Smaller Three Story Dollhouse for 18" and American Girl Dolls

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 12/08/2015 - 08:09
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make a beautiful American girl dollhouse with easy plans by Ana White.  Under $100 to make!

Happy Holidays All!

I know the Holidays are already a very busy time of year, so I do apologize for what I'm about to do to you today.  Parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles of girls 5-12, I am so sorry.  You might just have another gift to add to your build list.


This year, I wanted to create new, smaller dollhouse plans for 18" or American Girl sized dolls.  We love this dollhouse, but it is big.  So I wanted to create options for people that live in smaller spaces, and don't have room for a giant dollhouse.

This dollhouse is only about five feet four inches tall, and 32" wide.  It is also much narrower, built with 1x12 boards instead of 24" wide plywood.

Unlike a tradditional style dollhouse where you set up rooms, this one isn't big enough to do that, as the rooms are only 11-1/4" deep (NOTE: The dollhouse pictured was atually built with 1x10s, so only 9-1/4" deep, so I altered the plans to the 1x12 depth for a little more room).  But I love how the furniture and dolls are on display.  I can just imagine the girls taking the furniture out, playing with it on the floor.  It makes a beautiful display, and the shelves are all at height that the girls could easily reach and play with.

This project is so simple to make - just a 1x12 bookshelf really - but the truss detail at the top really makes it cute.

The furniture doesn't help either.  So cute!  That kitchen!  I promise, will get you plans shortly for all the doll furniture, so stay tuned.

Alright... you ready to delight a little one this Christmas?  

Make sure you pin to your build list - especially if you have younger girls

And the FREE plans for this dollhouse follow (if this is the homepage click READ MORE below) - and build it!

Have an awesome day! 

XO Ana


PS - Thank you for all your support for our show premiering next week on DIY Network!





Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

2 - 1x12 @ 6 feet long (for sides and roof) 1 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long (for floors or shelves) about 30" of 1x2 boards for the truss detail 1 sheet of 1/4" thick plywood, mdf, beadboard or other backing material

Common Materials
3/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch finish nails
Cut List

2 - 1x12 @ 48" long, one end cut at 45 degrees off square, longest point measurement (cut from 6' long 1x12) 2 - 1x12 @ 23-3/4" long, one end cut at 45 degrees, longest point measurement (use scrap from 48" long cut, you don't even need to cut it, it can be longer as this is the roof and will just increase overhang) 3 - 1x12 @ 30-1/2" - cut all of these from the 8 foot 1x12 board 1/4" plywood @ 32" x 64-5/16" TRUSS DETAIL 1 - 1x2 @ 11" - both ends cut at 45 degree BEVEL, long point to long point mesurement 1 - 1x2 @ 4-3/4" - dogeared to a 45 degree point 2 - 1x2 @ 3-1/8" - one end cut at 45 degrees, longest point measurement

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Cut out windows from the side panels. Use a drill to start cuts and then cut from the drilled holes with a jigsaw. Sand the rough edges. I recommend drilling two pocket holes facing upward for attaching the roof in later steps, on either side of the small window, on the inside.

Step 2

Drill three 3/4" pocket holes on each of the shelves. Attach shelves to the sides with 1-1/4" pocket holes and wood glue. NOTE: If using pocket holes to attach roof (and you drilled pocket holes on sides as suggested in step 1) do not attach the third floor until after you complete step 3 or your drill will not be able to fit.

Step 3

Attach the roof to the sides. Use glue and 1-1/4" nails to attach roof at peak. The truss detail and back will further support this joint.

Step 4

Attach back with 3/4" brad nails or staples and glue to all fixed shelves, sides and roof.

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Fri, 01/08/2016 - 05:25

Ana, the kitchen appliances you have in the doll house look fantastic, have you added those plans to the website yet? I searched and couldn't find them. My daughter got Grace for Christmas and is already asking for a kitchen for her birthday so she and Grace can cook. Thank you


Wed, 01/20/2016 - 11:05

Thank you for these plans, Ana! I contemplated the larger house at Christmas but was a bit intimidated by the size. This smaller version is perfect! Planning on adding this to my weekend to do & gifting on valentines :)