From just a few scraps of wood and simple supplies, you can make your own super-hip, mid-century-modern beachfront DIY dollhouse in an afternoon. No, seriously!
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Make: A Modern DIY Dollhouse from Scrap Wood

Have you noticed that DIY dollhouses are all the rage lately? Well, this one is a little different, because it’s a modern DIY dollhouse fit for a *beach* and it is about as easy as it gets for a handmade, hand-me-down-worthy dream house. Seriously, my DIY’ers. I KNOW the joy (then immediate devastation) that comes with seeing a lovely dollhouse DIY that uses complicated tools and has a zillion steps. That’s why this mid-century modern take doesn’t use any fancy supplies or require anything more than drill know-how. It can be completely made (furniture and all!)  from scrap wood, pre-cut blocks & dowels, a little paint on paper, and some fast-growing wheatgrass if you want to go the extra mile!

From just a few scraps of wood and simple supplies, you can make your own super-hip, mid-century-modern beachfront DIY dollhouse in an afternoon. No, seriously!
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Okay, with the ease-of-use disclaimer out of the way, this will be a post in three parts. Think of today as a quick  “tour of the grounds”! Head to Part 2 for the process and plans to make your own beachfront dollhouse, then visit Part 3 for simple instructions on creating all the extras – furniture, paintings, palms, a flying seagull (!!!) & the planter of “ornamental grass”.

From just a few scraps of wood and simple supplies, you can make your own super-hip, mid-century-modern beachfront DIY dollhouse in an afternoon. No, seriously!
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A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT THE LOVELY FOLIAGE:

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed this yet, but I LOVE using real plants with kids projects whenever I can. Does it get messy? Maybe…probably. Here’s what I have to say about that: I have found that the (minor) annoyance of cleaning up after a tiny bit of dirt, water or plant mess is SO worth the (major!) joy kids experience taking care of their own plant babies. You can easily substitute cardboard or faux plants for the wheatgrass I used to make our natural “ornamental grass” planter, but if you’re willing to give real plants a go, this truly couldn’t be easier. The wheatgrass takes about 4-5 days to grow from seed (that’s it!) and is a fantastic starter science experiment in addition to providing beautiful bright green foliage. Bonus: it grows like a weed, and can be trimmed every couple of days and used for juicing!

From just a few scraps of wood and simple supplies, you can make your own super-hip, mid-century-modern beachfront DIY dollhouse in an afternoon.
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ART PROJECTS UPON ART PROJECTS:

One of the things I love about this super simple beach-y dollhouse style is that it allows for a TON of fill-in-the-blank (or maybe more aptly fill-in-the-walls) creativity on the part of your little designers. There are so many ways to incorporate art processes into the making of house accessories. As an example, we made some miniature, minimal, modern collages to deck our walls. We also used paint + some simple printing processes on paper to create our floor coverings (more on that in Part 3!).  A good statement rug is hard to find, so being able to make your own in a few minutes…? Two thumbs WAY UP.

From just a few scraps of wood and simple supplies, you can make your own super-hip, mid-century-modern beachfront DIY dollhouse in an afternoon.
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The delight is in the details and simple style of this mid-century coastal crib. This was honestly a blast to make, and is a great “starter” wood project for the whole family to work on together. Now mosey on over to Part 2 for the house construction tutorial!

From just a few scraps of wood and simple supplies, you can make your own super-hip, mid-century-modern beachfront DIY up cycled dollhouse in an afternoon!
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Interested in trying more simple wood projects? Check out our DIY balance board, DIY play laptop/tablet, and our crazy versatile Thingamaboard toy for creative play.

From just a few scraps of wood and simple supplies, you can make your own super-hip, mid-century-modern beachfront DIY up cycled dollhouse in an afternoon!
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About Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help families discover their creative potential and be inspired to make the world a better place through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. When not playing with ideas, designs and projects for barley & birch, Amanda enjoys working as a modern art curator and managing her own small design business.

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