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.

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



  1. Queda preciosa!!! Muchas gracias por el tutorial!!

  2. Me encanta la silla, lo bien que lo haces y lo bien que lo explicas!
    Gracias!!! :)

  3. Queda una silla preciosa, muchas gracias por el tutorial :D

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  5. Wow; you go girl! Love vintage style!

  6. Muchas gracias, un nuevo tutorial fantástico, y parece fácil.

  7. Muy original, me ha gustado.

  8. Oh thanks! It is perfectly understandable. Very realistic chair.

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