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Make Dollhouse Miniature Furniture With Free Projects That Teach Basic Skills

Tools, techniques and free plans for making sturdy furniture for a dolls house

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Learn how to make miniature and dollhouse furniture with simple hand tools. The miniature furniture projects on this list are suitable for scale displays or child's play. Includes plans and clear photo instructions for doll beds, armoires, cupboards, bookshelves, tables, fireplaces, chairs and shelving which can be adjusted to any miniature scale.

Make Dolls House and Fairy Furniture From Garden Twigs

A rustic dolls house table made from twigs
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Make Rustic 'Tramp' or Adirondack miniature cabin furniture for dollhouses or fairy gardens using garden twigs. The techniques for the chair and table can be adapted to the fronts of drawers or to make loveseats.

Make Dolls House Kitchen Furniture Projects Including Tables and Chairs

Dollhouse doll stands beside a  simple wooden kitchen chair and table in dolls house scale.
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Outfit any style of miniature dolls' house kitchen with these simple tables, chairs and other beginner's furniture projects. Furniture for dolls house kitchens can also be adapted from some of the projects in the dolls house bedroom. A night table made taller and fitted with a single metal door can become a pie safe. The night table can be widened and fitted with double doors to become a base cabinet for a kitchen, and the techniques used to make armoires can be used to make upper kitchen cabinets for a fitted modern kitchen.

Step by step tutorials for dolls house kitchen furniture include:

List of Fitted Miniature Kitchen Cabinets

The kitchen cabinet series includes:

Plans and Instructions to Make Dolls House Living Room Furniture Projects

The basic fireplace made from a bashed kitchen hutch is shown beside a doll for scale
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Add fireplaces, bookshelves, tables and picture frames to your dolls' house living room. Make your own furniture projects for contemporary or period rooms. Once again you can adapt projects from other rooms to fit a dolls house living room. The simple table can be made into a sideboard or a narrow console table or coffee table, an armoire can be fitted with shelves for a television. Dolls house living room furniture projects include:

Instructions for Dolls House Bedroom Furniture Projects

A simple night table in dolls house scale with a working inset drawer and a plain toe kick plinth
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These simple projects for a dolls' house bedroom can be adapted to make a wide range bed styles, as well as combination armoires and bookcase storage units by adapting the sizes and shapes. These can be made from basswood for painted projects, or you can make them from hardwood like walnut or mahogany.

Make a simple box or storage crate (or a window box)

  • Make a Simple Doll Bed in a range of scales in single or double width
  • Make a Night Table With an Opening Drawer
  • Make a Dolls House Armoire
  • Make a Simple Bookcase or Display Shelf
  • Make a Chest or Storage Trunk
  • Make a Picket Gate Bed
  • Make a Shelf with Hanging Pegs

  • Dollhouse and Model Accessory Furniture

    A dollhouse scale step stool can raise parts of a display to bring them into view.
    Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    Simple woodworking techniques can be used to make a range of scale model accessories for dolls' houses, model railroads and other scale displays. Here are some simple projects to add to a range of scenes:

    Woodworking Tools For Making Miniature Furniture

    A razor saw ready to cut through a piece of craft wood in a simple miter box.
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    You can make quality miniature furniture with simple hand tools. Here are some of the items you will find most useful:

    Wood Sources for Miniature and Dollhouse Furniture

    You can make miniature and dollhouse furniture from a range of various woods, everything from craft and stir sticks to hardwood stripwood. Most of the miniature furniture plans on this list are built with basswood (Tilia americana) which is widely available in suitable sizes from craft and hobby shops in North America. European equivalents are Obeche ( Triplochiton scleroxylon from Africa), Jelutong (Dyera costulata)from Malaysia, Borneo and Sumatra, and Lime or Linden Wood (European Tilia species). For smaller scale furniture, hardwood veneer strips are often used.

    Paint and Faux Finishes For Miniature and Dolls House Furniture

    Reworked and refinished dollhouse cabinet compared to its original sad style.
    Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    While you can easily paint raw wood furniture with regular acrylic paints, you can also use finishes, waxes and polishes designed for regular wood furniture. Often an easy remake can save a utilitarian commercial piece. This step by step tutorial on remaking a miniature display cabinet shows you simple techniques and materials than can make a big difference to a badly designed or finished piece. If a traditional look is what you crave, try the following wood finishes:

    Some great materials for finishing miniatures include:

    Internet Sources of Dollhouse Furniture Plans

    Howard Fink has added a number of links to the Hi Sibley site referencing articles by Mr Sibley and other writers referring to dollhouse and dollhouse furniture plans from the pages of Popular Science and Popular Mechanics magazines. The links take you to the appropriate pages on Google books.

    Books on Making Miniature Furniture

    Book cover of  Simple Country Furniture Projects in 1:12 Scale by Alison J White, GMC Publications
    Photo Courtesy Price Grabber Copyright 2004 Used With Permission

    There are a wide range of miniature furniture books. Some explain simple stick furniture, while others cover furniture made as exact copies of full scale originals.

    Good Furniture Books for Beginners Include:

    Check your local library!

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