We used to make simple dollhouses with fold-out album covers. They were sturdy and could be configured in many ways, but, inevitably it meant that the dollhouse walls were adorned with the lyrics to Xanadu or the Bee Gees. Cardboard dollhouses are nothing new, but we love the idea of decorating them with cutouts from magazines and catalogs.
Meg of the blog Elsie Marley has done just that. She was inspired by the Constantine Dollhouse, but wasn't willing to part with that much money. We're glad she didn't because we're enjoying her version much more. Since her daughter is only two, she has done much of the work herself, but an older child would surely enjoy collecting and cutting images from magazines to create their fantasy dollhouse environment.
Not into dollhouses? Your kids could apply this idea to any environment they want to recreate - outer space, the Wild West, a rainforest, etc. See more of Meg's daughter's house here and read more about how they constructed it.
A reader of Elsie Marley, Kristy of Craftastica, was inspired to make a similar house with her daughter which we also love. Although she hasn't implemented it yet, she also has the great idea to make cardboard floors, too, which could be used to create both indoor our outdoor scenes.
Read more and see more of Kristy's daughter's recycled dollhouse here.