How to Build a Dollhouse: Make Your Own Family Heirloom
Build your own scale farm-style dollhouse from inexpensive, readily available materials with these original plans from MOTHER.
With these plans and some careful attention to detail, the dollhouse under the tree this year can be built in your own workshop.
PHOTO: MICHAEL SOLURI
This farm-style scale dollhouse uses a sheathing-over-framing technique common to full-size structures.
The foundation frame: the only part of the dollhouse that is nailed together.
As you progress from the first-floor walls to the second floor to the roof, avoid building ahead: mark the placement of the side walls from left to right, then use the distances to establish the lengths of the front walls.
Place the six second-floor walls using the framing beneath as a guide. The two interior walls are centered 2 1/2" on either side of the staircase.
All five eave edges are finished with beveled fascia boards cut from 1/2" × 1" stock and fitted with cornice returns. The chimney is framed with two wood strips and covered with cardboard. Later, poster-board stones can be cut and pasted over.
The windows and door require more patience than any other part of the house.
The raised-panel door can be made by gluing strips of poster board to a cardboard core.
Complete the porch by gluing wood strips to the subfloor, then making the two roof panels.