Dollhouses are incomplete without dollhouse miniatures. These miniatures can include dollhouse furniture like tables, chairs, and beds, small human and animal figures, and much more. By adding such miniatures to your dollhouse, you can give it a more realistic setting and a character of its own.
However, it may be tough to find miniatures that fit the scale of your dollhouse and your ideas within your locality. This is especially so when you have constructed your dollhouse from scratch using your own scale or if you have bought a dollhouse kit or readymade dollhouse of a special scale. In all these cases, it may be a good idea to make your own dollhouse miniatures.
If you are thinking about making dollhouse miniatures on your own, you need to understand that it may not be easy. Dollhouse miniatures are really small and it can be tough to get a lot of details on the furniture. For example, if you look at a real-life cupboard with medium level details and think of a miniature of it, you may need precision cutters and even a magnifying glass to replicate the same details.
Simply put, making dollhouse miniatures requires some skill, and most people do not get the results they expected in their first attempt, so you should keep your expectations low if you are just starting out. However, there is no need to lose hope completely. You can build your skills with practice and patience. If you have a positive attitude and keen eye for detail, you can make exquisite miniatures for your dollhouse within no time.
If you are looking to make simple dollhouse miniatures without too many details, you can find it much easier to learn the process. Most people do not look into the finer details of a dollhouse except on rare occasions, so you can safely omit some details for the sake of simplicity.
October 1st, 2012
The construction of a dollhouse is a daunting task as it is, but painting one is another challenge altogether. At the same time, painting is one of the most essential elements without which a dollhouse would look and feel incomplete. In other words, painting is absolutely necessary for completing a dollhouse.
Now, you can paint a dollhouse before or after construction, but you should never paint it after you have decorated the dollhouse with accessories. In most cases, people tend to paint the dollhouse piece by piece rather than leave it after assembly. The choice of colors, of course, is completely yours, but the type of paint and the method of painting have to be suitable for the material of the dollhouse and the area you paint.
Before you begin painting, you need to carry a thinner and a brush or cloth to apply the thinner. Dollhouses are small in size, and the painting process eventually leads to unintentional paint stains. To avoid this and to keep your dollhouse clean, you need to keep some thinner with you at all times.
If you are painting the dollhouse piece by piece, you need to be careful not to get paint on the grooves. The grooves are used to fit each piece properly, and to do this, their shape needs to remain intact. Painting over grooves or getting paint between grooves can distort their shape, compromising the fit of pieces and eventually, the structural integrity of the dollhouse.
One great idea to avoid stains and smudges while painting is to schedule the painting process into separate sessions. Split the painting into different parts so that the paint gets enough time to dry out. Doing this also lets you check the progress of your dollhouse assembly and see the results. If you do not like the paint or see some problems, you can make the changes then and there.
October 1st, 2012
If you have already constructed a dollhouse or if you are on the brink of finishing it, you are now at the most fun stage of dollhouse construction- adding accessories to it. Now, you can choose your own dollhouse accessories according to your preferences, but there are some accessories that a dollhouse absolutely must have in order to complete their look. Here are some of these accessories you cannot miss out on.
Painting a dollhouse is great, but it works better for some areas of the dollhouse than others. The interior of a dollhouse, for example, looks best with wallpaper rather than paint. Moreover, painting the interior of a dollhouse can be really tricky, especially the smaller rooms. If you have varnished the floor for a hardwood look, you need to be careful about avoiding paint stains on the floor too. Wallpapers, on the other hand, are relatively easy to paste onto the interior of a dollhouse, and the best time to do so is after assembly. You can even find wallpapers for the exterior wall. These wallpapers come in different designs and themes that can add more character to your dollhouse.
Miniature furniture can add a whole new dimension to a dollhouse, making it more realistic than before. The best part about dollhouse furniture is that there are no rules- you can whatever you want to whichever room in a dollhouse. In the end, your dollhouse can be decorated with furniture in a way that reflects your own imagination and personality. It also a good idea to get some spare furniture sets. Miniature furniture tends to be fragile because of their size, and you can replace them in case any of them break.
Lights are not a necessity per se, but they do add a lot of visual appeal to a dollhouse and give it a more realistic look. When placed in the right locations, light bulbs also bring out details in a dollhouse that would otherwise have gone unnoticed. Small lights are cheap and available everywhere, and setting up wiring for a dollhouse is incredibly cheap and easy too if you have just recently completed construction or if you are currently making a dollhouse.
October 1st, 2012
Dollhouse kits are great for those who are taking their first steps toward a rewarding hobby, but it can be difficult to zero in on a particular kit to buy. A wide price range makes it even more difficult to buy a kit, but asking yourself the following questions can help you choose one that meets your requirements:
How big do you want your dollhouse to be?
