How to make dollhouse miniatures

Written by karen frisch
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Even adults are enchanted by dollhouse miniatures. Dollhouses allow us a glimpse into a different world. You can create your own dollhouse miniatures fairly easily and inexpensively. Here are three ideas for simple things you can make to get you started on a miniature parlour of your own. Directions are included for a couch, rug and television. When you're done, you can display your miniatures in a dollhouse or set them up in a diorama.

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Things you need

  • Old eyeglass case
  • Cotton balls or quilt batting
  • Fabric to cover sofa
  • Fabric that feels like wool
  • Miniature fringe trim
  • Small pieces of wood
  • Newspaper ads
  • Stain and varnish

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  1. 1

    Take a plain eyeglass case that stays open on its own to use as the base for your sofa. Fill in the concave hollow area with cotton balls or quilt batting. Round the middle part to make it slightly higher than the ends.

  2. 2

    Cut four equal-sized rectangular pieces of wood small enough to serve as sofa legs. Cut two wider rectangular blocks of wood to serve as arms on your sofa.

  3. 3

    Cover the sofa arms with cotton ball padding that you glue on. Cut fabric to fit, covering the arms so they appear upholstered. Glue the fabric to the wood underneath and behind the blocks where the folds aren't visible. Set them inside the ends of the sofa where the arms belong.

  4. 4

    Cut pieces of fabric large enough to cover the back of the sofa, both the hard outside of the eyeglass case and the soft upholstered back a doll would lean against. Cut a piece wide enough to cover the seat. Glue the outside fabric on the back of the sofa first, making the fabric wide enough to turn inside the open eyeglass case. Cover the inside back and the seat of the sofa with fabric, leaving enough material to turn the edges under the stuffing so they won't be seen. Glue the sofa upholstery in place, making sure you have a rounded back and seat.

  5. 5

    Stain the wooden legs. When they dry, varnish them so they shine. Glue them onto the bottom of the sofa once they've dried. Make tiny matching pillows for your sofa to hide any flaws.

  6. 6

    Make a miniature rug by choosing fabric with a warm woollen feel in a pattern of your choosing. Cut the fabric into a rectangle in the size to match the dollhouse room or diorama where you plan to display it. Add strips of miniature fringe from the fabric store to either end by sewing them on.

  7. 7

    Make a miniature television set using a narrow block of wood. Stain the back, sides, and edges of the front to match the sofa legs. Varnish the TV cabinet when it's dry, or paint it black. Cut out pictures from ads in a newspaper circular. The pictures can be anything from a scene in nature to a scene from a movie or DVD. Choose the one you like best. Cut the picture the size you need for your TV screen, and glue it on. Run your finger over the picture until it's smooth and the glue begins to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Watch as you attach the fabric to the inside back and seat of the sofa to make sure the two pieces fit together with the stuffed look of a real sofa. You can also stuff and cover empty spools of thread to use as sofa cushions. Cut your own block of wood to serve as a TV from balsa wood, so soft you can cut it with a butter knife. Look for common household items to use in making miniatures, such as extra fabric or pretty designs on paper towels that can be used as drapes.

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