Cardboard Brownstone Dollhouses from PLAYFUL

Cardboard Brownstone Doll House | mer mag

It’s seriously impossible to pick a favorite project from my book Playful: Fun Projects to Make With and For Kids, but i have to say that this cardboard brownstone doll house just might be a crowd favorite. I’ve absolutely loved seeing all the houses you are making from this pattern! Have a look on instagram under the hash tag #playfulbrownstones to get inspired by what everyone is doing! (And if you have made one already, or have plans to do so, make sure you tag it with #playfulbrownstone as well as #playfultoysandcrafts so we can all enjoy! xo).

Cardboard Brownstone Doll House | mer mag

Cardboard Brownstone Doll House | mer mag

I also wanted to share with you a few more of the seriously sweet photos Nicole Gerulat took that never made it into the book. There was SO MUCH good stuff, but seriously….we really had to edit out tons, so the book didn’t go on for days! Had they left it up to me you’d probably be hauling around a webster dictionary sized book of Playful (it was too hard to choose!) so we can thank my fabulous editors who made it possible for Playful to easily fit inside your tote bag!

Cardboard Brownstone Doll House | mer mag Cardboard Brownstone Doll House | mer mag

It’s crazy fun decorating and styling these little houses – you’ll probably get as big of a kick out of it as your little ones do! Meta had the most adorable Maileg Mice on hand at the shoot and I just love that they felt so at home in our brownstones.

Cardboard Brownstone Doll House | mer mag

And speaking of Meta, didn’t she and Brittany knock it out of the ballpark when it came to styling this book?! Particularly on this shoot. Meta found this bed, painted it grey and put together this entire enchanted little girls oasis – and all inside her living room! I’m obsessed. A little girl seriously need to have this as her bedroom. Brittany’s wardrobe outfits are too perfect too. I want them all for my daughter now!

Our little model was a dream too and she seriously got lost in play on this shoot. She loved playing with the dollhouses so much we didn’t really have to tell her to do anything!

Cardboard Brownstone Doll House | mer mag

Once you’ve copied the template it’s crazy easy to keep on making these (and fair warning, you might get addicted! You can see I made two more for our Playful trailer!) Now I want to make a firehouse from these brownstone templates and put a fire pole down the middle of it! Wouldn’t that be the coolest? My boys (and my daughter!) would go nuts for that.



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    suzanne bassinder

    January 22, 2016

    I think your Houses are the BEST! I would love to make one of these, but would also like to make some Furniture myself too!
    I am Disabled, so I am stuck in the House pretty much of the time, so this Project would be GREAT! Any ideas that you could share with me would be wonderful!

    Much happiness,

    Suzanne. XXX

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    May 4, 2016

    These are darling! I love cardboard.

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    kim jenkinson

    June 15, 2016

    beatiful ideas

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    November 29, 2016

    Love this! Where did you get the furniture?

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    January 2, 2017

    So cute!!! Very Creative and a money saver 🙂

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    January 2, 2017

    So cute!!! Great for kids to get hands on experience and share bonding time 🙂

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    June 16, 2019

    Hello where did you find the little mouse please??? So so cute….

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      June 17, 2019

      Hi Marine, We made it and you can find the template to make your own in my book Playful: Fun Projects to Make With and For Kids. xo Mer


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