Today, in the series of tutorials on my website, I will be talking a lot about miniature dollhouse furniture. How to make them DIY-style, the advantages and disadvantages of each method, and more.
Before we go on, have you seen the other tutorials on my blog on how-to-make things? I have a small list so far (well, not so small anymore actually lol):
- How to paint miniatures.
- How to make a dollhouse in 12 steps
- 5 tips on miniature wallpaper
- How to fix dollhouse electrics
- DIY making dollhouse roof materials
- How to make small doors and windows
- miniature dollhouse flooring– a walkthrough and so much more..
If you are looking for something particular, you can always use the ‘search’ button on my site and maybe you can find the tutorial that you are looking for!
Make Your Own Miniature Dollhouse Furniture.
1. It can be done quite cheaply and easily with Jenga!
If you look around for dollhouses (have you been “down that rabbit-hole” lately?), you can see that most of the time there are only a few pieces of miniature furniture included.
There never seems to be enough furniture included and buying furniture separately can get quite pricey! But there are several ways to make them yourself and the next explanation is one of them.
To keep the price lower, you can find anything you need right at a store like Hobby-Lobby or Action in Europe. What you need:
- a stacking game called Jenga
- Craft felt
For about 10 bucks only, you can make your own original miniature dollhouse furniture. (mind you, this is only suitable for Barbie size houses or maybe a little bit smaller!)
Let’s for example make a chair.
Glue three of the Jenga blocks together to create a seat. Beware to not glue too much glue on the blocks, because it will show.
Let it dry thoroughly before continuing with the next steps. You will need two of these to finish the chair.
Now it’s time to glue the legs to the chair. Use 4 blocks that you simply attach to the seat and let it dry well as well!
Attach the backrest to the seat and there you go, you have a chair where Barbie dolls and some smaller ones can sit on! It is not that difficult, in this case anyway;-)
How about a little table with Jenga blocks?
Making a little table is quite easy as well! Just attach three blocks to each other three times (step 1). Let it dry thoroughly before you attach all of them together!
Cover the mini furniture with felt.
So, these pieces of furniture or made rather quickly. It would be a very easy way to add some to your kids’ Barbie dollhouse.
They are quite cute as they are, but it still would look better to ad some upholstery, no?
You can do this quite easily as well by just gluing felt to them and there you go! What do you think?
The advantages of this method: cheap and easy!
The disadvantage of this method: the choice in different scales is limited.
2. Make little furniture by using cardboard or even paper!
I remember when I was 15 years old, I made a complete dollhouse on the kitchen table, just using cardboard and paper. Just following plans that I read in a book that I got from a family member ( I don’t even remember who I got this book from, but thanks again! 😉 ).
Probably, it didn’t look like a great ‘piece of art’, but as long as you are happy with it and it keeps you busy, who cares, right?
The only thing I do remember, that it had a black and white kitchen floor (tiles) and a few pieces of kitchen furniture. And then, it probably “disappeared” after the holidays lol.
But that’s ok, I am more into the actual process of crafting than the result just standing there collecting dust haha. Enough about me already 😉
There are several ways to learn how to make miniature furniture by using cardboard or paper.
The First way.
There are a bunch of videos on Youtube, showing you how to make gorgeous miniature furniture. I will show you 2 of them that I like.
Video number 1: Bentley House Minis has several videos on making all kinds of stuff in miniature size and I think the result is quite amazing!
Unfortunately, I see that her Etsy shop is down since the beginning of 2019, but you can still order the patterns for the furniture on her website.
I can’t even describe in words how fantastic these look, just using cardboard! Everything you need to know to make these DIY-style, you can find in her videos. Definitely, something to bookmark for me, and I have subscribed to her channel!
The second video that I like is from “Fun-easy-crafts“, who made a DIY Miniature House with a Car Garage, Modern Living Room, Pink Bedroom, and More, mostly made with cardboard. Have a look at how cute this is!
Basically, you just need to do whatever she is doing, while of course, you can adapt the cardboard furniture to your own size and/or colors if you’re not fond of the bright pink.
Sadly though, I haven’t seen her giving any information about the measurements of everything, so you would need to figure that out yourself somehow.
The advantages of this method: video-instructions are free.
The disadvantages of this method: you must be willing to work from scratch and there is no help if you have any questions or struggles.
The second way.
The next method for making cardboard miniature dollhouse furniture could be by using printable digital downloads and print those on card stock.
So, I must correct myself, because these aren’t actual made from cardboard, of course, but from paper or card stock (the latter would be better and sturdier).
