Decorating the exterior of your Dollshouse

Decorating the exterior of your dollshouse

Exterior Decorating

This is in many ways the most important part of your dolls house as it is the part that is on show most of the time. The style you have chosen for your house may dictate the exterior finish or if not the choice can be influenced by the place you intend to keep the house. On the other hand, it may just boil down to personal preference.

Plan Your Work

Firstly it is a good idea to plan what you are going to do. A colour diagram will help to show which colours work to achieve the results you want. If you are unsure about what you want your house to look like you can gain inspiration by looking at books (in the library) and also real houses etc. You can even see a selection of other dolls houses in the Gallery on this site. If you do not plan, changing your mind half way through can lead to a lot of extra work ­ however, it is not the end of the world.

Above all else ­ don’t forget it is your dolls house ­ it is meant to be fun for you. If you want to be faithful to a period that’s fine, but you don’t have to. If you want it bright orange with purple spots that’s fine. However, we do not recommend this as it is unlikely to win one of our competitions and people will require sunglasses to view it.

Dollshouse exterior

When to Decorate

If you are building from a kit it is better to complete the main painting tasks before assembly. A dry run assembly, following the instructions, but using masking tape to hold the parts together will identify the assembly points. It should then be possible to determine which parts go together for painting purposes.

Things to Avoid

Paint in the grooves
If you are assembling a good quality kit the joints will be accurately machined to form a tight fit, so it is important to avoid getting paint in the grooves. Keep a damp cloth ready to wipe any residue before it dries. It is always a good idea to check your work periodically until the paint is fully dry ­ in case a run of paint sneaks up on you.

The dry run assembly, using masking tape to hold the parts together, will identify the assembly points ­ and therefore the parts, which must be kept clear of paint


It is often only by trial and error that you will discover the result you want. We always recommend using a test area to practice on before you work on the house itself. The best way for this is to have a spare piece of wood ­ ideally the same as your house (as paints etc. will dry differently on each type of wood) ­ or failing that use a part of the house that will not be seen, i.e. the rear or the underside of the base.


The important thing to remember is that if your dolls house is of normal wood construction then this is what it is ­ wood. This means it should be treated with regard to paint just as you would the woodwork or furniture in your own home. Many people are overly concerned about painting their dolls house. Don’t be!

Exterior effects

Different types of paint can be used and we have listed the main ones below.

Primer The only type of wood, which may benefit from a primer, is ply. For other types such as MDF a primer is not required – but some people still prefer to use a priming coat as a base.

Vinyl Silk This is our recommended paint for the main surfaces. It is a hardwearing, easy maintenance paint. Surfaces can be cleaned with a damp cloth.

Matt We are not fans of matt paint and would not recommend its use. This paint tends to mark easily and for this reason we especially do not recommend its use when painting a child’s house.

Gloss Gloss paint produces a very shiny finish and we would definitely not use it on the main surfaces. The 1/12th scale seems to accentuate the shininess of the paint. However, a well-chosen gloss colour is perfect for your front door ­ everyone loves a shiny front door.

Sandtex If you want a more textured look for your house then Sandtex or an equivalent is what we would use. After application, you can then stipple the paint, which will even out the textures. You can even experiment at making your own textured paints by mixing sand with the paint of your choice. This not only gives you an unlimited range of colours but also allows you to vary the texture to your choice.

When applying paints we would always recommend two or three light coats rather than one heavy one.

Brick Effects

Various types of brick effect can be purchased ­ from inexpensive papers to fully textured brick sheeting. Application is usually by PVA glue for the textured sheets and wallpaper paste for the papers, but it is always best to check with your supplier when you purchase them. Individual bricks are also available. However, please be aware that individual bricks add extra weight to the front of your house and will put extra strain on its hinges.

Roofing Materials

Again various types of roofing can be bought. Different grades of roofing sheet (simple paper to textured sheets) are available. Application is usually by PVA glue for the textured sheets and wallpaper paste for the papers, but it is always best to check with your supplier when you purchase them.

Roof Effects

Many people use individual tiles or shingles. For added realism and an “aged” affect it is an idea to lay a few “broken” or “slipped tiles”. When did you last see an old roof in perfect condition? Application is usually by PVA glue. If you want to “cheat” the tiled effect can also be created by using MDF tile sheets, which give a similar effect, but without the work.
N.B. be careful of the weight you add to the roof and any effect it may have on any hinges.

Most roofing papers will come already coloured but in the case of the shingles and MDF sheet you can colour them yourself. See the information on paints above. To produce a weathered look for your roofing mixing sand into the paints or applying boot polishes (by dabbing with a cloth) can give great results at very little cost.


