Sunday, September 18, 2011



Windows in my dollhouse are illusions, just glued to the walls. Some dollhouses have real holes in the walls, but unfortunately in mine this isn't the case.

So I decided to scatter windows all around in my dollhouse, every window giving a view on another place in the world that I love. 

This is Ben Cruachan, a 1026 m high mountain in Scotland that I climbed in 8 hours. I almost died.

First, I cut out a piece of thin cardboard, 5 x 7 cm (with a 2 mm extra border to glue the window frame onto.

 Next I glued the picture onto the cardboard back. And I cut out a balsa "window frame":

The curtains on top are so easy to make you'll be surprised; cut out a rectangle in whatever fabric you like and fold it so that it makes two 'flaps' like on the picture on top of this post. Tie two pony beads on some thread to make the pull up strings for the blinds and glue it on the top window frame. Done!

Kitchen counter

This little counter is made out of 2 mm thick balsa wood and cardboard tiles.

The sides are 4 x 6 cm, the back is 7 x 6 cm.
The front panel is 7,4 x 6 cm, so that the two side panels can be glued to the sides of the back panel and the front fits nicely on top.


The top of the counter is 5 cm x 8,5 cm. I rounded off the sides with glass paper.

This is the worst part. I cut out about 200 little squares, 4 x 4 mm, with what little patience I naturally have. I used a little white cardboard perfume box, which is cardboard as thin as the cardboard of a cereal box.

And then I glued all of them as regularly as I could on top of the counter.

Once this is done, it's time to make drawers in the counter. First I thought I'd just make a counter, plain and simple, but my kitchen doesn't have drawers yet and it bugs me because kitchens have drawers everywhere.

They are obviously just glued on there and not real. The handles are just elongated pony pearls.

The larger drawer is the same principle; cut out a piece of balsa and glue it on.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Plants in dollhouses are always a huge problem. I have a few different ways of making them, the easiest of which is; buying plastic plants in a cheap store with bad taste, and cutting it up into small leaves that I stick in a puddle of glue I squirt out in a plastic lid that I can use as a pot.

ugly plant
dollhouse plant!


This drawer is a replica of one that is in my actual room, and this room is a replica of mine. More or less. My walls are red and I don't have a couch, but you catch my drift. This COULD be my room.

It's made out of balsa wood and only the top drawer actually opens, but nobody knows that anyway.
The front panel has the opening for the drawer in it, the other drawers are just glued on top of it.
Side panels: 4 x 6 cm
Front panels: 7 x 6 cm

When glued together you get this.

The top panel is just 0,5 cm larger than the size of the cupboard, because the edges sticking out gives it a nicer look. With glass paper I rounded off the edges.

The drawer is made up of cereal-box-cardboard; thin enough so you can bend it, tough enough so it can hold stuff inside it. I taped it all together nicely with painters' tape, because this has a color similar to the balsa wood and makes the drawer look smoothe.
The size of this drawer is 5,8 x 3,8 cm and the height is 1,3 cm. (The sizes are so weird because I had to make sure the drawer would fit in the 1,5 x 6 cm hole I cut out for the drawer in the front panel.)

And this is the result! I gave it a layer of yellow encaustic wax, I do this with a lot of the furniture I make, because I use balsa wood for almost everything and I want to avoid all of it ending up in the same color.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


This bookcase is extremely self explanatory, but the picture could give some of you some inspiration. The two side panels are 10 cm x 1,5 cm, and the shelves are 1,5 cm x 5 cm. The books are made of cardboard on which I glued book covers I found on Google Images! You copy them into an Open Office document, you crop them to a really small size and you print them. Very easy and very cute.

Monday, August 29, 2011


This little nightstand is made out of balsa wood.   

These are the parts you're going to need: 4 sides, one slightly larger top panel and one slightly smaller panel to make the door.

This is what they look like once they've been assembled.

After that has dried, I add the legs. I let them dry up to a point where the glue becomes "bendable" upside down, and then I let it harden when the nightstand is standing upright so I'm sure it won't be wobbly.

Trendy couch

This couch was made by the same pattern and principle as the beige couches in the living room. The basic structure of it is just cardboard, and it's extremely easy to make.  

  I started by cutting out squares that would make the different parts of the couch. Each part is made up of three layers of cardboard, so each part of your couch needs to be cut out three times. You glue them together like on the picture and glue fiberfill on top of the pieces that are on the inside of the couch.   
You can choose whether or not you do this, and where, I chose to stuff all the "sitting sides" of the couch.
The next step is to wrap the different parts of the couch in whatever fabric you choose to make your couch in. You glue the parts together and you're done!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Rocking chair

Hello. Since this seemed so very self explanatory, I'm just going to post enlightening pictures!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Pharmacy cabinet

My grandmother likes making "theme boxes" like these, because her dollhouse is huge and pretty much finished (read: so stuffed with things there wouldn't be room for a fly in it). And since she wanted to make one of a Pharmacy, I decided to make her a box and a pharmacy cabinet. How to make the box seems too self explanatory to make a blog post out of.
The cabinet takes some time, but it's entirely doable if you work precisely.

As usual, I made the back out of foam cardboard because it's hardly visible, apart from the small space in between the shelves. But since I waxed the wood and the cardboard, you can't really tell when the shelves are filled and decorated with small bottles of medicine or whatever.
The dimensions of this back piece are 16 x 13 cm.
These are the two sides of the cabinet. They are 16 cm high and the least broad bit is 2 cm wide. Where it gets wider to make the platform they are 4 cm wide.

After assembling these parts and adding the top (14,5 x 3,5 cm) this is what it looks like. The big parts of the cabinet are made out of 2 mm balsa wood, but the top and the big platform in the middle are 4 mm thick. I really thought it looked better this way, because with glass paper I could round off the edges to give it a more 'ancient' look.
Next I made the lower front, which I gave extra molding by cutting out a rectangle 1 cm smaller on all sides, and a frame to glue around it of the same size as the panel.

 After this I added the platform. it starts in between the two side panels, and then becomes wider so as to stick out on all sides of the cabinet, the top view would be like this:

The two shelves hereunder are deceiving, because the top shelf is not to be used as a shelf but as a support for the upper front panel. I realize there is milk on almost all of my pictures, but it's because a. I drink gallons of it and b. I use those heavy boxes to hold things that need to try.

As you can see there is now only one shelf left. And then it was time for the itty bitty work, to cut out 14 pieces of 1,5 x 1,5 cm. I didn't make real drawers because it seemed impossible to do, but if you feel you're up for it, please do! The realer it gets, the more fun you have once it's finished.  

Using this terpentine wax of a rather dark color, I painted the cabinet a darker, older looking color, and finished it was! I used big pony beads for the knobs on the drawers, and just paper for the labels. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Ikea Fjellse bed

This is actually my own bed in my room, it was really cheap at Ikea! Since I like simplicity in furniture, I thought I'd make it for my dollhouse. It's easy and quickly done.

  This is the mattress support, it's out of foam cardboard because nobody will see it once your bed is made up. This is 9 cm x 10 cm.

Then I surrounded the support by balsa panels, so as to make the bed frame. I glued little wooden beads under it to make the beds 'legs', which aren't the same as the legs of the Ikea bed, obviously, but I thought little round legs didn't look bad on a dollhouse bed. I think if I had made them out of balsa, they would even have splintered and broken.

To make the "head" of the bed, I used matches of which I cut off the sulfur bit. I glued those on top of the frame as you can see here.

Next I glued one bar out of 0,5 mm balsa on top and on the sides, and the bed is finished!