20 DIY dollhouses that are eco-friendly, affordable and super easy for any parent to make

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Off grid dollhouse

This “off grid” DIY dollhouse takes the cake when it comes to sustainability, cuteness and fun! This imaginative dollhouse is made entirely with recycled and scrap materials plus teaches your kids about eco-friendly living via the creative green roof, veggie plot, radiant floor and other eco-qualities the house possesses!

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+ Handmade Charlotte on Pinterest

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Basic cardboard dollhouse

Recycled cardboard is an excellent go-to material for an inexpensive, easy-to-build dollhouse and this one, from Little Red Window is an awesome example of a basic structure you can use. Plus the step-by-step tutorial makes this project a snap.

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+ Little Red Window on Pinterest

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All-in-one dollhouse and construction set

If you’re a frequent Inhabitots’ reader then this dollhouse might look familiar to you, because it’s inspired by the amazing Hase Weiss dollhouses! Eva, apparently crafter extraordinaire, constructed her own copycat Hase Weiss dollhouse, and it’s amazing! Plus, beyond looking modern and lovely, this whole dollhouse can be reconfigured in dozens of ways and stacks together for easy travel.

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+ Eva Fortuny on Pinterest

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Upcycled bookshelf dollhouse

Now, if you’re going to transform a bookshelf into a dollhouse, this one is an excellent example, because while many folks use woodworking tools to add a slanted roof to their bookcase dollhouse, this one simply sticks to a flat roof, cutting the time and skill needed to create this dollhouse. For other examples of bookshelf dollhouses, check out this sweet tutorial or this clever upcycled dollhouse.

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+ Sarah Macklem on Pinterest

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Recycled carton dollhouse

This pastel perfect tutorial shows how ordinary recycled milk cartons and other containers can be turned into an entire town of little houses. Tip: combine the cartons together with or without glue for a larger dollhouse.

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+ Maija Ukko on Pinterest

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CD shelf dollhouse

These townhouse-like CD cases turned dollhouses are adorable! According to the tutorial, you can purchase CD shelves at craft stores with windows already included, but if you can’t find those, any recycled CD holder will work, just add windows on with paint.

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+ Jaime Young on Pinterest

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Upcycled suitcase dollhouse

Take your old suitcase, or snag one at a thrift store, and make this super cool – and easy to transport dollhouse.

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+ Hallmark Channel on Pinterest

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Haunted dollhouse

If your little one is all about scary stuff, then this house is for her! First grab the FREE template from Mr. Printables, and then make this easy spooky dollhouse with wood, paper or cardboard. You also might want to check out Mr. Printables’ cool Christmas style dollhouse template.

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+ Mr Printables on Pinterest

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Modern CD holder dollhouse

This dollhouse, made with an upcycled CD case is uber adorable and clever. Fashioned after a Plan Toys dollhouse, you seriously can’t even tell this used to be a CD holder.

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+ Gina Wagner on Pinterest

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Found objects dollhouse

Got found objects? I know you do. Boxes, acorns, tiny figurines, and more can be gathered up to create a one-of-a-kind dollhouse.

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+ Babiekins Magazine on Pinterest

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Recycled shoebox dollhouse

This adobe-like dollhouse is made of shoeboxes! What a surprise right!? However, the cool thing about this tutorial is how the crafter shows you how to reinforce the boxes so the dollhouse will last a long time and stand up to kids playtime.

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+ MollyMooCrafts on Pinterest

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Basswood and popsicle stick dollhouse

No one is suggesting you eat a ton of store-bought popsicles to make this house. In fact, reusable ice pop molds are WAY more eco-friendly. Still, if you happen to have extra sticks and a bit of scrap wood around, this dollhouse might be the one for your child.

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+ Almost Unschoolers

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Recycled plastic bottle dollhouse

If you buy detergent in bottles, then you can wash them well, and upcycle them into the sweetest little fairy doll houses – or combine them to make one large dollhouse structure.

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+ Filth Wizardry

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Cardboard brownstone dollhouse

Another fine example of a low-cost cardboard dollhouse, this tutorial shows you how some well-placed paint and wallpaper can turn a basic cardboard box into an extraordinary brownstone dollhouse.

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+ Mer Mag on Pinterest

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Chalkboard suitcase dollhouse

This super styling suitcase dollhouse isn’t too different than the one earlier in the slideshow, but has the added coolness of a chalkboard exterior, meaning, your child can draw all her favorite exteriors, erase, then draw again whenever the mood hits.

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+ MyPoppet on Pinterest

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Modular, stackable dollhouse

This is one of the more advanced DIY projects in this slideshow, and to make as is, you will need some simple wood tools BUT this is only if you’d like your dollhouse to be modular and not fixed. If you don’t have wood tools, this dollhouse is still an awesome example because you can paint some wooden blocks, then glue them together using the images in the tutorial for inspiration and you’ll have one really fun and solid dollhouse.

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+ Ana White on Pinterest

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Simple, single level cardboard dollhouse

This simple cardboard dollhouse is a perfectly easy parent-kid starter dollhouse project and a nice way to get a feel for if your child really wants a bigger dollhouse.

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+ Deko Magazine on Pinterest

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Upcycled hat box dollhouse

If you can find an old hat box, or a small carry case, you can make this unique upcycled dollhouse.

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Portable dollhouse

This is a super fun dollhouse for kids on the go. The tutorial is very easy to follow, showing you how to create a portable dollhouse that actually packs right up into itself!

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+ Consumer Crafts on Pinterest

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Upcycled thrift store dollhouse

If you honestly feel like you don’t want to make a DIY dollhouse from scratch, but don’t want to spend money on a new eco-friendly dollhouse, your best DIY option is to hunt down a thrift store dollhouse and do a nice remodel. This dollhouse above is an incredibly gorgeous example of what some paint and the right accessories can do to transform an old dollhouse into a modern wonder.

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+ Mousehouse on Pinterest

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