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Dollhouse Miniature made from Crates

A few friends of mine have been teasing me with their dollhouse makeovers. All their chatter got me interested, so I had to play along with them. Today I am going to share my Dollhouse made from Crates! I am hooked on miniatures!

How to make a Dollhouse with Crates

How to make a Dollhouse with Crates

This is a one room makeover, after I attached the crates, I decided to work on one of my favorite areas in my own home. The dining and outdoor space.

I used 3 crates (purchased at Michael’s), a smaller one on the top. I wanted to add an outdoor area to my dining loft.

  • Make cuts with a jig saw for window and door openings. (I still need to trim them out.)
  • Stack the crates and glue together with wood glue. Use clamps to secure until dry.
  • You can add more crates as the collection grows 😉 or if you realize you don’t have space for a bathroom!

Dollhouse Pergola at Refresh Restyle

The addition of the pergola and grass came next.

  • The pergola is made from square dowels and the grass is sheet moss. I used my hot glue gun for all the construction. (Dowels are from Lowe’s)
  • I added flowers and vines.
  • Lantern hung with wire.
  • Grill, dog food/water, water hose, flowers and vine are from Michaels
  • Murphy dog is from Hobby Lobby

Patio and dining area of the crate dollhouse at Refresh Restyle

  • Flooring is a place mat – cut to fit and paint.
  • Wall covering is fabric. I used spray glue and attached it to card stock. I can change the floor and the walls easily. I didn’t make them permanent.


Back of the Dollhouse Crate at Refresh Restyle

View from the back.

Dollhouse mini lemonade at Refresh Restyle

Grab a mini lemonade with ice! From Michaels!

All the furniture is from my friend Jeanie – they have been stored in same shoe box they were in the day she gave them to me… 3 years ago! I took this as a sign that I needed a dollhouse.

Mini fan guitar for dollhouse at Refresh Restyle

In Georgia we have a fan in every room!

Dollhouse chalkboard and hanging map at Refresh Restyle

Miniature dollhouse dining at Refresh Restyle

Dining area with outside pergola Dollhouse at Refresh Restyle This kitchen renovation is next. I found an amazing kitchen set on eBay.

If you’re wondering – yes I have an obsession – I find myself looking at miniatures way too much. These rooms are so much easier to makeover than my own.

Dollhouse made from crates at Refresh Restyle

Come on, you know you want to create a dollhouse!

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How to make a dollhouse with crates at Refresh Restyle



  1. That outdoor space is just the cutest thing ever. If only I could build a real life sized pergola with dowels and hot glue haha!

  2. Oh, how I love that you’re making this out of crates! So creative! The pergola and that puppy are too cute for words! I’m so excited to see what you come up with next.

  3. I love this! So clever! I really regret not playing along with you guys! The pergola is brilliant and a perfect place for Murphy.

  4. Your dollhouse is so darn cute Debbie!

    I have never, ever wanted a dollhouse, not even as a child. lol

    Jamie (my daughter), on the other hand has wanted to decorate one for a long, long time. 🙂 She’s currently too busy decorating her new home lately.

    super cute, and my favorite part? Murphy, of course! No blog post is complete without her sweet face.


  5. Oh my goodness! This turned out so cute. That pergola is so amazing! And I love the fan. I have to have a fan in every room of my house too! Lol! Amazing! Can’t wait to see what you do next.

  6. Oh my goodness, how cute is your doll house! Murphy on the patio, hahaha! So fun!

  7. Oh my goodness I am in love and that patio!! Just adorable and I can’t wait to see the rest!!!

  8. The patio with Murphey is the cutest thing EVER!!
    …and I love you put “under construction”.
    Story of a bloggers life right? Always something in the works.

  9. I LOVE it! So many cute details! The hose, the cups with lemons, that pergola! My oh my. I am obsessed too. I’m ready to quit working on my own home and just focus on miniatures from now on 🙂 much faster gratification!

  10. I love the pergola! It just goes with the whole crate vibe so well, and you have it all decked out so prettily. I need to grab a few of those lemonades for myself! Will your dollhouse have a bedroom?

  11. Oh Deb! It is over the moon adorable! So creative. I can’t wait to see the rest. It’s so stinkin cute I want one. Years ago I built one when we were first married. It was a huge Victorian that took me forever. When we moved I gave it to my Mom. She used to decorate it per season and it was so pretty.

  12. It is AWESOME!!!! What do I love the most…. lets see, oh maybe the fan? Maybe the map wall hanging, or possibly the arrow? I love it all, so I’ve gotta do some pinning.

  13. debbie, i LOVE this! i love that it is made of crates first of all. but that pergola- it kills me! it’s so flippin’ fantastic!

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