Some of you may remember me mentioning that M and I were making a dollhouse for V for Christmas. While we did not manage to complete the exterior prior to the holiday as it was too cold to ensure spray paint would adhere properly, we did manage to complete the inside of the dollhouse and V has been enjoying it for many months now. If you decide to construct a dollhouse for your children, make sure that the pieces are not a choking hazard and supervise play appropriately.
To start, we purchased a dollhouse frame from our local craft store for $20.00. Using a friend’s table saw, we cut an additional piece of thick balsa wood to add an additional room to the left side of the house by splitting the single column into two rooms. We used Monkey Glue and some wedges to get the board to stick. I painted the interior of the house in gold and purple colors, and painted two of the floors as well, using a mix of paints to create a wood look in the kitchen area. I also sanded and painted the edges of the dollhouse to eliminate splintering.
Using sharp and durable scissors, I sheared off the ends of extra wide craft sticks and wood glued them in an alternating pattern to create a wood floor in the attic. After gluing, I sanded the floor to smooth. This was a time consuming and sometimes frustrating process as the sticks often tended to warp when glued. Using a better quality wood is recommended if you have access to it.
For the wallpaper and flooring in the remaining rooms, I selected thick sheets of scrapbooking paper, which I measured, cut, and laminated. I affixed the paper to the wooden walls using ultra thin double sided magnets so that we can remove the wallpaper for easy cleaning or replacement over the years. You can also choose to glue the paper to the walls if the magnets aren’t working for you; I would really suggest using an almost paper thin magnet.
For rugs, I cut rectangular pieces of imprinted felt and faux leather scraps that I had left over from a project. I hope to create curtains and additional accessories at a later date from leftover fabrics.
I used a circular piece of wood and a spool shaped piece of wood to create a table for V’s kitchen; I glued them together with wood glue. For the mirror in the bedroom, I took a circular miniature frame, backed it with aluminum foil and heavy purple cardstock, then trimmed the edges.
The remaining furniture in V’s dollhouse is leftovers from my childhood Littles’ furniture set, a Plan Toys kitchen set her Grandpa gave her for Christmas, wooden hutches purchased from the local craft store for a dollar each. Plan Toys and Ryan’s Room make quality wooden furniture of a scale to work in this size dollhouse. It is a different scale than V’s Victorian Littles’ set, but it is sturdy and durable for little hands.
There are many expensive alternatives for furniture, decor, and detailing a dollhouse. We may add window frames at a later date or external details like doors, curtains, or decorative edges. For now, V’s darling dollhouse contains everything she needs for hours of entertainment and creative play.