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I used to work at a drug store and a customer bought a watch from the case and the box it came in looked just like a trunk, so I asked him if I could have it and put it in my dollhouse. It was the perfect size!
We have all these great Styrofoam pieces left over from Christmas packages. We made some "blocky" doll house furniture from them. We carved out a couch and two "stuffed" chairs. covered them with some old quilts by cutting the pieces to size and gluing them into place. We covered raw edges with cording. We even made a refrigerator, with some buttons and cording.
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I am looking for free or cheap dollhouse furniture. I only need the kitchen and the bathroom. I also need little accessories. I would like a computer for my dollhouse, but could not find one. I got the dollhouse for Christmas and would love to accessorize it.
Tiffany from Fort Collins, CO
Hi there! This is probably too late for you if this was a Christmas gift, but I just got back from vacation in Florida. While there, I visited a DOLLAR store, or 2 or 3 kinds with different names, but same idea, looking for inexpensive decorations.
I made a fairy doll house completely from scratch, starting with two large wooden crates.
I made all of the furniture and decor accessories by hand using popsicle sticks, little wooden dowels, cardboard and a glue gun.
Fabric remnants or lace to make curtains, bedspreads, throw rugs or a top for a canopy bed.
Beads and baubles to make legs for chairs and tables. Glue beads together to make wall hangings, picture frames, adorable lamps with a base, little pebbles and beads glued together to make a bathtub or a path on the outside patio.
Here are 2 items you can make from household items: 1) The white cap from a Scope Mouthwash bottle makes a perfect WASTE BASKET; scruntch up bits of paper to fill it up an place it in corner or next to desk. 2) Paint a used thread spool and an old round compact mirror on top to make an end table to place next to chair. I'm ground zero when it comes to minis so I hope this helps you. Oh, yes...watch for used computer mouse pads that look like oriental rugs with fringe...they make great additions to your dollhouse! regards!
For the last 25 years, I have been saving bits and pieces of things to put in a doll house. Originally, I wanted a farmhouse with little if any modern conveniences, with a big wood stove and coal shuttles next to the fireplace, etc.
Then, I was walking through the local As Is store here in Salem, and I literally stumbled over a doll house. I caught myself and while cursing silently at the item someone carelessly left on the floor, I fell in love at the same time.
I found it was only 12.99 so I stood by it and held my hand on it while the clerk made out the price tag, and didn't leave its side until it was in the car. Every time I look at it, it still makes me smile.
So, what is the problem you might ask? It is that it doesn't look like a farm house. It has round and arched windows and balconies and I don't know what to make of it.
By Sandi/Poor But Proud from Salem, OR
It looks like you could turn it into a Victorian or maybe a Swiss Chalet? If you still want to make it into a farmhouse, go to Google and type in "farmhouse." I found a house image called Elegant Farmhouse (at Builtwell Builders Inc.) that looked kind of like your dollhouse. Have fun! :)
As a person who builds dollhouses for others,I would like to share some of my ideas. First, when people know you are furnishing a dollhouse, they may gift you with little (literally!) items. use everything you get because your house will become a reminder of all the nice people in your life. also, a fun idea is to decorate each room for a holiday. A Christmas kitchen, a Halloween bedroom. It gives you so many opportunities to be creative as you shop tag sales and post holiday sales.
It also makes a dollhouse fun for any kids in your life. There is something about peering into a room and seeing the Easter bunny waiting for his turn to be the room of the moment! I love dollhouses, but sometimes they can get a little "crusty" or dry looking, simply because they do just sit there. So always keep it dusted.
You an make your curtains very washable by using this little trick. Buy some white, self adhesive Velcro. Cut tiny square and place one square on the top outer corner of the window frame. Take opposite half of Velcro and stick to each end of a flat piece of wood.
You can get bags of skinny craft sticks at michaels. Cut the stick to match the width of the window frame. Make a little valance out off any fine fabric. Add a little cotton lace trim or mini Pom poms. Slide this onto your velcroed curtain rod and adhere it to the tiny square that you already placed on the window frame corners. Now you have removable curtain rods!! Also, keep all the curtains the same color. Makes it look nicer when your house is facing from the front.
One last thing. When decorating the walls, don't be afraid to use over sized items on the wall. At Michael's or Joann's. Wood section you can find wood cutouts, sometimes even already painted. Place one big one on a wall and you have immediate impact.
For example, one big flower on the wall and then trim a chair rail in that same room with little flowers. Be sure to get some Mini glue dots to adhere little things to surfaces. Sorry I went on so long but through trial and error I have learned so much. Oops, I just remembered, I use only valances on the windows. This makes peeking into the rooms much easier. Have fun!
Thank you both so much. A chalet...interesting. It could be like a mountain chalet with a great room and a fireplace. I don't seem to be able to have a separate kitchen if I want a bathroom on the main floor, so that will be a challenge.
I love the ideas about the curtain, thanks. You know the backs of calendars when they put the smaller image of the photos? I cut those out and will be using them for photos. I have mini dishes and pots and pans. I need to figure out my scale and that isn't going to be easy. Two floors are 10" and the basement is 7".
Thanks for the info, both of you. I am sure this is the beginning of some other posts, and I will be grateful to you all. I am sending a shot of the same kind I had when I was just six. It was 4.95 plus 1.00 s/h and it had batteries for lights and even grass seed, plus plastic furniture. I thought I was in heaven.
I think I had a similar doll house as the one you posted, PBP! Seems I recall the family that came with it was called The Happy Family? LOL, I grew up in an Arts and Crafts farmhouse on the California desert and longed to live in a house like my modern suburban American Dream dollhouse:) I grew up-sure miss that beautiful old farmhouse of my childhood sometimes.
Your new dollhouse is not at all hard to see as a Victorian era farmhouse, and it looks as though that's the direction the original builder was going with yours. It looks as though someone gave up when the build was 3/4 finished - missing stairs and the gingerbread detailing. You're going to have a wonderful time finishing this!
Have you looked at this site? They have a forum, too:
Please do update this thread! I can't wait to watch your progress. I've always wanted a 'real dollhouse', ever since the one I had so long ago.
I am looking to purchase inexpensive dollhouse chairs for a school project. Does anyone know where I can find them inexpensively?
Mary Kay from Hampton, VA
They sell them at the dollar store in my town. I hope yours does too!
you can also find them in craft stores unfinished for about 1.00. don't know what your doing but they are easy to make also out of cardboard and hot glue or balsa wood found in the hardware store cheap cheap good luck
This is a page about free printable dollhouse and dollhouse furniture plans. Making a dollhouse and furniture is fun a project that your child can participate in.