Monthly Archives: April 2014

How to decorate your cardboard dolls house


Once you have made a basic dolls house from a cardboard box it is time to get creative. I got my toddler involved in the first one below, just painting the background white. We then printed off some wallpapers and floors for a couple of the rooms from Jennifer’s Printables, an extensive source of dolls house stuff.

Cardboard dolls house

Cardboard dolls house



It was all looking great until my husband stuck Pedro the Pony on my Voysey wallpaper.

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Hintyprint wallpapers

You can now download some exclusive hintyprint wallpaper pdfs from our printables and patterns page.

We have three different designs on offer, a gorgeous Voysey wallpaper from the 1920s – The House that Jack Built, reproduced with kind permission from Trustworth Studios. We have made their full-sized version mini just so it will be cardboard dolls house scale. Be sure to visit their site and check out all the other Arts and Crafts items they have for sale.

Then we have bricks for an exposed brick wall look and mixed tiles for a bathroom or a floor.

Here is a little taster of some decorating inspiration to come in a future post. Literally straight from the pages of Country Life magazine.

Magazine dolls house


How to make a cardboard dolls house

IMG_20140406_0001Fig.2 How to make a cardboard dolls house

Printable PDF diagram

Here is a diagram which shows how to make a bog standard cardboard dolls house with four rooms and a slightly interesting roof. The most fun you can have with a cardboard box, in my opinion. The stronger the cardboard the better but you will usually find that your horizontal floor needs an extra cardboard floor adding for strength and to stop it sagging. No glue required. No paper fasteners required (though I am trying to find a way to work them in) just slots cut in the walls and the partitions so they fit together.

Check out the printables and patterns section for some free dolls house scale wallpaper to decorate your cardboard house or keep an eye out for future blogs posts with more decorating ideas.


Make a quick cardboard ship

Cruise ship? Pirate ship? Cargo ship? Cardboard ship. If you have everything to hand this is a quick 15min cardboard project for hours of toddler fun.

You will need:

A cardboard box
A sharpie
Scissors or a stanley knife
Brass paper fasteners

This project centres around my new craft wonder accessory the brass paper fastener. I am trying to use them in everything I do.



1. Cut the flaps off the top of the box and keep them to make the anchor.

2. Cut circles in either side of the box for port holes. These then become your steering wheel.

3. Draw a wheel on the circles (does it have a technical name? I can’t think) and then fix it to the front of the box using a brass paper fastener

4. Draw an anchor on a chain and fix it to the side of the box using a brass paper fastener.

5. Draw waves on the bottom of the box.

5. Put a small chair in the box for the toddler captain.



You can also make a telescope from the leftover cardboard.



Set sail.