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DOLLHOUSE


Watching my girls industrially roll bits of toilet paper between their fingers to make miniature popcorn or cut tinfoil mirrors for their dollhouse brought back a flood of memories of making doll houses from household objects. Bowls became bathtubs and swimming pools, cups were elevators, boxes with sponges and wash cloths were beds, the possibilities were endless.

Cardboard boxes have been the most useful and fun for me and my kids.

First, big refrigerator boxes were exciting houses and cars when the girls were smaller, then we started making doll houses from boxes. They love to make cardboard laptop computers, smart phones and cameras. And a silver jewelry box (with a hole cut out and pictures glued in) makes an excellent tv.

It’s funny, my daughters spend hours making their houses, designing and decorating them and making furniture and food for them but don’t spend as much time playing in those worlds, and I remember doing exactly the same thing. Maybe inventing and making your own world is more fun than pretending to live in it, that part can be boring. I love seeing my daughters’ elaborate set ups that combine everything; store bought toys mixed with things from our kitchen, toys from my and my parents’ childhood, pieces of fabric they have cut from my nice napkins, and wood and ceramic miniature stools my husband made for work.

This is My Dollhouse came from watching my daughters and my own memories of the endless entertainment of making miniature worlds with the ordinary objects from around the house. It is about how one girl’s handmade cardboard dollhouse is far more fun than her friend’s ready-made, store-bought one. How her mix matched family of toys has more personality and life than a perfectly matching plastic family. Mostly I hope “This Is My Dollhouse” inspires other people to make their own dollhouses, furniture, and toys if they haven’t already, and find the same joy in it that my family has had. There is a simple diagram of how to make your own cardboard dollhouse on the inside of the book cover and I made a little movie about that too. Here's the LINK.  Enjoy.
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Giselle Potter is the author of the recent picture book, This is My Dollhouse (Schwartz and Wade, 2016), and Amazon best book of the month for May.


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