How to Create a DIY Halloween Dollhouse
So I love the holidays. Like really love holidays! I love the smells, the decorating, getting all the “feels” from the season.
Halloween was always one of my favorites. I just loved dressing up, trick-or-treating in the crisp fall air and watching Hocus Pocus on repeat for a month straight. Still my favorite movie by the way!
As a grown-up, I was never really into the “sexy Halloween” costumes or going out to parties. I guess I am a Halloween purist and think it should be kept a fun, candy eating, dress up holiday for the kids.
And then came the kids
When I had my 1st daughter I was over the top excited for her 1st Halloween. We had a million pairs of Halloween PJs, a different Halloween outfit for each day and the cutest little bumble bee costume. I even had professional pictures taken of her in her costume. Crazy first time mom moment I know!
A few weeks before Halloween she started acting like she felt bad. Ran a low fever and was just kind of tired. I just assumed she was teething until a few days later when she started throwing up. I took her to an urgent care and they told me she had a stomach virus and to run her over to the hospital to get some fluids.
Turns out it wasn’t teething or a stomach virus. It was a cancerous liver tumor that had ruptured and was bleeding on itself causing her stomach to distend. Did I mention she was only 9 months old?
Our world was rocked! We initially spent 17 days in the hospital, doing several surgeries, removing the tumor and getting her ready to start 6 rounds of chemo. Halloween came and went during those 17 days. Her very 1st one and we missed it because she was laying in the Pediatric ICU recovering from an hours-long surgery to remove a 5lb tumor that we didn’t even know was there the week before.
Fast Forward to the present day.
This Halloween we have a healthy, thriving, vibrant little almost 5-year-old who will celebrate 4 years in remission on the day before Halloween! We are so blessed that her journey has brought us this far.
Because we had a baby who was going through a really, really hard time at her 1st Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, 1st Birthday and a few other holidays we tend to go a little overboard now. We do this because we realize that life is precious, it can be taken from you at any moment. We celebrate the little moments and the big moments because we so nearly weren’t able to do that with our little miracle.
My little girl LOVES Halloween just as much as her mama. Her favorite movie for the longest time was The Nightmare Before Christmas and recently she has taken to stuffing herself into old, way too small Halloween costumes on a daily basis.
True to my overexcited nature, my house was decorated for Fall in mid-August, I have Halloween PJs on order and we are already working on costumes!
To tide us over until the big day gets here I wanted to do something a little more fun in the kids’ toy department. Surprisingly there aren’t a whole lot of store-bought options.
Of course, I decided I would just make something myself. I decided to buy a used wooden dollhouse off Facebook and turn it into a haunted house.
At first, my daughter was very resistant because she loved all the pink on the original but once I started making changes she was so excited.
The project only took me a few days of naptimes to complete and cost probably around $50 including what I paid for the house. (If you aren’t checking out the Facebook Marketplace for deals on kid stuff you are missing out!)
Getting Started on Your DIY Halloween Dollhouse
The first thing you want to do is decide on colors. I was really torn between going with a purple or a greenhouse so I just let the kids decide. Clearly, they decided on purple.
The interior is both paint and scrapbook paper. You can use other things too, like actual wallpaper, or most craft stores have adhesive vinyl you could use as well. Shelf liner is another great option which will give you a waterproof surface.
If you do go with scrapbook paper you will want to make sure that you have a TON of Modge Podge so you can seal it once you stick it down.
Once you have all your supplies, you want to disassemble the dollhouse if you can. This is the 2nd Dollhouse remodel I have done and it is quite a bit easier if you can take it apart.
Time to Start Making Some Changes
Spray paint any surfaces first.
Once dry you can start to apply your interior finishes. I went with lots of fun designs and lots of glitter for this house!
You apply the scrapbook paper with Modge Podge. Make sure to smooth down any bubbles in the paper! Once the paper is dry you want to apply a thick layer of Modge Podge in order to protect the surfaces.
Once everything is dry, put it all back together and admire!
My daughter has a few Halloween dolls that she plays within the house and I also used wooden eggs and made them into ghosts for her.
My favorite purchase has been this little witch doll from Zooble Toys. This is the 2nd doll I have purchased from this store and I can’t say enough good things about these dolls. I mean they are just perfection!
All in All our revamped Halloween dollhouse has been a big hit. So much that I am planning on doing one for Christmas too! Where will I store these when the holiday is over? I have not idea! But my girls love it, it makes me happy to see the smiles on their innocent little faces as they play and that’s all a mama can really ask for.
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