How to Build a Dollhouse

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Dollhouses have captivated children since the 17th century, when they were invented as playthings for the privileged. Today, kids still love them - and adults, who lavish even more care on the furnishings and appointments, do too.

Things You'll Need

  • Brushes
  • Plywood
  • Wood Glues
  • Paints
  • Scissors
  • Paper And Pencils
  • Yardsticks
  • Saws
  • Circular Saws
  • Common Nails
  • Hammers
  • Keyhole Saw
  • Rulers
  • Sandpaper
  • Variable-speed Drills
  • Dollhouse Kits
  • Decide how you'll use the house. As a showcase for your treasured miniature collection? Or as a playhouse for your child's amusement? Deciding what the house is for will help you determine what to make it out of and how to make it.

  • Decide on your scale. Most miniatures are on a 1/12 scale - in other words, 1 inch per real-life foot. Because this scale is so popular, a huge selection of furnishings and accessories is available in this size. But if the doll you're building for is 15 inches tall, a 1/12 scale won't get you anywhere.

  • Decide on the size and shape of the house. The simplest possible house is a one-story, one-room cottage. The choices for the most elaborate are many - multistory concoctions ranging from a Victorian dripping with gingerbread to a Venetian palazzo.

  • Start simply, however, unless you're an experienced carpenter.

  • Gather paper and pencil and a ruler, and draw a pattern. For a simple cottage, you'll need a minimum of six pieces: the base, three walls (the fourth is open for play and display) and two roof pieces.

  • Remember to mark holes for windows and a door, taking the scale into account.

  • Buy wood - 3/4-inch plywood makes a nice, solid base, but 3/8-inch is fine for the walls and roof.

  • Use your pattern pieces to mark the wood.

  • Cut the wood. You can do this by hand, but a circular saw will save time and effort.

  • Cut out the windows and doors. Whether you're cutting by hand or not, drilling holes in the corners of all the cutouts with an electric drill will make this easier.

  • Sand all the edges smooth.

  • Join the walls to the base and to each other with wood glue and nails, then do the same with the roof.

  • Sand again over the nails.

  • Paint if desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want something more elaborate than a simple cottage and aren't confident of your skills, try a kit. They come with all pieces precut (shingles and trims, siding, posts and rails, stairs) and some preassembled (windows, doors, shutters).
  • If you get tired or frustrated, take a break - remember, this is supposed to be fun.

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