From the Mid-October 1976 issue of Woman's Day


of a q)ollhouse C;Yo~uild

Here are directions and diagrams for making the dollhouse furniture and accessories complete in this booklet.

Separate pull-out sheets contain the detailed assembly diagrams and step-by-step directions for building the dollhouse.

A dream of a dollhouse to make and a project for the entire family.

Copyright © 1976 by Fawcett Publica1lons, lnc, Printed In U. S. A.





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Besides the found objects mentioned throughout the directions, you will need to buy certain basic materials.

Fine-grained wood such as clear sugar pine for large furniture pieces as the painted chest, 3-wall living room unit or buffet. We laminated various thicknesses to get the right depth instead of using larger, coarser-grained pine.

White glue for attaching wood to wood. Apply to both surfaces, and when tacky, put pieces together.

Epoxy for attaching plastic, glass or metal.

Clear cement, or in some instances a IJuper-slrength clear cement, is recommended for attaching certain plastics or metals to wood surfaces.

Spray adhesives for attaching light-weight fabrics to another fabric or for attaching felt or paper to floors.

Rubber cement for working with suede-like fabrics used to upholster chai rs.

Dowels of various diameters for chair legs, rungs, lamp poles and the like.

Lattice (3/16") for countertops, sofa and armchair. Plywood (Va") is generally available in small quantities in craft and hobby shops.

Balsa wood is generally available from craft shops or art-supply stores.

Redwood (1 x 6) is cut down for the terrace furniture. Spray paints or glossy enamels are best for the shiny finish on the kitchen appliances.

Acrylic paints, thinned with water, are used throughout the house and are especially quick-to-dry and easy to work with.

Pigmented shellac to prime all surfaces to be painted.

HELPFUL TOOLS AND HOW·TO TIPS Invaluable is a miniature electric drill such as Dremel's Mota-Tool, for drilling lead holes for wi re brads used in furniture pieces.

A tiny clamp or a spring-type clothespin for holding small pieces comes in handy too. We found we could hold many pieces by fitting them between two blocks of wood, putting spacers between furniture legs and wrapping with rubberbands. However, by making saw cuts to fit parts into (such as the paper-clip legs for the vanity stool and the side balusters for the crib) and by letting white glue get tacky before attaching parts, you'll have no difficulty holding the parts together until dry.

. A coping or fine·loothed blade on a bench saw that has little or no tooth set will keep sanding to a minimum.

A belt sander carefully clamped in a vise is helpful for evening surfaces or simply tape sandpaper to a flat surface and rub the piece over it.


As described earlier, we recommend using the finergrained clear pine in 3/16" lattice and 7/16" and 3A" sizes and laminated pieces to the desired thickness. Use walljoint compound to fill in any defects, then sand smooth and dust. To make doors and drawers, use either strips of thin cardboard or balsa wood glued in place. Also, shallow cuts made by running block across a table saw blade creates other types of doors and drawers. For pulls use staples, beads, map tacks or wooden swab sticks (not the cotton-tipped kind but longer plain ones available in artsupply stores).

The designs herein are exclusively for the use 01 the Individual purchaser only. Reproductions of the material may be made lor charitable purposes. but the purchaser warrants that the articles produced Irom the USe 01 the designs will not, with the exception noted above. be sold. bartered. traded or otherwise delivered to a third party lor a consideration,



Your collector's instinct will help you here. As you leafthrough magazines and glossy-paper catalogs, look for advertisements offering reproductions of paintings or posters. Often the picture of the reproduction is just the right size for the wall of your doll house. Another source are museum reproduction postcards.

All our paintings and posters are mounted on Bristol board backing, cut to the same size of the picture. Attach picture to backing with rubber cement. Cut small spacer strips and cement to back of mounted picture. Attach paintings and posters to wall with tabs of double-faced tape on spacer strips. (Nole: Although all the paintings and posters shown are unframed, you might cut strips of balsa wood, paint them and use them to frame your painting.)


You can use dried material throughout in the various wooden planter boxes, thimble flowerpots or bottle caps, or you can use succulents in live arrangements.

To use dried material, spray it lightly with hair spray to keep it intact through repeated handlings. Wedge a small piece of plastic-foam in container and stick dried material into foam to hold it in place.

To make a live arrangement with succulents (there are many miniature varieties that lend themselves to the scale of a doll house), line wooden container with aluminum foil. Use a sandy cactus potting soil to plant succulent. To water plant, use an eyedropper. The succulent should keep for several months and when it becomes too large, replace it with a cutting or another type.

For parquet floors, set up a cutting jig of cardboard and metal ruler to cut 1" veneer tape into 1" squares. On heavy cardboard, tape a metal ruler in place, then 1" from ruler and parallel to it, glue down strip of cardboard. Slip veneer tape under ruler and against edge of cardboard. Press down ruler and tape to cut tape with utility knife. Move cardboard cutting surface frequently so that worn cutting line will not alter size of 1" squares. Referring to Drawing 1, Floors on sheet 2, mark starting lines in living room for parquet. Coat a 2" x 2" area at starting lines with glue. Also coat backs of four oak squares with glue. Position squares along lines, making sure to alternate grain of abutted squares to simulate parquet flooring. Work out from lines towards walls throughout lower leve!. At some walls, trim squares to fit. Repeat to put down parquet in the master bedroom. To finish parquet, brush on 2 coats of white shellac, sanding lightly between coats; let dry. Cut long V4" wide strips from oak veneer for baseboards; glue strips in place.



Bathrooms , , , .. , ', , , 17

Dining Room ,............................................................... 8

Entry Hall , " ,...... 3

Front Door Planter ,................................................. 3

Gallery , , , ,', 14

Garage .. , , , , 14

General Directions , ,................ 2

Grounds , .. " , , .. " Pull-out sheets

House Construction Pull-out sheets

Kitchen , , , ', , 10

Living Room , ,........................ 4

Master Bedroom , 15

Nursery " .. , , , , , " 18

Terrace , .. , , " 12

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¥e"xV4"xl" redwood end frame

~"x %" x lHr." redwood side frame

14" x Yz" x 11~" redwood side frame -, va" x lVa" xl"

redwood end piece Va" x VI" x 11~" redwood front lip --4';~.-

Va" x 1" X 110/4" redwood side piece Va" x 1" x 11%" redwood side grooved piece Va" x 1'%" X l1Va" redwood pedestal base

Va" X Vz" x 10/.1" redwood end frame

'1/8" X Va" x 11/8" redwood end Up


SIZE: 1V4" high X Hi" wide x 1H'a" long.

