How I did it.

in children, children's rooms, DIY, dollhouses, my home  1 comments
Jul 18 2009
Living dining room with wallpaper, button dishes, button clocks and other bits in our little dollhouse.

A few readers have asked me how I created those little things for Hannah’s dollhouse. So I thought I’d reply with a post.

The bedroom with little dress buttons on the dresser.

The bedroom with little dress buttons on the dresser.

As you might know, Hannah is my daughter and she’s about 3-and-a-half. So getting her the best dollhouse/miniature furniture often gets lost on little children and she often breaks them accidentally. So I didn’t want to spend loads of them (do you know how much the good ones cost??). I also knew most furnishings could come straight from my craft supplies…

The Living space in our dollhouse

The Living space in our dollhouse

Must have tools:

  • Glue gun
  • Some glue paste
  • Double-sided tape

Buttons

The transparent grandmummy buttons are great for glass bottles or pomander. Better if it’s a thick transparent with some bevels and grooves. Just attached a pretty pink button on the top… and you have a pretty vintagey pomander.

Beads as boudoir and perfumes in our dollhouse

Beads as boudoir and perfumes in our dollhouse

Swarovski beads

I have plenty of Swarovski beads that I use for invitations or jewellery. I used a few to make perfume bottles and shampoo bottles for Hannah’s bedroom and bathroom. I love it when the sunlight hits it and it becomes so … perfumery! :)

Swarovski beads for vanity items in our dollhouse

Swarovski beads for vanity items in our dollhouse

I also attached a plain green button one of my glass button and it’s now a bathroom accessory.

Vintage ribbon

I made the shower curtain from vintage ribbon :) Just hop to Spotlight or any craft store, and get stiff wide ribbon. I attached it to the rod by folding over a length and secured it with double-sided tape.

Pretty vintage ribbon as shower curtain in our dollhouse

Pretty vintage ribbon as shower curtain in our dollhouse

Buttons in shape of dress

And because all of those cupboards and drawers open and close, I wanted to signal to my 3 year old that one in particular was for dresses so I attached some buttons to the fronts. Helped that I had handy some dress buttons!

So it’s buttons and beads again in the kitchen. Like the pile of plates in the kitchen and the plates on the dining table.

Living dining room with wallpaper, button dishes, button clocks and other bits in our little dollhouse.

I filled the green button plate with glue from the glue gun. With my beading tweezer, I put a selection of beads that emulated sushi and Japanese bits.

I made a pile of red buttons and placed it on Hannah’s dresser… to be like a vase or some art sculpture. :)

Peeking through our dollhouse

Peeking through our dollhouse

For the clock, I just got a pretty flower button and drew the clock hands.

So… I guess I’m at the end of show-and-tell. The other bits… were scrapbooking papers for floors, walls…

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