How to make a 1:12 scale display shelf from a bookcase for a dollhouse toy shop

I haven’t made any dollhouse scale furniture for years, but I recently saw this bookcase kit by Mini Mundus, and felt that it would be just right in my Edwardian toy shop, if I kitbashed it a bit, to put my tiny doll collection on!

Mini Mundus bookcase kit

Of course, once I opened the box, I kind of had second thoughts, as this was what was inside:

Mini Mundus bookcase kit

Hmm. Bit scary! So many little pieces! Still the instructions were good, so I checked that everything was included, and got assembling…

What I knew I needed to do was to leave out alternate shelves on this bookcase, as I wanted it to be used for displaying my ever-growing collection of tiny dolls for dollhouse dolls (most of these little tiny dolls are under two inches high). So, the shelves needed to be just over two inches apart – which would work OK if I left alternate shelves out.

This is what it looked like part-way through the assembly:

Mini Mundus bookcase kit

The part I had trouble with was putting the doors on the little cupboards in the base of the bookcase. They don’t have ‘real’ hinges – the doors are held in place with pins. Really small pins. The holes for the pins had been pre-drilled, but not quite deep enough, so I needed to use a small drill bit to drill them out a bit more. Not easy, as I has assembled the bookcase by then, so access to the top and bottom of the door frames wasn’t that good.

Dollhouse scale drill bits

So, what do you do in times like these? Get a man to do it! Fortunately, my husband likes a challenge, especially a woodworking one. He trimmed the frame so that the doors would fit properly (Mrs Slapdash hadn’t been all that careful about that bit), and drilled out the holes for the pins.

Mini Mundus bookcase kit

Then he put the pins in place and attached the doors. He’s got a lot more patience than me!

Mini Mundus bookcase kit

Doesn’t it look fantastic in my dollhouse toy shop though? This takes up most of the back wall, and really dominates the room, which is what I wanted it to do. The dolls on it fit perfectly, and I’m so pleased with it  🙂

Mini Mundus bookcase with 1:12 dollhouse dolls

This toy shop room isn’t finished yet…but I’m getting there! For one thing, it needs a shop assistant. And the small glass-fronted display cases need some contents. And I want some 144th scale dollhouses in there too…

Mini Mundus bookcase with 1:12 dollhouse dolls

Making and collecting for a dollhouse never ends!

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FINALLY I’ve got some 1:12 scale dollhouse doll wigs for my porcelain dolls

How long does it take to get wigs for dollhouse dolls made? Well, in my case, I’m ashamed to say, it takes……34 years!! Yes, you did read that right! I bought my dollhouse in 1983, and very soon after, I bought some undressed porcelain dolls for it. But they needed wigs, so I put them away, to do later. That was in 1986. Hmmm…….

So, I recently found them again, and decided it was about time that I got them finished! I tried looking in my dollhouse books, to see how to make my own, but very quickly realised this was not my thing, so I hunted around and came across Josephines Miniatures on Etsy. Josephine makes 1:12 scale wigs to order for dollhouse dolls (as well as beautiful miniature tatting).

My dollhouses are Victorian/Edwardian in style, so I looked online for some images for her to use as inspiration, and came up with these:

Dollhouse doll wigs for 1: 12 scale porcelain dolls

Dollhouse doll wigs for 1: 12 scale porcelain dolls

Dollhouse doll wigs for 1: 12 scale porcelain dolls

Dollhouse doll wigs for 1: 12 scale porcelain dolls

I sent off my dolls (so that the wigs could be made to fit properly), with detailed instructions about the hair colour that I’d like for each wig, and Josephine was amazing – a couple of weeks later, I got a little parcel back, with each wig labelled for the relevant doll, and everything packaged securely.

Here’s the dolls that needed wigging:

Dollhouse doll wigs for 1: 12 scale porcelain dolls

And here’s what Josephine made, from the images I sent her:

Dollhouse doll wigs for 1: 12 scale porcelain dolls

And here’s a view of the back of each wig:

Dollhouse doll wigs for 1: 12 scale porcelain dollsAren’t they amazing? I just need to get the time to make clothes for the dolls now. Better not leave it another 34 years!!

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Save money on dollhouse needlepoint chair kits until Sunday this week!

All dining chair kits are on sale this week – don’t miss out!

Save money on all dollhouse needlepoint dining chair kits on my website this week – simply use the coupon code CHAIRS10 at the checkout to get 10% off!

This coupon code also can be used for the multi packs (of two chairs, and four chairs) which are already discounted – so you get to save twice over! And the coupon code also works for the ‘chair seat packs’ – these are packs that include the stitching components (chart, threads, silk gauze and needle, but no woodwork pieces – perfect for if you already have a chair to make a seat cover for).

 

Simply visit the chair kits page to start saving now!

These lovely chairs look beautiful not just in the dining room of your dollhouse – place one in the hallway, study, bedroom or drawing room too!

The kits include 32 count silk gauze fabric, anchor stranded cotton (floss) threads, colour block chart, tapestry needle, wooden components to make the chair, and detailed instructions.

The usual kit price is 22.95 GBP. The sale price is 20.65 GBP – so, you can save 2.30 GBP on each kit (more, if you buy the multi packs of one design).

This chair below has been stitched by one of my customers, called Chris – she used her own chair, and stitched the Strawberry Thief design for it from a chair seat pack.

 

For tips on how to make and assemble the chair kits, see the tutorial on my

website here.

The sale ends at midnight on Sunday, 13th October, so don’t forget to use the coupon code CHAIRS10   on my website before then!

Postage & packing is a flat rate of 2.25 GBP for UK orders (4.50 GBP overseas) up to 50 GBP order value. Orders over 50 GBP are sent post free, worldwide.

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There’s an Easter sale of dollhouse needlepoint kits on my website!

Just a quick shout-out to let you know that there’s an Easter sale of dollhouse needlepoint items on my website over the coming weekend. All 1:12 scale dollhouse needlepoint kits, chart packs, and fabric project packs are on sale on my website

Remember to use the code EASTER2019OFFER to claim your 10% discount at the checkout!

Top up your stash with little goodies at discount prices to make your dollhouse look great. Kits available on 18 canvas to 40 count silk gauze, suitable for anyone from beginner to expert. Hours of fun for any stitcher 

Easter Sale of dollhouse needlepoint kits

Kits are available for the following miniature needlepoint items:

Carpets  ~~~ Staircarpets ~~~ Cushions ~~~ Bellpulls ~~~ Samplers

Wallhangings ~~~ Dining chairs ~~~ Needlework stands

Rectangular footstools ~~~ Firescreens ~~~ Christmas stockings

 Teacosies ~~~ Clutch  bags ~~~ Tray cloths ~~~ Handbags ~~~ Pole screens

Round footstools ~~~ Christmas tree mats ~~~ Bolster cushions

Table runners ~~~ Placemats

I also sell a range of Magnetic Needle Minders, based on images of my stitching.

Postage & packing is a flat rate of 2.25 GBP for UK orders (4.50 GBP overseas) up to 50 GBP order value. Orders over 50 GBP are sent post free, worldwide.

The Sale ends midnight on Easter Monday, so visit the website now to treat yourself! (Remember to use the code EASTER2019OFFER to claim your discount.)

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