The most simple and cheap way to achieve a glazed look for your windows is to use perspex. This can be bought in small sheets at a minimal cost from your dolls house shop and cut to size to suit your windows. These can then be secured in place ­ either by gluing (preferably with a clear drying glue) or by using double sided tape.



Quoining strips, pediments, balustrades etc can greatly enhance the look of your house. It is best to paint these before attaching them to the house. A good effect can be achieved by “picking them out” in a different colour to the main colour of the exterior. This effect can also be achieved by using a different textured paint to the one you have used on the main body.

If you have chosen a Tudor style for your dolls house then timbered beams will be a feature. There are many wood stains available to help you achieve the effects that you want.

A useful tip is ­ if you are painting a lot of small mouldings such as window sills or quoins then first stick them to a piece of card or paper (using double sided tape). Then they can all be painted together. Simply peel them off the card when the paint has dried. This saves holding the fiddly little bits and getting more paint on your fingers than on the wood.

Another useful tip from “Dusty” is that a clothes peg makes a very useful mini clamp to hold things still or in place ­ where no great pressure is needed.


There are various methods of application, which can be used.

For the main paintwork ­ if a standard vinyl silk finish is required then a small roller is best to achieve a smooth finish and not run the risk of brush strokes spoiling the job. If you are glossing the front door then a brush is best ­ the finer the better. Don’t forget 1/12th scale has the affect of magnifying brush strokes and runs.

For the more textured finish a whole range of methods can be used. Larger brushes to “dab” the paint on can give a “rougher” look. There are many different ways to apply paints in order to achieve the effects you want. The best idea is to experiment for yourself as this can also be great fun.

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It is often only by trial and error that you will discover the result you want. We always recommend using a test area to practice on before you work on the house itself. The best way for this is to have a spare piece of wood ­ ideally the same as your house, as paints etc. will dry differently on each type of wood ­ or failing that use a part of the house that will not
be seen, i.e. the rear or the underside of the base.

Another tip don’t forget a wooden dolls house can be affected by heat and damp. Always bear this in mind, i.e. don’t use excessive heat to dry paints etc.

Obviously space does not permit us to discuss all decorating topics, however we have tried to cover the questions which are asked most frequently in our shops.

Good luck with your decorating and I hope this feature will have helped to answer some of your questions and also enable you to avoid some of the pitfalls, which can happen ­ especially when decorating your first house.

Architecture and Dolls Houses

Architecture & Dolls Houses
period architecture

For the serious collector getting the period details right may become an important issue within their dolls house project / hobby. It is here that architecture plays an important role. Whilst the most popular periods for dolls house collectors – Tudor, Georgian and Victorian – were marked by decorative and furnishing traits it is the different architectural features, which will set your house most firmly in a specific period.

In this feature we will try to explain some of the more important characteristics of the different styles.


  • Walls

These were generally built with a timber frame (mainly oak, which was plentiful at the time), which gave the support for the structure, with infill panels of wattle and daub (created with woven twigs and plaster). For most Tudor dolls houses the timber beams are surface mounted and finished in a dark colour with the wall space in between coloured white. It is best to use an “off white” or a weathered finish to create a realistic look. In those days roads were muddy so the bottom of buildings were usually quite grubby.

  • Roofs & Chimneys

In Tudor times roofs were either covered in thatch or small oak shingles. These shingles were laid in a similar way to tiles. Large and multiple chimneystacks were popular especially on the grander buildings of the time. Decorous and ornamental designs were common but circular chimney pots as we know them today did not appear until later.

  • Windows

Windows in most early Tudor houses were unglazed because glass could only be afforded by the wealthy. Later in the period casement windows appeared and because glass was only available in small pieces the “leaded light” look became popular. This consisted of small square or diamond pieces of glass being held together by lead strips.

It was also during this period that the “dormer window” first appeared – so called because they were first used to give light to the dormitory or sleeping quarters of a monastery.

  • External Doors

An oak planked door was the most widely used – which consisted of vertical planks on the outside fixed to three internal cross panels. Door frames were usually plain and simple.



The Georgian period actually covered a span of 116 years – from the accession of George I in 1714 to the death of George IV in 1830 – which also included the Regency period. While classical design was important the period also saw the development of the planned town, where squares and crescents were favoured in towns whilst terraces were common in villages. As building became more organised and land more restricted buildings grew upwards to make better use of land area. Like the tall but narrow buildings of the Tudor merchant, terraced houses and town houses followed the same ideas.

