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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Supply list for wiring part 6

This week we have a really short supply list again.

To follow along your will need:

your roombox or dollhouse that you are working on

lead in wire
transformer
source of electricity
wiring kit (or the items that come in one)
lamp that you want to install
the photos you took of your wiring before you covered it with paper


Tips for Dollhouse Miniature Crafting- Cleaning Your Ceramic Tile Work-surface





Since a couple of weeks ago I told all of you that you needed to go out and get a ceramic tile to work on I figured a quick lesson in cleaning it would be in order.

First I always let any glue or paint dry if possible before I clean it up. It is just easier that way. Then I first use a paint scraper to just scrape off anything on the tile. Then a quick wipe with a wet wipe and you should be ready for your next project.

Occasionally I wash the tiles just like I would a plate in hot soapy water. Then let it dry completely standing on its side so that both sides will dry.

I have even run them through the dishwasher a few times and they did just fine.

The only thing you have to worry about when washing them is make sure the back side (the un-glazed side) is completely dry before you put it back on your table. That back side holds a lot of moisture and will stay wet for a long time.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Trash to Treasure Covered Accent Table





This week for our Trash to Treasure project we are going to make a cute little accent table for the dollhouse. This can be varied to work with any holiday or occasion since the paper cupcake liners come out decorated for just about every occasion you can think of. Just be sure to pick ones that don't have definite top to the design since we will be using them upside down.

This would be a fantastic project to teach to a group (especially a group of beginners) since it is so inexpensive to make and really simple to do.

In addition to the cupcake liner you will need:

an empty thread spool that is about 2” tall (or use your imagination and see what else would work)
two circles cut from a cardboard box that are 1 ¾” in diameter
glue
paint (optional- I do recommend spray paint for this)


an optional spacer if you want to make your table taller (like one you might sit at) I would use a ½” block of wood. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Easy Corner Roombox pt 6





This week we are adding the baseboard molding to the bottom floor of our roombox. Please ignore the messy spot on the wall where I tried to cover up the paint smear. It has been a long week and I just didn't have time to fix it. Hopefully I will get it looking better by the next time we see the bottom floor of the roombox.

I used a strip of 3/8” by 1/16” basswood, you can pick whatever you want to use. You can also choose to either stain or paint yours. It all depends on the look you are after in your room.



This project is really easy and really fast so I hope you all enjoy it.

Be sure to post photos of your project, I want to see what you are working on!



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Supply List for Dollhouse Miniature Easy Corner Roombox pt 6

This week we have a really short supply list:

Your roombox or dollhouse you are working on
Some wood strips to use for baseboard trim. (I am using some Bass wood that is 3/8” wide by 1/16” thick.
Paint or wood stain as desired
Clear top coat (if needed)
Easy cutter or saw to cut your trim
Glue to attach it.

That is about all we need this week.


Tools for Making Dollhouse Miniatures- The Ceramic Tile Work-surface





If you have watched any of my videos you have seen at least some of the ceramic tiles I like to work on. I first got them just to work with clay but soon found out they are really practical for lots of crafts, especially messy ones. They are durable, easy to clean, easy to get and inexpensive. All things I love.

Seriously you haven't picked up at least one of these you are missing out. I prefer the 12” by 12” size most of the time although if I had room for it I would probably get a couple of the 18” by 18” size by since I film most of what I do and they wouldn't fit under my tripod they wouldn't work for me. Maybe if I get a different tripod????

Anyway, I just wanted to share my favorite work-surface with all of you. Come back in a couple of weeks and I will give you some hints on cleaning your tiles.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Easy Corner Roombox pt 5




This week we are going to be finishing the lower floor in our corner roombox. I love this technique and it is so easy and inexpensive to do you might just become hooked on it.... LOL

For the base that we will be working on I am using a piece of poster board. I discovered my local Dollar Tree had 11” by 14” pieces of poster board in packs of 5 a while back. So much easier to use than the large sheets I usually buy when I just need a small piece. Whatever size your room is try your best to use one piece of poster board to cover the floor area. It is really hard (not impossible) to hide a seam in this.

I just use the same paste for adhering this to the floor that I used for the wallpaper. It will need to get all the way dry before you start with the paint. Also you might want to weight it down for a while to make sure it doesn't warp your floor depending on what your floor is made of.

