If you've already put some time and consideration into your dollhouse hobby, chances are you've been thinking about collecting or building miniature accessories. A good looking dollhouse should be decorated with the same aesthetic detail as "real life" interior designs. If your dollhouse's interiors are looking a little sparse or uninteresting, spice them up using a few miniature versions of classic decorative items.
Paper dollhouse walls with real wallpaper samples or scraps---or make your own wallpaper. If using real wallpaper, look for designs that are solid colors or whose patterns have small lines or pictures in order to fit with the tiny size. To make your own, print pages of colorful, repeating patterns using high printer resolution. Effective patterns include stripes, diamonds or floral designs.
Tiny framed photos and paintings make excellent detailed dollhouse pieces. Use a computer image editor to reduce the size of real photos to standard dollhouse proportions. For example, an image reduced to 1/12 its normal size might be perfect for your dollhouse. Print with high resolution on glossy photo paper. Make frames from craft balsa wood, which is soft enough to be cut with scissors or a craft knife. Use this technique to decorate your dollhouse with miniature versions of your own personal photos, vintage photos for a period dollhouse---or go one step further and make miniature versions of famous paintings.
Decorative dollhouse floor rugs are almost as easy to make as wall pictures and use a similar technique. Find a photo or quality color drawing of an intricate rug design and print it on iron-on transfer printer paper. Iron the design onto a piece of non-knit (non-stretchy) cotton, then cut out the rug shape and treat the edges of the rug by rubbing them with a little craft glue to prevent fraying.
Unless you're a particularly dedicated collector, you probably have some wooden or cloth furniture pieces in your dollhouse that don't match. Improve your dollhouse's motif by refinishing or repainting wooden furniture and reupholstering soft furniture. To change the wooden furniture, treat it exactly as you would full-sized furniture using the same paint, stains and varnishes or removers for these products. To reupholster, you only need to wrap the existing upholstery in a new layer of thin, non-stretchy cloth and tack it in place using hot glue---which will be easy to remove later if you want to change the design.
- "How to Make Your Dolls' House Special: Fresh Ideas for Decorating with Style"; Beryl Armstrong ; 2001
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