How to make Dolls House Accessories part 2.
I’ve talked previously about renovating an old dolls house and making very inexpensive food accessories that will make your doll’s house look interesting and attractive. Here is the link to the earlier posts.
Today I wanted to tell you how to make miniature books with pages which will make a bookshelf come to life.
You will need a glossy magazine with a glued spine (not stapled) and some sharp scissors or a craft knife. Draw a vertical line around 1.5 cm away from the spine from top to bottom of the magazine. Now cut down that line, it is best to use a craft knife and board but can be done with sharp scissors. Then cut the spine into small but random sized little books (different sized looks more authentic) The magazine spine can also be divided so that you have a good selection of both thin and thick books.
For the cover, find a site which offers free printables of book covers like this one:
There are hundreds of sites all with the correct 1/12th scale. I also print off templates for hat boxes, cereal boxes, gift bags and toy boxes. Just glue the printed image to thin card then fold using the instructions provided.
Here is a cabinet which I painted then filled with miniature books.
Perfume Bottles are even cheaper and easier to make. Simply find an unwanted glass bead necklace and using super glue attach a smaller bead to a bigger one so that it looks like a bottle. Tip: make sure that the base is level so that it stands nicely.
To make towel bales I purchased a face cloth and cut into small rectangles, then folded and secured with a ribbon. The perfume tray is a bottle top painted silver. To make the fan use a lace remnant and fold in to a concertina, then secure with narrow ribbon and glue a flower to the front.
Another way is to mould your bottle shape from Fimo clay and add a pretty bead to the top.
The two dressers shown in the pictures were brown wood finish, they look much better after a coat of paint.
A knitting pattern can simply be made from a printable.
Now I’ll show you how to make a ball of wool.
Cut a piece of drinking straw measuring 1.5cm and used a needle threaded with embroidery cotton or thin yarn. Pass the yarn through the straw and round many times until it resembles a ball of wool. Leave a thread hanging for authenticity. Use a computer printable to make the wrapper and place in the centre of your ball.
Make knitting needles with cut down cocktail sticks, use Fimo clay to add ends and bake to harden.
Ask an expert knitter to knit a few rows using the wool and cocktail sticks.
Place the wool in a box (again use printable) or a basket made from Fimo clay (see the previous post for tutorial) and place on a nice chair.
Hope you like the ideas which are super cheap and easy but will make your doll’s house really stand out.