Once the paste is dry the fun part starts. For this you will want a variety of craft paint that compliments/ matches your project as well as a variety of sponges, cotton balls and anything else that looks like it would give a neat texture when used to apply the paint. In past projects I have also used terry cloth scraps, paper towels, rags made of various fabrics. Really if it is soft and you think it will work give it a try.

I do recommend having a minimum of at least 3 to 5 colors. I got out 10 and I think I used between 6 and 9 of them. (I didn't keep track) Try to have some dark colors, some light colors and some medium ones. The variety will give your floor more depth and make it more interesting.

Work with about 3 colors at a time and just have fun. Remember it is going to look really bad in the beginning so just go with it.

Once you are done and happy with the pattern you have come up with give the floor a clear coat of whatever your favorite clear finish is. I used a Satin Mod Podge and it looks great. The clear makes the floor look more realistic and gives the colors more depth.



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Trash to Treasure Easter Candies





This week for our trash to treasure project we are going to do something that is super simple. It is almost a non-project but it sure is fun to make.

We are using some of the colored foil candy wrappers that are so prevalent this time of year to make some doll size Easter candy. Of course this can be done with the foil wrappers from any holiday all year long.

So the first step in doing this project is go eat a couple of pieces of candy. I know, tough job right? LOL

I like to use a small bead inside of my candies, I think they get a better shape that way but you can do the same thing with just the foil.

I think these would look so cool in different colors in jars in a mini candy store.



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Corner Roombox pt 5 Supply List

This week's video will be a continuation of the roombox series and we will be putting in the lower level floor. Here is what you need to follow along with me.

A piece of poster board that is bigger than you floor.
Wallpaper paste/ Yes! Paste (whatever you used for the wallpaper)
Brush to spread paste
An assortment of craft paints- I am using mostly creamy colors, peaches, brown, and maybe a few metallic that blend in. If you have a wallpaper with a design pick your colors from that. Try to have at least 5 or 6 colors, more is better in this case.
An assortment of sponges, cotton balls, and anything else you can think of to “pounce” your paint on with.
A clear finish of your choice- I will be using Mod Podge


Optional- you might want to use a large tile or other item to weight down your floor until the paste gets partially dry to avoid warping. This will depend on what your floor is made of. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Dollhouse Wiring 101 pt 5 Installing a Dollhouse Ceiling Light






This week we are going to be installing the ceiling light in our roombox. The procedure is the same in a dollhouse too, as long as there is going to be a room above. I tend to not install ceiling lights in rooms that don't have a room above. Also I make sure that any room on the upper floors that contain the wiring for lights below have carpet because that is not glued down. If we ever need to replace that fixture we will need to be able to get to those wires.

The first step is to drill a hole through the floor/ceiling where you want the light to be. If your structure is wood you will need a tiny drill bit (like the one in the handle of the tool that comes in our wiring kit) for the foamcore I just used the same tool I have been using.

If at all possible turn your dollhouse/roombox upside down while you are gluing the fixture to the ceiling. That way you can get a better view and gravity won't be working against you. I know that most (if not all) the light fixtures have a sticky back. I still always glue them. I just don't trust that that sticky is going to last forever. Don't use too much glue, you don't want it to seep out onto your ceiling.

Once the glue is dry you can start work on getting the wires hooked up. Just like with the front porch light, same steps. The biggest difference is that in the future you will be able to get to these wires so you can fix it later if need be. Or you could even change it out later if you decided to change the style.



The magic part is always when you plug the electricity back into the house and get to see the bulb light up.

One other thing I wanted to mention keep those wires you cut off the fixtures, you use them to make more lamps for your dollhouse. They always come with really long wires so you might as well have them in your stash.



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Supply list for wiring part 5


This week we will be installing our ceiling light so you will need the following:

your roombox or dollhouse
wiring kit (or the tools/ materials that come in one)
your transformer
lead-in wire
ceiling fixture
tape or sticker paper (to cover/protect your connection)




Sunday, March 26, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Easy Corner Roombox pt 4




This week's video is fairly short because for the most part I have covered this information in past videos. Check the channel for my more in-depth wallpaper videos if you need more information on the basics. This week I mainly wanted to focus on the aspects of wallpapering that were specific to this project. Mainly taking that warp out of the front wall, preventing more warping on other areas and cutting around the tapewire on the edge of the wall where the wire comes into the house.

