Building a dollhouse is a great craft project
to do by yourself or with someone special.
Dollhouses are enjoyed by people of all ages
and can be passed down from generation to
generation. Dollhouse kits are available
in many styles, sizes, and degrees of complexity;
pick one that is appropriate to your interests,
aptitude, and enthusiasm. Here are some pointers
to help you pick the right dollhouse for
Begin by considering the style of the dollhouse.
Choose a dollhouse style based on how you
plan to furnish the dollhouse. Kits are available
for Victorian, traditional colonial, log
cabins, lighthouses, and contemporary homes.
You may also want to consider how the house
will fit into the decorating scheme of the
room in which you will display it.
Next, choose the right size for the dollhouse.
To a large extent, this depends on how large
of house you are modelling and how much room
you have available for it. Since dollhouse
kits come in 1”, 1/2” or l/4” scales (1 inch
= one foot, l/2 inch = one foot, or 1/4 inch
= one foot), you can have a large scale model
of a small house or a small scale model of
a large house in the same space. However,
since exact miniaturization is expensive,
keep in mind that the smaller the scale,
the less detail available for an equivalent
Third, decide on the degree of realism you
want to achieve. With enough time and money,
you can put enough effort into customizing
the dollhouse to make it a true replica of
a real house -- indeed, they have the potential
to be outfitted to the smallest details,
such as working electric lights. In general,
the older the dollhouse owner, the more detail
you will want in the house and less left
to the imagination.
Finally, choose your kit based on the degree
of pre-fabrication and construction you want
to undertake. For people who do not want
to undertake the construction of an entire
dollhouse, finished shells can be purchased
-- all you need to do is decorate and furnish