Tiny House Dollhouse for Barbies or 12" Dolls

Are you looking for a new and fresh take on the dollhouse? 

How about a Tiny House Dollhouse?

It’s Handbuilt Holiday season – The season of giving and building and giving all over again! 

It starts with Jaime Costiglio and I – we give you a new free plan every Friday in the weeks leading up to Christmas.  We hope you build and then give handbuilt gifts this season.

You can see all our Handbuilt Holiday gifts to you here.

Today’s plan is such an exciting one!  You know how much I love tiny houses.  We all love tiny houses.  So why not a tiny dollhouse?

This one is inspired by the Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House I did a few years back.  Complete with tons of convertible furniture!

This couch is of course also a bed –

It’s inspired by the flip chair –

Hinges really do make everything better.

Jaime added alot more convertible furniture to the tiny house –

Like this shower.  Guess what it becomes???

Head on over the read Jaime’s build post here to find out and see lots more photos.


Then get ready to build with the free plans below!

xo Ana






Tiny House Dollhouse Plans


DIY Barn Door Hardware from Washers

We all love barn door anything, but the high cost of hardware can be prohibitive.  In this tutorial, I’ll show you how we DIYed our own barn door hardware the absolutely least expensive way using all new off the shelf materials.  And it’s pretty easy to make too, with just a drill and a jigsaw and some spray paint.

The barn door hardware is made up of two parts – the rail and the rollers.  The rail is attached to the cabinet.  The rollers are attached to the door and roll along the rail.


The Rail – Barn Door Hardware DIY

Let’s start with the rail.

To make the rail track, simply use 1″ wide flat metal bar, available at most any hardware store, for about $10 for six feet.  You’ll need some leftover flat metal bar for the roller pieces too.  For our 4 foot wide project, I purchased a six foot long piece.

Using a drill bit designed for metal, drill holes to mount the flat metal bar to the cabinet.  Since we were using 1/4″ bolts, we used a 1/4″ drill bit to drill the holes.  You’ll need to drill holes every two feet or so – we did three holes for a four foot wide cabinet.  Do place your holes where it makes sense in mounting to the cabinet.

The rail needs to be set off the cabinet so the door has room to pass.  You can find spacers at most any hardware store.  The spacer length should be equal to the thickness of your door panel – our door was 1″ thick, so we used a 1″ spacer.  

You’ll also need washers, a bolt and locking nut.  We used 1/4″ size.

For the bolt that attaches the rail to the cabinet, a flatter head is more desireable, so it doesn’t cause the sliding door to catch.  If you can’t find a flat head bolt, a round head will do.  And if you must use a hex head, just add some washers on your door rollers (see below) so the door can pass over the bolt head.

Rail Supply List

  • 1″ wide x 1/8″ thick  Flat Metal Bar
  • 1/4″ bolt, 1″ longer than cabinet header thickness plus spacer length
  • Spacers, same length as door thickness
  • 1/4″ washers (get a few extra, you’ll need them)
  • 1/4″ locking washers
  • Jigsaw with metal blade
  • 1/4″ Drill bit for drilling metal



The Rollers – Barn Door Hardware DIY

The rollers are so simple!  Here’s how we put them together –

We started with a piece of flat metal bar cut with a jigsaw 8″ long.  We drilled three holes in each flat metal bar, one at the top for attaching the roller wheel, and two at the bottom for attaching the door.

The roller is made up of two 2″ fender washers, with a 1/4″ hole in the center.  In between the larger fender washers are smaller 1-1/2″ fender washers.  We used three.

We placed washers on the outsides of the larger fender washers to prevent the wheel from rubbing on the bar and scratching paint off.

Finally, a 1/4″ bolt, 1-1/4″ long is the “axel” – all the parts are placed on the bolt and a locking nut holds it all on.  Leave the locking nut loose enough so the “wheel” can spin freely.

Roller Supply List

  • 1″ wide x 1/8″ thick flat metal bar, cut to 8″ lengths (two needed per door)
  • 1/4″ bolt, 1-1/4″ long
  • 1/4″ washers (the same used for hanging the rail)
  • 1/4″ locking nut (the same used for hanging the rail)
  • 2″ x 1/4″ fender washers
  • 1-1/2″ x 1/4″ fender washers
  • jigsaw for cutting flat metal bar
  • drill with metal drill bit for drilling holes in flat metal bar
  • You’ll also need bolts or lag screws to attach the door to the flat metal bar – this will depend on your door thickness and construction


Just to make your life easier, here’s a printable supply list that you can print out to figure out exactly what you need.

And you can also watch our video where we created this Barn Door Hardware and installed it.



Please do share if you make this hardware, we love seeing your results too!




Snack Cabinet with Mini Fridge and Microwave

Want to upgrade your guest room, dorm room, break room, airbnb rental by adding a microwave, mini fridge and coffee maker? And also happen to love barn door anything?

Well, how about a barn door mini fridge microwave snack cabinet (that also holds the coffee maker)?

Not only is the mini fridge cabinet totally gorgeous, but oh so functional too!  It’s sized just right for a mini fridge (we got the 2.6 cubic feet one) and a small microwave, with still lots of room for snacks or dinnerware.  And the top is nice and big for a coffee maker and serving snacks from.

We spent about $100 on this cabinet – including the barn door hardware! – and it was a very easy build!

You can watch us build it – and DIY the barn door hardware – in this video –


Yep, we DIYed the barn door hardware.  Out of WASHERS.  

And it worked!

I’ll get working on the barn door hardware tutorial right away, so you can hack your own for about $15.

We stained our door with Varathane Aged Wood Accelerator in Rustic Brown Look-

Such a great color!

Are you ready to have your own barn door snack cabinet?  Start spoiling those guests? You can get building on the barn door snack cabinet right now, the plans are below.





DIY Mini Fridge Cabinet Plans

LA City Blocks made by WouldWorks

We now proudly carry LA City Blocks made entirely by our partner non-profit WouldWorks. Providing work opportunities for people who are homeless or living in poverty, all profits go to sustaining their endeavor. These fun blocks for adults and children alike, are made of a salvaged sycamore tree from the Hollywood Dell neighborhood of LA. The sets come in a solid beechwood tray that can be…


Ice Cream Cart

Are you looking of the perfect Christmas gift for your little ice cream lover?  This adorable ice cream cart is made of wood, and features rolling wheels and a roomy ice cream storage area.

As part of the Handbuilt Holiday series that Jaime Costiglio and I do in the ten Fridays leading up to Christmas, we share free plans so you can build it yourself.

It is our gift to you!

I do the plans (below) and Jaime does the build – so do take a second to hop over and read Jaime’s build post, with lots more photos and build details.




Enjoy the free plans following,