I was a little nervous about the paste I was going to use since I forgot to check it until I opened it on camera. That had sat in the container since we worked on the last building project. It kept just fine and the consistency was fine. I would still rather use Yes! Paste but I can't find it locally and I really don't want to pay shipping on it. Since this works almost as well I will just continue to use it.

The main “secret” to wallpapering a dollhouse is to have a lip of paper folding over onto the adjacent wall on the ceiling and back wall. This prevents the wall from showing if the paper shrinks from the seams.

On this project I used some plain colored card-stock because I wanted to keep this project very neural, it is going to be used for photos of future projects so I didn't really want to use any colors that would not go with just about everything. I think the white ceiling and beige walls will work out nicely.

I did have a piece of blue paper with really realistic clouds that I was so tempted to use for the ceiling but it just wasn't right for the neutral look I was going for. It would have been really cool for a kid's room roombox though.....


So next week we will be putting in the ceiling fixture.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Supply list for Corner Roombox part 4

This week the list of supplies is pretty short.

You will need:

The roombox (or other structure you are working on for the wiring series)
Ceiling paper
Wallpaper
Straight edge, knife and cutting mat
scoring tools
Wallpaper border adhesive or Yes! Paste.


In the demo I also use my 12” by 12” ceramic tiles to support and weigh down the ceiling to prevent warping. I highly recommend this if you are papering the foamcore ceiling. That single layer of foamcore will warp pretty badly if you don't do this. Just find something that will support the ceiling (with the roombox sitting upside down and something to hold it flat) In my case I ended up using 6 of my tiles. Large books would also work nicely. 

Tips for Dollhouse Miniature Crafting- Cleaning the Clay Extruder




This week I show a little about how to clean your clay extruder. This is a really helpful tool and it needs to be cleaned after every use. It's not really difficult and will make the tool last a lot longer.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Dollhouse Wiring 101 pt 4 The Front Porch Light and Wallpaper Prep




This week we are starting out by installing the porch light. This is the only light fixture we will be putting in before the wallpaper. Thus it is also really not accessible after we are done. That is the down side of this. The rest of the lights we will be able to access the area where they are installed.


After the front porch light is in place we need to cover our tape wire to prep it for wallpaper. In a normal wood dollhouse I just put a coat of white primer over the tape wire and call it good. I sometimes add a piece of tape over anyplace I have used brads or grommets, depending on how secure I feel about their placement.

Since our roombox is made of foamcore and I am not feeling all that confident about the long-term life of these connections I decided I wanted a little more. So I cut strips of sticker paper 1” wide and used those to cover my tape runs. This does two things it covers tape wire and blends it into the wall and it also (hopefully) will add some reinforcement to those connections we made last week. Only time will tell if my idea is correct. I do feel 98% confident about it.


I had initially intended to add the wallpaper this week too but I also want to keep the videos in this series no more than 30 minutes long. I know there is a lot of information for you all to digest each week. Any longer than that and I fear it would just be too much at a time. So next week we will wallpaper our room.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Supplies for Wiring part 4 video

This week we are going to be wiring in the front porch light and prepping the walls for the wallpaper to come next week.

I had thought we would get to the wallpaper this week but that would have made for a much longer video. As it is we are right about 30 minutes this week. I am trying my best to keep this series of videos shorter so I don't overwhelm you guys.

So for this week we need the following:

The structure you are wiring
Your basic wiring kit (the one we have been using)
Something to punch a hole in the front wall of your structure. (if you are using foamcore the pilot punch from the wiring kit works just fine. If you are working on a wooden structure you will need a drill with a really small bit)
Front porch light
Scissors
Craft knife
Glue (I used Beacons 3-in-1 but anything that will dry clear)
Brass brads and/or grommets
Paper tape (from the first aid aisle of the grocery store)
White primer paint (if you are working on a wooden structure)

Matte sticker paper sheet cut into 1” wide strips- I am using this to help hold the tape wire and the splice I made with the grommets more secure)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Dollhouse Wiring 101 pt 3 Tape-wire Placement




This week on our wiring series we are going to install the tape-wire in our roombox but, first we are going to make a tool for marking some of our placement lines.

