Sunday, September 1, 2019

Crooked Cottage


I spent the better part of August working on this little cottage for the tiny bead dolls.  Amazing how insistent a tiny doll can be!

I love using cardboard, partly because my woodcrafting skills are nill, and partly because there is so much of it around for free.  And, making dollhouses keeps it out of the landfill.

This wee house was made from one cardboard box, with a couple of strips of cardboard glued to the side to make a ledge for the second floor.


There is always an incredible mess when I start playing with cardboard and glue and paper and paint.  This is laid out on the floor, and you can see the basic doll house shape already done.  I painted the entire thing with gesso, then used scrapbook papers to paper the inside walls, and sponge painted a fern green to the outside walls.  The floors are carpeted with felt, and the roof is shingled with old dollhouse shingles I've had for decades.


You can see the sponge painting on the sides; striving for a look of moss on stucco, and the shingles glued to the roof.  I tried to glue long twigs to finish the raw edges of the house, but the glue wouldn't hold.  In desperation, I looked around for another way to fasten the twigs to the house, and found some waxed linen used for macrame jewelry that I could tie the twigs to the raw edges.  I used a pinvise to drill tiny holes in the cardboard and threaded the cord through these and around the twigs.  If you look at the picture below, you can see what I mean (better than my trying to describe it).


A bit crooked, but sweet.  And quite a mess!


Tiny furniture for our tiny house; chairs and a bench from wooden blocks and twigs; table from spools and wood cut-out; quilt on a bed from spools, twigs, and a piece of cardboard.


Something to hang on the walls!


Living room, furnished.


Bedroom furnished.


A bit cozy, but we're happy.  And so is the owl in the attic!


And looking a bit spooky with some camera manipulation.

I just grabbed and box and started playing.  Bet you have plenty of boxes to play with as well.  The wood bits are easy to find at the craft store, and the twigs came from our own tree trimmings ( a brush pile is a wonderful thing).  It is great fun to make something from nothing!

6 comments:

  1. What a cute little house! I like how the photography changes the look. I love that the house has a resident owl. Who will live in the house?

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    1. Thank you, Dorothy! The little dolls I've been making lately (they are only about four inches tall). Just about right for a tiny home :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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  2. So cute!! I wonder if I could give it a try! You do amazing work with free things!

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    1. I'm sure you could! Boxcutters and a straight rule are helpful, and good scissors, and glue, and just dive in! I tried real hard not to overthink this one. I've made houses from cardboard that took forever...exact measuring and all that. This time, I just started cutting and pasting. it was a lot of fun, and the result was just what I wanted. Have a go!

      warmly,

      Beth

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  3. Wonderful little house. Let dolls live in it.:-)

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    1. Thank you so much, Ruza! My dolls are now very happy :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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