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From Wooden Bird House Into Doll House with DIY Peg Dolls!


from bird house to doll house

A few weeks ago, I was invited to participate in the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Cape Discovery summer crafting challenge. The kids and I are always up for crafting, so it seemed like a fun opportunity! They sent us a gift card to cover supplies and instructions to put our on spin on one of the projects from the catalog linked above. The kids and I decided to turn their bird houses into miniature doll houses!

building a doll out of wood beads

We have made peg dolls in the past, but this time we decided to try a new version. First, we picked out wooden beads. We put hot glue on pipe cleaners and then threaded the pipe cleaner through the three different beads to build the people below. They were supposed to get some clothes, but the kids haven’t decided how to make those yet (if ever).

dolls made out of wooden beads

Next they set to work painting their bird houses:

turning bird houses into doll houses

Five-year-old Johnny is a big fan of policemen who catch robbers right now, so his is supposed to be a jail – the brown paint is the bars on the cage:


I think seven-year-old Emma’s may have been inspired by park pavilions:

miniature doll house from a bird house

Three-year-old Lily is our resident minimalist. She didn’t paint her house at all (apart from coating it in mod podge), but she did cut up some patterned felt to make blankets for her dolls!

minimalist doll house from bird house




Lily especially really loves her doll house – it’s so easy for her to carry around! She even took it to school for show and tell!

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MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

16 thoughts on “From Wooden Bird House Into Doll House with DIY Peg Dolls!”

  1. I didn’t realize that they do crafts with kids at the store. The kids’ houses all look terrific and they seemed to have had a wonderful time! I love how they are so proud of them! You will have to take the little houses with you to California!!

  2. Elisa | blissfulE

    What a great project! And I love the picture of Lily carrying hers around.

  3. I love your wooden dolls – they are the perfect fit for your doll houses and what a bonus that they are portable. Another great idea – so cute that Johnny made his a jail!

  4. Those turned out really cute! I’d recommend tp cars or catapults. They are easy to make out of things you have around the house, then you can recycle them when you’re done with them (before you move), and make more if you decide that you need that fun in your life again (after the move).

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