Building a Dollhouse: Furniture From Recycled Materials

Making dollhouse furniture from recycled materials is so much fun.  It makes you look at a bottle cap, scrap of fabric, bead, or jardollhouse_bistro_1 (1) lid in an entirely different way.   Using recycled materials that would otherwise be trash to make something special and unique is always rewarding.

For several weeks, I saved tops of lids, bottle caps, and other odds and ends.  I looked through my recycled collection the other day to see what I was inspired by.

I loved the looks of the metal bottle caps and thought they would be perfect little breakfast table seats!

To make the breakfast table seats:

I covered the bottle caps with a small amount of batting and then I folded fabric over the sides.

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The fabric should be glued tightly against the inside of the bottle caps and any excess fabric should be trimmed away.

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Next, to make the seat legs I used plastic fork tines.  Using sharp scissors I was easily able to cut each tine from the fork.  Then I hot glued each tine to the inside of the bottle cap using a fair amount of glue to keep each leg securely in place.

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Once the glue is hard and dry, flip the chair over.  I made three to go with my breakfast table.

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To make the breakfast table:

I recycled a metal jar lid and sanded the lid to make it easier for paint to adhere.  I also lightly sanded a small mini funnel.  I painted several coats of acrylic paint onto the lid and the funnel.  Once the lid and funnel were dry I tested to see how they looked height-wise next to the chairs.  The table seemed a little short next to the chairs.  So I decided to hot glue a few large beads to the top of the funnel to give it height.

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By adding a few beads for height made it perfectly proportional with the chairs.

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Lastly, I wanted a floor lamp that coordinated with the table and chairs.

To make the floor lamp:

I had some small communion cups that my daughter had purchased last year to make small holiday jingle bells but they were also the perfect shape for a lamp shade.  An alternative to the communion cups would be a small medicine cup.  The small cups will need a hole at the top.  The easiest way to make a hole in the plastic is to heat up a yarn needle’s tip with a lighter and then insert it into the top of the cup.  To make the lamp you will also need a mini funnel, pipe cleaner, and small plastic beads.  I lightly sanded the funnel and the communion cup with sandpaper and then painted several coats of acrylic paint onto them.  Then I looped the end of a pipe cleaner and inserted it through the bottom of the funnel.

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Next, I threaded several small plastic beads onto the pipe cleaner and attached the lampshade.  I twisted the pipe cleaner at the top of the lampshade to hold it in place and cut away the excess.

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I am very happy with how the recycled dollhouse furniture turned out and can’t wait for my granddaughter to use them in her dollhouse when it is completed.

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Comments

  1. Ingenious use of recycled materials! Love it! Re-posted this link on my FB page-hope you get more followers!
    Thanks-
    Sarah
    https://www.facebook.com/collegesavingsdolls

  2. thankyou these is want i been looking for recycled furnture to make have you got any more ideas if you donot mind could u email me some thankyou

  3. Jaejaejae says:

    Fabulous! This is exactly what my daughter and I were looking for – she has a school project that involves making a doll house and furnishings from recycled materials.

  4. shawneegal says:

    What a clever use of recycled items. I love miniatures and recycling in my crafts. Very creative and thanks for sharing

  5. Love this, thanks for sharing.

  6. Cynthia Bartlett says:

    You are amazingly creative. I don’t know how you find the time. Looking forward to the next post.

  7. Pam your comments mean the world to me! I am not new to crafting, dollhouse making, or miniatures but I am new to sharing my work online. Your encouragement feels wonderful and makes me want to share more. Thank you for your kind words. And yes, I will make more tutorials to share! :-)

  8. This is sooooo incredibly awesome!! YOu are the MOST talented ‘mini’ green maker I have seen!!! Great work…do more! do more!!

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