If you have a daughter who loves dolls, learning how to make dollhouse furniture should be high on your list of do-it-yourself projects. Making miniature furniture is easy with a little time, effort and ingenuity. You can create different furniture pieces from everyday household items, so the projects are relatively inexpensive to complete. In fact, they're a great way to recycle household products. And if you let your daughter help, the time you get to spend together will be priceless.
- Cardboard box
- Cardboard scraps
- Fabric scraps
- Contact paper
- Craft paint
- Craft glue
- Craft foam
- Craft beads
- Utility knife
- Spray can caps
- Needle and thread
- Dollhouse bed. A cardboard box makes a good frame for a dollhouse bed. Choose a small, flat box that is proportionate to the bedroom size. Paint the box with craft paint or cover it with contact paper. Cut a piece of craft foam for the bed’s mattress. Cover the foam with fabric and glue it to the box. Make a blanket or bedspread from fabric scraps. Accessorize the bed with small fabric-covered foam pillows.
- Dollhouse dresser. Matchboxes are perfect for dollhouse dressers and chest-of-drawers. Buy them at a craft store or hobby shop, or look for them online. Determine the number of matchboxes needed for your project based on the size of your finished piece. Cover the matchbox drawers with contact paper, then glue them together in stacks. To make a top for the chest or dresser, cut a piece of cardboard slightly larger than the top of the drawer stacks. Cover the cardboard with contact paper and glue the top to the stacks. Glue beads to the matchboxes to make drawer pulls.
- Dollhouse desk. Matchboxes work well for dollhouse desks, too. Cover the matchboxes with contact paper or paint them with craft paint. Glue the matchboxes together to assemble two stacks of desk drawers. Cut a piece of cardboard for the desktop and paint it or cover with contact paper. Glue the desktop to the matchbox stacks with one stack on each end of the desk.
- Dollhouse sofa. A dollhouse sofa is a little more challenging to make. Cut four pieces of craft foam in appropriate sizes for a miniature sofa. Use one piece for the sofa seat, one for the sofa back and two smaller pieces for armrests. Use a box cutter or utility knife to round the edges and smooth them with sandpaper. Cover the foam pieces with fabric scraps and assemble the pieces with glue. Turn over the sofa and press four pushpins into the corners to make sofa feet. Accessorize the sofa with small foam pillows covered with fabric.
- Dollhouse table. Plastic bottle caps, like those from spray starch or hairspray, make great dollhouse tables. Use large caps for dining tables and small caps for end tables. To make tablecloths, cut fabric circles larger than the caps. Glue the fabric to the top of the caps, draping the fabric over the side of the caps to the floor. If desired, glue folds or sew pleats into the fabric.
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