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Monday, January 25

Quarter Scale Dollhouse Projects

These are quarter scale dollhouse projects that I made using Greenleaf Dollhouse's Miniature Village Kits. There are three kits featuring multiple buildings in quarter scale. I assembled the entire Greenleaf Village Kit and blogged it here.

Later, I again revisited these kits and did several other projects as well, which I will cover here.

The Arthur Dollhouse

This building is part of the Greenleaf Village Kit. The buildings in these kits are assembled to be closed on all sides and feature removable roofs, so they can be used as gift boxes as well as for model railroad displays. The buildings have to be modified in order for them to feature open backs for viewing and decorating.

The exterior trim is made of thin cardboard but can be easily painted with acrylics. The Greenleaf Village Kit comes with quarter scale shingle strips, made of thin cardboard, but not all of the kits bring these. Luckily the kit brings a lot of shingles and you might have some left over for use on other projects. The shingles can be painted or you can create a stained effect by brushing them lightly with an almost dry brush and your favorite stain color.

Additional trim, like corner trim, has to be custom made from strip wood.

I created the landscaping using diorama trees and grass that can be found at your local craft store. These items tend to be expensive, so you might want to buy them with the coupons offered at most craft stores. Since these items are rarely on sale, you will be able to take full advantage of the coupons for purchasing them. I scattered loose moss around the yard and used silk flower berries for detail.

The flamingos are items used for fairy gardens but they happen to be the right scale for this dollhouse.

To create the open back, the back wall has to be omitted from the assembly and the back roof modified, so that the second floor can be viewed. Luckily the roofs for these kits are made of thin cardboard that can be easily cut with scissors.

The room partitions and floors can be made from foam core, cardboard or balsa wood slabs. You can arrange them anyway you want but I used the original one inch scale Arthur Dollhouse model as a guide. I wanted the dollhouse to be as similar to the original as possible.

The wallpaper is computer printed paper. In this scale computer printed wallpaper will work just fine. There are several sites online that offer free quarter scale wallpaper for printing. The floor of the dollhouse is wood look scrapbook paper but you can also print flooring straight from your computer for this scale.

All of the interior trim had to be custom made from thin cardboard since these dollhouses do not bring interior trim.

Because the dollhouse is so small, use glue sparingly to apply your flooring and wallpaper. I used a glue stick to apply them for this dollhouse.

The door that leads from the bedroom to the bathroom is a faux door. I simply omitted the wallpaper from this section of the wall, painted it instead and then added trim to make the door casing. The door knob is a jewelry bead.

I also added a staircase to the dollhouse.

It is made using varying sizes of strip wood and square dowels.

I hinged the front door using the chamois strip method but used masking tape rather than chamois. At this scale chamois is too thick to use well. When slightly open, the staircase becomes visible from the front.

The Sugarplum Cottage Dollhouse

This building also comes in the Greenleaf Village kit. I modified it as well to feature an open back and used the one inch scale version of this dollhouse model as a guide for planning out the interior layout.

The kit comes with half timber trim, so you will not have to make your own. This trim is made of thin cardboard, like the exterior trim of all the buildings are. It can be easily painted with acrylics.

I used spackling compound to create the stucco for both the interior and exterior. For such a small scale dollhouse, purchasing an entire bottle of dollhouse stucco would be too much.

I used faux fur to cover the roof. The process is the same as with a one inch scale dollhouse but the materials are less expensive. I only had to purchase a little bit of faux fur, which was easily found at my local craft store.

I wanted this dollhouse to be a replica of the original one, so I had to custom make the front porch settles as the village kit does not bring this feature.

The settles were made using balsa wood slabs. I can not stop raving about the wonders of balsa wood. Making these settles would not have been possible without balsa wood being available. You can shape and mold balsa wood anyway you want by simply sanding it. It is so easy to use that I was even able to create the heart shaped openings at the top of each settle, which the original dollhouse has.

I also created the side chimney and covered it with brick printed paper.

The wishing well is entirely handmade using varying sizes of dowels and strip wood. The roof is just cardstock folded in half and the base is air drying clay.

The fence is another item from the fairy garden section. It is made of real tin but it's thin enough to be easily cut with scissors and can be painted.

I made the interior second floor out of a balsa wood slab and covered it with wood look scrapbook paper. You can make your paper flooring very shiny by giving it a coat of gloss varnish, once the glue is dry. It will need two coats of varnish and you have to lightly sand, using a fine grit sandpaper, between coats.

The ceilings beams are made of dowels.

All of the interior trim had to be custom made from thin cardboard since these dollhouses do not bring interior trim.

I created two faux fireplaces in the interior by simply covering that area of the wall with brick printed paper and creating a trim out of cardboard to place around it. A wood strip can be used for a mantel.

The Buttercup Cottage Dollhouse

So far, I have been showing you the modifications of buildings that are included in the kit but what happens if you want to make a model that is not included in the kit, like the Buttercup Cottage? Well, you simply have to make it from the parts of the other left over buildings.

The main body, side walls and roof for this dollhouse were easily found from the parts of the other village buildings but I had to do extensive modifications to make it look like a Buttercup Cottage.

The entire front "dormer" of the dollhouse, where the front door is, had to be custom made from balsa wood slabs. I used a photo of the Buttercup Cottage Dollhouse as a guide.

Some of the other buildings had the arched shaped windows I needed for this area, so I simply used them as a guide for cutting them out of the balsa wood. Most of the exterior trim had to be custom made from thin cardboard because a lot of the windows are not from the kit.

Balsa wood saves the day again because I was able to create delicate, detailed pieces like the keystones and other decorative trim around the dollhouse, by sanding the wood into these very small shapes.

Other trim, like corner trim, had to be custom made from strip wood.

The entire side dormer is another part of the dollhouse that had to be completely custom made, since walls for this structure were not available in the left over parts of the other buildings.

The custom store sign reads "Buttercup's Bakery and Gift Shop".

The chimney is custom made and covered with a brick printed paper.

Like with the other dollhouses I had to modify the back roof, so that the second floor is visible. The second floor was created using a balsa wood slab.

The wallpaper is printed right from my computer and the floors are covered with the same wood look scrapbook paper I used for the other two dollhouses.

All of the interior trim had to be custom made from thin cardboard since these dollhouses do not bring interior trim.

I created the side dormer on the exterior to match the original dollhouses but I also continued it on the interior.

I made the dormer to also have the sitting area with cabinets underneath, just like the original dollhouse has.

The Brimbles Mercantile Dollhouse

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The Orchid Dollhouse

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All of these quarter scale dollhouses are displayed in display cases that are described here.

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