Growing up one of my most prized gifts was a handmade dollhouse.  It was made by my dad when my sister and I were very young.  I dreamt that one day I would own a real house that resembled it.  That never happened and I would love to know what happened to my beloved dollhouse.

Of course I wanted Marisol to have a special dollhouse too.  One that I hope she will use and love for many, many years to come.  So this is the one we gave her for Christmas. 

handmade dollhouse

It started out looking more like this when I purchased it from the Antique Mall:

Dollhouse makeover

but with a lot of tender loving care, a fresh coat of paint and some furniture, it became something that she could treasure.

how to makeover a dollhouse

painted dollhouse

handmade dollhouse furniture

It comes complete with a handmade bed and dining set, hand-knitted blanket and rug and custom artwork (okay, okay wooden blocks with scrapbook paper mod podged onto them)

how to decorate a dollhouse popsicle stick dollhouse bed

handmade dollhouse furnishings

and these three cupboards which were purchased raw from Michaels.  A little paint and scrapbook paper and they look fabulous.

handmade dresser and armoir for a dollhouse

I have big plans to expand upon this over time.  Some lace inside the curtains, trinkets to put on the shelves, a little basket for a kitty cat and so on.  Maybe even an addition of a greenhouse or sun room.  One day.

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18 comments

ciara December 31, 2009 - 4:02 pm

wow, very crafty. i love all the little details you incorporated. i do have a fondness for the old red door tho. hehe LOVE it. wish i had that creativity. i would totally love it if i were a lil girl. :0)

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Deanna December 31, 2009 - 4:22 pm

Oh I love it! She is going to have so many hours of fun playing with this and I bet you will too!

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jane December 31, 2009 - 5:12 pm

This is beautiful, t. I love it so much.

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Miriam P January 1, 2010 - 11:45 pm

This just makes me smile to look at. Marisol is a very lucky girl. Every little bit of it speaks of love. Well done!

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Bird January 2, 2010 - 7:56 am

Just toooo cute for word!!! You are a super mum 😀

I’d love to be able to make one as cute as yours!!!

Well done for a great job well done!!!

Happy New Year and thank you for stopping by at Bird Crafts and for leaving such a lovely comment! 🙂

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Vixanne January 2, 2010 - 9:46 am

Absolutely gorgeous! You just had me wanting to be a kid again so I can play with dolls! I hope you post pics when you make new additions 🙂

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Life with Kaishon January 3, 2010 - 7:37 pm

Oh my word. It is gorgeous. I want to be your child. Seriously : )

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Bridget Smith January 3, 2010 - 3:22 pm

OK…love the doll house. Wish I was that creative and crafty. I’m searching for an affordable one for my little one for her birthday.

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jen smith January 3, 2010 - 6:33 pm

that literally puts tears in my eyes — i too loved my dollhouse from my grandpa and no longer have it and wish i could give my girls a homemade one – this is just so so precious!

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Formerly Gracie January 3, 2010 - 8:10 pm

Woman, is there no end to your genius?! That’s fantastic. Just one question: Do you accept orders?

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Lisa Demars January 4, 2010 - 5:02 am

Beautiful..Love it..Wow you have great idea’s..

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Sharlene January 6, 2010 - 9:07 pm

Tonya you are so incredibly talented. I am always impressed by the love and creativity you put into everything. I love the dollhouse and the farm. They are things they will treasure forever and hopefully pass down to their children.

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Brooke January 7, 2010 - 10:20 am

Very cute! I thought it was a life size doll house when I saw it outdoors.

Love the furniture, I need to head to Michaels!

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katherinemarie January 7, 2010 - 8:52 pm

I soooo need a sweet doll house like this for my little darling! Your furniture and touches are SPECTACULAR!!!! I adore your color combos. I’m going to be on the hunt at our local antique stores for something half as sweet as this! GREAT WORK!!!!thanks for sharing!!!!! OHhhh ya and that farm– to cute for words.

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Stephanie January 7, 2010 - 9:17 pm

that is so adorable, great job!

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Anissa April 26, 2010 - 8:14 am

Do you sleep? I don’t know where you find the time. You are super woman!!!

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Tonya Staab April 27, 2010 - 9:58 am

Hi Shelly. Thank you. To make the bed go to the unfinished wood section of your craft store and purchase some popsicle sticks (for the headboard), a rectangular piece of wood (for the bed base) and a packet of cotton spools (for the legs). Glue it all together and paint it. For the mattress, take a thin piece of foam and cut to the correct size, wrap a piece of fabric around it and hot glue it to the base of the bed. The blanket was knitted – just a basic knit stitch in a square and the pillow is 2 rectangular pieces of felt stitched together and stuffed.

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Shelly April 27, 2010 - 9:09 am

So cute! Doll house furniture is soo exspensive. I love the ones you made. I couldn’t tell how you made the bed. Do you mind sharing? My parents bought my niece a doll house from a thrift store and we haven’t been able to furnish it yet

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