In the town house the ground and upper stories were for the owner, whilst the attic space was for the servants. If there was a basement then quite often the kitchen would be situated here, together with daytime servants’ quarters (where space allowed). Railings would separate the basement from the street with steps leading down.

  • Walls

Brick and stone was now widely used. Dressed stone was used for the houses of the wealthier classes especially in the towns. If brick was used it was most likely to be a red Flemish variety. Dressed stone was more indicative of wealth and taste. However, for those with brick buildings, but with grander aspirations, the answer came with the introduction of “stucco” This was a substance which could be applied to brick which imitated stone. This was widely used by renowned architects such as the Adam brothers and John Nash during this period. An easy way of simulating this for the dolls house enthusiast is by the use of a textured paint, such as Sandtex.

The abundance of large quantities of cheap softwood led to the construction of timber-framed houses clad in what is known as weatherboarding. This was quite a common form of construction for small houses in country villages.

  • Roofs & Chimneys

Classical Georgian thinking decreed that the roof and chimneys did not form an important part of the design. Therefore, roofs that were shallow pitched or even flat, covered with grey lead were common especially with town houses. Chimneystacks were small and simple and sometimes topped with the circular chimney pots which started to appear in this period.

  • Windows

The sash window developed into the most distinctive feature of the Georgian house. Rooms were now higher so taller windows were required and the sash window gave the regularity and proportion which designers were looking for. Better construction techniques allowed the use of larger panes of glass although because glass was still expensive, smaller “leaded lights” were still seen on the poorer housing, especially in the countryside. In order to preserve the softwood used in the construction of these sash windows, lead oxide was used as a coating and it was this which gave the white finish which was common.

It was also during this period that the bay window become common. These were usually seen on small shops but were also common in small seaside terraces.

  • External Doors

One of the most attractive features of a Georgian house facade is its door. The door itself is usually of the standard raised panel variety (unlike Victorian doors which have a sunken panel), but the detail and grandeur is found in the surround. Projecting canopies and porches were made of timber, although in the north of England local stone usually replaced this. A fanlight would also be common because the house design – especially in terraced houses – meant that this was normally the only external wall (and potential light source) on the hall.

  • Balconies

Another feature of the Georgian house was the balcony. This was sometimes used to emphasise a window or simply incorporated as a safety feature. Because windows often extended to floor level, a balcony made it safer for people standing or sitting near them.



As a contrast to their Georgian counterparts who embodied regularity in their designs, Victorian architects preferred variety and irregularity.

The requirements of the expanding middle classes demanded a house with a number of rooms of differing sizes and designed for varied uses. Ornamental detail on windows, porches and gables were an important
feature of the period

Land values in cities and towns were high so terraced housing was popular, with 2 or 3 rooms per floor. The grander “mansions” for the rich were 4 or 5 stories high, whilst the housing for the poorer classes consisted only of a ground floor and first floor.

  • Walls

Virtually all Victorian houses were constructed of brick – now machine made rather than the previously hand made variety. These were cheaper to produce, easier to transport and therefore available to everybody. The use of machinery allowed different colours and types of clay to be used in brick production, therefore coloured patterns could be created in walls. The Victorians preferred the more lively finish of brick to the plainness of stucco, which had been chosen by their predecessors.

Tile and terracotta was also used widely as a decorative feature especially on walls and gables.

  • Roofs & Chimneys

Because of cheaper transport, Welsh slate was used throughout the country on pitched roofs. These were topped off with ornamental ridge tiles and fretted bargeboards on gable ends. Rolled, sheet lead was still used to cover flat areas such as over bay windows etc.

Chimney pots were popular as they gave added variation to the roof line (as well as their practical function of reducing smoke). Pots were often quite tall, i.e. 2 feet for this reason.

  • Windows

The sash window was still the favoured choice just as in Georgian times. However, with different production methods available, large panes of glass could now be used. In general, sashes were glazed in either a single large pane or 2 smaller ones. Bay windows became popular as architects realised that the outlook of living rooms could be improved by designing windows with three aspects.

  • External Doors

A typical design for the front door consisted of four panels – two longer panels on the top half of the door and two smaller ones beneath. These panels were flat and recessed (different to the Georgian versions, which were chamfered and raised). Glazed panels with brass door furniture enabled Victorians to create a main entrance to impress their guests.



This period was relatively short (1901 – 1910) so Victorian and Edwardian styles are often lumped together as one indistinguishable approach to housing, although there are in fact important differences between the styles of these two eras.