Beginners should stick to low-cost, small dollhouses. They can buy a larger assembly kit once they have gained confidence, and they can keep the smaller dollhouse to a child as a gift. A lot of miniaturists tend to follow this too since it helps them save money, follow their hobby, and develop their skills. However, you can go for a larger house if you have the money and the confidence that you will fill it up with miniatures or add more features to it later on. Most high and medium-cost dollhouses can be modified for more rooms and features, so you can constantly work on them as your skills develop.
Do you want a dollhouse with lights?
A lot of dollhouse kits come without lights or electric wiring, and most beginners would stick with a simple dollhouse with no lights. However, you should keep in mind that a $30-40 investment in electric wires and supplies for a dollhouse in the construction period is a lot cheaper than the cost of adding electric wiring to a dollhouse after completion. Even if you are starting off with your dollhouse hobby, you should seriously consider adding lights or at least electric wiring for your dollhouse.
Do you just want a room box?
Like the name suggests, a room box is a room in a box. You can go for these simple and cheap options if you do not want a whole house. This is particularly useful when you are adding on to an existing dollhouse or if you are constructing a miniature for young boys.
October 1st, 2012
Have you recently bought a dollhouse kit or completed the construction of your dollhouse? Do you own a dollhouse already and want to add something to it for making it better? In all three cases, electric lights can be a great addition.
Electric lights add beauty, charm, and character to a dollhouse, and they make it more realistic as well. However, a lot of dollhouse enthusiasts have doubts about the feasibility of wiring for dollhouses and when to add them. Here are some tips that can help you solve your doubts.
Get it done in the beginning
The electric wiring for a dollhouse is best done when it is being constructed. More specifically, it should be done after assembling the dollhouse and before adding wallpaper, carpeting, and flooring. It can be done after applying primer over the dollhouse, but before applying the paint itself.
By completing your dollhouse wiring at this stage of the construction, you can make sure the wiring remains concealed and the look and feel of your dollhouse is at its peak.
Get the necessary supplies
You do not need many supplies to light a dollhouse, but there are some basic items you need to apply irrespective of the size of the house, like a transformer large enough to supply power to the lights, a junction splice, and brass brads.
Determine the number of lights you want
One of the most important factors that determine the cost of your electric wiring is the number of lights you need. For example, if you want to add a miniature chandelier to your dollhouse with five bulbs installed, you will need to count it as five lights. In this way, you should add up the number of lights planned for the dollhouse and buy a transfer that is suitable for the task of supplying power to all of them. If you plan to set up flickering lights, you need to set up a separate wiring system for them.
October 1st, 2012
Dollhouses make fascinating family heirlooms and need to be maintained regularly to ensure that they last for a long time. Restoring old dollhouses is a project in itself and requires patience and some investment too. Refurbishing a wood dollhouse is quite a challenge, however, the results are fantastic, and it will be well worth the effort.
Start by dismantling the dollhouse and if you feel there are accessories and pieces of furniture that need to be replaced, collect their replacements even before you start the refurbishment process. Wood dollhouse chairs and tables could do with a lick of paint and worn-out wicker furniture could make way for new wooden furniture.
Antique wood dollhouse furniture and accessories bring in a vintage feel and make for perfect collectables. If you’re running short of ideas on what furniture to use for a doll house, how about trying something different like an art deco table, a grand blanket chest, wooden tea carts, ivory or silver rocking chairs or a miniature manicure set.
Accessorize your wood doll house with perhaps a toy grand piano, wooden sewing box, glass vases, umbrella stands and delicate lace curtains. Based on the amount of space available you could choose from a range of accessories and furniture. Just make sure that the dollhouse does not look too cluttered.
Specialty kits for wood dollhouse are handy and easy to assemble. There are quick-build varieties that can be put together in a matter of hours including the roof shingles and trims as well as floors and minor accessories.
Contemporary dollhouses can also be put together easily as they do not have intricate features. It’s just a matter of putting together the roof, floors, doors and windows in addition to furniture pieces and accessories.
Little cottages are petite and can be a collector’s delight as they could feature a little garden or a summer terrace.
July 26th, 2012
Creating dollhouse miniatures can be wonderful creative outlet for all those pent up ideas in your head. If you’re building one for your little girl then her imagination is bound to expand as well. She could spend the day playing with her friends and making up daily routines or even something more creative.
Dollhouse miniatures are not complete without a family living inside this little home. Every child deserves to have a family and dollhouses need one too! Usually the dollhouse family has parents, grandparents and children and since no one likes an empty home – the bigger, the better. Like real life families, even doll house families come in different shapes, sizes and colors and possibly represent different nationalities too.
There are several books that suggest how to make doll house families and there are readymade kits where you could just assemble doll house miniatures. It’s more fun if you create the doll house family from scratch and assemble them later.
Polymer clay can be used to make mini models of mom, dad or baby, but you might want to give it a second thought as your children might play with them.
Hand sewing them is ideal as you could even decide what they would wear at different times of the day. Although, the results will be amazing, this calls for a lot of effort and time.
