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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Dollhouse Miniature Front Porch pt 2

I want to start by saying I am sorry I was out of frame and that I didn't get much done this week. I have still not been feeling great after being sick last week.

So this week we are going to add the roof to the front porch. I almost forgot to get this done before I added the siding.

For the roof area we only need to cut 4 rectangles of foam core.
1 @ 12 ½” by 6 ¾” (roof)
1 @ 12” by 6” (ceiling)
1 @ 12” by 2” (back)
1 @ 6” by 2” (sides) – this is cut on the diagonal to make 2 pieces

We will also need a scrap of foam core to fill the area between the roof piece and the front wall of the “house” I decided to do this this way so that the roof could have a flat area where we join it to the house. It should all make more sense as we move work on the area in coming weeks.

I know I said I was going to trim the roof piece along the side but I totally forgot until I had it glued to the house. It looks fine so if you want to trim yours go ahead but it will work either way. I blame the mistake on my cold medicine and the fact there was about 5 days between when I filmed the parts of the video.

Next week we should be moving on to the siding. Let me know if you would like a video on different options for dollhouse siding.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Dollhouse Miniature Front Porch pt 1

This week we are beginning work on our new project series where we are going to be making a dollhouse scale front porch. It is designed to be a freestanding display. This was a request from one of the wonderful members of my Facebook page. It is very loosely based on a kit that was available many years ago. I say very loosely because it is a porch and it has the basic components of a front porch. I think it is about the same size but I'm not sure.

I don't remember who made the original kit but there used to be lots of pictures of the porches made from the kit around. Some people set them up and never changed them. Then there were those that decorated their porches for every season and some went all out on that decorating.

There were a few things about that long ago kit that I never liked. One was the way the door and windows were not next to each other but rather on adjoining walls. The other big thing for me was that you could look right through those windows to whatever was behind the display. I have been thinking for a couple of years how to change both of those things.

This week we are working entirely with foam core and I am using the type from the dollar store. I really do prefer it over the craft store variety and usually have at least a couple of sheets on hand for projects. In addition to the foam core you will also need whatever door and window(s) you plan to use. Here are the cutting dimensions for the project:

Back wall unit:
2 pieces @ 13 ½” tall by 13” wide
2 pieces @ 13 ½” tall by 1 ½” wide

Side wall:
2 pieces @ 13 ½” tall by 9” wide.

back wall unit
Be sure to cut the window/door openings before you glue the back wall unit together.

I am using plain old Tacky glue and cheap sewing pins to glue the pieces of foam core together. The pins make for a much better bond and keep everything lined up while the glue dries.

back wall unit

I am making the side wall from two layers of foam core just to make it more durable.
sidewall pinned
top view of back wall unit

Next week we will be adding the siding so think about what kind of siding your house should have. Right now I am planing to use the cardboard strips like I did for the corner roombox to create lap siding. You can use any type of siding you wish. We will be adding a foundation, porch and base in future weeks.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Dollhouse Miniature Window

This week we are making a window to use in the project that I plan to start next week. This is a really simple window, nothing that opens. And again we are just finishing the front side since there won't be an interior that we can see on the project. If you need a window with a finished back side just repeat the same steps on the reverse side.

My window was cut from the same piece of leftover plexi-glass that I used for the door. I cut it 4 ½” square.

I used some strip wood that was about 1/8” wide by 1/16” thick for the interior strips. I glued them on and cut to size after the glue set. The outer “frame” was just skinny sticks.

I did pre-paint all the pieces of wood with an ivory craft paint then coated with satin Mod Podge. We will be making the visible outer window frame when we install the window.

I used Beacon 3-in1 glue for this project. I found in a quick test that it held the wood to the plastic and did not fog the plastic. I hope that the hold will remain over time since I haven't been using this glue for a long time I am going by what others have said about it lasting. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Dollhouse Miniature Door

Watch the video here.

This week we are going to be making a door that I will be needing for an upcoming project. The door I need for this is non-working so that is what I am making today. This door could be made to be working by making just a few changes which I talked about in the video.

I only finished the front of my door since that is all that will be seen once I install it in my project, you can choose to finish both sides of your door or just the front depending on how you are going to use yours.