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Edwardian houses are simpler and less grand than their Victorian equivalents. The decoration and variety of Victorian design was replaced by a more masculine look. Houses were designed to be functional rather than beautiful. The influence of historic revivals was replaced by the desire to create buildings, which were more suitable for the age they were built in.

Whilst the design retained many of the features of the Victorian house, such as sash windows and bays, the exterior was altogether more plain. Brickwork was simple and roofs lacked the fancy ridge mouldings seen previously. Doors were often “half glazed” and glazed porches ensured plenty of natural light for the hallway.

The development of the commuter town led to the creation of streets of plain, red brick fronted, gabled semis which are characteristic of this time. The first Garden Cities were also created during this period as well as the “workers towns” such as Saltair and Cadbury.

We have only covered a few styles here – but they are, we feel, the most popular with dolls house collectors. It should be remembered that there is no sharp division between periods, but rather a gradual change and a blend from one style to another. Furthermore, throughout the ages architecture has been influenced by “revivals”. For instance, during Victorian times (1837 – 1901) both a Gothic and a Queen Anne (Stuart) revival were experienced. So some buildings built in these years bore more resemblance to styles from an earlier time. Add to this, the result of “foreign” influences and you can see what a confusing issue choosing the right styles for a particular date becomes.

I hope that this feature has given you a small insight into this fascinating subject rather than frightening you with its complexities. Above all, as we always say –

“have fun with your hobby and do not follow historic accuracy out of necessity, but rather if that is truly what you want to do”.

Find the best dollshouse furniture

Where can you find the best furniture for your dollshouse? Read our reviews to find out more.

Once you have purchased and set up your dollshouse, you will know doubt be eager to furnish it. There are literally hundreds of different manufacturers to choose from and it goes without saying that the quality of miniature furniture can vary to a large degree.

Price is a big factor and you should think about a budget before deciding on who to purchase from. Just as with large pieces of antique furniture, miniature and dollshouse furniture is also extremely collectible and rare and unusual pieces can command a high price.

You also need to think about the period of your dollshouse, is it modern, swinging sixties or 1800’s.

Having said all that, we have listed below some of the pieces that we like and that don’t cost a fortune.

Dollhouse Miniature The Lincoln Gent’s Chair

Product Description
An authentic reproduction of an actual chair from the only home Abe and Mary Lincoln ever owned. Located in Springfield, IL their home is now a National Historic Site, open for tours.This high-quality wooden chair is finished in a walnut stain and features satin-like black upholstery. The legs have brass casters. 2 3/8″W x 4 1/4″H x 2″

Wooden Dollshouse Chair

Dollhouse Miniature The Lincoln Gent’s Chair

Shop for Dollhouses & Dollhouse Furnishings from! The four-piece Mahogany Den Set is made from real wood and features a realistic piano with a rich mahogany finish a stool and even a musical score propped on the piano ledge. The creamy tan chair and ottoman add a regal look to any room. This 1-inch scale set is for use in collector dollhouses only and is not recommended for children under the age of 3.

Mahogany Den Set

Mahogany Den Set

Miniature 1/2″ Palladian Door

Save 20% on new 1/2-inch scale components from Houseworks! High-quality unfinished wooden door that includes acrylic panes and interior trim. 1 13/16″W x 4 1/2″H Fits irregular opening: 1 3/4″W x 4 1/2″H x 5/16″D

Palladian Door

Palladian Door

Kitchen Furniture Kit

Product Description
Greenleaf Dollhouses 7205 Single room furniture collection allows you to get only the rooms you need! This great furniture collection from the Corona Concepts Series will complete your house in no time! Set includes: -Sink. -Stove with Realist Window. -Refrigerator. -Counter with Cabinet. -Wall Cabinet. -Clock. Features: -Doll Furniture collection. -Cool, country chic is defined by this collection. -Allows you to escape from the ordinary and retreat into an ivy covered cottage. -Simple style will bring a special touch to any kitchen. -True miniature scale. Specifications: -Material: Wood. -Overall dimensions: 9.5″ W x 15.75″ L.

Furniture Kitchen Set

Greenleaf, Kitchen

Cherry Pink Satin Sofa with Queen Anne Legs

Product Description

Cherry Pink Satin Sofa with Queen Anne Legs Fine furniture with mahogany ball feet.
Measures: 4 1/2 in wide x 4 in at the tallest point and 2 inches from the floor to the seat cushion x 2 1/4 in deep. There are other pieces to match this set in my store. Designed for the 1:12 scale dollhouse miniature setting.