MATERIALS: 5' of Va" x 2" redwood, ripped from 3/4" stock; white glue; wire brads.

Following diagram, cut 1" x 28" piece from redwood and using table saw, make grooved saw cuts across width for side and end pieces of planter. Cut sides and end pieces to size. Cut remaining planter parts from redwood. Assemble planter as shown with glue and brads; let dry. Sand planter smooth.

Refer to the General Directions for planting.


ROUND RUG SIZE: Approximately 431<1 "-diameter.

MATERIALS: Small amounts of fingering-weight yarn in orange (0) and rust (B) or desired colors; steel crochet hook No.2 (or Canadian hook No.1) or the size that will give you the correcl gauge.

GAUGE: 6 rnds :-1"; 6 sc = 1". Starting at center with 0, ch 2.

1st rnd: Work 10 sc in 2nd ch from hook.(Note: Do not

join, but mark beg of each rnd.)

2nd rnd (inc rnd): Work 2 sc in each sc around (20 sc). 3rd rnd: Work even in pattern.

4th rnd (inc rnd): Inc 10 sc evenly around (30 sc). Repeat 3rd and 4th rnds twice more; then repeat 3rd

rnd once more. Break off O. Piece should measure 23/4"

in diameter.

10th rnd: With R make Ip on hook. Repeat 4th rnd. Break off (60 sc),

11th and 12 rnds: With 0 repeat 3rd and 4th rnd. Break off.

13th and 14th rnds: With R repeat 3rd and 4th rnd (80 sc).

PAINTED CHEST SIZE: H'4" wide x 2%" high x 2%" long.

MATERIALS: 5%" piece %" x 1V2" clear pine; 2%" piece 13/4 "-diameter half-round molding; 1 V2" x 1 V2" clasp and one pair Sis" x 3/4" hinges, miniature hardware; ){6"wide red chart tape, available from art supply stores; primer; acrylic paint; white glue.

Following diagram, cut 34" x 1112" pine into two 2314" pieces and glue together for 11/2" thickness. Trim ch~st base to 1314" width. Sand base and half-round moldmg piece for top smooth.

Prime and paint chest pieces; let dry. Following manufacturer's directions, install clasp and hinges on chest as shown. Decorate chest with strips of ){6" red tape 1/4" from all edges on front, top and sides as In photograph.


center line

0/4" pine

miniature hardware

front rear

COAT RACK SIZE: K/'-deep x %" high X 21/4" long.

MATERIALS: 0/8" x 21/4" piece ){/' thick balsa wood; 3 screw-on type earring findings; three ~6"-diameter wooden beads; double-faced tape; clear cement.

Following diagram and using wire cutters, cut off screw knob of earring findings. Equally space, center and cement earring bases to balsa wood strip; let dry. Cement a bead on cut off end of each earring as shown.

Use double-faced tape to attach coat rack to wall.

K6" X %" X 2V4" balsa wood back piece

cut off earring SC((!w


PLANTER SIZE: 11),," x 11K," x 1 Ya".

MATERIALS: 2" piece 1/4" x 1 V2" pine lattice; 5 square piece Va" plywood; white glue; small bunch of dried material; small chunk of ptastlc-toam,

Following diagram, mark and cut four 1 V2" x 1%" sides and one 1 %" x 1 %" floor pieces from Va" plywood. Cut and trim pedestal base and corner blocks from pine lattice. Sand all cut edges.

Assemble side pieces around floor and add corner blocks; hold construction temporarily square with rubber band until dry. Remove rubber band. Glue pedestal piece in place. Add plastic-foam to hold dried material and arrange attractively.

Va" x 1%" x 1%" plywood floor

Va" X JI," x 1Y.z" pine corner blocks

Va" x 1Y2" x 1%" plywood sides

JI," J( 1%" x 1%" pine pedestal base

GAME TABLE SIZE: 2%" x 2%" x 2V2".

MATERIALS: 7" piece 114" x 2" pine lattice; white glue; primer; acrylic paint; JI,"·wide black and K/'-wide red chart tapes.

Following diagram, cut table top and four strips to frame top from pine lattice. Also cut tour legs. Glue frame around top piece leaving notched corners for legs. Referring to assembly detail glue legs in position and use temporary spacers and rubberbands to keep table square while glue dries. Remove bands and spacers. Drill lead holes and add wire brads at corners for strength.

Sand table smooth. Prime and paint; let dry. For checkerboard, lightly mark in pencil a centered 1 V2" square on table top. Cover area with abutted strips of tape, then with mat knife cut a checkerboard of 64 squares on tape surface and remove every other square. Frame checkerboard with strips of ~t wide red tape.


K,' J( JI,' x 2" pine lattice frame

temporary spacers

rubber banda K," x 2" x 2" plna lattice table top

GAME CHAIR SIZE: Approximately 1 V2" x 1 %" X 2~8 ".

MATERIALS: For each chair: 2" square piece 1f4" hardwood; 9" piece V4 "-diameter dowel; scrap cardboard; scrap needlepoint canvas; white glue; wire brads; primer; acrylic paint.

Following cutting diagram, center and mark a 1 %" square on 2" hardwood square. With 1f4 If-diameter bit, drill a hole through each corner as indicated. Cut seat to size. Cut front and back legs from V4" dowel. Round one end of each leg. Glue front legs in place with Ve" of rounded end protruding up towards seat. Add back legs; let dry. For extra strength, drill lead hole through legs into seat and drive a wire brad in. Cut back slats from cardboard, rounding ends. Glue slats in place.

Sand chair smooth. Prime and paint chair; let dry. Cut a 1 Va" square ot needlepoint canvas and glue centered on chair seat to simulate caning.

