Build a fun DIY dollhouse for your child!
- Cost50 - 100 €
- Duration2–3 hours
One of the most popular toys for children has to be the dollhouse – both years ago and still today. And it fosters a child’s creativity. In their own miniature world, the children can playfully recreate everyday situations and imitate the world of big people. They develop an understanding for the different roles, learn to make compromises and abide by rules. A dollhouse is not just any toy, but a very special one. It’s not only fun, but also makes a valuable contribution to a child’s development.
We’ll show you how to easily build your own dollhouse in this DIY guide. You can design the dollhouse according to your child’s wishes, while strengthening your bond with your child. The time you spend working on the project is even more enjoyable if your child is involved. Your child will remember it every time they play with the finished product. For example, let them paint the walls or stick decorations on them or make the furniture. In this manner, you gradually fill up the dollhouse with life and you can keep your child occupied.
Have you heard about our 18V system yet? It offers a huge variety of devices for many different applications. The thing that makes the project below so special is that you can use the same rechargeable battery for every part of this project. Simply swap out the battery pack, insert it into a different device that’s part of the 18V system and move on to the next step. By the way, all the 18V cordless power tools used in this project are also part of the POWER FOR ALL Alliance.
Pay attention to occupational health and safety every step of the way to protect yourself and your health. You’ll find all the important information you need to know in our overview of Safety precautions for DIY projects.
Measuring and cutting
You need: Hand-held circular saws, Jigsaws, The Bosch Vacuum cleaners, Cordless drill/driver, jigsaw blade for fine cuts, pencil, pocket rule, brackets, 1 MDF board (12 x 2,000 x 400 mm), 1 MDF board (12 x 1,000 x 400 mm), 1 MDF board (12 x 600 x 500 mm), 1 MDF board (12 x 800 x 400 mm), 1 MDF board (12 x 600 x 400 mm)
Start by transferring the measurements from the templates to the MDF boards. Then you can cut the individual elements to size. It’s best to use a hand-held circular saw to cut the boards for the straight pieces. A jigsaw with a fine saw blade is ideally suited for cutting the openings of the windows and doors later. We recommend using a drill to pre-drill the corners for some elements first. Did you know you can make really smart plunge cuts with our AdvancedCut cordless saw?
You need: Hand-held circular saws, Schleifblatt-Set, 10-teilig, pencil, Square, pocket rule, 1 MDF board (12 x 400 x 621 mm), 1 MDF board (12 x 400 x 526 mm), 1 MDF board (12 x 400 x 368 mm), 1 MDF board (12 x 400 x 362 mm), 1 MDF board (12 x 376 x 271 mm)
Make a mitre cut on the sides of the two MDF boards that will later serve as the roofs of the two dollhouses. It will be the point where they will later rest on the walls. A hand-held circular saw is ideally suited for this task. To do so, we set the angle of the circular saw to 15°. There is a guide rail to help you set the cut so it ends up being nice and straight.
You can also check out our video tutorials for saws, which provide further information on selecting and handling the right tool.
A 15° mitre cut is also made on the walls of the dollhouse where the roof is placed so that the roof boards are flush with the walls. Finally, use fine sandpaper to sand the meeting points by hand.
You need: wood glue, masking tape, g-clamps, Prepared MDF boards
All the individual elements are now prepared. Now they will be joined together to form the two sections of the dollhouse. To do so, you only need to use wood glue. When assembling, make sure that the angled cut edges are on top. Finally, the roof panel is attached to this. Be careful when gluing. After you have applied the glue and joined the wooden elements together, you can secure them in place using masking tape or G-clamps. That way you can be sure that everything will be in the right place when you’re finished.
Gluing and painting
It’s already looking great. The two sections are nearly finished. Now it’s time to give the dollhouse the right coat of paint. Before you do so, you should sand off any excess glue or uneven edges – either by hand or using a multi-sander. You can find useful tips in our sanding guide if you have any questions regarding the topic.
Then you can paint or varnish the dollhouse – however your child chooses. This is quick and easy to do with a paint spray system – check out our paint spray guide to find out more. When choosing paint, make sure that it can be thinned down, is water-soluble and suitable for use around children.
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