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!



  1. Thank you Kris for this new tutorial. I wish you too a Merry Christmas and a very special 2017!

  2. Dear Kris,
    Thank you for the many tutorials throughout this year and past years. Just wanted to extend Christmas Greetings to you and all the best for the New Year.
    Regards Janine

  3. Thank you for that new tutorial!!! Greetings to you and yours for the new year!!

  4. Hermoso tuturial, que bonitas eran esas cajas para pan, ahora hace años que no las veo, así que ver como hacerla aunque sea para una miniatura me ha encantado :D
    Besote y Feliz Navidad!!!!!

  5. Genial como siempre! :)
    Feliz Navidad!

  6. This is a gorgeous breadbox! Thank you for all the great tutorials and have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season! :)

  7. Muy bonito. Gracia por el tutorial.

  8. The bredbox is gorgeous. Thank You for sharing us. Merry Christmas!

  9. I always love these bread boxes when I see for sale! I am so excited to try to make this! Thank you for all your great tutorials. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  10. Dear Kris! Thank you for your great work and great tutorials! Merry Christmas! Please accept my best wishes!

  11. Such a lovely tut and thank you again
    Best wishes for a merry Christmas and a joyful new Year, Rosanna

  12. I have been reading your posts regularly. I need to say that you are doing a fantastic job. Please keep up the great work.
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  13. I love it! Can't wait to make mine! Your tutorials are alwaus so wonderful. Thank uoi so much. Happy mew year!

  14. Hi Kris, many thanks for another neat and useful tutorial. I have one -maybe dumb- question: how thick is the matboard you're using here? Thanks again!

  15. Thank you so much for the amazing tutorials!! I HOPE you post much more soon!!! I also would love to see a dollhouse tutorial to make an actual dollhouse

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