Easy DIY Modern Platform Dollhouse

I came up with some simple modern dollhouse designs for my book, Made to Play. This is one design that didn’t make it in the book, so I thought I’d share it here. It’s very fast and easy to make. All you need is a board, (any length is fine) and two small strips of wood for the feet. Then glue or nail the feet to the main board. It creates a nice open space for playing with little pieces of dollhouse furniture.

In my book, there are also instructions for how to make my larger modern dollhouse, along with all of the furniture. Only three months to go! I’m getting excited.


  1. July 13, 2011 at 12:40 pm

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  2. July 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Joel, this is great. This can be used to stage all sorts of other little scenes, too. Thanks for this great idea!

  3. July 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I want a house like that. Love the lounge chair. Jana

  4. July 14, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Hi, Joel, I'm your brazilian fan! I'm a designer and blogger and do sustainable toys with my 3 year old son reusing paper packaging. I put your blog there a link on my blog: http://ciclicca.blogspot.com/2011/06/ursinho-de-papelao.html I hope your visit, you can leave your message in English even. Cris

  5. July 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I love how minimalistic this and your larger doll house is. A lot more room for personal creativity!

  6. July 15, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Wow!! They look so great!! To bad I don't have any kids yet!! I am certainly bookmarking your blog for future use! :)

  7. July 17, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Thanks everyone! Yeah, making little scenes is so great for the imagination. Fun!

  8. July 24, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Hi Joel! I'm kinda late in arriving to the Made by Joel party but I'm so glad I made it finally! What a fantastic blog you have and I can't wait to check out your book. I write a blog about Children's Books and when your book is released, I'd love to do a feature on you. Let me know if you might be interested in that! I'm also doing a post shortly about All-Things-Dollhouse-Related and I'm going to do a small write up up about your great platform idea, I'll link and credit back to you of course :) Keep up the AWESOME! Aloha, Melissa

  9. July 24, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Oops, a few too many ups in that sentence. Got too excited! :)

  10. July 27, 2011 at 4:32 am

    i've got tears in my eyes.. I loooooove it!

  11. m
    July 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Awesome! This is a doll "house" even I can make! Love it!

  12. August 1, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Thanks for your note Joel! Here's where I gave your fab idea a little write-up! http://www.juliasbookbag.com/2011/07/delightful-dollhouses.html take care, Melissa :)

  13. August 15, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Oh, this is fabulous! So minimalist and stylish. I am picturing wonderful little Mad Men-inspired dolls making themselves quite at home here. :o)

  14. January 14, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Aw, too bad this didn't make it in :( It's really cute! Keep up the good work :)

  15. Konstantina
    January 16, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    very creating and kids -inspired work!i love your approach!

  16. Konstantina
    January 16, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    love your child inspired creativity!

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