Our blogger pals Laura and Tia show us how to make an adorable suitcase dolls house... read more
We absolutely love seeing creative people on the Laura Ashley blog and we were amazed when we saw Little Button Diaries‘ latest craft for kids: a suitcase dolls house! And yes, it is as amazing as it sounds. Not only is it super easy to make but it also looks best with Laura Ashley fabric and wallpaper – because all the best houses, no matter their size, have Laura Ashley! Now let’s hear from Laura and Tia from Little Button Diaries to see how to create your own suitcase dolls house for your children…
This easy peasy dolls house is great for play on the go. We’ve turned these lovely Amelia flora suitcases into a couple of cute pads, perfect for a little teddy or doll. The portable houses come complete with a little bed, table, chair and some simple accessories. The materials list below is to show what we used, but you could use anything you like really – have a dig through your recycling box and let your imagination go wild. We’ve used scraps of Pink Painterly Stripe Curtain Fabric and the Gingham Check Cotton Fabric, as well as a little Esme wallpaper to line the walls.
To make 1 doll’s house:
- Amelia flora suitcase (comes as a set of 2)
- Pink Painterly Stripe Curtain Fabric
- Gingham Check Cotton Fabric
- Esme wallpaper
- Toy stuffing
- Scraps of pale green and pink card
- 1 sheet of white paper
- 1 small box (variety cereal boxes work well!)
- Sewing machine and white sewing thread
- Strong glue
- White acrylic paint and paintbrush
- Star shaped hole punch
- Brown, white, blue and red modelling clay
- Corrugated card
- 7 Cocktail sticks
- Blue tak
- Coloured bottle top
- 2 yellow beads
- To make the bed, cut the cardboard box in half along the narrow sides and glue these together lengthways. Paint white – this may take several coats for even coverage.
To make the headboard, cut a rectangle of green card the same width as the end of your bed and add curved edges to the tops. Then use a star shaped hole punch to punch a design. Glue onto one end of the bed.
For the quilt, cut two 6in squares from the Pink Painterly Stripe Fabric and some wadding the same size. Place the fabric (right sides together) on top of the wadding and pin all three pieces Sew around all four sides with a 5mm seam allowance. Leave a 2in gap on the final side for turning. Trim off the corners of the fabric and wadding and turn right side out so that the wadding is in the middle. Hand sew the opening shut. Then use a sewing machine to stitch a border and diagonal lines onto the quilt.
To make two pillows, cut four pieces of the pink painterly stripe fabric measuring 2in x 2.5in. Pin two of the pieces of fabric right sides together and sew three of the sides together. Turn the pillow right way out and stuff with a small amount of toy stuffing so its nice and plump. Hand sew the remaining side.
To make the books, we used pictures of books we found in a magazine. Cut out and glue each picture onto a piece of card. Cut the picture out adding space (the same size as the picture) to the left for the back cover. Fold to make the spine. Then open the book and draw around it onto white paper. Cut three or four of theses out to form the pages (you can fold the paper and cut in one lot for even sizes. Place the paper on top of each other inside the cover. Use a sewing machine to sew down the spine and fold the book to close it.
For the cake, take two small balls of brown modelling clay (about the size of a blueberry!) and squash them so they are about 1/4in thick. Roll out a thin piece of red clay, place the brown piece on top and cut around it. Sandwich the 3 pieces together, then add another thin circle of white on top for the icing. Add red and blue cherries and blueberries. If you like you can slice a piece of the cake out before baking it. Then, once cooked, glue the slice onto a little button to look like a plate.
For the Table, cut a 4in x 3in piece of corrugated card and pierce each corner using a pin and some blue tak. Insert the cocktail sticks into the holes and cut the tops off at the height you want your table to be. Glue in place to secure. Cut a 6in x 5in piece of Gingham Check Cotton Fabric and place it on the table. Pinch the fabric around the legs, then glue in place.
For the chair, cut a 1.5in square of corrugated card. For the back of the chair and legs, insert two cocktail sticks into the square as you did for the table, but slide the cardboard to the centre of the sticks. Cut another cocktail stick in half for the front legs and insert these into the card. Glue them all in place. Cut a strip of gingham fabric (about 1.5in x 4.5in), glue all over the back of the fabric and cover the top and back of the chair.
For the framed art cut a little decorative frame from pink card and draw around it on white paper. Then you can create whatever you like on the white paper, cut it out and glue it onto the frame. We did a little â€˜cross-stitchâ€™ message using fine liner coloured pens, but you draw a picture or frame a magazine snippet.
Finally, to make a little lampshade take a bottle top and pierce it using some sharp scissors. Thread the beads onto some string then feed this through the hole and tape to the top of the house. We also made some little shelves from some card corners that came attached to a new photo frame.
This dolls house is great for packing into the car – fill it with favourite little toys for your child to open up and arrange in the car. Hours of fun (alright not hours but it will definitely occupy them for a bit!)
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A big thank you to Laura and Tia from Little Button Diaries for their adorable Make & Do! Are you inspired to make a suitcase dolls house, too? Let us know below or show us your pictures on Twitter @LauraAshleyUK – we love seeing your crafts!