V4" x 1 V," cardboard back slals

wire brads at cornets

glue needlepoint canvas on seat to slmulale caning

Use hardwood for chair seat.

Cut silghUy oversize, drill holes lor chair legs, then cut seat 10 size.


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'14 "·dlame holes

SUEDE SLING CHAIR SIZE: 2" x 2" x 2%".

MATERIALS: 4" piece 114" X 1114" pine lattice; 9" of 1!s"diameter dowel; scrap suede-like fabric; primer; white glue; acrylic paint; wire brads; rubber cement.

Following diagram, cut all chair legs and rungs from lattice and dowel. Assemble pairs of front then back legs with dowel rungs with glue and using temporary spacers. Check that legs are square and reinforce joints with wire brads as indicated. (Note: Predrill lead holes for brads.) Assemble leg pairs with side rungs with' glue and wire brads. Prime and paint chair frame; let dry.

To add suede, refer to cutting pattern and cut out a paper pattern first to test-fit on chair frame; adjust if necessary. Using pattern, cut out suede-Ii ke fabric sling. Also cut two arm strips as indicated. Position sling and brush rubber cement on wrap-around excess at sides, front and back edges. Press excess to underside. Cut small pieces of fabric to cover edges of wrap-around on seat and back; cement to underside. Cement arm strips in place.

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Y4" X 3" arm straps


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dowel rungs

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PLASTIC COFFEE TABLE SIZE: 1118" high x 2" wide x 5" long.

MATERIALS: 112" x 2" x 5" plastic lid from acrylic paint package or other suitable plastic lid; 3" piece ?{6" x 11!s" pine; scrap silver self-adhesive vinyl; dobule-face tape.

Cut four 3Al" x 3Al" x 1 Va" legs from pine, checking

that leg fits the recess in top as indicated on diagram. Sand legs smooth and cover each with self-adhesive vinyl, including top and bottom surfaces. Cut a small piece of double-face tape to cover end of leg and position each leg in top.

1k" x 2" x 5" plasllo lid

MAGAZINE RACK SIZE: 1 Va" wide x 1 %" high x 1 Ye" long.

MATERIALS: 3" piece K6" x 11(2" pine lattice; 10" piece 1!s"-diameter dowel; 1V2" x 31(2" piece needlepoint canvas with 12 meshes per inch; scraps of two colors needlepoint

yarn; white glue; masking tape. .

For rack frame, mark and cut legs and rungs from lattice and dowel as indicated on diagram. Assemble pairs of legs with short end rung pieces and glue. Check that legs are square and let dry. Assemble frame with side rungs as shown; let dry.

You can either make a needlepoint sling for magazine rack or use fabric. Our needlepoint was half-cross stitch, alternating colors with each stitch. Cut canvas larger than required and needlepoint an 1 V2" X 31(2" area. Fold in raw edges and tape to wrong side with masking tape. Wrap needlepoint around magazine rack as indicated, tape inside to hold. If using fabric, fold raw edges to Inside and attach sling to frame as described for needlepoint.

Make tiny newspapers and magazines from full-size colored pictures and newspaper sheets. Cut several small pieces, fold in half and staple pages together at fold.

K." x ~." pine

lattice legs ~"-dlameter

dowel rungs

11k" x 3~" needlepoint sling


~ .. J' x 2112" x 7" pine lattice back

31/' X 21/2" x 6'h" pine tatttce bottom

1/2" X 21/2" X 61(4" plywood seat base

thin polyurethane foam padding or polyester balling

Xe" x 2'h" x 2%" plna lattlce arm piece

PINE SOFA SIZE: 2V2" high X 27fs" wide x 7" long.

MATERIALS: 18" piece Xl' x 2112" pine lattice; 2112" x 6114" piece 112" plywood; linen-like fabric; very thin polyurethane foam or Dacron polyester batting; small amount of Dacron polyester stuffing; matching thread; wire brads; white glue; clear polyurethane (optional).

Following diagram, mark and cut all sofa pieces from lattice. Cut a piece of thin foam or batting to cover 112" plywood seat base as shown. Wrap and secure padding with staples around base. then cover with fabric. Assemble back, sides and bottom piece with glue and wire brads as shown. If desired, brush on a protective finish of polyurethane on wooden sofa frame; let dry. Glue upholstered seat base in place on sofa frame. Put aside.

Make a long and puffy 2%" x 634" seat cushion and three 134" x 2" back cushions from linen-Ii ke fabric as in photograph. Stuff cushions and close up openings. Arrange cushions on sofa.

PINE ARMCHAIR SIZE: 2V2" high x 2Va" wide x 2Va" long.

MATERIALS: 12" piece h'6" x 2112" pine lattice; 3" piece V2" plywood; thin polyurethane foam or Dacron polyester batting; small amount of Dacron polyester stuffing; linen-like fabric; matching thread; wire brads; white glue; clear polyurethane (optional).

Following diagram, mark and cut all chair pieces from lattice. Cut %" x 2114" x 21/2" seat base from 112" plywood.

h'(' X 21/2" x 2%"pine arm pieces

%" x 2%" X 21/2" pine seat basa


K6" x 2%" X 21(2" pine latlice bottom

Pad and cover seat base as described for Pine Sofa and as shown. Assemble chair frame with glue and brads. If desi red apply a protective finish of polyurethane to chai r frame; let dry. Glue upholstered seat base in place. Put aside.

Make a 2112" x 2112" puffy seat cushion and a 134" x 2114" back cushion from linen-like fabric as in photograph. Stuff cushions and close up openings. Arrange cushions on chair.

GRANDFATHER CLOCK SIZE: Va" deep x 13/4" wide x 65/a" high.

MATERIALS: 6112" piece 3f4" x 11/2" pine; ~~"-diameter reed, available from most craft and hobby supply stores; 1114 "-diameter white plastic pill bottle cap; scraps of silver and black self-adhesive vinyl; white glue; double-faced tape.

Following diagram, mark 1 112" x 1112" square at one end of 6112" long pine block. Cover this area with a square of self-adhesive black vinyl.