In a dollhouse build you would have already painted the interior with a white primer before starting this step.

The tool we are making is really simple and is made from scraps of either foam core or wood (or both) You simply need to build up a small block that is about ¾” tall. The exact measurement will vary depending on your pencil.

When it is complete just tape your pencil on the top and you can now draw a straight line 1” off the floor. Much easier than trying to juggle a ruler and a pencil in tight places.

And speaking of tight places this is the perfect place to use one of those short pencils that has been sharpened almost to nothing. It is much easier in a dollhouse room to use a short pencil on a block than to try to work with a nice new long pencil. Trust me on this one....

Once you have your pencil ready to go I recommend placing either a page flag or a dot sticker on the spots you want to place your lights. This will help you visualize where your tape-wire needs to run. For ceiling lights mark on the floor above.

Once you have figured out where you are going to place specific lights it is time to run the general tape-wire runs. By having this basic run of wiring in your house you can add more lights in the future, things like floor lamps and table lamps. You can even wire a fireplace to it if you want to (although if you use a flickering unit it could make all your lights flicker)

If you are working in a dollhouse with a stair well that is the best place to take the wire up to the next floor. If not then you can do as I did here and make a spot where the ceiling/floor meets the wall.

The most important part of wiring, in my opinion, is to test after every connection. That way you can trace problems much easier.


When you have your wiring in place take a lot of pictures. Then immediately print them. If you have a notebook for your building (something I highly recommend) put one copy of the photos in there. Then take another set, put them in an envelope and tape that to the bottom of the building. Someday when you need to find the wires you will be very glad you did this. 



Thursday, March 9, 2017

Supplies for the wiring part 3 tutorial

For part 3 of the wiring series we will be making a little tool to help get our placement line for the wire at the bottom of the wall marked correctly as well as wiring our roombox.

You will need the following items to follow along with me.

the wiring kit we talked about in part 1 (or the items that are in the kit if you purchased them separately)
transformer
source of electricity (outlet or extension cord that is plugged into your house electricity)
a small amount of scrap wood an/or scrap foamcore
glue
masking tape (or painter's tape)
short pencil
ruler- a short one is much easier to use
some small post-it page flags or those bright colored dot stickers from the office store
small screwdriver (that will fit the screw in the junction splice) like the ones for eye-glases
scissors

camera/ phone with camera app

Tools for Making Dollhouse Miniatures- the Clay Extruder





This week I decided to talk about the clay extruder. If you work with clay very much this is probably a tool you will want to think about at some point.

The one I have is from Walnut Hollow but the same style is available from a couple of other companies. The thing to look for is the handle that works like a crank. There is also one on the market with a plunger type system that you are supposed to press down on the top and the clay is supposed to come out. I have actually had two of those kind and never once got them to work. I had two of them because the first one was so bad I thought I must have gotten a bad one and decided to try again. I was sure the second one would work. I even had my son and his friends try to get it to work. None of the boys could get it to work and they were all very strong guys.

The main thing to remember is the that the metal will discolor the clay if it is left in there for any length of time. The lighter the clay the more noticeable this will be. On the white clay I used in the demo you can really see it. On a clay that is a color it won't be as noticeable.

You will need to clean the extruder every time you use it and I have a video coming up on this channel in 2 weeks.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Dollhouse Wiring 101 pt 2 The Practice Board




This week we will be digging into those wiring supplies and making a practice board. I am a strong believer in starting out this way especially if you have never successfully wired a miniature project. By working on the practice board we are taking a lot of the pressure out of the project. If we mess up it won't hurt your project. You have time and room to learn what you are doing and to get a real feel for how to do it.

So to create your practice board you will need the following:

a piece of foamcore about 8” by 10”
the wiring kit we talked about in part 1 (or the items that are in the kit if you purchased them separately)
transformer
source of electricity (outlet or extension cord that is plugged into your house electricity)
screwdriver that fits the screws in the transformer
needle nose pliers
straightedge/ruler
pencil
scissors
sewing pin

Take plenty of time with your supplies and your practice board. This is your opportunity to get comfortable with wiring.


