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     All of our unique collectible dollhouse miniatures are designed and meticulously handcrafted in our Maine workshop.  Each piece of wooden dollhouse furniture and wood accessory is artisan made completely from scratch beginning with a 2 x 4 piece of pine.  Unless otherwise noted, each product is done in 1:12 ( 1-inch ) scale.

How to Construct a Front and Backyard for Your Doll House

Landscaping your dollhouse gives it a special finishing touch. You don’t necessarily need to spend lots of money on it. In fact, you can just utilize the things you have at home. However, if you have money and enough space, you can go all the way and build a big garden and a front and/or backyard.

For this tutorial, let’s assume that you neither have unlimited money or lots of space. To start making your dollhouse’s front and backyard, you can use the following materials:

  • Foam core/ Thin plywood/ Cardboard
  • Fabric or faux turf
  • Paint
  • In-scale trees and flowers

Once you have the materials you need, follow the steps below:

  1. Cut the foam core, thin plywood, or cardboard (your base) to your desired size. Try putting the dollhouse on top of it and see whether the front and backyard size is just right.
  2. To make the lawn, you can simply cover the base with a green fabric or a faux turf. Don't worry, this isn't a real life lawn where you need to break out the zero turn radius mower to cut the grass.
  3. Once you have the lawn, it’s time to put plants on it. You can buy in-scale flowers and trees from any craft shop.
  4. For the fence, you can cut the thin plywood into similar sized planks.
  5. Paint the fence with a color that will complement your doll house.
  6. To add more details, you can build or buy in-scale recliner chairs to put on the garden.

It’s best if you design the front and backyard while you put the dollhouse on the base. However, if you are using paint, remove the dollhouse. You don’t want to minimize the risk of spilling color into it.

How to Make a Unique Bedroom for Your Dollhouse

You can simply buy a miniature bed for your dollhouse and remodel it. However, what you’ll usually get is that common bed design. If you want to try to be unique and build something a bit more different, then this tutorial will hopefully help you.

Make a unique bedroom for your dollhouse using popsicle sticks. To begin, prepare the following materials:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Knife
  • Thin plywood or cardboard
  • Foam
  • Fabric
  • Wood clamps
  • Paint

Once you have the materials, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Measure the bedroom area

To make sure that you are making a bed of the right size, make sure that you measure the bedroom area of your dollhouse beforehand.

Step 2: Make a picket model

Use your knife to cut one tip of the popsicle sticks. Depending on the size of the bed you want, you can lay some popsicle sticks together. Stick them together using glue and wood clamp. The result will look like a picket fence.

Step 3: Create footboard and headboard

Do the same process as you need to picket models for the footboard and headboard.

Step 4: Secure the boards

Place two cross members of popsicle sticks (forming an X) on the picket fence to secure them. Glue these cross members on the picket model.  Also, place a base board on the lower end of the picket fence.

Step 5: Paint the boards

Paint the picket models with the desired color.

Step 6: Make the bed posts

Create miniature bed posts by creating tenon joints and mortise.

Step 7: Fit all parts together

Fit the picket fence headboard and footboard to the bedposts. Use the wood clamp to make the process precise. Glue all parts together.

Step 8: Create the bed’s base

Finally, use a thin plywood or cardboard as your bed’s base. Paint it.

Step 9: Finish the bed with a extra thick mattress and bed sheet

For your mattress, you can use foam, and for your bed sheet, you can use a fabric of your choice.

Once you have your bed, try putting it on your dollhouse. Do you like how it’s built?

How to Set Up a Living Room for the Dollhouse

If you want a realistic dollhouse, you must be able to design and set up every room the same way you design and set them up in real life. For designing living room of your dollhouse, you might want to follow the steps below:

  1. Paint the room

In choosing a paint color for your living room, you would want one that will complement the dollhouse’s exterior paint. Never use the same color. Bright colors are recommended as they will make the interior stand out.

  1. Leave an open space

It’s normal to want to put as much miniature furniture on the dollhouse’s living room. However, don’t forget to leave an open space. Otherwise, everything will clamp in the small space, and you will hardly identify one furniture from the other.

  1. Arrange your furniture smartly

Working in a small space is not easy. You need to be able to maximize it well. The best way to do this is to plan where you will put the furniture carefully. For example if you have a nice recliner chair, then you can put this as a show piece in the middle of the room.

  1. Create windows

Having windows in your dollhouse’s living room makes it more realistic. Don’t forget to add curtains to these windows.

  1. Add a bold wall accent

Don’t leave the walls of your dollhouse’s living room blank. Be dramatic and try to add some art piece on them. Make sure that your chosen wall accent will complement the color of the room.

  1. Add other accessories

To complete the look of the living room, you can add other small details like a centerpiece, lamp, throw pillows, a rug, indoor plants, etc. You can buy these from a craft shop. Just make sure that you don’t overdo it.

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