It will take time to assemble your dollhouse. Set up a work
area where you can keep all your supplies and tools handy
and ready to go.
Try to select a place where your house can stay out at the
end of each work session instead of having to pack things
up. You will make the most of your working time and more inclined
to see the project through.
Read through the instructions that came with your house.
Make notes of any items you will need for assembly and then
Wear work clothes or a covering of some type since you will
be gluing, painting and cutting.
You will need a pencil, ruler, hobby knife, blades, sanding
block or sandpaper, masking tape, and a tacky or wood type
glue. You may already have these around the house. You might
also check your local store for a starter set of tools. There
are a few optional items you may find helpful: A fast grabbing
glue like Quick Grab or Bonds Cement, hot glue gun w/stand,
paint brushes, cup for water, and wide masking tape. If your
house requires nailing you will want a small hammer and small
pair of pliers.
You will be using sharp tools, paints and glues. Understand
how to use each tool properly and store tools out of children's
the manufacturer's instructions and warnings. When gluing
and painting have good ventilation and don't smoke.
Glues and Adhesives
There are several kinds of glues and adhesives you will need
to get your house together.
Wood and Tacky Glues: These are your general purpose glues
for assembly of most of your wood parts. To apply squeeze
air from the bottle first and then turn upside down to apply
the glue. Lay your dab or glue line. Release the pressure
on the bottle at the
end of the dab or glue line so the bottle will suck the remainder
of the glue stream back inside instead of having it run on
your pieces or
work area. Clean up excess glue between steps.
Fast Grab Glues: These help hold items like clapboard siding
or shingles in place without sliding. Make sure it dries clear.
Hot Glue Gun: Use hot glue to help hold pieces in place while
your wood glue dries. Don't use for assembly, it is not a
Use a little dab where needed to hold your glued pieces in
position as they dry.
Specialty Glues: For applying floor coverings, wallpaper,
plastic parts, etc. Check the product for the recommended
adhesive or ask
your local retailer for a recommendation.
Opening the box
Carefully open the box, some can be opened in a way to serve
as a work tray. You will want to check and make sure all parts
there and are clearly identified. If you purchased a die cut
kit it is a good idea to write the name and sheet number (if
each piece. Verify the parts name and quantities against the
instruction sheet. You can take this time to lightly sand
Follow the manufacturers directions! It is a good idea to
do a dry assembly run to make sure you have the right parts
how they go together before you apply the glue. You can take
this time to trim and sand edges. You might want an extra
set of hands
available to help hold pieces. You can apply a sealer or primer
coat to your pieces before assembly but don't try to paint,
wallpaper before the house is assembled. Take your time!
You can take the simplest kit and add those extra details
that will make your house stand out. Take advantage of pre-assembled
windows and doors to add architectural details. Finish interior
rooms with wood floors, tile floors, paneling, wallpaper,
moldings, and baseboard. Add brick to a fireplace interior
or exterior. Finish the outside with clapboard siding, brick,
stone or stucco.
Your local store can help you with suggestions, choices and
One of your best resources is your local hobby store. They
will have intimate knowledge of the products, features, and
quirks you may
encounter. They also have a relationship with the manufacturers
to help resolve problems. You may consider joining a local
you can lean insider tips and tricks and spend time with others
who share your interest. There are also books available with
how to and finishing information:
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