Wouldn't it be fun to have a dollhouse and then furnish it with items that you have made yourself? Some dollhouse lovers simply want to collect and display them, but others want to experience the joy of building a dollhouse themselves and then making miniature dollhouse furniture to match. While there is a wide range of choices for dollhouse furniture in craft shops and even online, it is still a whole lot better to make your own miniature furniture in order to give your dollhouse a more personal touch.
Individuals who are naturally interested in arts and crafts are often the ones who prefer making their own dollhouse furniture. But, even if you are not really the arts and craft kind of person, you shouldn't find much difficulty in making dollhouse furniture. This project does not require specialized skills and its biggest advantage is that you can usually make the miniatures from readily available resources and unused materials right in your own home. You can even turn this project into a memorable bonding activity with your family.
Instructions on making miniature dollhouse furniture can be found easily on the internet. All you have to do is read, understand, and follow the instructions to the letter. Dollhouse furniture can be made in a variety of sizes, depending on the size of the dollhouse itself. The standard scale used in dollhouse furniture making is 1:12. It is important that you make the furniture in the right scale so as not to make it look out-of-place in the dollhouse.
The materials you need in making dollhouse furniture depend on the type of furniture that you want to make. For example, toothpicks can be used as chair legs whereas stir sticks are better for bedposts. In general, though, you will need to have glue, craft knives, miniature drills, fine sandpaper, and paint on hand. Always allow glue to set before you add another piece to whatever furniture you are making. You need to form strong bonds in order to keep the furniture from falling apart easily.
Once a piece of furniture is finished, you may give it a finish by sanding any rough edges and then applying a coat of paint. You will need tiny brushes and paint of good quality. Be sure to mix a little thinner with the paint so as to prevent paint build-up on your dollhouse furniture. When the paint dries, you may apply polyurethane to protect the furniture from wear and tear. If you decide to add accessories to your dollhouse furniture, be sure to pay close attention to details.
A lot of everyday items can easily be transformed into miniature dollhouse furniture as well. One good example is a pizza box support. Notice that little white plastic thing in the middle of a pizza that keeps the box from sticking to the toppings? You can transform that into a miniature table with just a bit of accessorizing. Small hairspray tops can also be used as dollhouse trash cans. If you have small school pictures being kept somewhere, you may take them out and convert them into dollhouse wall decor. These are just some examples, but where dollhouse furniture is concerned, you can really let your creativity run wild!
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