Be sure to contact me if you have any problems.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Trash to Treasure Button Picture Frames




This week for our trash to treasure project we are making a picture frame from a button. You can use any size button as long as the button has the recessed inset. Also any color will work as for this project. So this is really a fun and easy project.

I found that if I marked the circle to cut around about a 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch bigger than I want the piece to be it was about right. That way when I cut off the marked line it was the size I wanted.


You can find photos anywhere, in magazines, on photos you have taken, old calendar pictures, post cards or online. Really anywhere. You want to find either a small photo or just use the small areas in the background of the photo you choose.



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Supplies for the wiring part 2 tutorial


I asked on the Facebook group if it would be helpful to have the list of what you will need ahead of the videos for the Wiring Series. Everyone that responded felt it would help them out so here is the list for this week. 


For part 2 of the wiring series we will be making a practice board for our wiring so we can learn to make connections and how to do the basics with the kit.


If you have any questions contact me and I will do my best to explain the items.

a piece of foamcore about 8” by 10”
the wiring kit we talked about in part 1 (or the items that are in the kit if you purchased them separately)
transformer
source of electricity (outlet or extension cord that is plugged into your house electricity)
screwdriver that fits the screws in the transformer
needle nose pliers
straightedge/ruler
pencil
scissors
sewing pin


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Easy Corner Roombox pt 3


This week we are getting the outside of our corner roombox ready to put in the electric wiring.



So what we are doing is getting the siding ready to paint and then painting it. We also add the needed trims to the siding and the door.

The trim for the edges/corner of the siding was cut 3/8” wide. Be sure to cut the corner one on the corner of the box with 3/8” on each side of the fold.

For the trim around the door I cut the trim ½” wide then cut them to length when I was ready to glue them in place. Be sure to touch up the paint on the ends of the top piece.

My roombox has developed a curve to the front wall but I will show you how to minimize that when we put in the wallpaper. (that comes later after we do some of the wiring)



Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tips for Dollhouse Miniature Crafting- Working with Chalk




This week we are going to cover the basics of working with chalks on your dollhouse miniature clay projects. We are really only scratching the surface of working with chalks. I just want this be an introduction for you if you haven't played with chalks much.

I love the effects that I can get with chalks and similar products on my clay projects. They just seem to glow.

So if you haven't played with them grab some scrap clay and just play with them to see what effects you can get. I am pretty sure once you try you will be hooked and you will have so much fun experimenting.

Be sure to show me what you create!


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dollhouse Wiring 101 pt 1




This week we are starting the series on wiring your dollhouse that I promised. I just go over the things you will need to have in order to proceed with the rest of the series and follow along with me. I intend this to be a very hands on series. I will be going slow and showing you step by step how to do this.

So the things you will need to follow along:

Tape wire
Brads and grommets (eyelets) these are sold specifically for use with the tape wire.
Pilot punch
Junction Splice
Lead in wire for your transformer
Test probe

Transformer the correct size for you project.

These are the main things you will need I will be telling you other common household items to gather up as we proceed with the series.

For part 2 of the series you will also need:

a scrap of foamcore (about 8” by 10”)
a pencil

and access to an electrical outlet (to plug your transformer into. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Trash to Treasure Coffee Table




This week's trash to treasure project is a fun one. We only need a couple of items many of which you probably already have.

For the table top any scrap of thin wood will work. For the legs we are using flat headed machine screws that are 1” long. Be sure you get the ones with flat heads, that is important for gluing them to the bottom of our table top. Machine screws have flat ends too so they work fantastically for table legs.

I used epoxy glue since I want the metal screws to stay in place. Some E6000 or Household Goop would probably work well too. The downside is pretty much any glue that is going to work for this project is going to smell horrid.

Once the glue is dry paint of finish your table as desired to go in your dollhouse setting.

See that really was easy wasn't it??



Sunday, February 12, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Easy Corner Roombox pt 2







First let's talk about the door. Since I want this project to be super easy and inexpensive (the room part) I decided to use some paperboard (cracker box) to make the fake door for the front. I really don't want the door to go through the wall into the interior. I could have used wood but I had the cracker box here and wood would have required a trip to town. Besides I love working with paperboard, it is fun to make it look like something it isn't.

As far as cutting sizes you will need:

I piece 3” by 7” for the door.

