My sisters and I did not have a lot of toys. Well, let me clarify. I think we probably had as many toys as any other kid of the ’60s and ’70s, but that’s many fewer than the kids of today. We often made our own. Some of my most cherished memories are of the dollhouses we made for our Little People from plain boxes.
We took a box, perhaps 2 feet high, l foot wide and 6 inches deep (these measurements can vary according to whatever boxes you may have). We cut a piece of thick cardboard and glued it in for a second story “floor.” Then the fun began! Mom brought home old wallpaper sample books and we cut those up to paper and carpet the rooms in our house. It was so much fun choosing the patterns. I wonder if stores still give away their old wallpaper books?
For pictures, we used the little round metal pop bottle lids (remember those?) and glued tiny pictures inside them. We taped them onto the walls as artwork.
For furniture, we used small boxes – jello boxes, canning jar lid boxes. We covered these with construction paper and added various details to turn them into pianos, dish cupboards, fireplaces, etc.
Here’s a cupboard and a bed I still have, although the cupboard is showing its age with the peeling paper. Did you ever make doll furniture as a child? Sound off in the comments …