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Free Plans for Doll Houses and Sources for Dollhouse Plans in Several Scales

Build a Dolls House or Source Plans for A Particular Dollhouse Style

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Use this multiple page list of dollhouse plans and plan sources to find instructions to build a dollhouse or other miniature building or barn / stable for yourself or as a gift . The list includes full instructions for building an easy dolls house, and links to a variety of free and purchased traditional front or back opening doll house plans in scales from 1:6 (for fashion dolls), 1:12 (traditional dolls house scale and 1:24 or G scale for Garden railroads. Dolls houses can be designed open, for children's play, partially open for viewing, or with opening front doors to protect the contents.

Free Plans and Instructions for a Dolls House / Dollhouse Bookcase

Simple front opening dollhouse finished with strip quoins and cornice trim.
Photo copyright 2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

These free plans for a Dollhouse or Baby House Case made from a single five foot square sheet of Baltic Birch Plywood can be made with shelves to hold roomboxes for separate rooms, or divided into sections for a standard dollhouse. If interests change it can be used to hold books or other treasures. Fitted with front opening doors cut from the same sheet of plywood, that have dolls house windows and a door, the baby house has the appearance of a dolls house, but has adjustable shelves to allow it to be adapted to hold books or other items as need change.

Instructions for adding quoin trim and a cornice to finish the house off in a traditional style are also available. There are also instructions for building custom doors and windows.

If you prefer, you can build the case and add fixed shelves and partitions to make a dedicated doll house.

Make Simple Inexpensive Roomboxes From Bookboard or Illustration Board

The exterior of a book board box is covered with paper for strength.
Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

Roomboxes are easy to make and can be made to custom sizes for school projects or displays. This project uses book board, or Davey board, a dense paper fiber board used for book binding, oror illustration board. You can also build roomboxes from baltic birch plywood (see list item following). If you make several boxes the same height, in a depth that will fit on a bookcase, you can build a miniature display room by room.

Make A Simple Roombox from Inexpensive Book Board If the bookboard is cut by an adult, this is a fairly simple roombox or display box for a child to assemble. It can be built with or without a ceiling.

Make a Simple Roombox From Baltic Birch Plywood, With or Without a Frame

A simple picture frame encloses the front of a dolls house scale roombox which fits on a bookshelf.
Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

This simple roombox is made from sturdy, lightweight Baltic Birch Plywood. It can be custom sized to suit any scale of doll, including playscale fashion dolls. The boxes can be wired for lighting and given doors and windows. If you wish, the roombox can be given a custom frame, or you can size the box to fit a ready made picture frame from an art supplier, as was done here. Like the bookboard roomboxes if you make several boxes the same height, in a depth that will fit on a bookcase, you can build a miniature display room by room. A series of roomboxes can also be glued together to make a simple but sturdy dollhouse for a child. (The walls will be much thicker than those in a standard dolls house.)

Checklist For Finishing a Dolls' House

A grout saw used to make a channel for dollhouse wiring in MDF.
Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
After you've made your choice of plan or kit, check out the Tips for Finishing a Dolls' House to help plan your project workflow. Some steps or finishes are easier to fit into your house before assembly.

Free Online Plans for Doll Houses

 

Howard Fink has assembled a list of dollhouse plans from issues of Popular Mechanics and Popular Science Magazines from the 1920's to 1960's. The links take you to the appropriate pages on Google Books

Open Design Doll House Plans

  • Open dollhouse design plans suitable for younger children are available from Woodstore

Play scale 1:6 (Fashion Doll) Scale Doll Houses

  • Free Online Plans and Instructions for a Barbie (Fashion Doll Scale) House From Rodney Johnson
  • Erin at Sutton Grace Blogspot has free plans for a modern dollhouse in 1:6 scale, made from plywood
  • Frank Martin sells Barbie Scale Dollhouse kits, plans and furniture.
  • Forest Street Designs have plans for a portable folding house for Barbie complete with furniture.
  • U bild have 11½ inch dollhouse plans and other dollhouse scale plans.
  • Joe's Plans have Play scale dollhouse plans
  • Houseworks sell 1:6 (playscale) building components available through many hobby shops.

Downloadable 1:12 Scale Dolls House Plans

  • Dollhouse Designs have plans in 1:12 scale for several traditional dollhouses which can be downloaded.

Printed 1:12 Scale Doll House Plans

  • J.E. Cavender Plans are available from Dollhouse Miniatures.
  • The Hobbies Company in England sell a range of traditional dollhouse and shop plans in 1:12 scale.
  • Dijon sell traditional English dollhouse plans which are also distributed in North America by several companies.
  • The Woodcrafter produce dollhouse plans in 1:12 scale.
  • Forest Street Designs have plans for a lovely Bavarian cottage and furniture in 1:12 scale.

 

Printed 1:24 Scale Doll House Plans

  • Hobbies sell 1:24 scale dollhouse plans.
  • Dijon sell tradition 1:24 scale plans.

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