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Monday, July 20

The Willowcrest Dollhouse Revisited Week 28

This dollhouse has two cellars and though they are a very nice detail for realism, they are just there. There is nothing special about them, other than the dollhouse kit manufacturer took care enough in designing the kit to add them.

Like with the Beacon Hill Dollhouse, these cellars are a great opportunity to use your imagination so I decided to do something with them. In the Beacon Hill, I made the cellar into a raccoon lair but I decided to do something different to these.

I made two diorama type displays. One a wine cellar scene and the other a garden/storage scene.

I first created the boxes that will be the display cases for the dioramas. They have to be tall enough to fit underneath the dollhouse, at the cellar window opening. They can't be too tall, or the dollhouses weight will fall on them. They should fit exactly underneath. I created mines out of balsa wood and then covered them brick printed paper. Do not make them too wide or too deep. If you do, the miniatures will be difficult to see. The cellar windows aren't too large.

I then arranged some miniatures on them to create a scene. I recommend using re-positional glue to attach your miniatures.

You should cover the sides of the display box with balsa wood, painted black. That way you can not see the raw wood of the dollhouses underside when looking through the cellar window at an angle. The black paint also makes it appear as through the cellar continues on at the sides, rather than looking like a box.

I arranged the wine cellar, with the wines positioned horizontally. I did this because I had miniature wine bottles I wanted to put to good use but you can also create a cellar where the wines are placed in holes into your cellar wall. All you need to do is draw some black circles on your walls and glue jewelry beads to them so it looks like the corks are poking out.

After your diorama is complete, glue it to the underside of your dollhouse. Make sure you clamp it until dry and you use plenty of glue. Some of these miniatures can add a weight to the display box and you don't want the diorama to detach.

Cellar Windows
Glue the acetate to your cellar window trim and then use re-positional glue to attach the assembled window to the cellar window opening. This way, if you ever need to access your diorama display, you can do so through the cellar window.

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