Make Your Own Portable Dollhouse

Recently, I built a dollhouse for my daughter.  She loves it so much and always asks me if she can take it to grandma’s house.  I say no because I know she will lose all the furniture, and the actual house is way too big to bring anywhere.  While looking for dollhouse furniture on Etsy, I spotted this foldable dollhouse, and I was inspired.  I wanted to make something similar so that my daughter can have a portable dollhouse.  She could put some of her furniture from her other dollhouse and bring it to grandma’s easily.  This is what I came up with:

Portable DIY DollhouseSupplies needed to make your own portable DIY dollhouse:

Cut three cardboard pieces to the same height and width of your cardboard box.

portable-dollhouse-0Tape each piece of cardboard together like you are making a book.

portable-dollhouse-1Tape the “book” onto the box.

portable-dollhouse-2Be sure to tape the ends of the cardboard to secure the book.

portable-dollhouse-3Use scrapbook paper or online printouts of wood for flooring and wallpaper.

portable-dollhouseCut out the flooring.  To get the correct size, you want to measure the width of the cardboard and draw out a square.  Then add a couple of inches to one side so you have a tab to glue the floor onto the cardboard.

portable-dollhouse-1.10Glue the floor onto the cardboard and then glue the wallpaper.  For the wallpaper, you want to leave extra paper on each side so you can fold over the paper to make neat corners.

portable-dollhouse-1.1Repeat wallpaper for all four sides.  Wrap the cardboard box in wallpaper also.

portable-dollhouse-5Add your dollhouse furniture and now you have a portable dollhouse.

portable-dollhouse-6One thing to keep in mind is that the box that you use will take up space for the forth room of the house.  So if you use a very deep box, there may only be 3 rooms to the house.

portable-dollhouse-10When your child is done playing everything stores nicely into the box.


About Rena

Rena Tang (aka the cheese thief) is a wife, mother, programmer and lover of all things creative. She especially loves to make unique, cute, simple and inexpensive things from everyday items. You can check out her ideas and tutorials at


  1. Mel says

    Hello Rena. I love it. I will do something Mike this for both my daughter and my niece as they are orten sleeping in each other’s home. Bringing a portable dollhouse will avoid the disputes it alwayscreates when sharing one big wworden house.
    Your idea is easy, cute and inexpensive.

    Thanks for sharing !!

  2. Arlene says

    This is adorable! Attaching the walls to the box is a wonderful idea. My granddaughters will love this Thank you.

  3. Nienke Featheringtodo says

    Wow, I would have loved this so much when I was a kid. Every girl should have a cardboard dollhouse!:) Thanks for sharing! -Nienke


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