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19 December 2014

Did you know that there are a great bank of 'How to' blogs for your dolls' house right here on The Dolls House Emporium blog?

If you've still got a few Christmas cards to produce why not try the Christmas Card 'How To'?  Or what about creating something new from something old such as this Drawer Respray 'How To' and once you've master the technique you can use it on any piece in your collection that needs a revamp or on the Bare Essentials for a new piece!

There is really no end to the creativity ou can enjoy and the skills you can develop just through this rewarding hobby.

Dream a dream - a miniature Les Mis tutorial!

15 July 2013

Whether you’re lucky enough to have seen the powerful stage musical or enjoyed the
compelling film version of Les Mis, there’s no doubting the potential for a miniature diorama!

The characters, furniture and décor of revolutionary Paris, where the story is set, lend themselves perfectly to dreaming a dream of another life.

The musical version of the Victor Hugo book Les Miserables has become a global phenomenon… were you swept up in its wake?

Audiences have left performances elated at the show.

Our creative assistant Louise has also immersed herself in the history and the drama - to recreate screens from the story as inspiration for you to try.

If you want to follow the epic storyline, it’s easy to start at home!

It needn’t be quite as intense as the dramas in the story…

Simply click through to the Les Mis Miniature Tutorial here.
View the complete tutorial at
The opening scenes of the film are set in the walled city of Montreuil-sur-Mer, not far from the Channel ports, where hero Valjean trod the winding cobbled streets.

The story moves to Paris for the characteristic 19th Century backdrop.

The musical’s emblem is a picture of the waif Cosette, based on an etching which is itself based on an original drawing by Emile Bayard.

It appeared in several of the novel’s earliest French-language editions, and you can include it in your display by cutting out the miniature version we’ve posted on this page for you.
Les Miserables in miniature

How to create a hat shop display cabinet - in miniature!

12 July 2013

Mini-maker Jocelyn has been sharing her expertise in how to create a hat shop display cabinet.

You could adapt her work to suit your own special miniature store – or simply enjoy seeing her detailed step-by-step project work, as we did!

Jocelyn's Mountfield Dollhouse is an online scrapbook of the building and decorating of her dream dollhouse, the Mountfield dolls’ house by the Dolls House Emporium, and some of her other dolls’ houses.

After you’ve gained a little inspiration from her work, why not click through to the main blog page and find out some of her other projects, her likes, dislikes and how she’s gradually developed her Mountfield.

Create a fairy dell fit for a Midsummer Night's Dream

5 June 2013

As the longest day is fast approaching we chose inspiration from A Midsummer Night’s Dream for our showpiece house this month.
Perhaps you have enjoyed Shakespeare’s popular comedy as a ballet? You may have read the play at school, seen a television adaptation or been to the theatre.

Either way you’ll know how the fairies make light of love while the actors of a playwithin-
a-play are manipulated by the cheeky little scamps who inhabit the forest.

And because the event occurs near the day with the longest period of daylight, it leaves little time for night-time activity among the fairy population!

The small build we’ve used for this project is The Cabin, which is this year’s Creative Competition piece.
It was customised by Dolls House Emporium creative assistant Louise, who got to work with some items from the catalogue range – and a few choice bits and pieces from her garden.

Both the roof and the inside flooring were made from individual tiles (part 7012 – although the roof tile strips, part 7027 are also suitable). She painted the roof grey to give it some depth and then painted the tiles in a distressed effect to give them a weathered, country feel.

She also painted the floor grey, to give an effect of grout beneath the tiles, which were painted terracotta and laid in a neat, geometric pattern.

The items inside were typical fairy fare, comprising mostly a collection of full sized “found” items such as a cotton reel and candle holders.

Louise decided to paint the exterior of The Cabin white before applying white wood filler into which she stuck the garden twigs to give a rustic effect.

Exposed woodwork is supplied unfinished, so this was painted in Antique Oak to bring the desired effect.

Around the outside of the fairy dwelling is moss, collected from her garden,and artificial flowers from a local craft shop. The bell featured came from a lifesized Christmas tree, although part 6149 is also suitable for a house like this.

Finally, the featured fairies were created by modifying a pair of our own dolls, Phoebe (2709) and Libby (5054). You can find out how to bring them to life in our online tutorial.

From kit to conclusion! A customer’s imagination

18 April 2013

Transforming a bare kit full of potential into a wonderfully-imagined scene is the name of the game for anyone with a little miniature know-how!

It’s amazing what can be achieved, as this property from Dolls House Emporium customer Juliet Ashmore demonstrates. Juliet has been working on her hobby with her daughters.

She’s brought ideas to fruition both inside and outside, and admits that her work has added a lot of character to her projects.

garden coming together

walk through the pergola to the gazebo

She has been transforming her two houses with a little help from Dolls House Emporium goodies – and a couple of our online tutorials. You can view a full tutorial or use some of these goodies to create your very own!

Dolls House Emporium creative assistant Louise has made an inventory of the top image here, in case you'd like to recreate it for yourself:

6044 Garden and pergola kit

Louise Louise

6045 Gazebo kit
2697 wire table & chair
8211 Flag stone paper
5845 red brick paper
8541 Grass sheet
7370 wooden door
3533 handle
9646 bricks
4406 trellis
2939 topiary bush
4904 round box bush
4905 monkey puzzle
4898 evergreen tree
4907 ornamental tree
6560 orange tree
3846 pond
6119 ducks
6400 wishing well
2951 statue
6138 Birds
6116 Bird bath
6768 bench
3939 large ivy
3565 red grapes
6556 ivy berries
6555 white ivy

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