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Miniature House and Doll House Resources, Tips, Tools and Products

This is a companion page to my miniature house tutorial. If you want to make a miniature house or doll house you can check out that tutorial here.

On this page are a variety of resources that I used, including products I purchased to make that miniature house.


Dollhouse MDF

Dollhouse Miniature MDF 3/8 inch Lap Siding

This is the exact product that Will purchased to make the miniature house in this tutorial. You can browse around. They make this lap siding in different materials and with different lap sizes. MDF is an inexpensive pressed wood that is easy to work with. But lap siding also comes in natural wood if you prefer that. This is for the siding of the house.



For the roof of the house.

The shingle strips are pretty easy. You glue them, in strips over each other with the overlap that you desire. And you can do this on a table or you can do it right onto the roof of the building.

Shingle strips on amazon

Foam Boards

Elmer's Acid-Free Foam Boards, 20 x 30 Inches, 3/16-Inch Thick, Bright White, 2-Count (902015)

This is the foam board that I used to make the miniature house.


Balsa Wood

Balsa Wood in Economy bag

Balsa Wood and BassWood - These are great materials for making miniature houses and doll houses. Bass wood is very soft and light and very easy to work with. Although not as durable or strong as balsa wood. Balsa wood is stronger but also a bit more work to cut and sand etc. Both are still easy and light. I recommend you get a variety bag or two so you have various sizes and shapes to work with Here on amazon: Bags of Balsa Wood and Basswood



X-acto Basic Knife Set

Great hobby Knife set. Perfect for cutting foamboard and balsa wood. I own this set.



Make Your Own Dollhouse and Dollhouse Miniatures


Fairy House: How to Make Amazing Fairy Furniture, Miniatures, and More from Natural Materials

Fairy House is a fascinating adventure into the making of miniscule kingdoms of the fairytale realm from objects found in nature. Through more than 350 clear, detailed, full-color photographs and understandable yet whimsical guidance, the reader will learn to fashion intricate, tiny cups from acorn pods and grapevine tendrils, dreamlike beds from delicate flowers and leaves, and an amazing array of other beautiful and unique pieces that will inspire the reader to find their true artistic ability and imagination. A photo gallery of other stunning pieces provides the reader with more possibilities to create.


The Big Book of a Miniature House: Create and decorate a house room by room

In her superbly presented book, Christine-Lea Frisconi explains how to make a beautiful miniature French country house.  Dressed in an elegant style of faded grandeur, the dolls' house is full of period features and exhibits plenty of vintage appeal.  Having made the dolls' house, Christine explains how to build up the wall panels to provide deep recesses, fancy panelling and wall niches to add character - ideas that can be translated to any existing dolls' house.  Instructions to make a range of French-style furniture, fittings and even flowers are included:  chairs, a folding screen, ornate light sconces, fireplaces, dressing tables, window dressing, right down to the kitchen sink! There is also a gallery of dolls' houses at the end of the book to inspire. 


A Beginner's Guide to the Dolls' House Hobby

Jean Nisbett's classic volume gets a welcome update and expansion-making it a practical, accessible introduction to all the basics, with lavish images and easy-to-follow hints that help beginners save time and avoid costly mistakes. Nisbett explains how to choose and build a house from a kit; handle a period building; furnish the interior; create charming shops; and plan a dolls' house that will enchant a child-and actually stand up to play. Equipment and materials, finishes, decoration, decorative detail, gardens and renovation all receive in-depth coverage, while checklists set out a logical order for work.



Will's Book on Diorama Making

How to Make Fantasy and Medieval Dioramas

This books shows you how to make fantasy and medieval dioramas using many commonly available tools and materials. There are over 100 pictures and illustrations showing you how to make great dioramas in fantasy and medieval styles. Chapters include basics, water effects, terrain tips and special effects like electricity and small motors. Tutorials include how to use foam, plaster of paris and paper mache to make great looking dioramas.