Welcome to my house! My doll house, that is. Today, I couldn’t be more excited to share one of my most ambitious projects to date! So, let’s get right to it. Come inside, and take a look around my 3D Victorian doll house.
This paper craft has been on my mind for a long time! But I knew it was going to take a lot of planning and time. I wasn’t wrong in that assessment, but I couldn’t be more proud of the results!
Like many little girls, I loved playing with dolls. But, honestly, my favorite part was getting everything set up just right. As I put this project together, and especially as I posed all my little figures, it brought back so many fond childhood memories for me!
I’m not going to lie, this 3D Victorian doll house is a time consuming project, that demands effort and patience to create. Standing at over 17″ tall and requiring over 30 sheets of cardstock to make, this is a big one. But, if you’ve ever been a doll person at any point in your life, I promise that it will be a really fun and worthwhile pursuit!
Follow along using the instructions below, or check out this tutorial video.
- Hot Glue
- Craft Glue
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
How to Make It
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the doll house pieces.
Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.
Assembling the Base
2. I always like to start by assembling the base. This one is pretty straightforward: connect the two main sections, attach the white fencing details, and fold in the edges. Just be sure that the cut marks int he base line up as shown: with the hexagonal area on the left side.
Assembling the Front & Sides
3. Each wall section is broken up into two pieces. Line up the pieces as shown in the first image, and glue them together with hot glue. Note that the top section on the left side is slightly different that the one on the right, so don’t get them mixed up.
Once those are put together, you can work on your window embellishments. I’ve included two layers to each window: a more complex (in this case, grey) piece, and a recessed (pink) frame to go behind. I apologize, but the recessed exterior frames are nearly the exact same size as the interior window frames. So, you will need to sort those out and make sure that you are using the correct pieces when putting these together. The best way to do that is to line up the recessed frame with the outer, grey, one, and make sure that it fits correctly before gluing.
After those are all attached, flip your pieces over, and glue in your vellum windows. Don’t add the interior window frames just yet (except the door one: you can add that one now, if you’d like).
4. Once all of those embellishment pieces are in place, you are ready to assemble the main structure of your doll house! Give each of your tabs and score lines a good fold, and glue them together like so.
Making the Roof
5. This doll house has three roof peaks, and by the end of these next few steps, you will be a certified roofer! I’ve included a lot of shingle strips in the design, but you can always make more if you need to. Note that there are two different strip patterns so that you can overlap the shingles in a realistic way.
I started with the smaller (the center and right) roof sections first. Note that the center section does connect with the balcony pieces. For these, layer on your roof strips one at a time, starting with the bottom, and working your way up. Once you’ve completed a section, trim off the excess. Then, you can glue your roof into its peak shape.
For the larger (left) roof peak, you have quite a bit more shingling to do—including some scalloped shingles that will go on the front (these ones are already cut to size, so they are a little easier to work with).
Once all of your shingles are in place, assemble the roof section, and set aside.
6. For this next step, I chose to attach my roof piece before shingling in order to hide my tabs under the shingles. This does make things a little more difficult, but things come together really clean in the end.
Attach the front porch and the balcony sections like so. Then, hot glue the roof piece on using the right side tab and the center roof peak—attaching the tabs to the outside.
Then, attach the left and right roof peaks as well.
7. Next, start layering on your shingles one section at a time, just like you did previously: starting with the bottom, and working your way up. The tricky part is that you may have to do your trimming as you go, depending on how stiff your material is.
Building the Inside
8. Now it’s time to get to work on that interior! There are probably a dozen different way that you could go about this, but this is how I chose to do it.
First, I started by assembling my interior walls and floors. (I’ve included carpets in this design as well: in my version, they are the same white as the floor structures themselves, but feel free to change them up with each room if you’d like.)
I like to use hot glue for almost all of my paper crafts, but I used a lot of tacky glue for this interior. That was mostly due to the fact that I needed more time to place and move things than hot glue would have allowed. That being said, I wish I had stuck with hot glue on the square sections of wall paper. You can see that the tacky glue caused those walls to bend a little bit, and that annoyed me. It worked great on the other sections of wallpaper though! But I’m getting ahead of myself.
For the next part, I called in an extra set of hands. I had my husband steady the house structure while I glued in the interior floors. This was the most stressful moment of the process for me!
After that was in, I was able to take a deep breath, and add the rest of the wallpaper.
Once all the wallpaper is glued in, you can attach your interior window frames.
Note: I suggest attaching the top part of the ladder after you do this. I attached it before putting in the wallpaper and window frames, and it was a pain to work around!
9. You are on the home stretch! The next thing to do is attach your ornamental roof fence using the tabs provided.
Then, you can assemble your front steps by folding along the score lines, and glueing the tabs to the inside.
10. Attach your steps to the front of your base. This is a good time to glue on your first floor carpet as well.
Then, start attaching your house to the base, one tab at a time.
Included in the design is an extra, smaller base piece. In case your base could use a little extra support int he center (like mine did). Fold/glue that rectangular section, and attach it to the underside of the base.
You did it!! Your 3D Victorian doll house is complete!
I realize that there are a lot of instructions to comb through with this one, but I really hope you’re able to just have fun with it! It took me three days to cut out all the pieces and put mine together, but I enjoyed coming back to this project each and every time!
Right now, this doll house is a bit empty, but if you like this design (which I hope you do!), I will create some furniture and appliances to go inside!
Like I said before, setting up my doll house was my favorite part of playing dolls as a child, and I think it’s pretty obvious that I was having a good time photographing my latest creation with these adorable little critters.
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other awesome die cut freebies available on my blog!
I hope you enjoy putting this die cut, 3D Victorian doll house together! As I watch you take on my more challenging projects, I am filled with joy to see them come to life in your own homes. Be sure to share your masterpieces with me on Instagram (#designsbymissmandee)!
Watch the video tutorial for this design here:
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