Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Victorian Doll House {Part One}

Recipe for a a granddaughter's oooo's and ahhhhh's, as well as a grandmother's, wee girl's, and parents' delight begins with a grandmother's love and desire to build a sweet doll house for her granddaughter.

Add a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law sharing an online search session exploring Victorian doll houses and discovering the details we both enjoyed.

Mix in oodles and oodles of pieces to be cut, trimmed, sanded, and adhered.

Add walls, floors, and stairs.  Mix with great patience and a joyful heart.

Stir in a coating to seal the wood.

Layer on rooftops, the beginnings of a chimney, a bay window, and begin adding paint.

Add essential spices:  window frames, panes, and trim.

Coat with siding and gingerbread rooftops.

Lots of siding and gingerbread rooftops.

Let rest.

And don't forget to check on its progress! 

Come back soon to see what colors Grandma decided to surprise our Princess with, along with a few details!  My absolute favorite detail is what my MIL came up with to create the leading in the window panes.  Can you guess what she might have used??


  1. Gorgeous!!! What an awesome MIL and super special house!!!

    Windows: Shrinky Dinks?

  2. Oh my goodness! What a BEAUTIFUL dollhouse! Your little princess is going to be so excited! Can't wait to see what color you paint and all the finishing touches!

  3. YEAHOOOOOOO! Build me a REAL one, Grandma! {Hee Hee} OUTSTANDING construction! I'm breathless. What a great family you have!

  4. Karen that is so so so so (x100) cool!

  5. Hi, Karen! Oh my! What a terrific project! :-)

  6. Oh! my! goodness! what a beautiful little girls dollhouse - I would have loved this! thanks for your comments on my blog too!

  7. That is amazing! I have no words....

  8. WOW! What an amazing doll house! I loved seeing the progression on this masterpiece! It reminds me of one my mom made for me when I was about 9. But it was made out of boxes and paneling, carpet and wallpaper taken from a new house we had just moved into. I remember the bathroom had a sink and even a toilet made out of a hairspray lid. My mom was (and still is) very clever!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Wow, your crafting abilities leave me speechless, Ms Karen!! :) Not only is it super pretty and special but also build with so much love for details. Simply stunning!

    PS: I did not forgot to take the photos of that tiny tea set! Just got around to upload some here: Enjoy! :)

  10. Gisie, LOVE LOVE LOVE how you put together the blog of the dollhouse! You're so creative :) Can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the pics (when you have time!!!).

  11. So nice!! I want to make one for my daughter. Do you have pics from the back?

    1. Glad you like it! The second and third pics are from the back (inside), but I still haven't shared pics of the inside completed. Still on the to-do list! :>

  12. The staircatse was a bear for me to complete on the Beacon Hill. I still have to tackle the top floor. Took and break and am building the Magnolia for my granddaughter. Completed the Westville first. Addiction..... yep. You are MUCH better at this than I will ever be. Congratulations

  13. Great job, I have this same dollhouse and if you want think some of my ideas may help you I have posted everything I did including tips and tricks on the tricky areas on my YouTube channel under Laurieheisler and on my Facebook page under Dollhouse Miniature Madness and Tutorials.


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