DIY Dollhouse Miniatures

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DIY Dollhouse Miniatures
Wrap up tiny packages for your dollhouse. (Christmas baby image by Sandi Chetwynd from Fotolia.com)

While you can furnish your dollhouse with store-bought miniature furniture, it is more fulfilling to fashion your own dollhouse miniatures. Many of the materials needed are recyclable items found around your home or inexpensive supplies from the craft store. It doesn't require a lot of money to make charming dollhouse miniatures; it does take a bit of imagination and creative energy.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Heavy computer paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Self-hardening clay
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic primer
  • Acrylic paint
  • Wristwatch
  • Glass beads
  • Knitting needles
  • Yarn
  • Soap
  • Toothpicks
  • Tissue paper
  • String
  • Magazine
  • Cardboard
  • Embroidery thread
  • Wood bead
  • Linens

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Print out a sheet of dollhouse printables from the Internet. A dollhouse printable is a webpage or file such as a PDF that you print using your computer and printer. Follow the instructions on the sheet of printables to assemble the dollhouse item. There are dozens of websites offering free dollhouse printables, to make furniture, household items and more. Cut them out like paper dolls and strategically fold them together to create a three-dimensional dollhouse miniature.

  2. 2

    Mold self-hardening clay to create tiny dollhouse dishware, fake food, doll bath toys and other tiny items. Paint the dried sculpture with acrylic primer, followed by acrylic paint.

  3. 3

    Remove the watchbands from unused, old or broken wristwatches. Use the face of the watch as a dollhouse wall clock.

  4. 4

    Glue three tiny glass beads, of graduating sizes, one-atop of another, like a small snowman, to create a dollhouse perfume bottle. Glue a sequin to the bottom of the stack, as the base of the perfume bottle.

  5. 5

    Knit a tiny dollhouse afghan, using small needing needles, to make a tighter stitch, appropriate for the size of a dollhouse.

  6. 6

    Carve a piece of soap, to create small, dollhouse-sized soap.

  7. 7

    Glue two toothpicks together to make a cross, trim off the ends of one toothpick to make a cross shape. Cover the cross with coloured tissue paper to make a doll's kite. Add a kite's tail, using string with bowlike pieces of coloured tissue paper glued on the tail.

  8. 8

    Cut small scenic pictures from magazines and glue onto sturdy cardboard, to make pictures to hang on the wall. Frame the pictures by adding a border made by strips of heavy paper.

  9. 9

    Wind embroidery thread into a small ball, to make yarn for the dollhouse. Make knitting needles from a pair of thick toothpicks, with a tiny wood bead glued to one end of each toothpick.

  10. 10

    Recycle old linens by cutting them into doll-sized bed sheets and towels.

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