Paper Dollhouses

La Petite Magazine released their new online issue today that features some paper dollhouses I made.  I had a lot of fun designing different houses and little pieces of furniture.  Then I put them all in a mint tin so they can be played with on the go.  If you want to try it out, you can look at my template below to get ideas on how to cut and fold the objects, or you can make up your own.  Stiff paper works best.  I used recycled magazine covers.

If you’ve never read La Petite Magazine before, you’ll love it.  Very beautiful collection of modern fashion, design, and projects for kids.

Template: Click on the image below, then print.


  1. heldin im chaos
    September 2, 2010 at 5:17 am

    Awesome (as usual)! My favorite part is the size and portability! Fabulous! Can't wait to try this! Thank you for sharing.

  2. {jane}
    September 2, 2010 at 6:19 am

    thought you deserved to be recognized with the versatile blogger award...


  3. Umatji
    September 2, 2010 at 8:15 am

    what a great and transportable idea! A little set of folk would go well too!

  4. Papgena Made It
    September 2, 2010 at 9:21 am

    great idea! very useful if you are away from home!
    and thanks for the link!!!!

  5. amanda
    September 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    awesome sauce.

  6. Dolores
    September 2, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    they are really really great!

  7. Joel Henriques
    September 2, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Thanks everybody!

  8. Flotsam Friends
    September 2, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Hi there, I've just discovered your blog through Jenn's. I'm in paradise. I adore all your ideas. I've been searching for a place like this in blogland and I've found it! Can't wait to comb through your old posts. Kindest (from Sydney, Australia), Pruxxx

  9. Collin
    September 3, 2010 at 5:15 am

    I am loving this! Similar to the project we are doing right now on playfulfactory, but obviously on a smaller scale. Great work Joel!

  10. Joel Henriques
    September 5, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Flotsam Friends - Thanks! Too kind. Glad you found my site!

    Collin - Very cool cardboard fort! Your whole site looks very fun! Thanks for showing me.

  11. Kenziepoo
    September 5, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Thanks Joel for the nice comments about La Petite, and thanks for contributing to the mag! Got a lot of great feedback from this paper dollhouse project!

  12. Joel Henriques
    September 5, 2010 at 4:38 am

    Kenziepoo - Yes, you're welcome! Thank you too! Very fun working with you.

  13. Pepe
    September 5, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Hi, Joel! I find out your blog just now and I falled in love with it! :-) How lucky is your family!!! :-) Have a good sunday...

  14. Melodie
    September 6, 2010 at 12:15 am

    How cute! My husband loves Dwell magazine. I bet he'll get a kick out of this when I sow it to him.

  15. Earthly Joyride
    September 6, 2010 at 11:14 am

    This looks fabulous - can't wait to try it with my kids!

  16. pitusandreu
    September 9, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Joel, thank you very much for sharing your beautiful and fun creations.

  17. Anonymous
    September 9, 2010 at 7:27 pm
    I think you might like this blogg ;)

  18. October 13, 2011 at 1:01 am

    This brings back so many memories of when I use to make doll house things out of cardboard.. but they were no way as cool as yours though :)

  19. Lilian
    March 6, 2012 at 6:54 am

    You give our children the ability to work with there imagination just like when we where kids when there was no xbox iPhone etc I appreciate what you are doing love your work

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