My kids got me this awesome laser cut dollhouse for Christmas: Jasmine Gothic Victorian 1:24 with French Doors from Laser Dollhouse Designs Inc. Since it’s also one half scale, like the chipboard one we just made, I thought I’d post my progress here and maybe you can pick up some tips along the way that will also work on your own house.
Here’s a look at the finished Dollhouse, undressed . . .
There are 10 rooms and it measures 24W x 12D x 25H. If you have not seen Leonard’s Dollhouse creations, you should stop by the store and take a look. Unlike the old dollhouses, that took forever to put together and had pieces that never fit right, these dollhouses practicaly put themselves together and are truly a work of art. You’ll find lots of different scale and style of houses available in Leonard’s shop!
Everything you see on the house above comes with the kit! Base, steps, porch railings, doors, windows and more. The ornate trim work is so pretty and the doors/windows are finished well. All doors are working and the kit includes nice thick plexiglass to go in both the doors and windows.
Day 1 – Dry build
The houses are made so well that you need only a good tacky quick dry glue or wood glue to put them together and on rare occasion, a utility knife to trim a tab in case the fit might be off just a smidge. So far I’ve put the first floor together and everything has fit perfectly, no trimming needed!
Now that you’ve had a look at the house, I’m off to the hardware store for paint!
Speaking of paint . . . I wasn’t sure if I should paint then assemble or do the opposite. For the first floor, I’ve assembled and will paint after. If it proves to be difficult, I’ll do the opposite on the rest of the floors. Will let you know how it goes.
“Update” well . . . it wasn’t that hard painting after everything was glued but . . . after doing the second floor, it was much easier to paint ahead of time!
Just an FYI . . . I ran across a group of youtube videos today for building a dollhouse from start to finish and wanted to share the link with you. These are GREAT tutorial videos with lots of building tips and tips for making houses on a budget. Grab a cup of coffee, curl up and take some time to watch them!
Be back soon with an update . . . PART 2
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