The Steps for Planning and Organising Your Dollhouse Project

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A dollhouse is a fun and engaging project and if you are passionate about miniatures, you can spend hours immersed in adding décor and furniture and creating a realistic and believable tiny world. So many details go into planning and organising your dollhouse project, so what do you need to keep in mind before you begin?

Here are some of the steps that you will need to follow when you are planning and organising the dollhouse project:

Narrow Down Your Vision

The first step is to narrow down your ideas and decide what you want your dollhouse to look like, because there are so many different possible types of dollhouse that you could build. What scale do you want your dollhouse to be? What era will you be recreating? What size will it be? There is a major difference between building a simple 1930s farmhouse or an elaborate Georgian mansion. Take a look at the different options out there, so that you can learn what choices you have and narrow down exactly what you want your dollhouse to look like.

Do your Research

The next step is to start doing your research so that you can find out where to buy your dolls house accessories – such as furniture, wall coverings, lights and much more. There are speciality shops dedicated to this purpose, or you can also buy dolls house accessories online from the comfort and convenience of your own home.  

Buy Your Supplies

Once you have found a good source for buying dolls house accessories, you can order all of the furniture and other accessories that you will need. Also, you will probably need to buy a few more supplies such as PVA glue, a utility knife, scissors, paint, tape and other items that will help you to put the dollhouse today.

Set Up a Workspace

It is important to have a designated workspace in your home where you can set up your dollhouse and leave it there while you complete it. Having to put your dollhouse away and set it back up again every time is very time consuming and can make it more likely for the house to get damaged.

This means that you should work on your project in an “out of the way” place, such as in the basement, the attic, the spare room or in the corner of your bedroom. Make sure that your workspace has adequate lighting so that you can see what you are doing, as well as good ventilation for when you are working with glue or paint.

Make Time to Work on It

Sometimes one of the hardest parts of a dollhouse project is finding the time to work on your passion. We all have busy lives and lots of responsibilities, so we will often run out of time to do the things that we enjoy. If you want to have time to complete your dollhouse project, you will need to take the initiative and make time for it – otherwise other things will come in and take over your attention.

Why not set aside 20-30 minutes every day to work on your dollhouse? It doesn’t seem like a lot of time, but during that time you could assemble a piece of furniture or wall-paper a room. 20-30 minutes per day is a lot easier to spare than three hours per week – even though it’s the same amount of time. After a while, those little bursts of time spent working on your project will add up and you will start to see progress. Also, if you have some time on the weekends you can book off several hours at a time to really immerse yourself in working on your passion.

Creating a dollhouse is a big project and a lot of time and planning will go into it before it is completed. However, it is a labour of love and if you are passionate about miniatures you will enjoy every minute of it. Have fun planning your dollhouse project and completing your unique creation!

Marsha Patterson is a blogger and dollhouse enthusiast who has been building dollhouses and custom furniture for 8 years. She is currently working on a replica of a Victorian townhouse. 

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