. (Don’t worry if it feels wobbly or there are little gaps—the next step will secure your box nicely!) The gift-wrapped side should face in.

How to make a cardboard dollhousePhoto: Erik Putz

Step 3

Duct-tape all outside seams and press firmly. If you want to create a more permanent structure, you can tape the apartments together.

How to make a cardboard dollhousePhoto: Erik Putz


Now it’s time to decorate! Mix and match new and vintage doll furniture for a custom look. Make a bubble chair from half of a clear plastic ornament and submerge string in white glue and wrap around a balloon to make a modern pendant light.

dollhouse made from cardboard boxesPhoto: Erik Putz

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This article was originally published on Feb 21, 2017

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Mandy is the co-founder and creative director at Hemme Custom in Toronto, Ontario. Her work can also be found in MSN Canada and Chatelaine