Monday, October 31, 2016

Dollhouse Miniature French Daybed Tutorial

Today, I will show you how to make a daybed for your 1/12 scale dollhouse.
  You will need:
-1/16" x 4" x 24" bass wood(
-All purpose glue(I use Aleene's)
-craft knife/box cutter
-legs(I used stair spindles. You can use any 1/8" dowel.)

First, let's cut the wood. I used a small box cutter. A craft knife works too.
 You need a back piece and bottom piece(same size): 6 1/4" x 2 3/4".  The 2 side pieces are 2 7/8" x 
2 3/8". And the bottom rail is 1/2" x 6 1/4".

Lets make the back of the bed a little more interesting by cutting a nice detail at the top.  I cut 2 1/8" from the side and 3/8" from the top. Now the sides of the bed will be even with the back where they meet at the corners.

 I drew a line all around the back and 2 sides 1/4" from the edge. I'm going to cut a channel all around to make a nice groove detail. I used the Xacto knife to cut and lift the wood. Don't cut too deep. We only want to take off one layer of wood.
Remove the wood inside this little channel you cut. Sand inside the groove. Also sand all the edges of your sides and back pieces of the day bed.
 It's now time to glue the bottom of the bed. I marked all the pieces to make sure the bottom will be straight. I drew this line 1/2" from the bottom. We'll be using the 1/2" rail we cut out earlier in the front of the bed under the bottom.
 Glue everything together. I glued the bottom to the back first and then each side. Lastly, I glued the 1/2" rail to the front, under the bottom and between the sides.
Let the glue dry completely(or the wood will warp and un-glue with the paint).
 To make the pretty decorative relief I used cardstock and cardboard. To make a flower, I used cardstock cut into a flower shape. The flower shape is 3/8".  I use 3 flower shapes to make 1 rose. The middle is rolled and glued onto one flower shape and then glued onto one more flower shape.
The leaves are cut out of cardboard(like the cardboard from a cereal box).
 Make a pretty composition.
You will want to harden the flowers or they will loose their shape with the paint. I used Modge Podge. You can also use white glue. Let dry completely.
 The legs of the bed are 1 1/8".  I used stair rails that I cut to size. But a simple dowel 1/8" in diameter works too.
Glue your legs in place and allow to dry completely.
Once everything has dried, we can paint! For a true shabby chic I would first paint this bed grey, let dry, cover with glue, let that dry for 5 minutes and apply a thick coat of white paint. You would get a gorgeous crackle effect.  For this bed I painted mine with 2 coats of white.
Then I took a pencil that I cut with my box cutter to expose more of the lead and applied it into the grooves and around the edges. The more you apply the more dramatic the effect. I did mine pretty light.
 Once you wet the lead with your last coat of white paint, you will get a soft grey highlight to all the places where you applied the lead.
 The mattress base is a piece of cardboard 2 5/8" wide x 6 1/8" long. I hot glued some stuffing/pillow filler on top of the cardboard and trimmed it neatly. There's 1 3/4" of stuffing on my bed.

 Next, I covered with fabric. The fabric piece is 8 3/4"x 4 3/4".
Hot glue the cardboard mattress to the bed. Now dress the bed with bed skirt, blankets, pillows. I put a dot of glue to hold the blankets in place. Some places I used hot glue.

For the pillows, I fill them with candle filler sand. This makes the pillows heavier and more realistic.

That's it! You're done. Enjoy your new daybed!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Fairy Godmother's Cottage Custom Dollhouse

The Fairy Godmother's Cottage is my newly completed custom dollhouse.  This house is a 1/12 scale. It's 18 1/4" tall x 16 1/2" deep x 16 3/4" across.
The pumpkin is ready out front! I made the little toadstool mushrooms from air dry clay. 
 The house is covered with concrete and plaster for the walls. The roof is coconut mat(from the hardware store in the indoor plant section) and bark.

 All the vines are from Hobby Lobby. Click on the Resources tab above to get the links.

 There's a simple little light above the door.

 The switch and battery for all the lights are in the chimney.

 The interior had to look super old.
 I put the pantry with the screen door in the entryway.
 I found a whole bunch of tiny sand dollars on my trip to Florida a couple weeks ago.  I framed this one in a very simple frame I made. The grey background really makes it stand out.

 Stove tutorial:

 Mara's super spiral stairs tutorial was such a blessing!

 Want to make your own boiling over pot?  Here's the tutorial:
This is the collection of dress paintings I made. They look perfect behind the spiral stairs.
 The bedroom is upstairs.  I put the daybed here with a little bench.  Bench tutorial :

I hope you had fun looking at the photos. And maybe it gave you some great ideas for your own project.
Of course I'm already onto the next projects. I'm working on two trailers. One small and one regular size.  I've already cut them out of wood.  And I will do that daybed tutorial for you!  Stay tuned! Wishing you a magical day!!!
big hugs♥,