Cut a length of reed and soak in warm water for 30 minutes. Drain reed and stretch lengths out straight on

11(4 "-diameter pili bottle cap for clock face

cover block with ~e" -d lametar

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scrap lumber, using staples to hold ends down; allow to partially dry. Usi ng mat knife cut short lengths of reed to frame black area for clock face as in diagram. Center a strip of double-faced tape on each side, then glue reed pieces in place. Miter ends of remaining reed pieces to cover lower front and sides of clock.

For clock face, use white cap and cut tiny slivers of black vinyl for 12,3,6 and 9 o'clock positions as in diagram. Cut clock hands from silver vinyl. Center and glue clock face on black area of clock.


K., x "" X 5V4" pIne table top

K," x K," X 5V." pine side frame

K," X K," x '4" pIne end frame

K.' x Kt x 2'4" pine legs

SIZE: 1 V4" wide x 2V," high x 6" long.

MATERIALS: 6" piece K," x 4V2" pine; white glue; wire brads; primer; acrylic paint.

Following diagram, cut table top, framing and legs from pine. Glue frame around top piece leaving notched corners for legs. Referring to assembly detail, page 4, glue legs in position and use temporary spacers and rubberbands to keep table square while glue dries. Remove bands and spacers. Drill lead holes and add wire brads at corners for strength.

Sand table smooth. Prime and paint; let dry .

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END TABLE SIZE: 1V," diameter x 1%" high.

MATERIALS: 3" piece 1/8" x 1 V2" pine lattice; 1 Va" high shaped wooden knob (see diagram) or wooden thread spool; white glue; primer; acrylic paint.

Following diagram, mark and cut 1 Y2"-diameter top and 1 Va "-diameter subtop from pine lattice. Glue subtop centered on top, then glue to knob or spool base.

Sand table smooth. Prime and paint; let dry.

1'4" -diameter x Ve" pine lattice top

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~--- 1 V." high wooden knob or spool


SIZES: Chest: l~," -deep x 2V2" high X 5V2" long and Cabinet: %" deep x 2V2" high x 5" long.

MATERIALS: For 3-part unit: 16" piece 3/.1" x 2V," pine; 16" piece 31/' x 2V2" pine lattice; thin cardboard; staples; white glue; primer; acrylic paint.

Following diagrams, cut :Y4" pine and 31," pine lattice to length for .Iaminating chests and cabinet blocks to Wt thickness. Use glue to laminate blocks as indicated. Sand smooth. Cut drawers and doors from thin cardboard as indicated. Glue pieces In place.

Apply primer and paint to all 3 pieces; let dry. With a stout needle or T-pin make lead holes for double staple unit drawer and door pulls as shown. Dip ends of staples in glue and tap In holes.

lJ(," x 2'4" x 5lit" overall dlmenslona

staples for drawer pulls



six ¥." x 2%" thin cardboard drawer facIngs

*" pine

three 1%" x 2%" thin cardboard door facings

CABINET (make 1)

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PLANTER SIZE: Wi" high X Ye" wide x 5%" long.

MATERIALS: For 2 planters: 3V2' of Va" X 1" redwood; scrap Jf'," thick redwood; white glue; wire brads.

Following diagram, cut all sides, ends and bottom pieces from V," x 1" redwood. Also cut feet from ~e" redwood. Assemble sides and ends around bottom piece with glue. Drill lead holes and add wire brads through corners for strength. Glue feet on bottom, set Va" in from edge of end pieces.

See General Directions for planting.

Ve" x %n x 5V4n redwood bottom



SIZE: 5" x 7".

MATERIALS: 5" x 7" piece light colored felt; small print, two color cotton scarf; spray adhesive.

Cut a 40/8" x 6"5/6 piece from scarf. Following manufacturer's di rections spray wrong side of scarf fabric and one side of felt Center and press fabric onto felt, making certai n that raw edge of fabric is firmly adhered to felt. Allow to dry.


MATERIALS: Rice paper, available from most art supply stores; small balloon; white glue; self-hardening clay; 6Y2" wooden swab stick or Ye"-diameter dowel; acrylic paint

Inflate balloon so that it measures approximately 2" in diameter. Cut rice paper into Y2" x 6" strips. Dip rice paper strips in a shallow dish of glue and cover balloon with a single layer of rice paper strips. Set balloon aside-to dry. When dry, pop balloon and pullout residue. Very carefully with sharp scissors enlarge balloon exit hole to about 3,4" in diameter. Put rice-paper globe aside.

Make a lamp base from clay to measure Y2" to ¥4" in diameter. Work hole through center for swab stick. pole; let dry. Paint black. Glue swab stick pole in base, then glue rice-paper globe on top end of pole.


SIZE: 2V4" tall.

MATERIALS: For each lamp: Twelve 311 "-diameter metal washers; 2114" long piece %" diameter dowel; inexpensive ping-pong ball; white glue.

Stack and glue all 12 washers together for base as in photograph. Carefully cut ping-pong ball in half along seam line using a pair of sharp scissors for shade. Cut dowel into 2" and %" pieces for body and finial piece.

Assemble lamp as in photograph using white glue.


SIZE: 5" tall.

MATERIALS: 4311" length V4" -diameter dowel; inexpensive ping-pong ball; 1Y2" piece Y4" x 1Y2" pine lattice; white glue; primer; acrylic paint.

Cut dowel into 4 Y2" and %" pieces for body pole and finial. Carefully cut ping-pong ball in half along seam line with scissors, Mark and cut 1 Va"-diameter base from pine lattice. Drill a centered, shallow %" -diameter hole in 1 Va" base piece, Prime and paint base; let dry. Glue 4V2" dowel


in pole base, addV2" ping-pong ball shade to top end and V4" dowel finial as in photograph.

MODERN PAINTING See General Directions.


SIZE: Y2" x 1".

MATE.RIALS: Thin cardboard; scrap silver self-adhesive vinyl; paper clips; white glue; stout needle.

