The log cabins of Abe Lincoln's days are now hot design styles for rustic country retreats. A log dollhouse can be constructed from shoeboxes and twigs. The dollhouse can be put together with a minimum of expense and a few hours of concentrated effort, and could inspire a young budding architect. Smaller twigs can be used to create tables and chairs for the perfect log house décor. Since the twigs are attached to the shoeboxes with a hot glue gun, young children will need the help of an adult to complete the dollhouse.
Things You'll Need
- Two shoeboxes
- Masking tape
- Poster board
- Poster paint
- Straight 1/2-inch diameter twigs
- Pruning clippers
- Hot glue gun
- Dollhouse furniture
- Pine tree sprigs
- Brown clay
Stack the shoeboxes on top of each other with the box openings facing away from you. Securely attach the shoeboxes together with long strips of masking tape.
Measure the length of the shoebox and add 3 inches. Measure the width of the shoebox side. Cut a piece of poster board to the measurement.
Bend the poster board in half and unfold. Attach the poster board to the top of the stacked shoeboxes with the masking tap for a roof.
Measure the triangular opening below the roof peak. Cut a piece of poster board to measure and tape it to the roof.
Paint the roof brown. Paint a door and two windows on the back side of the stacked shoeboxes.
Measure the horizontal spaces around the door and windows and the shoebox sides and cut the twigs to fit with the pruning clippers.
Attach the twigs to the front and sides of the dollhouse with the hot glue gun, using a minimum of glue.
Measure width of the roof peak and cut twigs to fit, gluing them in place.
Paint the inside of the shoeboxes. Decorate the two floors with dollhouse furniture.
Roll the clay into small marble-sized balls and flatten them slightly. Insert pine tree sprigs and decorate the outside of the log dollhouse with the miniature pine trees.
Tips & Warnings
- A staircase could be added to the interior of the dollhouse. Cut a 3 inch square section from the cardboard between the two floors. Cut a 3 inch by 8 inch section of poster board, fold it accordion-style and tape it to the top and bottom floors.
- Wear cotton gloves to avoid burning fingers when using the hot glue gun.
- "Build It With Boxes;" Joan Irvine; Morrow Junior Books; 1993
- "Creative Crafts From Cardboard Boxes;" Nikki Connor; Aladdin Books Ltd.; 1996
- Photo Credit log home birdhouse image by Lynn M. Johnson from Fotolia.com