Exterior Dollhouse

DIY Miniature Shutters

The Lorny Bin, my crazy little big dollhouse is under major renovation.

The exterior has had the shutters removed, siding cleaned and lightly sanded and is getting ready for paint, new roofing shingles and a porch renovation is in the planning stages.

Today we are making new shutters. I could buy shutters but they won’t be exactly what I’m looking for so I’ve had to improvise. I’m quite pleased with the outcome. One pair down, 16 to go!

diy shutters made from paint and coffee stirrers
Side porch is coming along. Ready for new windows.

The shutters were made from contents in a junk drawer that has accumulated years of paint stir sticks. Yep…. the one’s they give you when you buy paint for your big house will make perfect shutters for your little house.

What do you think? What’s your favorite dollhouse upcycle / recycle project?

Keep makin mini memories,

Miniature DIY Rag Wreath

1:12 Scale Rag Wreath
1:12 Scale Rag Wreath

I’m a DIY’er at heart. I think I can make EVERYTHING. Actually I know I can…. so miniatures are right up my alley. They are easier to make by nature of their size and typically cost a lot less.

I have seen people making things for their dollhouses out of some of the oddest “trash” and it’s made me look at my trash differently. This rag wreath is the perfect example of that.

Over the weekend I went to toss a plastic water bottle in the recycle bin and I spied with my little eye a wreath. Yup. I did. Stay with me here and I’ll tell you exactly how I did it so you can make one too.

It was the seal ring just under the cap where I saw this mini wreath. You know the one, when you open your bottle of water and break the seal there is that little thin plastic ring that remains around the neck of the bottle. That’s the one! That’s the wreath!

Easy DIY Rag Wreath

Just watch this little video and if you have more questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or join in the discussion over on my Facebook page, The Lorny Bin.

The Lorny Bin, say what?

Way back when Mark Zuckerberg added the ‘check in’ feature to Facebook we were having a party and I decided to check in at my own home…. and the play on my name stuck…. so if you come visit, you too can check in at The Lorny Bin. It’s a crazy good time.

Lorna @ The Lorny Bin was named after her paternal grandmother, who was also a Lorna. I was blessed to inherit one of her most prized possessions, a very large Woodline Products Victorian dollhouse.

Woodline Victorian Dollhouse
Mini mansion renovation. 1:12 scale

The dollhouse has been in storage for easily 25 years and I’ve been meaning to get started on it. The time has come. It will be a great project, my #minifixerupper #theminilornybin

I have been researching dollhouse miniatures and specifically my kit and just today found out it is a Woodline Products Victorian House produced around 1977ish and apparently it was quite popular. It is a large unit measuring 48″ wide x 36″ high x 19″ deep in 1/12 scale (1″ per foot).

Further research using my google machine located a couple of great blog posts about this exact model / kit and I could not be happier to learn more about it. You can check it out at Lori’s Magestic Dollhouses

I plan to DIY it all! Including the landscape. Did you know people make miniature flowers and plants. Like make them out of paper and they look like the real deal? There is a whole world of miniatures out there and I have been fully engulfed.

Until next time my friend,

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