Day 9: Travel Tin Dollhouses with KatyDiddys

Monday, May 09, 2011 Aimee Larsen 15 Comments

Hi!  I'm Laura Bray from katydiddys.  I'm so excited to share a Summer Soiree idea with you today.

Whenever we go out to dinner, my daughter brings her "restaurant purse".  It contains loads of things to keep her busy while she waits for her food to arrive or for Mom & Dad to finish eating their food.  We have crayons and tic-tac-toe games and little journals in it.  Lately, she's been a bit bored by the selection of the items in the purse and I knew I had to come up with something new.  As I was digging through my own purse, I came upon an empty Altoid mint tin.  After looking it over, I decided it would make a perfect bed for one my daughter's little toy pets. 

I covered the tin with scrapbook paper and ribbon and inside I tucked a scrap of batting, covered with a scrap fabric for the mattress.  More fabric scraps made a tiny blanket and pillow. 

But I couldn't stop there!  I got another tin (I really like mints!) and made a little kitchen.  The sink, stove and fridge are small boxes with the appliances sketched onto them.  The table is the top of soda bottle.  

If you are planning to make one (or three-they're addictive) be sure to include your child.  Ask them to find small items around the house that can be tables, chairs, pillow.  I know my daughter spent hours sifting through items to turn into accessories for her dollhouse.

These little dollhouses fit in any purse and are sure to keep your child busy.  Take it to a restaurant or even on vacation with you this summer. Be sure to bookmark my blog at  
to get lots of creative ideas over the summer months!


  1. GREAT IDEA!! I have often wondered what I could do with those. My girls will love it and maybe we can make an army man one for my son! Thanks Kristy from

  2. Amy @ ServingPinkLemonadeTuesday, May 10, 2011

    This is a VERY cute idea! What a great way to recycle.

  3. This is great! I have lots of Altoid tins here. People give them to me because they know I like to work with them.

    I never realized a LPS animal would fit in them. Guess what I'm going to have to try? :)

  4. That is an awesome idea!  Love it!

  5. This is such a cute idea! Makes me wish I had someone to make it for.

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

  6. I've been collecting these tins for some time..I love this idea and my little grand daughter will love it to come up with an idea for the littlest cute and a just tuck in my pocket item..

  7. This is one of the cutest 'mini play' ideas I think I've ever seen. I remember when I was a little girl and Polly Pocket was a popular toy. I loved it, so I know my kids would love this. 

  8. Que idéia linda e criativa. Parabéns!

  9. I never thought to use them as doll houses!  Brilliant!
    I have taken a tin to use as a traveling ABC game - you can get little "scrabble tiles" (really just wooden squares with letters on them) at Michael's.  Michael's also has precut magnets in the same size.  I've assembled these so my son can practice spelling words and putting letters together to make sounds.  He loves it!

  10. The Activity MomSaturday, July 06, 2013

    You inspired me to make my own! Love it!

    I also made a Lego themed play set and a Travel Dice game with the mint tins:

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