Doll houses are miniature replica homes including everything from people to house pets, such as mice, furniture and even lighting. You can find doll house miniatures to buy, but they can be expensive. The other option is to make your own doll house miniatures. For example, if you want lights for your doll house, you can make your own easily and inexpensively using a battery powered light.
Things You'll Need
- Lamp base
- Wood stain
- Heavy paper
- Craft wire
- Battery powered light
- White twist tie
Choose a base for your lamp. The size of the lamp base depends on the size of your doll house. Choose a base that will be scale to your doll house’s scale. Try a drawer or curtain pull. Or make your own by twisting a small bolt into a nut.
Decorate your lamp’s base. You can paint the base with acrylics, glue a piece of fabric on it or stain it with wood stain. Or if you prefer, you can leave it untreated.
Use a piece of heavy paper to create a lamp shade. You can use poster board or card stock. Make the shade to scale to fit your lamp base. Roll the paper into a shade shape and use glue to attach the edges of the lamp shade together.
Decorate the outside of the shade. You can glue fabric to the shade and add a length of cording to the edges. Another option is to paint the shade. Choose a decoration that matches your doll house's lamp.
Cut a piece of craft wire to match the diameter of your lamp shade. Place your cut piece of wire on the inside of the shade. Glue the wire at the top of the lamp shade so that it crosses the diameter of the lamp shade.
Place your lamp shade onto your lamp base. Place the cross bar of wire you created in the previous step across the top of the base to balance it. Use a dab of glue to secure it.
Place one individual battery powered light onto the top of your lamp base, inside the shade. You can find small self powered lights, sometimes these are LED, at electronic and craft stores. The battery will supply light to the bulb for you. Use a touch of glue to attach it in place.
Place your completed lamp into your doll house where you want it positioned. Place a white twist tie, like the ones you find on a bag of bread, under the base of the lamp and stretch it to a wall. You can use glue to adhere the lamp in place if you do not want to move it in the future.
Tips & Warnings
- Another option for your lamp base is to make one yourself out of polymer clay. Use your hands to mold the clay into the shape you want your base to be. Then bake the clay according to package directions.
- Photo Credit night lamp / bed lamp image by Sid Viswakumar from Fotolia.com
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