I am making the half scale Buttercup Cottage dollhouse into a gingerbread dollhouse. It will make a great decor for the holidays. It's small size will help me be able to present it on a dish as if it was a real baked gingerbread dollhouse similar to the one pictured below.
As usual tacky glue will be used to assemble the dollhouse first and then I will go over all of the joints with wood glue. This is a much smaller dollhouse and it will not be under the same amount of pressure as a larger one would but it is still a good idea to use both glues for durability.
I am building the shell of the dollhouse in its entirety, without any finishing, because I am going to be covering the whole thing with stucco. This dollhouse is assembled the same way as the one inch scale Buttercup dollhouse model and the instructions and schematics are identical to it.
As you can see, this little dollhouses shell is complete. Clamp tightly everywhere to make sure that everything is fitting straight and its all in place. Let it dry.
It will be a little more challenging to clamp this dollhouse so it can dry properly because of its size but this very thing can be beneficial. Small dollhouses are easier to manage and control. You can turn them any way needed to get parts to fit right.
Once the tacky glue has dried, I will unclamp the dollhouse and go over every seam with wood glue. This process can take a day and a half because you want to make sure all of the glue is completely dry before you begin working on anything else. Never paint or wallpaper a dollhouse whose shell is not completely dry. The moisture from these materials will pull your dollhouse apart and if you unclamp before glue is dry, you can have tabs popping out of slots or gaps around your assembly. Be patient and always wait for glue to completely dry.