Saturday, August 8, 2015

Dollhouse Custom Construction Part 3 - Featuring Lilac Cottage

Let's continue the dollhouse.
 The upstairs is plastered except for the walls of the bathroom. I used Dap's Patching Plaster. I applied it with an artist spatula.
I also plastered the bump out's ceiling and applied craft sticks to it.  Before I glue on the other side I will put the curtains on. 
I sanded the plaster and applied the bathroom's birch clapboard strips I bought online: Paint everything. 
 I put my curtains in place in the bump out and finished the roof/ceiling. 
Here's a view of the bump out inside.  Spray your curtains with hairspray or starch after you pin them on cardboard the way you want them to drape. Use a hairdryer to dry them faster. Glue your curtains onto a little curtain rod and to the wall. They will look like real life curtains. 
I finished the stair rail and glued it in place. And the dormer windows got their framing and panes. 
The windows are framed with a craft stick all around the exterior and interior too.  Then I cut the craft sticks lengthwise to about 1/8" to make the dividers inside the window.  Paint before you glue in place.  The plastic I used for the windows is a thicker plastic sheet I found in the craft store. It was in the area where they sell stained glass window paints.  I didn't find the item number though.
 I applied the wallpaper with Aleene's Tacky Glue.  I also trimmed the corners, baseboards, ceiling with more craft sticks cut lengthwise.
Here in the bathroom I did a 3D wall effect. I just go over my design with the hot glue gun. It comes out looking like tin tiles.

 I put on the little dormers' roofs and also glued a rectangular piece over the door. This will become  my awning above the french doors. Notice I used cardboard on some parts. I want to show you that you can use any materials.  If you don't have access to wood or wood cutting tools you can still build a dollhouse. The materials you use to cover the walls inside and out turn the dollhouse into such a strong structure that you need not worry. 
 The last 2 windows are also framed. 
That's it for this time. Next time we're finishing up the exterior with more clapboard(like the bathroom) and Dap's Ready Mixed Concrete.


  1. Wow! Fantastic!
    A big hugs :0)

  2. This is a great tutorial series. On the one hand, anyone can do it with simple materials. On the other hand, it's a lot of work! This helps show some of the value in buying one from you. Plus, each house has your unique style and touch, which everyone wants! Great job! Can't wait to see the next installment! xo Jennifer

  3. I love the faux tin ceiling!!! You seriously come up with the most ingenious idea's:) Can't wait to see it all finished!

  4. Wow, a lot of progress here. Great work and thanks for the tips.

  5. l was looking at that bathroom ceiling wondering how on earth you made it look like pressed metal and then l read you hot glued it... amazing and so very clever. Such a shabby pretty look in your lovely little house.

  6. I have been pondering curtains for the living room. I tend to want to make them as I would in real life, but I am thinking that I want pleated curtains. I am visiting various tutorials on how to make curtains. I also use scrapbook paper that has texture that I buy at Hobby Lobby in the textured single page scrapbook paper. I spray it with an acrylic something or other before I glue it in. I am enjoying watching your progress on the house. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Lilac cottage is looking adorable! Can't wait to see more. ; D

  8. The roof in the bathroom is gorgeous. Thanks for all the fantastic tips. Looking forward to next post.
    Hugs Maria

  9. I'm very grateful to you for sharing these tutorials series. It means a lot to us, who don't have easy success to building materials. I love your beautiful houses and am sure this one is going to be no exception.
    A big hug, Drora

  10. I am in awe of your work. Your houses are just too beautiful right down to every detail. You are such a talent.

  11. Thanks once again for a great instalment on this tutorial series Caroline. I'm glad that you mentioned the part about using materials that you have on hand because it makes me feel better about the little house I have been building. :) Everything is looking very sweet. The bump out looks great and I love the dormer windows and french doors.

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