$0 Dollhouse!

This project was a complete fluke….

It started because my girls were bugging me (incessantly) about getting new Littlest Pet Shop toys (LPS).  They are constantly asking if we can go to Toys R Us, or Target, or garage sales, or if they can trade with friends.
When they’re not begging they’re watching LPS videos on YouTube.

Not the cartoon that’s on TV – these are the MTV version:



This song is cute – it’s the only video that I can stand on repeat.

They have a ton of LPS characters already and 4 or 5 houses that I’ve picked up at garage sales, but it’s not enough….
they want more…
and I’m tired.

The other day they were hounding me again, so I told them to go find a cardboard box.

We then sat down and chose pictures from my House & Home magazines of nice interiors and ripped them out

Kid's crafts - make your own dollhouse from a cardboard box and magazine clippings!

and glued them to the inside of the boxes.

Okay, okay, the idea is not completely original – we all made dioramas in school – but I hadn’t thought of them as a source of dollhouse entertainment.

This is Chloe’s gorgeous living room (we had to add the floor poof afterwards because the page ripped).

Kid's crafts - make your own dollhouse from a cardboard box and magazine clippings!

The magazine had a two page spread, so it’s kind of seamless on the side.

Kid's crafts - make your own dollhouse from a cardboard box and magazine clippings!

These aren’t big boxes we’re talking about – in fact, the ones the girls are using are about the size of my hand.

Kid's crafts - make your own dollhouse from a cardboard box and magazine clippings!

This is Madison’s living room.  She’s planning on adding a vase of flowers to cover over the skull on the coffee table. 

Kid's crafts - make your own dollhouse from a cardboard box and magazine clippings!

She has a gorgeous view of the water;

Kid's crafts - make your own dollhouse from a cardboard box and magazine clippings!

Honestly, these houses are way better than my own!

Kid's crafts - make your own dollhouse from a cardboard box and magazine clippings!

They bring in their own accessories and the LPS characters live in these deluxe condos!

Kid's crafts - make your own dollhouse from a cardboard box and magazine clippings!
 
We’re going to keep an eye out in future magazines to see if there are any carpet or flooring ads that will be big enough to cover the bottom of the box. 
 
Kid's crafts - make your own dollhouse from a cardboard box and magazine clippings!

And when they’re done playing, you can put all the characters and accessories back into the box and close it up!

My efforts to appease my children, save my sanity and not spend any money were well received!

Kid's crafts - make your own dollhouse from a cardboard box and magazine clippings!
 
For now at least. lol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Have a great one!

2015-05-04T19:05:03-04:00July 13th, 2014|GAMES / FUN, KID'S CRAFTS, KIDS|4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Shaunacey Bonneville July 13, 2014 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    so smart and so cute!

  2. Jennifer Squires July 16, 2014 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    A box! That’s brilliant! When I was little I’d do the same thing collage-style in a spiral bound notebook. Hmmm… Interesting. Maybe that’s why I like pinning home decor so much…

    • Shelly July 20, 2014 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Love the notebook idea – kind of like the magazine organization, but more specific. May have to create one of those for myself!
      Thanks for commenting!

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