How do I make doll house furniture?
By Bridget from England, UK
As a child we used to pick up empty cigarette boxes from the gutters and cover them in fabric to make chairs and couches for Barbie. Boy that's probably frowned on now! Two on top of each other for the seat, one on end for the back and one on each side for the arms. Each box was wrapped in fabric and sewn together. Hey, it kept us kids busy!
Using exacto knife, hot glue gun or wood glue and small dowel rods you can glue popsicle sticks to glue together and the rods make legs for furniture. The wood is thin enough to cut sticks shorter if needed or to form/shape into a chair or bed. Use polyester filling to make a mattress for the bed stuffing it into sewn fabric. Can also do the same for sofa/chair. For a fireplace, popsicle sticks glued on edges of flat wood and then glued on the top of the flat wood can make the mantle.
If you are wanting something more elaborate than the handy dandy around the house items and are using electrical tools to create, then I suggest getting a dollhouse furniture catalog and improvise with scrap wood, etc to create and some wood stain or paint to give it a finished quality.
I have made furniture out of plastic canvas. I have several books with patterns. Plastic canvas makes very nice furniture and you can use the color of yarn to match any color scheme.
You are going to need to know the size (scale of a real house to a doll house) (typically 1/12th), and make your furniture for the size dollhouse you are either making or will buy, or maybe you already have one.
That's the first step. Then go to your public library and check out a book on "Building DollHouse Furniture". You will be so glad you did, and there are some wonderful ideas in those books as well as instructions and other great information that will help you in so many way.
When you find a book that you really like, check with Amazon.com and see if they have a used one. You can often
buy an almost brand new book for 1 cent plus $3.99 shipping to anywhere here in the US.
If you are into handbuilding (clay sculpting), you might like to try some pieces in FIMO or another of the acrylic clays, or even the self-drying Grumbacher's Clay. Takes a little longer, but we've done lots of it, and it is remarkably durable. Paint it to suit yourself with Acrylic Paints once it's good and dry, and a good spray with clear acylic keeps it nice.
Make your own little lamps, dishes, pots and pans, vases, and anything else you can think of. Hey, the dolls don't care. To them, it's the looks that count. Just keep everything doll-sized.
Be careful though, as dollhouse furniture-making can be addictive. ;-) It's a lot of fun.
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