Cut a Y2" x 1" piece of cardboard and cover with selfadhesive vinyl. Open two paperclips so that they look like stylized S-shapes. From larger end of each paperclip, cut a :lfa" to Y2" long upside down U-shape. Check that both pieces are the same size. With needle, punch lead holes hi" to Ve" in from each end of covered cardboard piece for book rack ends. Dip cut ends of paperclip pieces in glue and insert in holes as in photograph, page 12.


DINING ROOM CHAIRS SIZE: 1314" wide x 2V4" deep x 2%" high.

MATERIALS: Coat hanger wire; spray silver enamel; masking tape; scrap suede-like fabric; small hooks and eyes; matching thread; wi re cutters.

For each chair, cut a 16" piece of coat hanger wire, Bend wi re into a long rectangle 1%" x 6%" so that cut ends are joined along one long edge. Abut ends and tape securely. Following bending pattern, use a block of wood to shape chair as shown, When chair is shaped as desired, remove block and spray-paint wire frame silver; let dry.

To upholster chair, cut 1" wide strip for back and 1 %" wide strip for seat. Test-fit strips around chai r frame as

Each square = ¥a"
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Make a set of four chairs.

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DINING ROOM TABLE SIZE: 23/8" high X 3" wide x 6" long.

MATERIALS: 3" x 6" piece Va"-thick transparent smoke Plexiglas; 6' of % "-diameter dowel; super-strength clear cement; empty cigar box.

For table top, peel back edges of protective paper and sand cut edges smooth. To polish edges, use either a buffing wheel and buffing compound, or a tooth powder with a soft cloth. Polish edges until they are transparent. Peel off protective paper and wash table top in warm soapy water, rinse and pat dry. Put aside.

For table legs, cut thirty 2V4" pieces from V4" dowel.

Sand all cut ends. Using a corner of a cigar box as an assembly jig, glue a single layer of 5 dowel pieces together with clear cement. Add a second, then a third layer for one leg; let dry. Assemble remaining dowels for a second leg. When dry, check that dowel legs stand straight, sand if necessary. Attach table top to legs as shown in diagram using clear cement; let dry.


Ya" X 3" x 6" Plexiglas tabletop

fifteen Y4"-dlameter x 2%" dowels bundled together for each leg

BUFFET SIZE: H(t wide x 2V2" high x 6" long.

MATERIALS: 6" piece of %" x 2V2 ,. pine; 6" piece of K6" x 2V2" pine; 6" piece K/' x 1" pine lattice; thin cardboard; white glue; tiny beads; primer; acrylic paint.

Following diagram, laminate 3fiI" and K/' pine pieces together for basic buffet. Glue K/' pine lattice to bottom tor pedestal. Sand buffet smooth.

Cut doors and drawer facings to size from thin cardboard as shown. Glue pieces in place. Add beads for pulls as shown. To finish, apply primer and paint; let dry.

lK6" X 2l'2" x 6" overall dimensions

tiny bead pulls

K/' pine

KI" x I" x 6" pine lattlca base ~" pine

DECANTERS SIZE: Approximately 13/4" tall.

MATERIALS:. For each decanter: 2 unfaceted V2 "-diameter crystal beads; tiny piece of Vs" x V4"-diameter dowel; silver seff-adhesive vinyl; clear cement; tiny black caps.

Note: Look through your bead or button collection for suitable shapes to combine for decorative bottles and decanters.

Cut a thin slice of V4/1 dowel for decanter waist and a tiny piece of VB" dowel for top. Cover both pieces with silver vinyl. Assemble decanters as shown in photograph, using clear cement.


PANTRY CABINET SIZE: 1_'~&" wide x 21{," high x 5%" long.

MATERIALS! 12" piece %" x 2V2" pine; 5%" piece K." x 2V2" pine; 5%" piece ~i' x 1%" pine lattIce; 1%" x 5%" piece ~2"-thick balsa wood; broken ballchain from a key ring; white glue; primer; acrylic paint; three 1" x 5%" pieces Va" clear Plexiglas.

Following diagram, cut %" pine into two 5%" pieces.

Laminate 3,4" and K," pine piece together for basic cablnet. Mark and cut grooves on cabinet face for doors as shown using a table saw. Glue K," lattice to bottom for base. Sand cabinet smooth. Apply primer and paint; let dry. For pulls, break off double beads and attach to cablnet doors as indicated. Glue ~t·thick balsa wood top piece in place.

For shelves, glue balsa wood shelf supports along walls of pantry for each Plexiglas shelf. Finish shelves as described for the Dining Room Table. Position shelves as desired above pantry cabinet.



key chain -+---t~

bead pulls

~ .. r wide x Kt" deep grooves

¥<I" pine


MODERN PAINTING See the General Directions.

POTTED SUCCULENT See the General Directions.


STOVE ISLAND SIZE: 4%" wide x 5" long x 61K," high.

MATERIALS: 15" piece 0/.1" x 3V2" pine; 10" piece K," x 2V2" pine; 26V2" piece K," x 4V2" pine lattice: shallow plastic box lid; scrap silver self-adhesive vinyl; four ~". diameter washers; 5 chart or map tacks; white glue; primer; glossy white enamel; %"-wide black vinyl tape.

Following diagram, cut three 2%" x 5" pieces from 3,4" x 3V2" pine for base. Laminate three pieces together and sand smooth. Cut stove top and block from K," pine. Then mark and cut all shelves, shelf supports, counter and oven pull from K." pine lattice as shown. Prime and paint base block and stove top with glossy enamel; let dry.

Cover plastic box lid and put down a center strip for burner area with silver vinyl. Paint washers black; let dry. Cover base with abutted strips of black tape, then with mat knife cut a checkerboard on tape surface and remove every other square to form checkerboard design as in photograph.

Begin assembling stove island, glue counter and stove

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top in place with front edges flush with front of oven. Add oven pull and plastic lid for oven door centered as shown. For shelving, glue ~6" block with 2" shelf supports on each side in place. Continue to add remaining shelves and supports. Allow to dry. To finish, add map tack along front edge of stove top for controls and washers for burners as shown.

)(," x MI" x ¥i H pine lattice shelf IIUpporta

K,' x MI" x 4%" pine block--4:II .........

