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Make a Mini Doll Room Box

Make a room box for Mini American Girl Dolls

Make a room box for Mini American Girl Dolls

Make an AG Mini Doll Room Box

Do you need a photo backdrop for your mini dolls? Perhaps you just need a place to play with your mini dolls. If your 6 to 11 inch dolls need a doll room but you don’t have the space to dedicate this may be the perfect solution.

If you’d like to make your own doll room that is small enough to tuck under a bed or keep on your bookshelf; gather a few supplies and lets get started.

You will need:

  • One cardboard box with a lid. I used a box that came with a pair of boots, it is 20 x 12 x 5 inches)
  • Another cardboard box, I am re-using a shipping carton
  • Glue
  • Decorative paper
  • Self-adhesive vinyl (Contact Paper or similar)
  • Doll Furnishings

I also found this doll furniture in a thrift store. It is really beat up but I think I can fix it up and it is the perfect scale for a 6 to 8 inch doll. 023

The first thing I did was check the fit of my furniture, fits great.


Next, I needed to build up the sides of my box, you may or may not need to do this step. My box had indents where it was glued together. I wanted my paper to lie smoothly on the walls so I needed to add cardboard to those two spots. I cut pieces of cardboard to fit the recessed panel on the inside of my box and I glued them in.


I did the same thing on the other side, I used clothespins to hold them in place until the glue dried.


Next step, wallpaper. I chose a scrapbook paper with a small print and subtle pattern. I want to be able to use this room as a kitchen, living room and bedroom so I kept the prints traditional and didn’t use a lot of color. I glued it to the top two thirds of each wall of my box. I folded it to fit in the corners so it would be easier than matching the pattern in the corners.


I used Mod Podge Matte finish to glue the paper in and added a layer on top to protect it.


The bottom third of the box was covered in a darker paper with a complimentary print. Add a top layer of Mod Podge to make it more durable.

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For the chair rail, I cut thin strips of white cardboard and glued them over the seam. I placed paper weights on them while they dried.

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I used a piece of cardboard to make the floor. Cut a piece of cardboard the same size as the inside bottom of your box. If you make the floor this size, you can store it in the box when you are finished playing. Cover the floor with self adhesive vinyl. Slide the floor into the bottom of the room and move in the furniture. In this photo you can see the furniture has new doors and shelves. I think it looks pretty good. I left the counter out because I like the way the wallpaper looks. 12.3.2015 021

Here is another view. The chairs and table are made out of cardboard and empty spools from thread.


If you don’t have doll furniture, you can make some. Here are links to make a chair  for Grace, and a chair for Julie  Keep watching, I’ll be making a tutorial for the table soon.

When you are finished playing or taking photos, simply put all the furniture and the floor inside the box,

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put the lid on and tuck it away.

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I keep mine on a shelf in my closet. You can easily slide it under a bed too.

If you make two, you can set them up side by side or in an L shape and they make a great dollhouse.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you make a doll room box we’d love to see photos.

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4 Responses to Make a Mini Doll Room Box

  1. Dawn January 3, 2016 at 6:02 PM #

    Thanks for posting this. I think it will work for my granddaughter.

    • January 4, 2016 at 1:42 PM #

      I’m glad you found it helpful. My daughter likes the mini dolls but we just don’t have space to designate for doll rooms! We actually created a second one that works as a bedroom, she sets them in an “L” shape and adds living room furniture to the space in the middle. There is a great resource for making doll furniture. When Mother Let Us Make Paper Box Furniture It is a free book you can read online. Enjoy!

  2. BJK14 December 5, 2015 at 6:59 PM #

    What a great idea! It’s a great way to have a room to ‘play’ in when your space is limited.

    • December 6, 2015 at 12:06 AM #

      Thanks! I think it might work for an 18 inch doll too. You’d just need a larger box.

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