Queen Ann Sofa

Cherry Pink Satin Sofa with Queen Anne Legs

Dollhouse Miniature Walnut Rectangular Display Case

Product Description
Wooden with beaded trim at the top and interior mirrored panels. Plexi shelf and storage space at the bottom. Two working doors. Special introductory price! Mirrored panels may be covered with a clear protective film; if so, remove before use. 4 3/8″W x 3 1/2″H x 2 1/4″D

Display Case

Dollhouse Miniature Walnut Rectangular Display Case

Dollhouse Miniature Five Piece Harrell Sofa

Product Description
Looking for something new and contemporary, here it is! New for Spring 2008 is the Harrell collection of modern sectional pieces. Order one of the sets, like this one, or mix and match pieces to fit the needs of your room. Upholstered in extremely touchable slate gray velour that works in most every color scheme. 9″W x 3 1/8″H x 8 1/2″D Special Introductory Price!

Harrell Sofa

Dollhouse Miniature Five Piece Harrell Sofa

Single Bed with Sky Blue Linens

Quality crafted hardwood furniture with all cotton linens Elegant & contemporary design single bed comfortably sleeps dolls up to 20″ Part of the Laurent Doll furniture line which also includes bunk beds, canopy beds, an armoire, vanity, chest, storage tower and chest of drawers
Includes one mattress and pillow set, pillow case, mattress cover, coverlet and bed skirt
Value priced

Product Description
Sleeps one 18 inch doll comfortably on an all hardwood construction single bed. Fenials adorn the 4 corners of this white glossy painted bed. Beautiful detailing make this a keepsake.

SIngle Bed

An authentic reproduction of an actual chaise lounge from the only home Abe and Mary Lincoln ever owned. Located in Springfield, IL their home is now a National Historic Site, open for tours.This high-quality wooden chaise is finished in a walnut stain and features satin-like black upholstery. The legs have brass casters. 6 3/4″W x 2 7/8″H x 2″D Please click here for Lincoln’s Springfield Home Dollhouse Kit Special Introductory Price!

Chaise Lounge

Dollhouse Miniature The Lincoln Chaise Lounge

Do Dollhouse collections need specialist insurance?

Dollhouse enthusiasts and Specialist Insurance

Miniature collectibles isn’t just a hobby for children. Whilst it is possible to pay only a few pounds for items, at the other end of the scale, the time and craftsmanship that goes into making some pieces of miniature furniture means that the cost is beyond most children.

Specialist Insurance

This is where dollhouses and miniature collections become something for adults. Each piece of furniture, especially if it is an antique can be very expensive. Collections can run into the tens of thousands and can be a lucrative as well as a rewarding hobby.

The majority of collections will be kept in the home, however very few collectors give much thought as to how they stand in respect of Insurance.

As a collector you would be devastated if your prized dollshouse and contents were destroyed by flood or fire, or even stolen.

Most people can be forgiven for thinking that a collection would be automatically covered under home insurance, but this is not necessarily the case.

Under the contents section, some insurance policies will exclude collections (unless they are specifically listed) or class them as valuables.

If they are classed as valuables, some policies will restrict how much you are covered for and if you have other valuable items, this could end up being too much for a standard contents policy.

vintage miniature furniture
Home Insurance is not really designed to cover specialist collections for a number of reasons.
1. Where is the collection kept. Is it a secure location and does the property need to be alarmed?
2. In the event of a claim, how would a home insurance policy settle the claim? How is the value of a collection calculated. Although most policies are new for old, it maybe that the collection cannot be replaced easily and you are left arguing over a cash settlement, which is normally a lot less than the true value
3. If only one piece is damaged, the excess under the home insurance policy may be greater than the one piece.

If your collection of period miniature furniture, is really of value, you should seriously consider a specialist collectors insurance policy, like the one from collectandprotect

dollhouse insurance

There are a number of major differences
1. The collection will be insured for items specifically listed and at a value agreed by the Underwriters. In the event that a piece is partially damaged, the settlement would be for the expense of restoration plus any depreciation (not exceeding the amount agreed by the underwriter)
2. Unlike a home insurance policy which has a pairs and sets clause, this is removed under a specialist collectors policy
3. Automatic cover for additional items purchased, for up to sixty days
4. Cover for items temporarily removed from the home (to an exhibition for example)
5. Excess as low as £25
6. All risks cover including physical loss or damage

7. Fair market value as the basis of settlement

8. Travel Insurance cover is also possible to organise. Get the best travel insurance deals at thatsinsurance


Insurance can be a complex subject and not everyone is knowledgeable on the subject. If you don’t understand Insurance or Insurance terminology, I recommend visiting thats insurance first before you rush out and purchase an insurance policy that you don’t really understand and that might not be suitable.


