Here is a simple Dollhouse that can be made from two pieces of foamcore and some scrapbook papers or just tissue paper and old magazine cutouts.
-2 Pieces of standard foamcore or recycled foamcore signs
-glue and or sticky dot type roll glue ( I like the sticky dot type as it does not warp the foamcore as badly, but it does cost more)
-chip brush or cheap paint brush (for applying water thinned glue)
-Utility Knife and or X-acto knife
-Scrapbook papers, tissue papers, stickers, etc
-Ruler or straight edge for cutting
-Cutting mat (to protect table)
Step 1: Cut the Foamcore
First you will need to cut the ends off the two pieces of Foamcore so that they are square. Do this by measuring the shortest width and then make all the sides that size. Use the utility knife with a fresh blade and make sure to go all the way through when cutting.
Now take one of the square pieces and cut it in half.
This will make the top two pieces that fit together. The other square will be the floor.
Step 2: Notch Out the Top Two Pieces
Now take the two top pieces and find the center and mark it with a pencil line.
Next find the center of the pencil line and make a small mark.
Now cut out a 1/8 inch notch halfway up (where you made the mark) on both of the pieces.
Step 3: Place Pieces Together to Make Sure They Fit
Now flip one of the notched pieces over and fit into the other notched piece. They should fit together nicely. If not adjust cuts as needed.
The bottom of the X should have the notch at the top.
Now with it put together make a small pencil mark to show which way up. This will help when cutting out doors.
Step 4: Cut Out Doors (optional)
Now decide where you want your doors and cut them out. Use the figures that you will be playing with for height measurement.
Step 5: Decorate and Enjoy!
Now just decorate the pieces as you like. It can be done with very little money by using left over tissue paper or you can get really fancy with scrapbook papers and stickers.
For best results avoid the center area when decorating, just where the two pieces slide together. This will help keep it from getting torn off from sliding the two pieces apart when storing.
The whole unit can be stored flat when not in use. Make sure everything has dried completely before storing the first time.
Here are a few examples I have made so far. I also made the floor reversible with different colors on the other side.
I hope you enjoyed this project!