I recently gave an IKEA dollhouse a major makeover. It was certainly with my kids in mind, but it’s been a lot of fun for me too! Today, I want to share all of the adorable DIY dollhouse accessories we made out of everyday things! Things like corks, foam board, foil, toothpicks, beads, and stickers are all awesome materials for dollhouse accessories. Who knew? My local friend, Kate, has an adorable Instagram feed called @domestikatethis where she recreates her real life in mini. I spent a morning at her house and she taught me tons of tips and tricks for decorating a dollhouse. She even gave me the wooden dollhouse furniture, fabric samples, tiny wooden pots, and clippings from her faux plant to get me started. Kate gave me a creative boost and then I went crazy at home.
What do I need to make dollhouse accessories?
Once you get started making dollhouse accessories, you won’t stop! And you will never look at everyday items the same. A bottle cap would make such a cute table top! Corks can be side tables. Toothpicks make great towel racks. Here’s a small collection of the things I used to make our dollhouse accessories. A hot glue gun is the one essential item for making dollhouse accessories.
DIY Dollhouse accessories for the living room
Below is a close up of the modern dollhouse living room. Here’s a list of the easy accessories I made using things you likely have on hand or can buy for less than $10! You can easily make a few of these DIY dollhouse accessories in an hour or less. Beware: dollhouse decorating is addicting!
- Clock- I printed a tiny clock face out and glued it to a black button.
- Framed picture on the floating shelf- I printed out a small black and white picture and glued it to foam board.
- Fake plants- I used wooden beads and hot glued trimmings of a fake plant inside of the bead.
- Books- I cut small rectangles out of foam board and used Elmer’s glue to cover each rectangle in colored card stock. I wrote on the bindings with black pen.
- Pillows- I used fabric scraps and a hot glue gun and filled with cotton ball stuffing.
- Side table- I spray painted a cork Rust-Oleum silver lilac.
- Art work- I used these 2×3 mini canvases. My son created the art on the tiny canvas.
- Floor cushion- Foam board covered in a scrap peice of fabric with cotton ball stuffing.
- Floating shelf- I used a peice of balsa wood down to a size that fit over the couch. I bought the balsa wood at Hobby Lobby and hot glued it directly to the wall. I used the other half of the peice for floating shelves in the kitchen.
- Rug- A friend gave me a table runner from Ikea that I used for all 3 rugs in the dollhouse.
DIY Dollhouse accessories for the bedroom
The dollhouse bedroom is very simple with a bed, dresser, and a nightstand. The accessories really make this space shine!
- Monogram “M” above bed- The “M” is cut out of cardboard and I used Mod Podge and glitter to give it sparkle.
- Book on dresser- A tiny rectangle of foam board covered in navy blue card stock.
- Large fake plant- I used an unfinished candle stick and snippets from a fake plant.
- Tiny photo on the dresser- I cut out a tiny picture from an old proof sheet I found in a drawer. Then, hot glued an octagon shaped washer to the back of the photo. It stands up perfectly!
- Bedding- I used 2 different types of fabric to make up the dollhouse bed. First, hot glue the pattern sheet fabric around the bed. Next, hot glue the top fabric around and fold it down to represent a made bed. I made a cotton ball stuffed pillow to decorate the bed.
- Mirror- I bought a pack of 3 inch mirrors and used 1 in the bedroom and 1 in the bathroom. (Here are the mirrors I used.)
- Lamp- The dollhouse lamp is made up of 3 pieces. To make the lamp, I spray painted a small wooden pot Rust-Oleum Midnight Blue. Then, hot glued a scrap of white, pleated ribbon around a wooden bead and used hot glue to attach the wooden ball to the pot. Lastly, I used hot glue to add a tiny bead to the top of the lamp.
- Modern side table- The side table is an unfinished wood cube. You can easily make one from a scrap peice of wood or buy a wooden cube here.
- Sticker wall art- My daughter picked out a pack of wooden stickers and we simple stuck them to card stick and attached to the wall with hot glue. Any 3D stickers would make great dollhouse wall art. (Here are 500+ puffy stickers that would work as wall art.)
DIY Dollhouse accessories for the kitchen
I was scared of the dollhouse kitchen because if you look online there are so many cute, but very expensive things to decorate kitchens. I’m here to tell you all you need is a peice of balsa wood for floating shelves, and foam board and tin foil for a cute vent hood!
- Cork board- I cut a square cork coaster in half and rounded the edges with scissors. I added a tiny calendar, grocery list, picture, child’s art work, and even fabric swatches from the dollhouse living room to the cork board. I cut sewing push pins off to use as a tacks, and then hot glued the entire cork board to the wall. (Here are similar cork coasters.)
- Towel rack- I cut the pointy ends off of a toothpick and hot glued a tiny silver beads to each end. Next, fold a scrap piece of rectangular cut fabric over the toothpick and hot glued the entire thing to the front of the cabinet.
- White tea set- A tea set it the most bang for yoru buck in the kitchen department. The one I bought came with every white plate, cup, tea pot you see in the picture. (Here is a really cute one with tiny cherries!)
- Oven knobs- I hot glued 3 small silver beads to the front of the cabinet.
- Vent hood- The vent hood is a trapezoid shaped peice of foam board covered in tin foil and hot glued to the wall. It is really that simple!
- Floating shelves- I used the same peice of balsa wood I used in the living room to cut 2 shelves for the kitchen.
- Stove top- I used 6 random buttons to represent heating plates for the top of the stove.
- Jars- I used these tiny glass jars and labeled them with my Cricut cutting machine. Then filled each one with rice, flour, and sugar. (These are the exact jars I used.)
- Rug- I cut a peice of the same table runner I used for the dollhouse living room rug.
DIY Dollhouse accessories for the bathroom
- Embroidery thread wall hanging- First, cut off the ends of a toothpick to use as the rod. Then, I hot glued pieces of embroidery thread to the toothpick. Next, hot glue 2 beads to each side of the toothpick rod. The “nail” is another small bead I glued on to the wall and the wall hanging is hung on the bead.
- Tile floors and half- cut a peice of scrap book paper to size and glued it to the floor and up half of the back wall of the bathroom.
- Chair rail- The chair rail is 2 popsicle sticks painted white and hot glued to the wall over the seam of the scrapbook paper meeting the wall.
- Towel rack- I used another toothpick to create a towel rack and draped a small peice of gauze over the toothpick to act as a towel. Again, I glued 2 small beads to the end of the toothpick.
- Bath mat- Just like the other 2 rugs in the dollhouse, the bath mat is from the same IKEA table runner. I simply frayed the edges of the rub by pulling out a few threads.
If you want more information on painting the actual dollhouse, check out this IKEA dollhouse makeover post. Have you ever made dollhouse accessories? I’d love to hear…