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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Dollhouse Miniature Bathroom Scale

This week I was talking to my daughter on the phone and I commented that I had not been able to come up with an idea for the tutorial for this channel. Her suggestion was to make a bathroom scale since so many people make the resolution every year to loose weight. So if the dolls in your dollhouse are on a mission to loose some of those extra holiday pounds you can make them this simple scale to help them keep track of their success.

I wanted to keep this project easy to do without a bunch of tools so I tried to stick to just the basics.

The base of the scale is made of paperboard, otherwise known as a cracker box. I have been using this stuff for decades, since long before recycling was the thing. It is just so nice to be able to use it instead of taking up space in the trash can.

We only need 3 layers of the paperboard, cut to the size and shape of your finished scale. I made a really simple almost square shaped one but if you take a quick look online at all the wonderful real life scales that are out there for sale you can use these same directions to make any shape you desire. I just wanted to make the one for the video really simple.

Glue and clamp your layers together with whatever your favorite glue is. I like the Tombo Multi glue but Tacky glue (or whatever you have) will work just as well.

Allow the glue to dry and then paint the scale to color you desire. Let your imagination be your guide and have fun with this step. I used white for the video because I am not sure which dollhouse I am going to put this into and white will go in any of them.

I love the little trick I picked up from the CHA video I watched the other day featuring Tim Holtz, wrapping the paint brush in the wet wipe is going to save me so much time. With our minis I am sure you know we only use tiny thin coats of paint and so many times that means having to use a bunch of brushes because the washed brushes never dry as fast as the paint and a wet brush is no good to paint with. I am sure you are going to see me doing this a lot in future videos.

After the paint dries you can add the part you stand on, whatever they call that. I used black card stock for mine because my real scale has this part black. Again use whatever color you want. For my scale I used a strip ¾” wide and just long enough to fit the top. I used a ½” hole punch to add a curve so the bubble part over the dial had a place to go.

For that bubble part I used the top bubble part of a “googly eye” the ones I got the 7mm size. Just be really careful taking the backing off. I don't want anyone to hurt themselves on this step.

I used a pencil to make the pointer part of the dial but you could print out the entire dial (or draw it) for behind the bubble.

Use a clear drying glue to attach the bubble part and you are done.

There now the dolls in the dollhouse can keep track of their weight loss/gain a little easier. 

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