I have found tons of digital downloads on Etsy for dollhouse furniture, all of them to print on card stock (and then just fold and glue them together), including:
- Antique paper doll furniture digital download.
- Vintage Kitchen Big Table digital download.
- A template of 3 sets: bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom.
- A Printable Craft Kit in 1/4 scale that includes a lot of different pieces of furniture.
- Cute little images of different types of furniture, digital downloads.
- Dollhouse Chair Cardboard DIY PDF Pattern by Gwynne Ross
The Advantages of this method: cheap to download and can be done with your children!
The disadvantages of this method: not so sturdy and less “lifelike”.
The third way.
Of course, if you don’t want to do all this yourself, or you don’t like the paper miniatures, you can still order miniature dollhouse furniture kits that are made from cardboard.
And then you would just need to assemble them and finish them the way you want, meaning, covering them with fabric, paint them or decorate them in any other way. Just let your fantasy run wild!
I found a few on Etsy (yeah, again lol):
- Big set of mini cardboard furniture.
- Cardboard kit quarter-scale French Roccoco chair.
- Dollshouse miniature cardboard kit 1/2 scale (1:24) French Rococo sofa
- Dollshouse miniature cardboard kit scale 1:24 French Rococo drawer.
- Dollshouse miniature quarter scale (1/48) nightstand
There is probably a lot more to find on Etsy or other places, good look with your search!
The advantages of this method: no need to cut out the kits, easy to assemble. And you can still decorate them just the way you like them.
The disadvantages of this method: I think they are hard to find on different scales, I could be wrong!
3. Make miniature furniture from wood.
The First way.
Pretty straightforward: buy miniature furniture kits in wood! They exist in all kinds of sizes and styles, you would just need to look around on Etsy/eBay, etc. Another small list for you:
- Walnut 1:24 Scale Miniature Trestle Table and Benches
- 1:12 scale Dollhouse Mini Miniature Hepplewhite Grandmother Clock Kit
- X-acto miniature furniture kit–round table
- 1:48 Garden Bench Kit
- The LOUNGE Living Room Set in Walnut – 1:24 scale Modern Dollhouse Furniture Kit
- Chest of drawers – Dollhouse miniature furniture kit one scale (1/12)
The advantage of this method: easy to assemble and most prices are very affordable. Also, you don’t need any crafting materials as I mentioned in this blog post, besides fabric or paint and glue.
The disadvantage of this method: you can’t have the furniture exactly the way you want it.
The second way.
Would be with the help of Youtube videos again, but the problem is that there’s not a lot of them that I can find.
I think to make wooden furniture DIY, using dollhouse magazines or dollhouse TV would be better ( there are a lot of projects for these in there).
But, here we go, I can show you these 🙂 :
Video number 1: make a DIY miniature farmhouse table.
Video number 2: making a bookshelf in miniature size.
The advantage of this method: You can create original pieces, even more, if you know how to draw and use blueprints.
The disadvantage of this method: trust me, if you want to make life easier on you while working with wood, get a mini table saw ;-). Also, you really do need a lot of crafting materials to be able to do this.
4. Make miniature furniture from other materials – a few more small ideas.
If you have the ‘eye’ of a miniaturist, you might ‘see’ a miniature piece in plenty things.
- The other day, I got a takeaway pizza, and these days they seem to use a piece of plastic to separate the slices. So, what do you think I can make with these? Little mini-tables of course! 😉
- Another way to make good use of waste is using matchboxes! Glue them together like shown in the pictures below and treat them with paint and a file, to give them an ‘antique’-look!
- the use of popsicle sticks is widely known in the miniature world! You can just Google it and find tons of examples 🙂
- And finally, you could learn how to 3D-print them or have them 3D printed for you!
I have written several blog posts on 3D printing and using it for miniatures: 3D printing, a beginners guide, 3D printing miniatures-an oversight, a miniature 3D printing tutorial, the best 3D printers for miniature printing, and finally where to find a custom 3D printing service.
My Final Conclusion.
I hope to have helped you out with this blog post on how to make miniature dollhouse furniture DIY.
However, if you don’t feel like making mini furniture yourself, or you need your furniture to match your Victorian-style dollhouse (and others), you can go look for fantastic artists that make them completely for you!
In the next article, I will tell you all about those artists that I like and I am going to review them.
I wish you happy crafting and if you have any questions, observations, or just would like to chat, then please leave a comment below or join me on my Facebook group!