It's fast coming up on last minute for anyone who wants to build a dolls' house for a special someone for Christmas. With sanding, gluing, wiring, and painting, not to mention finding lights and a few basic furnishings, its time to get your elves in the workshop soon! The list for Dollhouse Plan Sources (free and purchased) should help get you started, and if you find yourself far from a standard dollhouse store, you can use the DIY Dollhouse Parts List to help you make things like doors, windows and stairs in the right scale. Before you choose your project, make sure you know which common dollhouse scale will be the most used. Measure a figure in your beloved's playroom if you aren't sure, and check it against the printable scale figure sheet.
For Christmas village addicts or gamers, look for kits or plans for 1:48 (quarter scale) or "O" scale. Petite Properties has several that are inexpensive and easy to build, reader's have twice voted their kits the Readers' Choice for Best Building Kit. Popular toy ranges for younger children are often closest to 1:24 or half scale, including Playmobil and Calico Critters / Sylvanian Families. If fashion dolls are your child's favorite, you'll have to build big, in playscale or 1:6
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