Now that we have a family, can toys be far behind? Making and getting the toys in place is a part of creating doll house miniatures. Decide on the kind of toys you’d like, mostly wood or plastic variety. Wood is more durable, safe and looks better than plastic toys. Next choose where to place them, either in the drawing room, bedroom or kitchen.
Plan accordingly and ensure that doll house miniatures are well-coordinated and built to a standard scale.
July 25th, 2012
Although doll houses are pretty and petite, designing them and choosing the right dollhouse accessories can be a bit of a challenge. On one hand, you’d like to be as realistic as possible and include as many features to reflect your taste and possibly your lifestyle. On the other hand, too much clutter can spoil the whole look of the doll house. So it’s essential to maintain a fine balance between the two while choosing doll house accessories.
Not all of us can afford to collect dollhouses, so if you’re creating one, plan well in advance so that you eventually make something you’d really like to keep for a long time.
Everyday household items like shopping bags, newspapers, china, luggage, glasses, trays, and tea sets are a few doll house accessories that might seem essential. There are plenty of unused items lying around the house than can be converted into something useful for the doll house, alternately online shops and retail stores sell plenty of collectables for your miniature needs.
If you love artwork or perhaps the doll house residents love it, choose a nice oil painting in the right scale and it could add a touch of class to the interior.
Certain dollhouse accessories such as wallpaper and floral prints are not preferred by some, in such cases choose a pastel colored wall and put up a miniature painting that defines the theme of the doll house.
Basic paintings are suitable for a simple, conventional doll house, but for more contemporary ones, choose abstract artwork that fits in with the overall design of this mini house. Other doll house accessories that could brighten up the wall include traditional Chinese scriptures, oriental paintings, animals, landscapes, and even ships. A well-accessorized dollhouse could easy give any interior designer a run for their money, so put on your creative caps and get started.
July 24th, 2012
More than a hobby, dollhouses are now a “passion” for people of all age groups. Dollhouse miniatures are available in different textures, sizes, colors and styles. Various miniaturists spend hours together planning a particular project to create outstanding dollhouses. They bring life to your plan with their creativity.
These tiny toy houses have several fun components like dolls, furniture, lighting equipment, accessories, other tools, etc. It is only about striking a balance between the accessories and the size of the house. It’s always great to follow a particular theme or a style to make your tiny toy house complete. There are different styles to opt for like contemporary, wooden dollhouses, cottages, Georgian etc. So, once you pick up a preferred mode, you are good to go with creating your own dollhouse.
You could have a look around different online stores for buying dollhouse miniatures. Otherwise, you could visit a well known dollhouse shop in your city. There are many kits for dollhouse miniatures too that are available in stores for those who would not like to have a fully furnished one and wish to bring their creativity while setting one up. If you too belong to the alter group, you could simply get a kit, follow the instructions given with the kit and assemble it, and you will have your tiny dollhouse ready!
Dollhouse miniatures have become very popular options as collectables. Dollhouse enthusiasts keep looking for interesting and innovative add-ons for these mini houses. Since these items come in different varieties, textures, colors, deigns, etc., you can have more options to choose from. It’s a great fun to decorate your tiny toy house with matching accessories, wallpapers, floorings, pets, furniture, toys, and of course, dolls. So, use all these elements together to have pretty looking dollhouse miniatures, which you can call your prized possessions.
July 11th, 2012
Add elegance and create illusion of space to your dollhouse with dollhouse wallpaper. These wallpapers are available in all sizes and colors to beautify the walls and can be selected based on your needs. However, choosing a good wall decor is quiet tricky for new owners, when a lot of beautiful styles are available. Some handy tips for selecting dollhouse wallpaper can assist in picking up the right one, not to mention the absolute pleasure of owning it.
The size of room is a vital factor as it helps in selecting the color of dollhouse wallpaper. For small rooms, light colored wallpapers are well-suited as they make it look spacious and illuminated. Consider using small prints keeping the scale in mind as overly large prints make the tiny space look overwhelming and also diminish its effect. Miniature dollhouse wallpapers can be selected in such cases to provide a unique look.
Creative people can plan their own design from floral, strips, themes or even plain colors and mix-and-match it accordingly. Depending on the scale of the room, re-size these wallpapers to make them fit perfectly. Avoid half and unfinished designs, as they make the wall look unpleasant. To make the room look taller, vertical striped wallpaper can be used and for wider looks, horizontal striped wallpaper will be great.
Some interesting effects can be added to your dollhouse wall decor by using a contrasting color and pattern that is quiet appealing too. Another way to make the room look pleasant and small is by using two types of papers with different prints. For instance, a strip design on bottom of the room combined with plain print on the top can be a good idea.
Never neglect to check whether electric fittings are installed or not while planning the decoration process as it may mess up the entire thing if not installed properly. During the application process, make sure the design is upright and not reverse.
Finally, use a self-adhesive back for dollhouse wallpapers, which is often considered the best and most hassle-free option.
July 11th, 2012