Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Brummies Hollow Custom Dollhouse From Scratch

My new dollhouse is called Brummies Hollow.  I showed you my sketch in the last post.
So here is what I've done so far...
The house is 18" tall x 13" wide for now.  I used tempered hardboard for the walls. This is a material that doesn't warp. So you won't be struggling trying to straighten a sheet of wood for days.  It is super sturdy and holds up to most anything including moisture.
I cut the walls and windows and door with a scroll saw. I used to cut dollhouses with a craft knife or box cutter. It's possible! I did it for years. But you can find a scroll saw for under a $100.
Inside I did wood floors with Popsicle sticks. The ridged paper is cardboard from the scrapbook section at any craft store. You could also pull off the top paper layer on any cardboard box to reveal these types of ridges. The other walls are plaster sanded to a smooth finish. The trim is Popsicle sticks. Some of them cut lengthwise to get a thin strip.
Here you can see what the plaster looks like after it's applied without any sanding. The bare wall will get some decorative scrapbook paper. Scrapbook paper is a great option because it's usually a thicker quality paper.
To see links to products I use go to my Resources page.


  1. Genial, otro proyecto nuevo para disfrutarlo, seguro será fantástico:-)

  2. Muchas gracias por ir mostrando el paso a paso, estoy deseando ver la casa terminada, y admirar tu nuevo trabajo.
    Un abrazo

  3. I like the interior layout thus far Caroline, and your working title "Brummies Hollow" sounds lovely too! :)

  4. Es interesante ese tipo de madera que no se arquea con la humedad. Como siempre el diseño es muy bonito, me estoy imaginado como quedará.

  5. Me admira ver con qué facilidad puedes construir una casita tras otra... todas tan bonitas, tan llenas de encanto ♥

  6. Tiene una bonita forma y los espacios son grandes y luminosos,me gusta mucho como está planteada!!

  7. I can't wait to see more...

  8. Can't wait to see what you do with this little house. I see that you are moving on from cereal boxes, too. It will be interesting to watch you build the windows, too, to see how you craft them. I haven't spend much time with the Bellingham. Just been too busy with other things. Life seems to get in the way, sometimes. Like weeds, grandkids, and graduations. Looking forward to your next post.

  9. Look forward to seeing more of your new house, once you have worked your magic.

  10. Can you cut the tempered hardboard with a boxcutter? I gather so from your blog, but I just wanted to confirm because I thought I would try that approach first. Thanks so much!

  11. Thanks for tutorial, dear Caroline! this house will be again beautiful! Have a nice week end!

  12. Hola Caroline, de nuevo un fantástico proyecto y seguro que una casa maravillosa.
    Gracias por compartir tus ideas, estoy deseando ver el resultado.
    Feliz fin de semana.

  13. J bent alweer lekker op weg naar iets moois te maken ik ga het weer beleven lieve groetjes Danielle

  14. I will have to try the hardboard next time! Yes, I said NEXT TIME! I finally built my first dollhouse. Thank you for all your tips on here (and via email)! I can't wait to see what you do with this one!

  15. Hi Caroline,
    Hope this finds you doing well. Love the drawing of your new house and what you
    have already done to it.........can't wait to see how it all turns just get better and better all the time. This is quite an undertaking or so it would seem. Also love the name Brummies hollow, sounds like it is out of
    Peter Rabbit or something........very cute and quaint.
    So what else have you been up to lately??
    It has been over 100 here in the day time, but still cools off some at night
    so we have been able to sit outside still course, close to before it gets but better then than never!! lol
    Have a great week sweetie,
    Love and Blessings,

  16. That is so nice of you to share your expertise like this. Your houses are so beautiful.