What is the most popular scale for dollhouses?
A 1:12 scale is the most popular and easiest to build, where 1 inch equals 1 foot. So a 6-foot-tall person would be a 6-inch doll.
What kind of tools do I need?
• Small Hammer
• Xacto Knife
• Miter Cutter (We recommend an Easy Cutter from Midwest Products for fast, clean-cut angles on mouldings and shingles.)
• Masking Tape (To hold parts together while the glue dries)
• Wood glue (We recommend Weldbond glue.)
• Sandpaper (#220 or #320 grit)
• Primer (Kilz or Zinsser works well.)
• Hot Glue Gun (for shingles only)
Should I get a Plywood or MDF (medium density fiberboard) kit?
We recommend plywood whenever possible. It is much easier to paint, can be stained, weighs less, and can take nails and screws.
What kind of paint do I use?
Interior latex semi gloss house paint. Apply one coat of primer and two coats of color. It is much easier to prime and apply the first color coat before assembly. Lightly sand with #220 grit sandpaper between coats of paint.
How do I put on dollhouse shingles?
Pencil 1-inch parallel lines on the roof for a placement guide. Start at the bottom edge of the roof and hot glue one shingle at a time until the first row is complete. Hot glue is recommended for shingles only so they can be easily replaced should one break. Simply heat the broken shingle with a hair dryer and pull it out. Then, replace it with a new one. Use half a shingle to start the second row, so the shingles will be staggered from one row to the next. Work your way to the roof peak one row at a time.