)({' x MI" x ¥i" pine lattice shelt supports

washers for burners cover stove top with self-adhesive vinyl

)(," x MI" x 2" pine lattice shell supports

chart pin stove controls-~'_""::~";::o

~6" x %" X 2V4" pine lattice oven+-~~ pull

)(,' x 4" x 5" pine lattice ....--....-- cou nter

/'"1""--"7"""""''---K,'' X 2Y4" x 5" pine stove lop


MATERIALS: Four 2V4" tall x 1 "-diameter clear plastic pill bottles; four rubber washers to fit; four rubber stoppers with open tops to fit; scrap needlepoint canvas; epoxy cement; scrap silver self-adhesive vinyl.

Wash and dry pill bottlels; discard caps. Cut band of silver vinyl to go around base of each bottle as shown in photograph. Roll ring washers on bottle to top edge of silver band. Insert rubber stopper in opening and cut a piece of canvas to fit'top. Following manufacturer's directions, attach canvas to top of each stool to simulate caning.

REFRIGERATOR SIZE: H(a" deep x 2V2" wide x 5%" high.

MATERIALS: 12" piece %" x 2V2" pine; 5%" piece K," x 2V2" pine; primer; glossy enamel.

Following diagram, cut 3,4" pine into two 5¥4" pieces.

Laminate 3/4" and K," pine pieces together to form refrigerator block. Mark placement for groove to slmulate door and cut with table saw. Sand block smooth. Apply primer and glossy enamel; let dry.


-+-+-11~,' x 2M1" x 5¥i" retrlgerator

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K,"-wlde x )(,'-deep groove

~" pIne


SIZE: 2" wide x 2Wt high x 131/2" long.

MATERIALS: 18" piece ¥.I" x 2Y2" pine; 18" piece K," x 9" pine; 13~" piece )(," x 2" pine lattice: silver selfadhesive vinyl; two small roundhead screws; finishing nail; primer; glossy enamel.

Cut two 9" pieces from ¥.I" x 2Y2" pine and one 9" piece from K,' pine for cabinet block. Also cut Y4" x 113,,' piece from K.' pine for base. Laminate %" and Ke" pine pieces together for cabinet block. Cut pieces apart as shown. Mark placement for grooves to Indicate drawers and cut with table saw. Reassemble unit and make vertical cuts for doors. Sand block smooth. Glue 1,4" base in place. Prime and paint cabinet block; let dry.

Using pattern, mark placement for sink on )(," pine laUice. Drill holes in each corner to create rounded sink corners. Cut out opening. Before attaching countertop piece, test·fIt on cabinet and trace sink opening on cabinet top. Cover marked area with sliver vinyl, then glue countertop on cabinet. Add screws for taps and bent nail for faucet.

roundhead screws

J<,' pine

114" x 11Ji"e"·x 9" pine base

drill J,iI" -diameter holes then cut sInk opening

Pattern for Sink


DESK BLOTTER SIZE: 1 ¥4" wide x 2%" long.

MATERIALS: Construction paper; thin cork; white glue. Cut a piece of construction paper and cork to 1 ¥4" x

2% It. Glue pieces together. Cut cork end pieces to V4" x 13/4" and glue in place as in photograph.

BULLETIN BOARD SIZE: 2V4" long x 2%" high.

MATERIALS: Construction paper; thin cork; white glue; map tacks.

Cut cork to 2%" x 23/4". Mark and cut a construction paper frame Va" wide to go all around cork as in photograph. Glue frame to cork. Cut points off map tacks to use on bulletin board. Make up mini lists and notes to pin on board.


MATERIALS: 3 graduated sizes of painted wooden beads and 3 tiny contrasting beads for top pieces; white glue.

Assemble beads as in photograph with glue.


MATERIALS: Metal thimbles; acrylic paint.

Paint thimbles terracotta or white; let dry. Fill with dried material or a purchased miniature plastic plant.


See directions for Book Rack under items for the Living Room.


REDWOOD TABLE SIZE: 2'/2" high x 2%" wi.de x 6Va" long.

MATERIALS: Y2" x 25/8" X 53/4" grooved table top (see Note below); 20" piece Va" x 1 Va" redwood lattice; 4" piece V2" x V2" redwood; white glue.

NOTE: The table top, bench seat and back and seat pieces of the armchairs are cut from redwood stock that was run through a table saw to make grooves, then trimmed to V4" or V2" thickness.

Following diagram, cut Va" strips to frame table top as shown. Glue frame around top. Cut all leg and stretcher pieces from Va" and V2" redwood. Assemble leg pieces as in side view using glue. Connect legs with stretcher and add table top. Sand table smooth.


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L of Table

Yi" X '12" X 61,1" redwood side frame

'Is" X '12" X 3'12" redwood leg

REDWOOD BENCH SIZE: 1 0/8" wide x 15h" high x 4V4" long.

MATERIALS: V2" x 13,'e" x 4" grooved bench seat (see Note under Redwood Table); 20" piece Va" x 1Ve" redwood; white glue.

Following diagram, cut Vs" strips to frame bench seat as shown. Glue frame around bench seat. Cut all pieces for legs. Assemble as shown. Attach seat to legs as in side view. Sand bench smooth.

Side View of Bench

'12" x 1%" x4" redwood bench top

Ya" x '12" x 1%" redwood end frame

Ya"x%"x1'¥<1" redwood leg spacer

Va" x 1Ya" x 1'1," redwood leg




SIZE: Approximately 2:;.'4" deep x 3" high x 3" wide. MATERIALS: For each chair: V4" x 2" X 5V2" piece for grooved seat and back (see Note under Redwood Table); %" x %" x 3" redwood for upper back support; 18" piece Va" x 1 Va" redwood lattice; white glue; wire brads.

From %" grooved redwood, cut 2" x 2" back piece and 2" x 3%" seat piece. Following diagram, cut all pieces for arms from Va" lattice. Also cut front lip, back support and back rest support from Va" lattice. Assemble arms with glue and wire brads. Connect arms with supports, then add seat and back pieces with glue as shown. Attach arms. When dry, sand smooth.



