Renovating a Dolls House on a Budget.

Renovating a Dolls House on a Budget.

I absolutely love renovating old dolls houses and bringing them back to life. Sometimes just a lick of paint can make all the difference. Roof tiles can be found online in A4 size, which can be printed off and cut to size and the roses were added from a pretty paper napkin.

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For the inside, there is a massive selection of scaled down wallpapers and tiling online. Simply choose, print off , cut to size and stick with acrylic glue.Carpets can be made from a thin layer of felt.

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Old, boring or just tired looking furniture can also be transformed with leftover emulsion paint  and can be picked up in second-hand shops or car boot sales. It can also be found in bulk collections which works out, even more, cost effective.

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Beds look charming and inviting by adding handknitted patchwork quilts or hand sewing some pretty pillows and duvet sets. Lace was added to give the bed a cottagey feel and rugs made from odd balls of wool. Obviously, the items must be made to 1/12 scale and conversion tables are readily available.

It can be great fun making accessories and once you start your imagination really does run wild. I will talk about adding the ornamental bits and pieces in a later post but here you can see bottles (on left dresser) which were made simply by gluing two beads together . Towels, napkins and table linen can be made easily from scraps of material folded and glued on to card to give them structure or tied with a pretty ribbon to make a towel bale.

So it’s not as expensive as you think to renovate and furnish an old dolls house and bring them back to their former glory, it really is great fun and the possibilities are endless.

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  1. Thanks for following my blog. Your renovations are wonderful. I love the detail. I have a doll house my dad made for me that I am hanging onto for future generations.

  2. I used to make tiny shoes for my dolls house, went nutty trying to get them all perfect that it was on mind so much I once yelled out in my sleep.

    1. I’ve done that too. It makes you see the whole world in miniature! I can’t make things now, my eyes aren’t good enough but it was fun. Thank you for the lovely comment.

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