Sewing machine cabinet
Cardboard (along with staples or glue)
Thin wood (along with staples or tacks)
Scraps of paper, cloth, and/or carpet (optional)
Paint, etc. (optional)
On a tight budget, you can’t buy a very impressive dollhouse, and that’s why it’s a great idea to make the house yourself. Don’t panic; there are many nice dollhouses that can be made by the average person. For example, did you know that you could make a travel dollhouse by decorating two wooden blocks to look like house walls? Did you know that you could make a corner dollhouse by folding a thick piece of cardboard? A tight budget is no reason to play dolls without a house so let’s consider some other homemade houses. Like, do you know about the one that can be made from an old sewing machine cabinet? I’ll tell you how to do it!
Do you know the kind of sewing machine that I am talking about? It’s obsolete, comes inside a wooden cabinet, and has a top that lifts up to see the machine. If you are going to put the cabinet in a particular location – and leave it there – it’s not necessary to take the actual sewing machine out. However, to remove the machine isn’t difficult. The procedure can vary but for most any of them, lift up the lid of the cabinet, pull the machine up, and lean it all the way back. Look underneath it and you’ll see a couple of screws to remove, or another removal mechanism, also easy. Nailing the top of the machine shut is optional and so is painting it.
The sewing machine cabinet has a great shape for a two-story dollhouse, as well as a patio on top. The cabinet can be transformed in a couple of ways. One is to wrap cardboard around the outside of the cabinet – around the legs – and staple or glue it to the front legs. Or, staple the cardboard to the legs, putting the cardboard inside the legs, rather than wrapping it around the outside of them. Instead of cardboard, wood can be used in the same manner to create an even sturdier and more impressive dollhouse.
The area under the machine is the actual dollhouse; separate it into floors by using a cardboard floor or a wooden one. Then, put up wallpaper, and set furniture, and you have a nice, substantial dollhouse for your little girl to play with. Set up a patio or sundeck on top of the machine and the dolls will have everything they could ever need. Now, let’s talk about furnishings and home accents that you can make to go with that gorgeous dollhouse…