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Side View V4" x 2" x 2" Back View

of Chair redwood back of Chair


V4" X 2" X 3V4" redwood seat piece

V4" x '/2" x 3" redwood upper back support

Va" X Va" x 2" redwood back rest support


Va "-diameter x 1%" long dow! top rung

..,..-- 4112" long craft stick leg

...... ,---- 3V." long craft stick leg

~ miter back leg end

SIZE: 1 Y2" wide x 4 V2" high.

MATERIALS: Four wooden craft sticks or ice cream sticks; 4Y2" piece l/a"-diameter dowel; scrap suede-like fabric; white glue; primer; acrylic paint; rubber cement.

Following diagram, cut craft sticks to length for legs and frame. Round ends of side pieces and miter back ends of legs as shown. Assemble legs with dowel rungs and glue; let dry. Add side pieces with top rungs to complete frame. When dry, sand smooth. Prime and paint frame; let dry. Cut fabric sling to fit allowing enough excess so that sling sags at seat and so that each end will wrap over dowel rungs at top and bottom. Use rubber cement to secure wrapped fabric at both ends.

VB" X Va" x 2" redwood back armpiece

Va" X Vz" x Vz" redwood back arm support SIZE: 1~/' high X 2Va" wide x 6" long.

MATERIALS: 2' of J{6" x 2" redwood; 5V2" piece '/a" x 1 V2" redwood; white glue.

Following diagram, cut all pieces for basic planter box from J{6" redwood. Trim YB" redwood for bottom piece. Cut top frame pieces as shown, mitering corners. Assemble basic box with glue, adding 3f.I" pieces as detailing. When dry, assemble top frame pieces and glue in place to basic box. Let dry. Sand smooth.

Refer to the General Directions for planting.

Va" X Va" x 2" redwood lip ./'"

Va" X V2" X ¥4" redwood front arm support

Va" x Vz" x 2V2" redwood arm base

Va".x Valr x 3" VaJr X V2" X 2J1

redwood front sup- redwood fronl arm

port / piece


Ys" -diameler x P/a" dowel rungs

~"""_""''----- V,"·dlameter x 1%" dowel center rung

SIZE: Approximately 1 V2" wide x 1 V2" long. MATERIALS: Four wooden craft sticks or ice cream sticks; 4%" piece Va"-diameter dowel; scrap suede-like fabric; white glue; primer; acrylic paint; rubber cement.

Following diagram, cut craft sticks to length for pairs of legs. Round all ends as shown. Cut dowel rungs to length. Assemble stool frame as shown. Sand frame smooth; prime and paint it; let dry. Cut fabric sling to fit allowing enough excess at ends to wrap around dowel rungs. Attach sling with rubber cement.


112" x J</' redwood side frame

Va" x 1 V." X 511a" redwood lIoor

K6" X :J(,-" X ¥.n redwood detail




five 111" x 2" x 2*" plywood shelves


side uprights

SIZE: 2" deep x 3" wide x 8" high.

MATERIALS: 12" piece Va" plywood; white glue; wire brads; primer; acrylic paint.

Following diagram, mark and cut two 2" x 8" uprights and five 2" x 20/4" shelves from Va" plywood. Assemble storage unit with glue and brads as shown, checking to make certain that unit is square. Use temporary spacers to hold unit square as it dries. Sand smooth. Apply primer and acrylic paint to finish; let dry.


SIZE: As desired.

MATERIALS: Length of insulated green wire; small grommet (see photograph); white glue.

Coil wire as in photograph. Fold over one end of wire to fit into grommet. Dab with glue and push folded end into grommet; let dry.


GARBAGE CANS SIZE: Approximately 2" high.

MATERIALS: Plastic disposable paint cups, available from art supply stores; aluminum foil; scrap of a plastic garbage bag; scrap cardboard; cut-off paperclip end.

Following photograph, cover plastic cup with aluminum foil. Cut a piece of plastic garbage bag to line inside and fold over top edge as shown. Measure and cut a circle of cardboard to fit top of cup for top piece. Cover cardboard with foil and add cut-off paperclip end piece for handle as shown.


STANDING PLANTER SIZE: 1" wide x 31f4" high x 7V4" long.

MATERIALS: 20" piece 1/8" x 1Va" redwood; %" x 7" piece Va" plywood; white glue; wire brads.

Following diagram, mark and cut an planter pieces from Vs" redwood, except the fioor. Assemble planter with glue and brads as shown; let dry. Sand planter smooth.

Refer to the General Directions for planting.

~"x·%" x 7" plywood floor

Ya"x;t"x¥.i" redwood side plec

111';· x 1h" x !HI" redwood stretchers

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Note: Study the layout diagram to sea hawaII the basic furniture pieces fit together.

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Chest-Unit D
End Table-UnIt C
Bed-Unit A Unit E
End Table-Unit B Furniture Layout lor Master Bedroom

PLATFORM BED (UNIT A) SIZE: Va" high x 5V2" wide x 7%" long.

MATERIALS: 5114" x 7" piece %" plywood; 4" x 6" piece V2" plywood; 26" pieceVe" x :Va" balsa wood stripping; primer; acrylic paint; pretty cotton scarf with wide border; scrap felt; matching thread; small amount of Dacron polyester stuffing; white glue.

Following diagram, cut balsa wood to frame bed board.

Glue V2" plywood base to %" plywood bedboard so that %" edge is left along top edge. Glue VB" x 3A1" frame

around bed. To finish bed platform, sand smooth. Prime and paint all plywood parts, leaving balsa wood frame natural.

For bedspread and pltlows, use the center portion of scarf for bedspread and use border print for matching throw pillows. Cut bedspread from scarf, allowing enough excess to tuck raw edges under as in photograph. Cut piece of felt to same size. Pin spread, right side up, to felt. Starting at center, baste 2 pieces together. Machinestitch a few quilting lines as in photograph. Remove basting. Make 2 large and 3 small pillows from border. Sew, leaving opening; stuff and close up opening. Arrange bedspread and pillows as in photograph.


