Double-Duty Dollhouse

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A not-so-big home for dolls or books, with a secret storage spot

By Tom Whalley and Marlen Kemmet

The problem with kids isn’t just that they grow up so quickly, it’s also that they quickly outgrow the gifts you build for them. Here’s a dual-purpose project designed to pass the test of time. In “play” mode, you have a fully functional dollhouse with rooms sized to hold commonly available lightweight boxes. But this multi-colored mansion can easily serve as a bookcase when its dollhouse days are over. 

Like any good dollhouse, this one has enough architectural detail to inspire fun play time: brightly colored rooms, windows, doors, and multiple levels. Construction materials are pretty basic: plywood, iron-on edging, solid wood trim and a few pieces of clear acrylic.

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