Did you make dollhouse furniture when you were small? Maybe a sleeping bag from a sock? Check out the world of modern dollhouse accessorizing! Some adults make them as a hobby and even for a business in a world fascinated with miniatures. Check out the ingenious ways people are furnishing dollhouses with recycled materials.
You can listen to my podcast episode on making dollhouse furniture from recycled materials in this YouTube video. It originally aired in December 2017.
Crime Scene Dollhouse Exhibit
I got the idea to make this podcast episode after visiting an exhibit at the Renwick Gallery in Washington DC called Murder is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. The exhibit is showing until January 28, 2018. After that, you’ll need to make an appointment with the Baltimore Medical Examiner’s office to see the dollhouses.
Youtube Channels with Great Dollhouse Furniture from Recycled Materials
Check out her washing machine that really washes clothes!
Her toilet is my favorite design! Check it out starting at 3:20 in this video.
Incredible musical instruments from craft sticks
Other Dollhouse Furniture and Accessories Projects Mentioned
These are my favorite projects because they make dollhouse furniture and accessories from items that can be challenging to recycle otherwise.
- Joanne’s Minis bottles from broken Christmas lights
- Vince House’s upholstered couches and chairs from plastic ice cream and coffee containers
- Va-Voom Vintage Pyrex dishes from the blister packs of medication
- Miss Cutiepie hardwood floors from craft sticks
- Shades of Tangerine boxed food from junk mail
- Doll Houses and Minis china dishes from magazine photos and foam
- Pequeñeces doll bath tub from lotion container
These sources are not necessarily using recycled materials, but are making a living designing dollhouses that are as inspiring for adults as kids.
Miniature Trend Examples
My Family’s Dollhouse Adventures
- Trashmagination Pinterest Board on dollhouse furniture from recycled materials
- Crocheted beds from plastic containers from my grandmother
- Pattern to crochet your own doll beds from plastic containers
- Script for this podcast episode about dollhouse furniture and accessories from recycled materials (not a transcript but gives the main ideas)
- The Trashmagination podcast theme music is Kitchen from the Marian Circle Drum Brigade.