Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials


My latest creative project:

A unique dollhouse made using recycled and upcycled items and materials.

You can watch the video HERE.

My daughter also worked on this project: she loves making things, especially for dolls!

We bought the vintage, probably mid-century dollhouse from a charity shop for £5. What a bargain! We also sourced a table with castors that fitted the dollhouse perfectly. A child can sit at the dollhouse, turn it around easily and store a stool or chair under it.

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

After cleaning it up and giving it a new lick of paint, we set about decorating the interior and making or renovating furniture and ornaments. We decided we wanted it to look like a quirky and colourful Mediterranean home.


Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

The grandfather clock was bought from a vintage shop and we painted it and added a new clock face by printing one off from the internet. The elephant was bought from a charity shop.

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

A little peek into the kitchen from the veranda.

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

Another vintage shop find is this oak drop leaf table. On the table is a brass bell, a painted shell and a planter made out of a plastic thimble from a vintage Christmas cracker.

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

This veranda screen was made using salvaged copper wire from old electrical cable. Peeping through the screen is a very nosy duck standing on a garden table!

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

This house is full of animals and the rabbit is a house rabbit, bought from a charity shop.

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

The living room-come-dining room has an art wall made using card from Home Bargains. We just cut it out of a book of card and glued it to the wall using Pritt Stick. The dresser on the right was bought at a vintage centre and repainted to match. I used water based satinwood paint.

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

The round pedestal table needed to be repaired and repainted and we added some glitter by painting on some sparkly nail varnish around the edge. On the table is a broken brooch that makes a good centrepiece. 

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials
My daughter made the three stools using vitamin tub lids covered in salvaged denim. The corner cabinet was repainted and now showcases a pot and another broken brooch.

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

The very Spanish looking pink kitchen is very traditional with no appliances or gadgets. Not even a sink at the moment...they have a river nearby! All the furniture was bought at an auction for next to nothing, repainted, stenciled, etc. The door handles were brightened up with nail varnish. The pink polka dot wallpaper was card from Home Bargains.

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

The little lidded pots, now holding pasta, flour and sugar, were bought from a summer fete in England. 

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

The table was stenciled using butterfly stamps we bought from the charity shop. 

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

Upstairs in the bedroom is a handmade bed made by me using some leftover plywood. It's finished off with some necklace beads for finials, a wool jumper scrap mattress and a pillow made using leftover fabric. 

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

Charity shop find doll trainers. Not too smelly!

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

The wallpaper was, again, card from Home Bargains. My daughter made the bedside table using a cotton reel topped off with an enormous plastic necklace bead. We always salvage parts from broken jewellery that I come across during my 'proper job' running Fab Fings vintage shop. 

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

The table lamp was made using beads and a part from a Christmas decoration bell with a wire threaded through the lot. The rubbish bin is a perfume bottle lid. 

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

The pussy cat doesn't live here but visits often as she likes to enjoy the view from the balcony.

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

The bench was broken when we bought it so we had to glue it back together again, strip it of it's musty fabric and paint it. 

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

Round the back to the very spacious bathroom with floral wallpaper, rolltop bath and high level toilet. The laundry bin was a magnesium tablet pot. 

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

There's no running water as yet but, as I pointed out before, there is a river nearby.

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

The bathroom suit was bought for next to nothing...as was everything in this dollhouse.

Unique Dollhouse Made Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

I hope you enjoyed this tour of the latest 
Handy Lady creative project!

Please visit my online vintage shop Fab Fings.