Dollhouse Lovers

Dollhouse Lovers Rocks

There are soDollhouse Lovers many dollhouse lovers who are desperate to build their own dollhouse. Dollhouse designs can be found in several places. But the fact is that so many of dollhouse lovers are looking for plans that cost no money. So, finding a dollhouse plan that is free becomes a little bit difficult.

The Great American Dollhouse Museum is ideal for school and civic groups as well as lovers of dollhouses and miniatures of all ages. There is a small entrance fee and the business is open from Tuesday to Saturday. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. There is also a gift shop on the premises that stocks a large selection of new, vintage, antique and artisan miniatures along with other traditional museum memorabilia including a variety of postcards and tee shirts. You can also buy books here to learn about the dollhouse and miniatures culture.

Another fun thing for doll lovers? Dollhouse miniatures. Those who own dollhouses tend to love miniatures, which are tiny recreations of everything we regular-sized humans use in day to day life. For example it is possible to get Miniature toilets and bathtubs, even victorian hoover vacuum cleaner. You’ll need those for the bathroom. Come winter, you’ll need miniature Christmas trees, as well as miniature presents. You’ll find tiny beds and dining tables, even rocking horses and fireplaces. Anything that you need for your dollhouse, you’ll find it. These miniatures make for a great gift for the doll lover in your life.

There is a complete dollhouse industry that has taken shape gradually. The dollhouse lovers face no problem in finding a dollhouse of their choice as there are many suppliers that make important dollhouse components and accessories available easily. There are even many dolls house lovers who have made dolls house clubs and share their views on them.

Miniature Furniture Kits are Awesome

Miniature Furniture Kits Are Awesome

Miniature Furniture

Making furniture can be a rattling originative as fit as benevolent brainpower taxing trait as it requires to transact with a lot of math and finer nuances for piercing and carving of materials. Most frequent contour of tangible utilized for making furniture is the woods. Nevertheless, nowadays wrought trammel and PVC furniture are also gaining popularity. How to piddle furnishings is a speculate that has umteen answers. What with the ‘do it yourself’ (DIY) and ‘eliminate your own furniture’ kits reaching up in the activity. All of us, at slightest erst in our lives, should requirement not be a carpenter or artist to cognize how to modify furnishings because it requires simple standard sentience and skills that can be honed by starting with miniature furniture items. Get, of row, matters everyplace. You can advantage with making bladelike and light trade projects or teensy items same the bedside or tea fare or a outbuilding for your pet, a elflike, etc. We leave see how to accomplish your own furnishings in the masses paragraphs.

Wicker furniture is the art of basket weaving and furniture making combined. Traditional wicker furniture is made from vine, bamboo, or other such material. Most dollhouse furniture sets that have a wicker design are made from wire, as there are not much miniature bamboo trees. Wicker adds a modern look and appeal to your dollhouse furniture set and we would recommend that it complements contemporary or traditional dollhouse kits.

Dollhouses are popular among young girls. I myself had given a lot of these as gifts to little girls who are fond of playing like they run their own house. But this is no longer just a simple toy and is no longer just for little girls. Right now, there is a growing market for dollhouse kits complete with miniature dollhouse furniture in intricate designs since this is becoming a collection hobby for young and old alike.

To avoid adding to the list of broken, useless toys it is best to find toys that are sturdy, practical and at the same time heaps of fun! How can you find such a wonder toy? With some research you will be able to find providers that manufacture quality worthwhile toys, such as jewellery making sets. This way the child can create her own unique designs that she can wear with pride. It develops in her a desire to create and to take pride in her creations. Construction sets are great for teaching your child to follow given instructions to reach an end goal, such as a furniture set, miniature of course, which allows the child to create furniture, perfect little replicas of actual products. Sewing and knitting kits may not seem interesting, but with their contemporary, easy to carry packaging, children actually enjoy knitting their own designs which again helps develop their creativity. It allows children to grow confidence when working with their hands and develops co-ordination. An embroidery set is another ideal gift which could turn into a lifelong hobby!

Apart from being lightweight and durable, balsa wood also has the ability to float, which makes it an ideal material for surfboards and other water sports equipment. Another popular use for balsa lumber is model kits, usually that of airplanes. Again, because the material is light, model airplanes constructed from balsa generally perform better than its other counterparts. Doll houses and the miniature furniture that accompany them are also routinely made out of balsa. The same is true for stage furniture and other props. The other parts of the balsa tree are used for insulation, stuffing, sound-absorption and packing.


Dolls House Show Can you make Money?

