Making a Doll’s House

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Examples of boxes made by members of the Giant Dolls’ House community

All that is required is a box (it doesn’t have to be a shoebox!). Decorate it in a way that reflects your current experiences, emotions and surroundings, or something else that helps you find comfort in in these times. 

You can make a box with members of their household or on your own. Along with your box, write a short story or explanation about it: what you made and why, or a thought to go with your box — we love hearing about your experiences!

We would like you to photograph your finished box, and then email it to us along with your story. We will take your images and stories to create one big global community Giant Dolls’ House to celebrate World Refugee Day on 20 June. 

Creative tips

To make your doll’s house you need a shoebox or box of any size, without a lid. You can decorate the box with anything that you find in your home or your environment.

Think about natural materials such as bark, plants and natural fibres or re-used materials such as old magazines, fabric scraps, loo rolls, scraps of wallpaper, bottle caps, old newspapers, sweet wrapping, plastic bottle caps, old fabric, etc.

Then there’s lolly-pop sticks, paper and card, pencil and paint as well as old pieces of jewellery, anything you can find. You can make whatever you like in your box. You’ll also need glue, scissors and pen and paper (be careful with sharps and ask an adult for help if you need it).

Cans, lolly-pop sticks, bottle tops. Look what you have in your house. Look what you can make from simple elements. We will post more ideas and other boxes on our social media, so follow us! @giantdollshouse on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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Instructions01 makeachair
Make a Chair
Fold a Table
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Cut out paper people string
Instructions02 Light
Make a Lamp
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Make a Pendant
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