So how about a dollhouse you can make with material you probably already have on hand, and no hammers necessary? A sturdy dollhouse with lots of play appeal? Cardboard to the rescue!
Wren's Nest, above, is made from cardboard boxes, fabric, and glue. The key to making a sturdy, and attractive, dollhouse from cardboard boxes is to line the box, both inside and out, with covered cardboard.
I used fabric to cover my cardboard lining pieces, and cut windows out of my boxes and the linings. You could also use white poster board and draw interior and exterior scenes for your house, or your kids could! If you are ambitious, you could applique windows, doors, flowers, whatever, to your fabric before applying it to the linings. Once you've sandwiched two or three layers of cardboard together, you'll be amazed at how sturdy the dollhouse is.