Then some strips that are ½ “ wide
2 @ 6”
2 @ 3”
2 @ 2”
1 @ 1 ¼”
1 @ 1 ½”
1 @ 2 ¼”









Then you will also need some pieces ¼” wide that 3 layers thick to surround the door.

Be sure to try each piece on your door before you start gluing and trim as needed.

When the door is complete glue it centered to the front wall.



Now the siding

This week we are also going to be adding some siding to the exterior of our corner roombox. I decided this would be a good time to show you a method I have wanted to share on this channel for several years.

I had first learned about this just after I purchased the siding for my Brookfield dollhouse. I have wanted to try it out ever since. I am so glad I did this on this roombox but I really wish I had tried it before, it works even better than I imagined.

So the material we are using is the cardboard tack strip that is made for upholstery. It is used at the back of upholstered furniture to help make the top of the fabric that covers the back have a nice straight line.

The roll of the strip I bought was 20 yards long so you get a lot to work with. I think I will be thinking of some more projects for it.

A few hints-

Be sure to measure the width of the strip with your ruler. You want to make sure that only is the strip the size you think it is but that your ruler is correct also.

Especially on the longer pieces try to take some of the curve out before you try to glue it down. Take my word for it that will make your life much easier.

Only glue on a few strips at a time. You don't want to accidentally move the pieces around. You really want this to be straight.

The most important thing is to take you time and work carefully. This took me all week to do for the video.


Next week we are going to go on to the introduction of the electrical series then the following week we will come back to our roombox to finish the exterior some more. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Tools For Making Dollhouse Miniatures- Chalks and Brushes




This week I thought I would talk a bit about the chalks I use for making dollhouse miniature projects and the brushes I use to apply them. Primarily I use these for making doll foods but there are other projects you could use them on. Really any clay project that you want that translucent effect that chalk gives. I am thinking that I should try making some doll dishes and use chalks on those. I think that might be fantastic.

Anyway the products shown in the video are the ones I use the most. The stick chalks are from Michael's but any similar product will work just as well. Here is a link for the ones I have if you are looking for them.


The brushes are just cheap eyeshadow brushes for the dollar store. Look for the ones shaped like the ones I showed in the video (and in the photo at the top of the page) I like that shape the best. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Easy Corner Roombox





This week we are beginning construction of a really simple roombox. I had decided a month of so ago that I wanted to make myself a new roombox to take photos of my projects in. You have been seeing the same backdrop in my photos for a few years now and since it is just made of foamcore it is starting to show some wear and tear. At first I was just going to make the box and not do a tutorial. And if I had gotten around to it in the meantime that is probably what would have happened.

Then I got to thinking about what I was going to use when I start the electrical tutorial series to show you how to do the wiring. I realized that with a couple of changes to what I had planned to make it would be the perfect structure. Well, not totally perfect because it is made of foamcore but I will get into that in the electrical tutorial series. For showing you how to wire it will be fine. And for you to practice it will be fine. I am just not sure if the connections will last long term. Again I will go over that in the electrical series.

Then this last week I starting cutting the pieces for the box and thought maybe some of you would want to follow along with me. Since this is a really easy project to make I decided to throw in this as a series too.

The two series will be running at the same time. That is because in building a real dollhouse you have to do other things between the parts of the wiring.

So this week we are making our basic structure. I will say that I buy my foamcore from the dollar store, it is slightly bigger panels than the stuff from the craft store. For the pieces that I cut for this project I used 2 sheets but I have a lot of leftover pieces.

I started buying this foamcore for the size since I use a lot of it for making projects for my larger 18' dolls. I have come to prefer the way this stuff is made over the traditional foamcore from the craft store. You can use either but I am not sure if you will get all the pieces from 2 sheets. You will have to measure that out for yourself.

So here is the list of the cutting sizes that you need. (Note I misspoke in video on the size of one of the upper wall pieces- the correct measurement is here)

So you need to cut-

Base 10 ¼” by 13 ¼”
1 floor 10” by 10”
1 ceiling 10” by 10”
1 wall 10” by 10”
1 wall 10 ¼” by 10”
1 porch 10 ¼” by 3”
1 upper wall 10” by 1 ½”
1 upper wall 10 ¼” by 1 ½”

I do admit that the short upper walls were a total add on at the last minute the room. I had one of those middle of the night realizations that I needed to add a short wall on the top “floor” in order to do all the wiring. If you are just making your roombox for display and aren't going to be using it to follow along with the wiring tutorial you won't need the short walls on the top.


