Wednesday, December 21, 2016

DOLLHOUSE VINTAGE BREAD BOX - How to make a vintage bread box from card stock for your dollhouse.

I really like old tin things like the bread box in the picture.

I found one in Google Images with measurements.

This is our tutorial for December.

Print out Nancy's patterns onto card stock.
Use the instructions in the "Things to do, Things to see" list at the left of the blog, HOW TO RE-SIZE THE PATTERNS.

Trace two of A and two of B onto a scrap of mat board.

Nancy did you all a big favor and drew out all the patterns from my measurements!  What a nice Christmas present, thank you Nancy.

Cut out the parts with your craft knife.

I used yellow carpenter's glue for all the gluing.

Glue part B onto part A.

Notice that the lower right corners are even.

Glue the other pieces together making sure it is the opposite of the first one.

These are the sides to the bread box.

Cut a strip of card stock 1 1/8 inches wide about 4 inches long.

With your ruler along the long edge of the card stock make marks at
1 11/16"
2 1/16"
2 11/16"
3 3/16"
3 5/16".

This picture is supposed to be horizontal, sorry.

Use your ruler to make the same marks on the other side of the card stock.

Use the ruler and the back of your craft knife to score the lines at the marks you made.

Cut the card stock off at the 3 5/16" mark.

Fold on the scored lines.

Position your strip of card stock as I have with the 1/8" fold at the bottom.

I have marked cutting lines for the opening of the box.

In the third space from the bottom measure and mark 3/32" from each side.

Cut out the opening on the drawn lines and on your scored lines.

This is the body of the bread box.

The sides are glued to the body of the bread box.

The front leaves the 1/8" flap unglued.

The opening is glued to the curved part of the sides.

The bottom is left unglued.

Showing the inside of the bread box.

Both sides are now glued in.

Showing the front.

To make the front of the bread box sturdier cut a piece of mat board 1/4" wide by 7/8" long.

Glue the piece of mat board inside the front.  Make sure the bottom is even with the sides.

From card stock cut a door for the bread box.

I cut mine 1" wide or across and 7/8" long.

When I was finishing the bread box I thought that a longer door, maybe 1 1/8" instead of 7/8" might be better.  I had trouble raising and lowering the door.  After a day of drying my 7/8" door works just fine.  I leave the length up to you.

Fold the door over a pencil.

The width of the door is the 1 inch measurement.

For a test fit slide the door into the bread box.

Test fitting the door, picture of the front.

I want to attach a wooden knob to the front of the door.  To do that I cut a piece of mat board 7/8" long, make sure that doesn't interfere with the door sliding up and down.  The width was 3/16".  Glue the piece to the bottom inside edge of the door.

I am re-testing the fit with the new piece of mat board glued onto the door.

I mixed up what I think is a vintage green.  I added the greens to ivory, that seemed to make the best looking green.
I painted two coats and sanded lightly.
I brushed on two coats of Delta's varnish and sanded that, too.

I mixed a brownish rust and dry brushed and smudged it onto the bread box.

For the word bread I tried different fonts in Word and settled on this.

Something I learned a long time ago from Nutshell News was to coat over printed material with nail polish to make a decal.
I brushed maybe 3 coats onto the front of the paper, drying in between coats.
Soak the paper in water and then gently rub the paper off to make the decal.

I'm still holding the bread box by the bottom, I've not glued that yet.

The door is in.  It's sticky but that's because although the finish is dry to the touch the surface really isn't dry.  But I'm working it.

Here's a look at the inside.

I've glued my decal on and drilled a hole for my knob and glue that in.

All finished and ready to be placed onto the counter!

A day after I made the bread box I was able to slide the door up and down pretty easily.  Just have to let things dry, Kris!

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Have fun, Expand on it, Make it better . . .

Just Keep Making Minis!


Friday, October 21, 2016

1 INCH SCALE METAL CHAIR FROM CARD STOCK TUTORIAL - How to make a 1 inch scale dollhouse metal chair.

I have been wanting to make this chair for awhile.  These seem to be popular right now.
I know the back rim should be tubular but I just couldn't think of an easy way to do that.  If you want to thin the back rims a bit to make them not as wide that would be fine.

Use the instructions in the "Things to do, Things to see" list at the left of the blog, HOW TO RE-SIZE THE PATTERNS to copy Nancy's patterns onto card stock.  Thank you, Nancy.

I will use yellow carpenter's glue to glue the chair together.  I also used a 1/8 inch hole punch for the feet.

Cut out the patterns.

Use the back of your craft knife and a ruler to score a line down the middle of each leg.

Fold the leg on the scored line.

All four legs are folded.

Use one of the seat patterns to trace a seat onto one layer of mat board.  Transfer the markings to the mat board seat.

Apply yellow carpenter's glue to the front edge of the seat.

Match the center lines and press the legs onto the glue.

Apply glue to the front corner and press the front leg onto the glue.

Apply glue to the side and back corner and press the back leg onto the glue.

Match the center lines again.

Do the same thing to the other side.

Front view of the chair.

Use your craft knife and ruler again to score lines on the marks on the middle rim.

Bend the card stock on the scored lines.

I've used my fingers to gently bend the back of the rim.

Matching the centers of the back glue the back rim to the seat of the chair.

Glue the sides of the rim to the seat of the chair.  I've transferred the marking to the side of the chair so you can see that I've glued the rim in front of the line.

Back rim glued on.

Apply glue to the front rim and glue one of the rims to the front of the back.

You will probably have to trim a little from each bottom.  This rim fits flush to the seat.

Apply glue to the back rim of the back and glue on the last rim.  This one should fit just to the edge of the seat.

Press the rims together, make sure they have a good seal.

Dry fit the card stock seat to make sure it fits onto the mat board seat.

Apply glue to the seat and press the card stock seat on.

Punch out four circles.

Pinch the bottoms of the legs together a bit to make a 90 degree angle and glue the circles to the bottom of the legs for feet.

I spray painted my chair red.

This next part is optional.

I did not like the edge on the back rim or the edge on the seat.  I decided to use size 10 crochet thread to cover those edges.  I use this because it has a tight twist and I can usually hide that it's thread that I am using.

I used tacky glue and glued the thread onto the edge of the rim.  This covered the edges of the 3 layers of card stock.

Another view.

I applied the crochet thread around the top edge of the seat to cover where I added that card stock seat.

Before I re-sprayed I sanded the corners of my legs to smooth them out.


I also sanded the fuzz off the crochet thread.

I sprayed again.

Another view.

This is quick and easy to do.  You could make bar stools by lengthening the legs, just keep the top of the leg assembly the same.

If you have questions or pictures of your finished tutorials please send them to:

Have fun, Expand on it, Make it better . . . 
Just Keep Making Minis!