How Build a Log Dollhouse

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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
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Poster board
  • Poster paint
  • Paintbrush
  • 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.

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References

  • "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
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