For the door we need the following pieces of wood:

From 1/16” wood:
4 @ ½” by 6 ½”
1 @ ½” by 3 ¼”
2 @ ½” by 2
1 @ 2 ½” by 3 ¼”

From Jumbo craftstick (or 1/16” by ¾” stripwood)
6 @ 1 ½”

From skinny sticks (or 1/16” by ¼” stripwood)
1 @ 2 ½”
2 @ 3”

1 piece of plexiglass or clear plastic from packaging
1 @ 2” by 2 ¾”

For the door frame:

From 1/16” by ¼” strip wood
2 pieces the height of the door (sides)
1 piece the width of the door + the side pieces (top)

From a regular craftstick
1 piece the same length as the top piece.

This project is really easy if you pay attention to how I laid out the pieces. Be sure to measure very carefully! That is really the key to success on this project. I did try to make all the dimensions easy to measure. Dry fit all pieces before you glue also and make adjustments as needed.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Tips for Dollhouse Miniature Crafting- Sanding

This Thursday we have another tips video. I thought I would take just a couple of minutes to talk about some basic sanding tips. It would be impossible to cover the entire subject of sanding in just a short video so I just talked about some of my favorite tips.

If you have a favorite sanding tip be sure to leave me a comment and let me know. And if you have a question about sanding feel free to ask and I will do my best to help you out.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Stove pt 3

This week we are finishing up the stove for the dollhouse kitchen. I have to say I am loving how this turned out. I had been wanting to make a dollhouse miniature glass topped stove for a while now so this was a perfect opportunity. I had planned to make a trip to Home Depot to look at some of the stoves in person but I didn't have time so I just winged it by looking at photos online. Hopefully it is alright. If you want more details on your stove-top be sure to paint them on the underside of the plastic layer or on the piece of card stock that is directly under the plastic.

As for cutting dimensions for the stove-top all we need:
1 piece of paperboard (thick like a Bisquick box)
1 piece of black card stock
1 piece of clear packaging

all of these are cut 2 ¾” by 2” for my stove. Be sure to measure your stove to confirm the size you need.

The white card stock is cut so that there “wings” that are about ½” to fold around to the back. The rounded rectangle opening was cut 2 ⅝” by 1 ⅞”. I would recommend cutting the opening a bit smaller maybe 2 ½” by 1 ¾” instead so that you have a bit more of an edge. Mine was really hard to work with and a bit more paper on the top surface would have made it a lot easier.

The handles are cut from skinny stick at 2 ⅝”

I almost forgot to add the base to my stove. I actually started to record the end of the video and realized I had forgotten to put the base on. LOL So I had to quickly get that added so I could finish this up. That is why this is late getting posted, I ran out of light to take photos and had to wait until Sunday morning to get those taken and edit the video.

So this is the end of our kitchen series. I hope you have enjoyed the projects. I know I have. I tried to make all the projects in a way that everyone, especially beginners could make them and be successful.

I have another large project planned that should start soon. So get excited for it. The next project was a request from one of my followers on Facebook and I think it will be a lot of fun.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Trash to Treasure Milkshake

This week for the Trash to Treasure I thought it would be fun to make the dolls some milkshakes.

This is a project that has been around for many years, like a lot of the Trash to Treasure projects. I put my own spin on it for you.

You really only need a few items to make this. First the wire nuts, these are used in electrical wiring and should be really easy to find and pretty cheap. They come in several sizes so pick small ones for the 1/12th scale. The slightly larger size would be perfect for Barbie and her friends too.

If you want to provide the dolls with a straw find some plastic covered paper clips, again a fairly small size. I got mine at the dollar store.

For the milkshake or really the whipped cream that would be on the top of the milkshake we use our standard latex caulking. I love using this anytime I want to make whipped cream or frosting. It is really easy to use, easy to find (any place that sells paint for your real home) and cheap.

I did use a toothpick to put the caulk into the container since I cut the tip of my tube of caulk too big for this project. It is pretty easy to make a whipped cream swirl with a toothpick. Just play with it a little bit until you are happy with it.

If I would have thought of it I could have added some glitter “sprinkles” to the top.

Be sure to add that straw before the caulk starts to set up.