Happy Monday to all! You know, I’ve always been fascinated by dollhouses, and more importantly, the Items of Extreme Smallness that dwell within them. I was given an immense dollhouse when I was seven, and I saved it all of my life to give to my child. (Boy or girl, it didn’t matter, someone was going to get my dollhouse someday!) I’ll show you pictures of it in a post coming shortly.
Today though, I want to show you some dollhouse ideas that are a bit off the beaten path – I figure anyone can go find a dollhouse they fancy and there are so many wonderful choices out there! But these ideas below are special and different. Some are DIY and some are available ready to purchase but all are memorable.
The Land of Nod has a BLOG; it’s called Honest to Nod. And guess what, it’s fabulous! There is a wonderful make-your-own dollhouse tutorial that I highly suggest you check out. Look below, aren’t these darling? And what I really extra love is that this activity seems within my crafting capabilities, which are really limited.
Here’s the icing on the craft for me, and I’m wondering why such a simple idea never crossed my mind – how cool is it to glue on yarn as embellishment around the window frames and as a décor feature? Don’t you love the yarn “grass” and “flowers”?
Here’s a picture from the new Land of Nod catalog. See the dollhouses on top of the hutch and the little one on the floor? I am so enchanted by them!
And take a peek at these dollhouses from the all-things-wonderfully-Scandinavian shop Huset – I think these miniature brownstones are so unique and special! They also lend themselves to DIY flair, as the little houses can be drawn on with crayons and markers or wallpapered. I love the idea of dollhouses doubling as a tiny little city.
(Wallpapering dollhouse walls is fun!! Except not really at midnight on Christmas Eve, when I decided that my dollhouse needed new wallpaper before it was presented to Julia on Christmas morning.)
I’m completely smitten with this lovely from Upon a Fold – it’s a pop-up dollhouse! Apparently all you do is punch out the pieces from tabs and insert them together – no tape, scissors or glue required! There’s something about the simple purity of this one that I just adore.
Do you all know about the King of Crafts, Joel Henriques? His blog, Made by Joel is just stunning. And INSPIRING! How simple, lovely and brilliant is his idea to make a platform dollhouse? This just knocks me out with its uncluttered beauty. SO great for the imagination to take stage, as opposed to the stuff.
I saw this cool take on a dollhouse idea last year on one of my favorite sites, Dinner A Love Story – it’s a hidden dollhouse! It hides on the back of a cabinet door! Again, such a brilliant idea and so easy to do. Jenny, the Mom o’ Awesome who keeps providing the most tasty recipes day after day (And she also has great kid book ideas!) came up with this fab plan to keep her daughters occupied while she was cooking. See below:
Jenny had her kids cut out pictures from her favorite decorating magazines and then tape them onto the back of the cabinet door, using painters tape to outline the individual “rooms”. Her daughters then used their paper dolls to hop about in and around the little world they had created!
I’ve got a few really special dollhouse books to discuss this week so come by and visit us for the rest of our tour of All Things Small. . .
(Image credits: blog.landofnod.com, Huset.com, Upon a Fold.com.au, Made by Joel.com, Dinner a Love Story.com)