Monday, August 27, 2018

The Christmas Window Custom Dollhouse

This new Project is a Christmas themed dollhouse.  It's called The Christmas Window because Kellie who ordered it has always dreamed of decorating store display windows.
I wanted to show you the humble beginning of a custom dollhouse. I get so many comments, emails and messages from potential miniaturist architects afraid to take the plunge into building. 
It's a very simple process. Basically you are doing 3 walls, a floor or 2 and a roof.  Doesn't have to be complicated as far as the shape. What counts is the details.
So here goes!  The house is made of hardboard(link on resources page). This product is better than a plywood type of product because it's straight! Nothing worse than realizing the walls are warped.
I put the walls together with hot glue. This acts as my clamp. No need to wait 2 hours for glue to dry with clamps.  Go back with glue over your seams to hold everything nice and tight.
Next the wood floor(Popsicle sticks).  You can also hot glue it in place. Or use traditional glue.
Then plaster(resources page) your walls. The above photo is the living room. It has some picture molding made with Popsicle sticks cut lengthwise.  The flowers are made with cardboard covered with layers of paint.
This is the workroom.  It will have the stairs in here. The display window in the front has a little stage box for the display.
Next, the upstairs.  I did the pitch of each roof panel by taking 2 inches off each side of the top. Then I went around the house one side at a time until I got to the front. The panel above the door was a bit different. I had to take 2" off one side of the top and add 2" on the other side.  If you can't figure out the measuring just take a piece of wood, put it in place and mark where your cuts need to be.
You will need to put your downstairs lights in place before you do your upstairs flooring.  I also put my working mantel in place.

On this side of the room I left my walls without picture molding. I didn't want to have the room be too stuffy.

I'm keeping everything very vintage looking as always.  These 2 windows are from Hobby Lobby.
Just working upstairs now.  There will be plaster and wallpaper up here. Also a beam ceiling. This is the bedroom.
Thanks so much for coming over!


  1. Que gran comienzo!! Y el tema navideño me encanta,quedo a la espera de más avances!

  2. A new beautiful cottage!!! Love so much al your work!!! You are a great artist, dear Caroline!!!

  3. Je bent weer heel goed bezig het gaat weer mooi worden ik kijk er naar uit lieve groetjes Daniëlle

  4. Thanks for your photos and explaining the process of building this house.
    I already love it.
    Hugs, Drora

  5. What a great post, Caroline! It tells us all not to let fear stop us. Just make a simple structure, and it can become beautiful just like yours are!

  6. Muchas gracias por las explicaciones Caroline, estoy deseando ver los avances de esta nueva creación tuya.
    Será genial como siempre
    Un abrazo

  7. Haces que parezca tan sencillo! ♥

  8. Another interesting and lovely new project. I will be following it.

  9. This is so cute!! I love that roof! Thank you for the suggestion to use hardboard. I bought some from Home Depot and am currently getting ready to add extensions to my dollhouse. Thanks for the inspiration!


  10. Así como lo cuentas hasta parece fácil!!! Pero ya nos gustaría a muchos tener esa elegancia y hacerlo tan bien.

  11. Thank you for sharing. You usually use battery lights, but the wires look electrical. 🤔
    Best, Lynne

  12. How interesting to see a dolls house being made from the start.

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