SIZES: Unit B: 'l'a" high x 1 Va" wide x 3%" long.

Unit C: 'l'a" high x 1 Va" wide x 4" long.

MATERIALS: For both units: 3/4" X 7V4" piece V2" plywood; 1" x 6%" piece V4" plywood; 5V4" piece Va" x 3/0" balsa wood stripping; white glue; primer; acrylic paint.

Following diagram, cut Y2" plywood base pieces and V4" plywood top pieces both units. Also cut balsa wood facing strips to length. Assemble end tables with glue. Test-fit under platform bed. Sand smooth. Prime and paint all plywood parts; let dry. Leave facing natural.

'/4" X 111 X 2~n plywood top piece


'/2" X ¥4" x 3Y4" plywood base

Ye" x :!,U" balsa wood frame __ -----y"r-- y." x 5 Y4" x 7"

plywood bed



V2'lx4"x6" plywood base

Y2" x 'lI.!" x 4" plywood base


SIZE: 2" wide x 6" long.

MATERIALS: Small amount of white looped mohair yarn or desired color; aluminum crochet hook size F (or international size 4.00 mm) or the size thai will give you K," pine the correct gauge.

lattice GAUGE: 3 sc = 1".

~" pine Starting at short edge chain 7 to measure about 2". 1st row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across

CHEST OF DRAWERS (UNIT D) SIZE: 1 ~6" wide x 5X/' high x 6V4" long.

MATERIALS: 9" piece X/' x 3V2" pine lattice; 3" piece JA" x 3%" pine; %" x 6%" piece V2" plywood; 6" piece Va" x ~" balsa wood stripping; four wooden swab sticks; white glue; primer; acrylic paint.

Following diagram, cut X," pine lattice and 314" pine to size and laminate for basic chest. Mark and cut grooves for drawer indications on chest with table saw. Assemble pieces for chest platform as shown. Sand chest and platform pieces smooth. Prime and paint them; let dry. Glue chest to platform. Add balsa wood facing and swab stick pulls as in photograph.

lK/' x 3" x 3%" _"<:""""""",,-:--overall chest dimensions

- X," pine lattice _t-r- 0/4" pine

"~---1-t- K," x Ki" grooves with swab stick pulls

I X," X 'K," x 6"

I pine lattice boltom piece

-VZ" X 0/4" X 6V4" plywood base


X," x 1" x 11 V4" pine lattice top pice

'K," x Hil" x 2V4" ove rail van ity d i men. sions

groove for drawers 0/4" apart

K," wide x X," deep grooves


SIZE: 1" wide x 11 V4" long.

MATERIALS: 20" piece X/' x 2%" pine lattice; 9" piece ¥4" x 2V2" pine; wooden swab sticks; white glue; primer; acrylic paint.

Following diagram, mark and cut 3I&" lattice for top piece and both vanity and bureau pieces. Also cut ¥<I" pine pieces. Laminate 31," and ¥<I" pieces for vanity and bureau units. Mark and cut grooves in bureau unit as indicated using table saw. Sand all pieces smooth. Assemble vanity and bureau with top piece. When dry, prime and paint; allow to dry. Glue swab stick detailing in place as shown.

VANITY STOOL SIZE: 1 V4:' wide x 1314 " high x 1 % " long.

MATERIALS: 1 %" x H4" piece %" pine; two large paperclips (see photograph for shape); scrap suede-like fabric; rubber cement; scrap piece of batting; white glue.

Mark and cut grooves in pine block for paperclip legs as indicated on diagram. Glue legs in place; let dry. Cut batting to pad seat and cut fabric to cover seat and side edges. Upholster seat with batting in place, securing fabric edges with rubber cement.

set large paperclip legs in grooves

Y4" x 1%" X 13/4" pine block covered wilh suede-iike fabric

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(6 sc); ch 1, turn. 2nd row: Sc in each sc across; ch 1, turn. Repeat 2nd row until piece measures 6" from beg. Break off.

Make two rugs.


MATERIALS: Two metal caps from telt-tipped markers; 1/2" X 1" wood blocks; small pieces of metal springs; clear cement.

Cement one end of spring to metal cap and the other to wooden block as in photograph. (Note: The same principle can be applied to different shape and size caps.) Attach lights to wall with small pieces of doublefaced tape.

LIGHT SIZE: Approximately 1" high.

MATERIALS: Tiny white plastic cap; small piece of swab stick; self-hardening clay; acrylic paint; clear cement.

Following photograph, make a small rounded lamp base from clay. Before clay hardens work hole for swab stick body in as shown. When clay is hard, paint and let dry. Cement cap to one end of stick body for shade, then cement to base.


SIZE: As desired.

MATERIALS: Small square crystal bead; tiny round bead; clear cement.

Following photograph, glue beads together 'as shown using clear cement.


Note: The ceramic tub, sink and toilets for both bathrooms were purchased.


MATERIALS: Cotton scarf (small checks or print), length of Va" dowel; 2 paper clips; 9 or 10 small grommets, available at notions counters; matching thread.

Position bathtub and measure width and length to determine size to cut shower curtain. Cut curtain from scarf, allowing for 1" for hems at top and bottom edges and 112" at side edges. Make 1/2" finished hems at sides. Make Y2" and %" hems at top and bottom edges, respectively. Following manufacturer's directions, install grommets across top edge as in photograph.

Cut dowel to length for rod. For rod supports cut 2 wide rounded ends off paperclips, leaving Y2 "-long Ushape. Bend cut ends at right angles to form brackets. Mark placement for rod on walls and work tiny holes for brackets in wall with stout needle. Run rod through grommets, push brackets into wall and suspend rod in brackets.

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SIZE: About 1 V2" wide x 2'/4" long.

MATERIALS: 2 empty white plastic razor blade cases; thin cardboard; scrap silver self-adhesive vinyl; clear cement.

Cut piece of thin cardboard to fit window of each razor . blade case. Cover cardboard with silver vinyl and insert in cases for mirrors. Cement cases together as in photograph. Use double-faced tape to hang cabinet on wall.


Use silver pushpin and washer as in photograph. Position on wall.


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