Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover

30 May

I found a cute wall-hanging shelf that is shaped like a little house at the thrift store and while I think it was intended to hold small collectible figurines and tchotchkes, that's not what I bought it for!


Actually, I intended to just paint it and resell it in my Etsy shop but it sat in my craft room while I procrastinated doing other things for a looooonnnngggg time.


And then I collaborated with a company called xTool and received a desktop laser cutter and a light bulb went off in my head.


I hopped on Etsy to see if there were any patterns for laser-cut dollhouse furniture and there are 😍


And you can guess the rest of the story from here... I decided to keep the house-shaped shelf and create a tiny wall-hanging dollhouse!


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover

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I started with the outside of the house and the kitchen.


Here is what it looked like when I found it at the thrift store for just $3.19!


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


You can see it is very shallow.


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


It had two hangers on the back so I removed those first.


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover

You can't have a dollhouse without walls to decorate so I cut a back for it with some scraps of 1/8" plywood I had and reattached the hangers to that.


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover

I'm not sure if or what color I might paint the outside yet but I knew I wanted it to have a little shingle roof.


I purchased a bag of Creatology Craft Sticks at Michael's and then cut them with miter shears to create shingles.

Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover

Then I used Gorilla Wood Glue to add them to the roof. I used tape to ensure they are in a straight line.



Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover

Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover

Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


I chose to create the kitchen first so I searched through my hoard of scrapbook paper until I found a combination for the floor and walls that I liked.


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


I used Mod Podge to add the new kitchen floor and walls.


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


The walls of this cute little kitchen now have cute pink and red strawberry wallpaper.

Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


And an aqua "linoleum" floor 😊


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


I used Skinny Sticks to create baseboard molding. I used the miter shears again to cut them to size and painted them white.


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover

Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


Now I wanted to add a ceiling light. I found a bead with a flat back and a metal ring for making jewelry and created the ONLY acceptable boob light... one for a dollhouse πŸ˜„ 


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover

Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover

Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


I found a laser pattern for dollhouse furniture on Etsy from a shop called Angela Craft Studio and sized it down so it would fit in this tiny house. I bought a pattern for a set of 26 dollhouse furniture pieces and cut them out with the xTool M1 Laser and Blade Cutting Machine


Here is a little clip of the stove creation πŸ˜„





Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


I made the stove, a sink, a refrigerator, and a counter and painted them pink and white 😊


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


Then I spent far too long trying to figure out the best configuration. It was surprisingly challenging to make it look cute since I can only use the back wall due to the depth of the shelf. 


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


I made some little Pyrex bowls on top of the fridge out of the blister packs from some meds.


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


To make these, you cut out one of the little bowl shapes from the blister pack adding some handles when you cut. Paint the inside white and the outside the color of your choice and then add your chosen design. I used the end of a small paintbrush to create the polka dot and heart patterns. I also coated the inside and outside of mine with DecoArt Triple Thick Gloss Glaze so they are shiny.
Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover

Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


The little rug in front of the sink is made with masking tape and baker's twine.


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


To make this, you need a scrap of paper, some baker's twine in the color of your choice, and some masking tape. You fold under the ends of the masking tape and stick the folded edges down onto the paper so the sticky side of the tape is facing up. Then you start coiling the baker's twine on the tape. To make this a half rug, start placing the twine back and forth in a half-moon shape. I coated mine with Mod Podge so it will be secure.


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


I made the little broom out of some clothesline and a toothpick.


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


I had this clothesline leftover from a macrame project I did.


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


To make a broom, cut off a small piece from the end of the clothesline, and pull out the thick pieces leaving just the small, wispy ones. Stick a toothpick into the end and stitch across it a couple of times. Then brush out the ends and cut off the top of the toothpick.


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover

Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


I made a copper range hood with cardboard and some copper sheeting.


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


To make this, I taped some cardboard pieces together into the shape of a range hood. Then I cut a little piece of copper sheeting and used a scrapbooking tool I have to make creases (a butter knife would work too) where it needs to fold over the cardboard. I used the end of a paintbrush to make the hammered copper look.


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


I made the grocery bag with a scrap of paper and the bread and carrots with oven-bake clayDo you love the little Kit-Cat clock ? I made it by printing one I found online and then gluing it to a scrap of thin cardboard and coating it with triple thick glaze.


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover

Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


Here it is hanging on my craft room wall.


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


What do you think? What room should I tackle next, maybe the dining room?


Small Wall Hanging Dollhouse Makeover


I still have my other dollhouse. You can see those posts here: Dollhouse Makeover. It's not finished either but I am now side tracked with this one! lol


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  1. I saw this behind you on your last video (well, the shingle roof). This is so darn cute!! I don't know what I like the best, but I love the little appliances and the kitty clock!! There are so many clever, creative things!! I want to see more of the other room soon--please. I remember your larger doll house and hoped you still have it. More of that too please. Gold Stars for you!

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  2. You are TOO clever! Everything is adorable & I know time-consuming, but so cute!!

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  3. Tania, you had me at dollhouse! Yipee, I'm so excited to see you have another dollhouse project on the go and this one is so darling. I'm blown away by the adorable kitchen and how you made everything. Come on, the Pyrex bowls are so stink'n ADORABLE!

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  4. Wow! I'm blown away by all the creative little genius details. The bowls, the broom, that cute little mat. And even the boob light! haha

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    1. Thank you so much Tuula! I'm having a good time with it.

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