Building a dollhouse with my daughters offered a powerful new way for us to bond. If you are looking for an opportunity to bond with your girls? I recommend taking up building a doll house. I decided over the course of the past year to purchase one from Hobby Lobby. It was a decision that made me question my sanity at one point. I have four girls and they are from age 4-15 and each has her own personality. Every one of them wants to help, and everyone wants it their way. Let the fun begin!

Picture of a dollhouse being built

Dollhouse Building a test of man’s intelligence

I did some research and found that the ones at Hobby Lobby were affordable and a little more simpler to build. It was pretty simple. Patience is something that is needed and it will test them more than ever! The build of the house goes pretty simple. Putting the shingles on the roof is where the true fun starts! I did not run electricity in this one, I didn’t wanna over do it on the first go at it. That and I wanted to keep my pride a little intact. I debated over running electricity, read the instructions several times for how to do it. I decided my knowledge of dollhouse building should begin like the early settlers, without electricity. Incidentally, they didn’t have indoor plumbing and neither does my dollhouse.

The project was/is ongoing, we wallpapered, painted, laid tile and it was something that gave us time to bond. We didn’t buy everything at once, we took our time. It provided time to spend with the girls, on different outings to pick up stuff for the house. Even now we still run to the store to pick up new furniture, curtains, furniture. The girls even spend time looking for different furniture and decorations to put in their new dollhouse. I hear them sharing their ideas and planning what to do next. My plan is to do one for each one of them, and let them have a share in planning them as well.

The dollhouse has driven me to madness from time to time. The amount of times I have heard “Daddy, what can I do?” is beyond comprehension! “Why does she get to paint that and I don’t?” My advice would be if you have multiple kids working with you on the project, pre-plan who gets to do what. It will save you a lot of time and stress in the long run. Otherwise, take your time and enjoy the process. If you have any questions or need some direction please drop me a line and let me know. I would be glad to help however I can. My other piece of advice PRAY!