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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Dollhouse Miniature Baking Pan

Today I am showing one way to make an easy baking pan for your dolls. This pan is supposed to represent a 13” by 9” pan in real life. I took a few liberties with the measurements so it is pretty close but if you do the math you will find would not measure exact. This is because I wanted to keep the cutting and folding measurements easy to do. Also I have noticed even in real life these measurements can vary depending on what company made your particular baking pan.

I chose this size for a couple of reasons. Number 1 is that we are going to do a food video next week and we will need this pan for that. And secondly I know that over the years in my real kitchen this is the size pan I pull out the most in my real cooking so I figured it would be something our dolls could use too.

The pan we are making can either be made to look like ceramic/stoneware or metal. That depends on which paints you choose to use.

We are going to make our pans out of cardstock from the craft store. The kind that is used by scrapbookers and cardmakers. It is usually fairly inexpensive and really easy to work with. By the time we are done with all the steps it will be strong enough to give the illusion of either a metal or ceramic/stoneware baking pan.

To start out we need to cut a rectangle of cardstock that measures 2” by 1 ¼”. On each of the short ends we need to score at 1/8” and 3/8' and on the long sides we score at ¼”. I do recommend using a color of cardstock rather than white, more on that later.

Pre-fold all these scored lines making sure to really crease the folds flat. This will make your pan turn out much nicer in the end.

Now we need to cut on scored lines that I show in the video.

Notice the areas that I cut away also.

Now we are going to glue our pans at the ends. I make sure that my short tabs are glued on the outside of these to make they look more realistic. Be sure to clamp the glued areas, we want to make sure these stay where we want them. The little steps like this that we take now will pay of in the end with a much nicer finished item. Now walk away and let that glue dry completely. It is really important for the glue to get all the way dry before we move on.

While the glue is drying you can decide what color you want to paint you baking pan. If you want to make it look metal I recommend using the Delta Ceramcoat brand metallic silver. I have much better luck with that brand for the silver paint. If you have another favorite use it but if you are shopping try to find that one. For the metal version you will also need some black craft paint.

If you are going to go the ceramic/stoneware route you will need white craft paint and whatever color(s) you want. Sometimes I paint the pans the same color on both the outside as the inside and sometimes I make the inside white and use a color on the outside. It is up to you. You may even want to paint designs on the sides, if you are undecided take a few minutes to check online for photos of real baking pans for ideas.

Once the glue is completely dry we are going to base coat our baking pans. Use either the white or black craft paint and be sure to coat both the inside and the outside of the pan at the same time. I know this is messy but until it has at least 2 good coats of paint to seal the paperboard you need to make sure that you have both sides of it wet at the same time. This step prevents the cardstock from warping as much. You can tell when you have enough on that you can paint the sides separately; at that point you will no longer be able to see the color on the cardstock through the paint this is why I recommended a colored cardstock over a white. I usually find 2 coats is about right as long as I am using a good quality of paint. The cheaper, thinner paints might need more coats.

Now paint the final color onto your pan. For this step you can paint just one side of the paperboard and be sure to let it dry completely between coats.

If you are going for a metal pan you are done at this point unless you want to coat it with a satin finish sealer. For a ceramic/stoneware finish follow up with a couple of coats of a high gloss sealer. Allow the sealer to completely dry between coats.


  1. Hi Joanne! Nice to have you back again and I have watched your video and it sounds like your enthusiasm is once again in high gear. :D The baking pans are a great project and I am now curious as to what you plan to fill them with?


  2. So happy to see you posting again. I have really missed all your tips and tutorials.

  3. Great tutorial. Will be great with the cinnamon rolls that you shared in the past. So glad to see you back in the mini groove.
    A Big Mini Hug