This is my first post of many on how to build a dollhouse from a kit. I will be assembling and finishing the Victoria Farmhouse. The farmhouse has eight HUGE rooms, unique side-opening access, movable room dividers and a fabulous wrap-around porch.
The key to building a dollhouse is to plan ahead. When you first open the box all those pieces can seem overwhelming. However, with some organization it will not seem like such a large undertaking.
First, dedicate a workspace for building your dollhouse. The workspace should be well lit, clean, and have a large table to organize all of your dollhouse materials.
Next, read through the instruction manual. The manual provides detailed step-by-step instructions along with online support at www.dhbuilder.com
After you have read through the entire instruction manual begin to label the pieces with sticky notes. When you first open the box it can look overwhelming but reading the instruction manual and labeling the parts will help you to get a handle on the project.
The dollhouse kits come with all the materials you will need to build your dollhouse, however, you will need some extra supplies and tools on hand to help you along the way.
Here is a list of tools and supplies you will need to have on hand:
Tape measure or ruler
White Glue (Aleene’s Tacky Glue is recommend)
Solvent Based Panel Cement for the shingles
Utility Knife and/or Coarse File
Fine Tooth Saw
The utility knife and/or coarse file are used to square off all the edges to make sure everything will fit together nicely. Aleene’s Tacky Glue will be used to glue to the dollhouse together and the masking tape will be needed to hold it all in place. Do not be stingy with the glue or the tape. It is very important that it is all glued together thoroughly. However, wipe off excess glue that spills over the sides, immediately, or otherwise you could damage the surface of the dollhouse and it will not paint well. Keep a damp rag and a dry rag with you at all times.
Some key points from the instruction manual:
• Plan ahead so that you know where you are going.
• Read ahead so that you know how to get there.
• Paint ahead so that the parts will be ready when you need them.
Lastly, the final key point I would add is to think creatively ahead, think of ways that you can add your own personal touch to the dollhouse. I have already planned some creative and frugal touches to give this dollhouse my own unique style.
This is the first post of many that will be chronically the assembly, design, and finishing of a dollhouse for my granddaughter.