Creating Miniature Doll Houses
Throughout the years, many people have enjoyed creating
miniature doll houses and carefully collecting objects to display
within them. With the increasing availability of miniature dollhouse
kits and handcrafted dollhouse furniture - everything from miniature
pianos to miniature rosewood furniture - more people are taking
up this hobby and turning it into their passion.
Why Miniature Dollhouses?
There are many enchanting aspects of collecting
miniature dollhouses. The primary advantage is that you can start
small and grow your miniature dollhouse collection over time.
Another advantage is that your miniature dollhouse collection
can be as expensive or as inexpensive as is practical for you.
Although many people spend thousands and thousands of dollars
on rare dollhouse miniatures, there's no real need to. You can
get just as much enjoyment out of your less expensive collection.
Creating Miniature Doll houses
Although you can buy a miniature dollhouse ready-made,
it's much more of an adventure to build your own with a miniature
dollhouse kits. Miniature dollhouse kits come in a variety of
styles, from Victorian dollhouses and Adirondack cabins to country
churches and general stores. Often, they come with add-on porches,
dormers, and stairways in a variety of styles. When considering
the kits on the market, look for wooden dollhouses that are made
with cabinet grade plywood for exterior walls. Superior construction
will ensure that your miniature dollhouse will be one that you
can pass down for generations to come.
Before looking at miniature dollhouse kits, think
about where you will ultimately display the dollhouse. Make sure
that the dollhouse you choose will fit in the space you have and
that, if you will be moving in the near future, it is of a scale
that is moveable. Dollhouse miniatures come in a variety of scales,
so decide ahead of time what scale you'd like.
There are many in the miniature dollhouse collectors'
community who insist that miniature dollhouses are for adults
only. Yet there are others who fondly recall the privilege and
pleasure of playing with their mother's or grandmother's miniature
dollhouse. While miniature dollhouses should be definitely off-limits
for very small children - dollhouse miniatures can be a health
hazard if swallowed - part of the enchantment of collecting is
sharing the enjoyment with others. If you need to protect your
miniature dollhouse from little hands, either buy a miniature
dollhouse kit that closes completely or install a Plexiglas sheet
to seal the back of the dollhouse.
Furnishing Your Miniature Dollhouse
There are many ways to go about furnishing your
miniature dollhouse, from creating your own wallpaper and flooring
to buying miniature crystal chandeliers. Once you become familiar
with the possibilities, create a "wish list" of items
that you'd like. Over time, you can either buy them yourself or
ask to receive them as gifts.
This article was submitted by Chris Robertson
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