Miniature Dollhouse Basket

Jess | Pretty Living
by Jess | Pretty Living
4 Materials
45 Minutes

The last few months I’ve been in the process of building a dollhouse for 1:12 scale. (You can check out the progress on my Instagram page @_prettyliving)

This dollhouse I want to be really special, something that my kids can play with (gently 😉) and hopefully pass on to their kids one day. I’ve been making lots of little pieces for it, one of them includes a little basket.

As this basket was going to be miniature, I picked a string thin enough for it to look like a cane basket in proportion with the dollhouse.

I then searched the house and found an old medicine measuring cup that was the perfect size to what I wanted my basket to be.

Measuring cup

Now I had everything I needed I started by putting glue on the inside of the cup and started attaching the string to it, working around in a swirl, and pushing the string into the glue firmly.

Glueing the string to the cup.

I couldn’t find my hot glue gun so I used liquid nail instead as it’s sticky and fast drying.

Once I done the base I worked my way up the sides of the cup, using the same piece of string (I didn’t cut it at all). I added glue in small sections at a time so it wouldn’t dry out.

Once I got to the top, I continued onto the sides of the outside and kept going until I got to the bottom of the cup.

The cup upside down

Once I had finished wrapping the cup, I cut three pieces of string and tied them into a plait.

I put a knot on each end to keep it from unravelling and then measured how much I needed of it for the straps.

Before cutting them to size, I put a dab of glue on each end where I was going to cut just to prevent it from unraveling when I cut it and glued it onto the basket.

One strap, glue on each end

I then glued the straps onto the basket.

Next, I used some white paint mixed with a little water and painted the basket. The reason I added the water was to give it more of a white wash effect.

I then let it completely dry for a few hours and then it was ready to be put into the dolls house. 🏠

For more of my DIY projects including the making of this dollhouse, please check out my Instagram page @_prettyliving

Finished 😊
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