How to Make Miniatures for Dollhouses

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Building dollhouse furniture can be part of the appeal of having a dollhouse. Children who like dollhouses often like decorating and rearranging the furniture. You can buy nearly any miniature household item at a toy store or craft supply outlet. Dollhouse furniture can also be made from items found around the house. Customize the look of your furnishings with scraps of fabric, paint, markers and broken pieces of jewelry. Children can make miniature dollhouse furniture alone, or with their friends and family.

Things You'll Need

  • Kitchen sponges
  • Scissors
  • Stuffing
  • Glue
  • Craft sticks
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Fabric scraps
  • Gloves
  • Needle and thread
  • Plastic pizza inserts
  • Nail polish
  • Empty matchboxes
  • Contact paper
  • Beads

Dollhouse Beds

  • Cut a kitchen sponge to the size desired. One sponge can make a full-sized bed and two twin beds.

  • Glue a layer of stuffing to the top of the sponge. A bag of batting from the sewing store will go a long way in making miniatures for your dollhouse.

  • Glue craft sticks to the sides of the sponge. Cut to fit as necessary. Place craft sticks vertically to make a headboard. Hold sticks in place while drying by wrapping the bed with pipe cleaners. Leave the pipe cleaners on the headboard if desired.

  • Cut a piece of fabric to fit over the sponge. Place it over the stuffing. Tuck the edges into the base of the bed and glue to secure.

  • Add a piece of fabric for the comforter. Make a small pillow by cutting off the finger tip of a knit glove. Push stuffing into it. Sew up the end.

Dollhouse Tables

  • Save the plastic inserts from take-out pizza. Clean and dry thoroughly.

  • Use nail polish to paint the table. Purchase inexpensive nail polish in the color desired or use unwanted nail polish. Once the first layer is dry, consider adding embellishments in another color.

  • Add a piece of fabric for a tablecloth. If you do not want to use a tablecloth, cut small place mats from paper or fabric and glue in place on the table.

Dollhouse Drawers

  • Stack two or three small matchboxes on top of each other. Tape or glue in place. Have all the boxes facing the same direction so the drawers will be functional.

  • Cover the back and sides with colored paper cut to fit. Glue in place.

  • Glue small beads to the front of the matchbox to make drawer handles. Fill the drawers with tiny scraps of fabric or other dollhouse accessories.

Tips & Warnings

  • Start a collection box to gather possible supplies for dollhouse furniture. Place small empty boxes, lids, tubes and scraps of interesting paper to use.

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