Turn a miniature vintage suitcase into a dollhouse.
Are you ready for cuteness overload? Today I’m sharing a fun miniature dollhouse made inside of a suitcase! This fun DIY craft project is easy to make, allows for endless customization and is the perfect handmade gift idea for little girls. Heck, I’m a grown woman and I want to play with it too! 😉
The dolly, her clothes, and her little bed all fit nicely inside of this cute paper mache suitcase:
When it’s time to play, just open the suitcase up and there’s the doll’s home!
To make your own dollhouse suitcase, you will need the following materials. (affiliate links)
- Paper Mache Craft Suitcase **See details below**
- Mini Wooden Spool
- Mini Metal Hangers
- Mini Clothespins
- Assorted Craft Paint and Paintbrushes
- Hot Glue Gun
- Scrapbook Paper
- Assorted Sewing Trims (lace, pom poms, etc.)
** The exact paper mache suitcase I used in the product is no longer being sold. Here are a few ideas for substitutions:
- Mini Wooden Purse (7″ x 1.8″ x 6.5″)
- Paper Mache Suitcase (9.4″ x 13.8″ x 4″)
- Basswood Boxes (Add your own handles to make a suitcase. Various sizes available.)
- Rainbow Suitcases (11.8″ x 8.6″ x 4.7″)
- Decorative Vintage Suitcase (8″ x 5″ x 3″)
- Gingham Print Mini Suitcases (7″ x 10″ x 3.25″)
- Fruit Suitcases (7″ x 11″ x 4″)
- Blue Rainbow Suitcase (9.4″ x 5.7″ x 3.5″)
Begin by painting the entire box with craft paint, inside and out. Avoid getting paint on the silver handle hardware or on the handle itself. You can skip this step if you bought a pre-decorated suitcase.
Next comes the fun part… creating a dollhouse scene inside! I made a little “bed” on the inside of the lid with a felt blanket and pillow. I glued the pillow and one edge of the blanket down so that it won’t fall out and get lost.
Then I made a little yellow polka dot dresser out of scrapbook paper and added tiny silver beads for handles. I also created a little gallery wall and clock using stickers and other goodies I found in my scrapbooking stash. Do you see that little clock? I cut it out using my Silhouette machine, then printed a real clock face. I just love little details, don’t you?!
To make a place to store extra doll clothes, I attached the mini wooden spool to the wall using hot glue. It’s the perfect place to hang all of the little outfits. The doll I made is a felt paper doll, so I added clothespins to the hangers since the clothes are all flat.
Making all of the little details was the most fun part of this whole project. You could even make different room scenes for that back area that aren’t glued into place so you can swap them out. How fun would that be?!
Isn’t this felt doll so sweet? I shared a detailed tutorial and free pattern to make your own doll here:
Check out this short video to see the doll and suitcase in action.
My preschool aged daughter loves this little dollhouse.
She is having so much fun playing pretend with her little doll, changing her clothes and hauling this cute little suitcase all around.