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Dubem Jabilo
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2011 07:53:24 AM »

Hello friends,

I have been making dollhouses and miniatures for many years! I have two right now. One is huge and some of the pieces I paid over a hundred dollars.

I even worked for a place part time to learn how to make metal pots, pans, silverware, etc.

Do a google search for miniatures and dollhouses (be careful with "dollhouse" though as a lot of porn sights use that term).

You can also find items in local craft stores like AC Moore, but the quality isn't as good.

There are many books out there in hobby shops and libraries. I have made tons of stuff for mine.

There used to be a magazine called "Nutshell News" which showed how to make many items. I got a whole collection (about 100) at a garage sale two years ago.

You can also look on Craig's list to see if anyone is getting rid of their old collections. Dollhouses were very popular about 6 years ago.

As I said I worked for a company, we went to a convention in Chicago which was fantastic. There were hundreds of people there.

Good luck and Happy Miniaturing!

Thanks and regards,
- Dubem Jabilo.
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« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2011 03:10:16 PM »

A miniatures category would be amazing Cheesy There is another great magazine that's available as an e-mag called dollshouse world.

Also, this site features a scale converter which is super handy and instructions for lots of furniture


and this one has free plans and instructions for building a house which are reasonably clear, I built it with the help of my grandfather Smiley


She also has really cool wall paper prints for free!

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« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2012 08:06:02 PM »

I found a person on youtube who makes dollhouse stuff out of inexpensive materials. 
Some of her tutorials show some unique ideas for making dollhouse items out stuff that is often even thrown away.  I think your probably looking for more realistic tutorials, but I thought I'd add this anyway.

« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2012 10:30:40 PM »

WONDERFUL... thank you for sharing that site... I already have plans for several of her projects...  Grin

« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2012 12:09:28 PM »

I admit, i adore miniatures. When I was a little girl, my mom took me into Shackman's quite often, as she loved dollhouses. So I don't know if its nature or nurture that gave me a love of minis.
The above site has tons of free printables, in different scales. I think my favorite printables they have are the little bakery-style cake and donut boxes, because I use polymer clay to make mini foods.


Michaels craft stores have these $1 hutches, or at least they used to.... its been awhile since I visited Michaels LOL. These are some pictures of how people altered them to make different styles of furniture. Keep in mind, these are NOT perfect 1:12 scale, but they are close enough for me (the knobs are HUGE for dollhouse hands, but work for my fingers to open and close, they are around the size of a large seed bead

For Barbie scale, I use clean bottlecaps to make pies and tarts in. I just pry out the plastic disc at the bottom, and bake polymer clay right in there BUT if you use non-baking clay, you don't need to take out the plastic.

Holeless "minibeads" make great sprinkles on mini cakes, and if I get my hands on some orange translucent minibeads, I will let you know if they make Barbie sized Caviar.

I keep an eye out for "other" craft supplies that might work well in a dollhouse.
In the bead section- small charms like silver scissors are often perfect scale, jewelry findings like pins with a loop head make good Shish Kabob skewers for Barbie.
Wood Craft- wood or paper mache boxes, chests, or things to build a roombox in, tiny wood bowls, picket fences and flowerpots.
Scrapbook/ Paper Craft- scrapbook paper can be perfect wallpaper, can be used to dress up cheap wood hutches. Stickers or postage stamps can be framed with flat toothpicks and hung as art. Charms appear here as well. Glue and adhesives with tiny tips for detail work. Also there are fancy dimensional stickers that make cute wallhangings and accessories. Flower shaped paper punches make great foliage when threaded on a pin or wire. Round paper punches, layered, make plates or cake doilies
Kids Crafts- Never overlook this section, you never know what you'll find, especially the plastic scale animals and knights.
Clay- Makes foods, rocks, people, pets, just about anything.
Fabric- small prints work very well, and it takes only scraps of fabric to reupholster dollhouse furniture. Cloth napkins can work for this also. Felt can make good rugs
Cake Decorating/ Wedding- there are tiny gazebos, birds, little charms, and cake toppers that can be repurposed.
Paint- Acrylic paint in a tube makes good frosting on dollhouse cakes, nice thick buttercream look
Railroad- Most craft stores have a railroad area, many of the items are way too small for 1:12 scale, but might work in 1:24. However, some things like trees could be a shrub, a park bench could be a dollhouse kids bence etc.

Sheer garbage, turned into awesome-
little half and half or creamer cups make trash baskets for 1:12. Toothpaste caps make trash basket for 1:24.
Pizza thingy to keep the cheese off the box, they are little three legged tables waiting to happen
Small mirror from used up compact or powder CAREFULLY removed as a big mirror in the dollhouse, 1:12 (or medium mirror 1:6)
In magazines, there are ads for "6 books for $2", where there are mini pictures of the covers of popular books. Cut them out and glue to paper 'pages'... Imagine, kids books in their room, cookbook in the kitchen, romance novel in the sewing room LOL


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