DIY Dollhouse Furniture

Do you have a little one who loves to play house?

DIY Doll Furniture - An Everyday StoryI was wandering about a toy store last Christmas trying to decide on a gift for my daughter Sarah (2.5yrs). She is still at the wonderful age where I can take her along to the toy store and she is none the wiser.

On this particular occasion, as I picked up this and that I noticed that Sarah had spent the entire time playing with a dollhouse. As she chatted away, she put little people to bed and others took baths. Her sweet reenactments of our daily lives very quickly helped me decide on a gift. Β Sarah plays with her dollhouse everyday. Taking care of ‘her kids’ is her favourite game.

Now a dollhouse just simply wouldn’t be complete without furniture. These tiny chairs and tables are beautiful in their simplicity. They take next to no time to make and are free; being made from beautifully textured branches.

How to make dollhouse furniture

How to make dollhouse furniture - An Everyday StoryYou’ll need:

  • some branches – at least wide enough to fit your child’s little dolls
  • a saw
  • a chisel
  • a hammer
  • some sandpaper

How to make a chair:

  1. using the saw, Β make a cut where you would like the top of your chair seat
  2. cut about 2/3 of the way through the branch – this will be your seat
  3. make a series of cuts up the branch
  4. using the chisel and hammer, gently chisel out the cuts – this will be the back of your chair
  5. give your little one some sandpaper and have them help you sand the chair smooth

How to make a stool:

  1. simply cut your branch to the height you want for the stool
  2. sand your stool

How to make a table:

  1. using a thicker branch simply cut a thick slice to make a table
  2. use the sandpaper to smooth

Easy DIY Dollhouse Furniture - An Everyday Story

Once you’ve made your first set, your mind will be buzzing with ideas for making new additions. You could make:

  • a little bed from a long thin slice
  • or use some twine and some smaller branches to make a clothes line
  • add a fabric scrap for a rug
  • some upturned acorn caps for bowls and some little wood chips for plates

Natural DIY Dollhouse Furniture - An Everyday Story

See.

Buzzing with ideas.

And if you have older children, this would be a wonderful project for them to take creative control over as they fill their dollhouse with beautiful, natural furniture.

16 Comments

  1. What a great idea! Did you dry the wood? Or treat it with anything?

  2. I love this idea! We often go outside, and find a big tree or a unusual crevice and play farm animals and set up a scene, your ideas will be such fun to implement in our games! Thanks, I love following your blog. From Lawrie, fireflyfarmadventures.blogspot.com

  3. This is so completely amazingly awesome and I feel soooo lame for never thinking of this myself before! Thank you so much for the post πŸ™‚ I love the natural look and that it doesn’t cost $20 a set! πŸ™‚

  4. This is such pretty furniture! I would be wonderful to give as a Christmas gift.

  5. Thank you πŸ™‚ Nope just a regular old branch left over from some garden pruning. It was in the yard for a month or so though so might have dried out a little.

  6. That’s a lovely idea. My children like to set up little imaginary play scenes outside in the garden. It always makes me smile when I see them doing this, I remember setting up my own when I was a child πŸ™‚

  7. πŸ™‚ I love the natural look too. We bought Sarah a kitchen set and bedroom when we bought the dollhouse but I love these natural ones so much more. I’ll think we’ll be making new items from now on πŸ™‚

  8. I love these. I just traipsed home a whole heap of branches I found on the side of the road after some wild weather here. We don’t have a doll’s house but I wonder if I’ll have enough to create some fairy furniture.

  9. These are wonderful! I love the natural look! For Christmas this year, I am making a bunch of wood presents (a la Mama May I) for my boys and their cousins. I think I just might have to include some branches! Thanks for the idea.

  10. I love it! Such a lovely set. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  11. Thanks Steph πŸ™‚ They actually turned out much better than I was expecting. Jack and Sarah love them too πŸ™‚

  12. Hi Kaly πŸ™‚ I hoping to make some lovely wooden pressies this year too πŸ™‚ I’d love to see what you make πŸ™‚

  13. Ilse de Kreij says:

    Love this! How did you do the bottles?

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