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Dolls House Show Can Make You Money

Although they had been around for a long time before, dolls’ houses became big in northern Europe; especially in Germany, Great Britain and the Netherlands. They took the form of large closet style pieces with lots of small rooms adorned with miniature furniture and people. Such a thing would not come cheap of course, only the most noble could boast such a show of opulence. These types of dolls’ houses also served to record the layout and decoration of a house. Indeed, on a visit to a stately home in Britain, one often comes across a well kept dolls’ house which shows us exactly how people used to live, from the their dress sense to their sense of taste in household furniture.

Over the years I have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know many miniature enthusiasts. What fascinates them about seeing familiar objects in a tiny, realistic form?


Much more than a child’s plaything, building doll houses, and ultimately decorating and furnishing them in a theme of your choice, has become an adult hobby. The only way to improve on that, is to have a daughter or grand-daughter who can share that interest and passion with you.


Personally, my miniature interest lies in antique miniatures and dolls, more so than in modern works. The strange thing about that is the fact that antique pieces were seldom created with a true eye to scale, and scale is of utmost importance to me when viewing modern miniatures.

The craftsmanship involved in creating tiny little porcelain dolls, with jointed limbs, often hand blown inset glass eyes, real mohair wigs is amazing. Add to that the primitive conditions within the factories that many of these dolls were created in, adds to my amazement. Many of these tiny dolls have lasted in excess of 100 years , they have been handled, and played with, loved and often abandoned, only to turn up years later in an attic somewhere.

The furnishings of this same era were often handmade, often primitive, and much did not stand the test of time as well as the little dolls did. To find, own and enjoy these pieces today is a delight.

Manufactured doll house furnishings of this era, were often made in Germany as were the little dolls. I had a dear friend of German origin bring her childhood collection over to me to help her sell. She is in excess of 90 years old, a delightful lady who still teaches piano, runs her own household, and dresses her dolls. She had a story to tell about every piece of furniture, and remembers hours spent with her sister in creating the tiny little bed linens, doll clothes and lampshades. I like to think there are similar stories about every antique piece that comes my way.

Also of importance to me is for miniatures to be made of the material they are in real life.
If a bed is representing one made of wood, I cannot tolerate it in plastic. (sorry Chrysenbon) If bathroom fixtures are representing porcelain pieces, then do not make them in wood! Realism is very important in my own collections.

Some enthusiasts enjoy making all of their own furnishings and accessories, even their own dolls. This exacting craft can only be admired by those of us less talented, but certainly makes their fascination obvious.

Some crafters make such exquisite pieces that the prices can command as much as their full size counterparts. There are miniature artists, who paint on tiny canvases each work of art is a one of a kind painting. Other artists paint on tiny plates, even buttons as canvases.

There are miniature artists who do miniature needlepoint, knitting, rug making and pottery as well as wood workers.

One thing I have found is once someone embraces this hobby, it is usually a life long obsession.


Period Miniature Accessories Rocks

Period Miniature Accessories Rocks

Period Miniature Accessories

Dollhouse creation is itself a challenging to the people who want to build it. When they build the dollhouse their adventure won’t stop there. They will try something more to it. The more challenges they meet they become more involved to achieve the next fete. The dollhouse is small and it is a little bit difficult to hold that in our hand and to create something inside this dollhouse in not a joke. Therefore one should think twice to attempt such a feat of making or preparing accessories for the dollhouse. Preparing miniature furniture is not as easy as one thinks. Small may look very beautiful but how difficult to make it will come to know when you try to hold the thing in your hands. Kids can hold them easily but adults cannot hold them properly in their hands. 


The size of dollhouses is reduced 12 times in the original scale, and then you can imagine the size of the furniture. The name is aptly given as miniature furniture. Yet one should remember people love to do perform the difficult task, and they want to win their children’s heart by doing things for them. It gives them satisfaction to see their child’s face. What is small that is cute and tough to handle. Miniature furniture is readily available in the market but it gives pleasure to do it at home for the sake of children gives immense satisfaction for their elders.

Wooden dollhouses are available for sale on online. They have got beautiful structural construction which resembles real houses in the entire manner and the entire context. Each wooden building is very nice, and many wooden buildings have functional door knobs and strings, and all the building is decorated with lights and electrical fittings. This can be protected and kept once purchases. Made of quality wood it is highly durable and highly affordable. Many people want it to make from good wood so that they can preserve these dolls houses for a very long period. Sometimes the semi finished dollhouse is prepared and sold and the job of giving final finish is done according to the choice of buyers. It gives buyers immense pleasure great joy to give final touches to the wooden dollhouse.