In addition to the foamcore, something to cut it with and glue you will need some straight sewing pins. Get the ones with small heads so you can hide them. They make our structure so much stronger. If you are adding the short upper walls you will also need some thin toothpicks.

Next week we will be adding some siding to the outside of our roombox and if all my electrical supplies arrive like they are supposed to we will start the electrical tutorial the following week. (Just so you know the first week of the electrical tutorial will be just an introduction where I show you what we need- that will give you a week to gather supplies too)

if you make this or any of my projects be sure to share a photo with me. I love to see what you make.



Thursday, February 2, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Trash to Treasure Umbrella Stand


This week's trash to treasure is super easy and probably one of the shortest videos I have ever made.



This one is really all about training your eye to see the possibilities of things you already have. So take a look at the nearest tube of lipstick and see if you can see the lid as an umbrella stand. Most of the lids but not all will work. I am sure you can even find some nice ones at the Dollar Tree and then they are really cheap. Mine all happen to be Avon because I have way more tubes of Avon lipstick than anyone will ever need.

If you the lid of your tube is too curved to stand you could even glue a button on for a base.

I know I had just seen a bunch of those umbrellas we made a few years ago but I can't find them today so I just used some fancy toothpicks to act as the handles of the umbrellas to so you could get an idea of how they would look filled.






Sunday, January 22, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Sled





It seems like forever since I recorded a video!! The area where I live has had some horrid winter weather- snow, ice, flooding, slides and power outages. Since Christmas I have been snowed in off and on for about 2 weeks, I am soooo tired of winter and snow and cold weather. However, before we leave the season I thought maybe the kids that live in the dollhouse might want to go sledding on their snow days home from school. So the project this week is a fun and easy sled.

The materials list is really small for this one- 2 regular size craft sticks, 3 skinny sticks, a short piece of light string (I used embroidery floss)

You will also need glue, something to cut the wood pieces with, a ruler, a pencil and scissors.

I cut the skinny sticks for the top of the sled at 2” and the little cross pieces at 1”.

For the runners mark at 2 ¾” and using this mark as your long edge cut at a 45 degree angle.

For the rope cut the string at 5 ¼”


How you finish this sled is up to you. I am going to leave mine plain this time but I have painted many of them as decorative sleds over the years. They look cute no matter how you use them. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tools for making Dollhouse Miniatures- The Easy Cutter





This is the first installment on a new series of Thursday videos where I talk about some of my favorite tools for making Dollhouse miniatures. Since this is the first in the series I wanted to share my very favorite tool this time.

I have been using my Easy Cutter from Midwest Products. I have to say it is probably the most used tool in my craft room. If you have been watching my videos for any length of time you already know that though.

Here is a link to the manufacturer's website to each version of the tool so you can get a better look at the features.





Here's a link for the replacement blade that I found also.  This website seems to sell the Easy Cutters at a slightly lower price than the above links. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Trash to Treasure Thursday- Dollhouse Miniature Coffee Can



I know a lot of you have missed my Trash to Treasure series. I am bringing it back in the new year but not every week. Right now my plan is that on the first and third Thursdays of each month there will be a Trash to Treasure project. I will be announcing the details of the schedule on both a blog post and on the Facebook group so keep an eye out for that.



This week we are creating a can of coffee for the dollhouse. This looks so cute sitting on the kitchen counter or in a mini store. I am sure you will find a lot of places to use it.

The label I cut was ½” wide by 2” long, you will need to measure your canister in case the sizing is different. Most of mine seem to be the same size but I usually buy the same brands of stuff so other brands might use a different size.

I used some matte sticker paper that I had a scrap of on my desk, you could certainly use any paper that is handy. I used a Sharpie marker to make my design because I knew once it got dry it was less apt to smear. If you are using a plain paper and glue to attach your label be sure to test the glue with whatever you are planning to color your label with.

This could easily become another type of can too. I have seen some wonderful paint cans made of these. I think it would also work for a can of shortening in the kitchen. I bet if you look around your house you will be inspired with all kinds of things you can make using this same method.