Furnishing a doll house can be expensive. Store bought furniture, whilst looking more realistic and often made to perfectly replicate the real thing, is better-suited for static doll houses that are more for show than for playing with. Children like to play with doll houses, however, so an inexpensive alternative like paper doll house furniture can keep everyone happy. An added advantage is that paper furniture is quick and easy to make and replace, as well as being portable as a carry along toy whilst travelling.
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Things you need
- Stiff paper
- Craft knife
Cut an oblong of stiff paper to measure 3 by 1 inches. Measure 1 inch from each end and score across the width.
Measure 1/4 inch in from each edge in the scored sections and draw a line 1/2 inch long inward from the edge towards the score line. Join these lines then cut out the marked section with the craft knife. The remaining card in the scored sections will now look like a squared-off letter 'C'. The top and bottom sections of the 'C' shape will form the table legs.
Fold along the scored lines so that the table legs are at right angles to the table top.
Paint the table to match the doll house decor.
Cut a rectangle of stiff paper to measure 4 by 1.5 inches. Working along the length of the rectangle and starting from the left hand side, mark three points at 2 inches, 2.5 inches and 3.5 inches from the left side edge.
Score across the width of the paper at the marked points. Fold the first score line (at 2 inches from edge) towards you. Fold the second score line away from you. Fold the third score line away from you.
Adjust the folds so that the chair stands correctly. The 2 inch section forms the back, the small 1/2 inch section forms the back leg, the 1 inch section is the chair seat, and the final small section forms the chair's front leg.
Paint the chair to match the rest of the doll house furniture and decor.
Tips and warnings
- Beds and lounge chairs or sunbeds can be made with the same folding technique.
- Magazine covers make good stiff paper for the creation of doll house furniture.
- Paper furniture is easily scaled up or down to fit different sizes of doll houses.
- Small tester or sample pots of emulsion paint are an inexpensive way to decorate doll house furniture.
- Use non-toxic paint and please supervise children if using a craft knife to make paper doll house furniture.
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