It occupies a lot of space and offers the opportunity for the children to build and reconstruct their houses. Some wooden houses come with alteration facilities, and some have permanent fixtures. It depends on individual taste. They can buy what they need from the manufacturers of the doll house.


You can get dollhouses as well as dollhouse miniature accessories pertaining to every period and kind of architecture. If you want to keep your miniature world true to the real world as much as possible, and this is always going to help you create the real feel of having something genuine constructed by you, it would be advisable to be very choosy in picking the accessories. For starters, you should pick a reliable store for buying the products you need.

Adult dollhouse miniatures are often times more realistic than the equivalent child’s toy. While dollhouses for children are designed to be easily accessible for play, the adult version is built in a manner that represents the true architecture and construction of a house. Doll house miniatures come in any architectural style from any conceivable time period. While many of these houses reflect modern styles, many hobbyists find more enjoyment from creating or purchasing miniatures that are taken from past historical periods. Log cabins that hearken back to life on the American frontier of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are quite popular, as are miniatures that represent houses from the Victorian period. Of course, having a house from a particular time period means that one has to look for (or make) accessories that are temporally appropriate. Clearly, it would make no sense to have a computer or television in an eighteenth century log cabin. Creating or hunting down such specialized items is one of the joys of having miniatures for a hobby.


Dollshouse furniture, perfect for stimulating your child

Dolls House Furniture Perfect For Stimulating Your Children.

Dollshouse furniture


Collecting dolls house dolls can be a hobby on it’s own, with each set showing the fashions of the time they were bought. Social history and playtime rolled into one.

It is very important that the furnishings are as close to reality as possible. This doesn’t mean that they have to be functional or look precisely the same, but a dolls house should never lack accessories such as bathroom and kitchen appliances. Such miniature accessories can be bought or ordered in toy shops and online and can match any kind of dolls house. They can be made of different materials from plastic to porcelain. Custom-made accessories are even better because they add a unique and personal touch to any collector’s dream dolls house.

Modern dollshouses have their origins in the well-known European “baby houses”. These appeared in the 16th century in Europe and consisted of cabinet displays with multiple rooms that had beautiful architectural detailing. At that time, dollhouses, dolls house dolls, their furnishings and accessories were afforded only by rich families as the cost of such things could reach the price of a modest real house.

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Movement is done by use of the arrow keys, and the mouse is used to move the camera around, as well as to zoom in. The Lalaloopsy doll that was chosen by the young girl will start outside of her own house, and from there can move about and travel to different parts of Lalaloopsy land, and visit all the other Lalaloopsy characters in their own houses. They can skip along the land down the path to each dolls house, or they can find a dock and take a boat ride down the river to different parts of Lalaloopsy land. And this online environment is improving all the time, with new additions expected such as a park, as advertised in a sign along the path which advertises “PARK: Coming Soon”.


Dollshouse furniture

As seen throughout history, not only little girls enjoy having a dolls house equipped with furnishings and dolls. Adults worldwide enjoy gathering collectibles and improving their childhood collections. Important people such as Colleen Moore who owned the Fairy Castle dedicated their life to enriching and embellishing their dollhouses. Therefore, think about it — what started as playing house could turn into a lifetime hobby for your child. In addition, think about the future generations of children (your grandchildren, for example) — they could also benefit from this wonderful activity instead of watching TV or playing on their PCs.

When it comes to dolls houses, they can meet a wide range of preferences and styles from traditional to modern. The possibilities are infinite — almost the same as for real houses. Miniature houses are a very good idea for small playing areas as well as for little girls while walk-in houses are designed for bigger playing spaces and for older girls. For those who want to dazzle their daughter or granddaughter even more, there are a series of extras such as stables, a pool, a tennis court or a garden that can be added.

Jess wants to join her brother as a gamer with a Nintendo DS and what should be no surprise to me, a Peppa Pig game. That girl is crazy about Peppa Pig, she already owns Peppa Pig figures, books, bedding, jigsaws and a space shuttle and now she wants a Peppa Pig Palace. I tried to interest her in a proper dolls house like her cousin Beth has, but as Jess points out – Peppa Pig is to play with now, a proper dolls house is to look forward to when she is older.

A birthday party venue should reflect your childs personality and his likes and dislikes. For example, if you have a daughter who loves her dolls, then you can invite her girlfriends over for a doll house party. And if you have a son who is crazy about cars, then choose an indoor location and give a car theme to the whole celebration. You can virtually set up an indoor playground these days; a good event management company will be able to help you in arranging for stimulating indoor toys which are exciting and entertaining for the kids.