Doll House Making

Doll house making is a fun hobby!

Doll house making is a popular hobby, which can be dated back to the Old Kingdom of the Egyptian. Antique doll houses have been found from Egyptian tombs, dating back to nearly 5000 years back. Even today, there are many enthusiasts who practice doll house making with equal zeal. But before you can start your own experience with doll house making, you will need to learn a few basics about the craft first.

To acquaint yourself with the art of doll house making you will first need to learn about the different types of doll houses. This includes Victorian doll houses, which are quite elaborate and require some level of skill to construct, Tudor houses, Barbie doll houses, wooden doll houses and scale doll houses. Another popular category are miniature doll houses, which though a little difficult to make, are extremely popular with collectors and doll house makers alike.

Once you have decided on a particular type of house, or are planning to build an entirely original doll house of your own, you will then need to locate the doll house plans. In the case of popular doll houses, it is easy to locate doll house plans from sources such as the Internet, local library or even local hobby stores. In case of original doll houses, start out by making the doll house plan for your building, so that you can refer to it while you work.

Doll House Scale

Scale is very important while building a doll house, and you will need to decide on this before you get your plans, as your doll house plans will have measurements to support your chosen scale. Now for novice doll house makers, a simple one storey, one room doll house is the best option. This will give you a good idea of the basics of doll house making.

Deciding on the material to use for your doll house is another important decision. While cardboard is cheap and easy to use, you could also opt for Balsa wood, which is sturdier than cardboard and equally easy to handle. It also gives the doll house a better look. Once you have decided on the material, you will then have to cut out the pieces of the doll house, leaving room for windows and doors.

Once all the pieces are cut you will then have to sand the edges to smoothen them, after which you can assemble the doll house by nailing the pieces together. You can then paint it and decorate it any way you wish. Doll house makers also add doll house lighting, doll house wallpaper and doll house furniture to their doll houses, giving them a more realistic and comfy look.

You can learn about the latest in the doll house making world by subscribing to magazines or joining doll house making hobby clubs in your neighbourhood. You could also purchase some books such as How to Build Doll Houses and Furniture, by Donald R. Brann, Build a Doll's House, by Michal Morse, Build your Own Doll's House, by Andrew Calder. Keeping yourself involved with doll houses is a great way to get better at doll house making.

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