Wednesday, 17 January 2007

Personalising Miniature Flat Pack Furniture - Free Dolls House Ideas

Furnishing a dolls house can be very expensive. One way to overcome this is to use inexpensive, furniture that comes pressed into wood, that you slot together. Obviously this doesn't quite look like the real thing. There are a variety of ways that you can improve it, or improve ready-made furniture that just doesn't seem right. It's easy as long as you have a picture of some real furniture to copy. You can:

  • Paint the furniture black, using acrylic paint. When it is dry use a gold gel pen and draw on designs. Make sure you find some designs to copy first, maybe using library book pictures of real furniture. If you want you can give it a quick spray with matt varnish, but it stays on well without that.

  • Paint the wood with a stained varnish. You can make the furniture look like any type of wood you want, using dark or light varnish. Have a look at the floorboards in the photo, they have been covered in a dark wood stain varnish, but started as Balsa Wood strips.

  • Make small seat cushions for the chairs. All you need is a little circle or square of material, put over a small piece of cotton wool and glue it onto the chair seat with PVA. You'll either need to hold it for a while, or use a few tiny G clamps to hold it in place while the glue dries. You can often find cheap sets, of these little clamps, at a shop similar to Pounland.

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