As I kept bumping into this brand of dollhouses and miniatures, and lots of people are showing pictures of them on about every social media channel out there, I needed to write a review and blog post on these Greenleaf dollhouse kits and more.
Before, I have written a lot of blog posts on other miniature kits, a little list so far (so good?):
- The miniature kits from Robotime/Rolife, I’ve made some so far: Miller’s garden, Cathy’s flower house, and Sam’s Study, but there are so much more out there!
- Cutebee has some fantastic ones as well.
- Miniature kits from Hongda and Hoomeda
- And of course, there are multiple kits on Etsy, there are hundreds of artists who sell them DIY (lots of laser cut ones). Like the book nook kit that I got for my birthday :-).
- Here’s a complete overview on the best dollhouse kits, by the way.
But today, it is time to dive into the Greenleaf dollhouse kits!
What Is This Product And Brand From Greenleaf?
First of all, because there seems to be some confusion about this: NO, Greenleaf has not gone out on business, they are just refining the designs of their dollhouse line 😉
So that they can continue to re-release them with the same quality and reliability that people worldwide are used to.
The mission of Greenleaf seems to keep on producing affordable, yet detailed and realistic dollhouse kits.
All the products are made in the USA and manufactured in upstate New York. It is claimed that this company is the oldest and largest in the world to produce dollhouses (kits).
But don’t let people from Europe or anywhere else, let that scare you off, because they have retail stores all over the world!
Greenleaf has gotten recognition amongst design institutions, miniature organizations, and hobby associations.
You could say that it all started out with this 10-year-old boy called Anthony W. Roberts, who used just his 2 hands, scrap wood and a hand saw to make a building plan for the church.
This boy became the talk of the town when his project was discovered by Mr. Wiley.
Mr. Wiley offered the, by then 12-year-old, Anthony a job for his Greenleaf Steel Rule Die Corporation (Greenleaf SRD).
In the spring of 1947, Anthony made his move and opened Greenleaf SRD in a cow barn in upstate Schenevus, NY.
While the businnes passed onto his son Dean a generation later, it has now become the largest brand in die cut doll house kits under the well known name of Greenleaf Products.
After that, it leads to several name changes and owners.
In 1993, the company then came out with a line of dollhouses that are named ‘Corona Concepts’. (please don’t run away now, it has nothing to do with Covid19 haha!).
The Corona line has a similar appeal, always keeping its high quality and a large variety of styles and sizes. Some of the current Corona houses have a more simple design so that beginners are more tempted to try them out first with easier projects.
Some More Information About The Actual Products.
- The scale of these dollhouses and miniature furniture is either in “full scale” (meaning 1-inch-scale or 1:12-scale) or “half-scale” ( which means on 1:24-scale).
- open-back designs of the dollhouse kits.
- materials used: (laser)-cut wood
- the dollhouse or furniture kits don’t come with paint, furnishing, or other decorations. So you need to finish them DIY style.
- These houses are intended for +13 adults only and finished houses aren’t meant for children to play with!
- tab/slot assembly
Where To Buy Greenleaf Dollhouse Kits.
You can find them on Etsy, my favorite place to buy anything. (you might have noticed by now lol).
But they are also available on Amazon.
Available Products From Greenleaf.
This company has a big list of different products and is very diverse (I don’t think that you can miss out on anything you could need or want), so let’s go:
- Greenleaf dollhouse kits
- dollhouse furniture kits
- miniature shingles
- dollhouse flooring
- miniature lighting kits
- dollhouse additions
- dollhouse building supplies
- mini decorations
- miniature buildings (like for example a trailer)
- birdhouse kits
- laser cut dollhouses
- half-scale/full-scale dollhouses
- web store exclusives
- miniature villages
- they also now sell latch hook kits
Tel: (800) 253-7150
They have a Website.
Returns and exchanges accepted.
The Good And The Bad.
- affordable prices for a decent quality
- has been around for decades and so they were able to build up a good reputation
- free shipping costs if an order is over $49,00
- easy instructions/good manual
- people talk a lot about Greenleaf on social media, especially on Facebook groups! (so it is easy to ask questions in a community if you need help)
- the recent designs can appeal to beginners as well as more experienced dollhouse builders
- some of the furniture kits seem to have not so good quality wood
- if you are not happy with a kit, you need to pay to send it back. So these 2 points made me decide to give this shop 4 and a half stars and not 5.
Greenleaf is the only company out there that has put its name on their dollhouses and the name is protected, so beware of copycats with less quality! They might look the same, but don’t get tricked into buying cheaper ones and get scammed!
A Few Pictures Of Others People’s Work Of Greenleaf Dollhouse Kits.
Let me tell you first about the Greenleaf dollhouse community, which is a platform from Greenleaf itself, to have beginners ànd veterans chat about miniatures and dollhouses and help each other out with questions and such. It is recognized worldwide.
Furthermore, some pictures of what buyers made from them;-)
This kit is called ‘Greenleaf Pierce’ and it is bashed by a customer. She opened up a wall between the kitchen and dining room and eliminated a wall on the second floor to open the staircase and create a master bedroom suite with a sitting room and master bath.
This is the exterior of the Greenleaf Storybook Cottage, also made by a customer. It has a nice greenhouse iteration, no?
Greenleaf’s ‘Willow Crest’. Not much information was available sorry.
I personally like this one a lot. This house has 800+ pieces and it is looking good! (Beacon Hill by Greenleaf.)
Finally, I have a video for you from “AngieAug”, describing how she puts a Greenleaf dollhouse kit together!
My Final Conclusion.
I sincerely hope that you found this blog post on Greenleaf dollhouse kits informed enough and that you enjoyed it.
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I wish you happy crafting!