I’m in the process of building a dollhouse, it’s been a huge project so to keep costs down I’ve been making as many things as I can from bits & pieces I have around the home. I was looking online at miniature TVs but they looked so simple that I figured I would try make one.
Miniature TV & Remote
I decided to use the back of a fridge magnet I had to use for the screen. The one I had was a good size for a tv so I didn’t need to trim it.
I then grabbed some thin (1 millimetre) plywood and cut it out with a Stanley knife to be a little wider than the size of the magnet (to allow space for my frame).
Next I cut some strips of the same plywood to build a frame around the magnet. I then glued them onto the base. I used Selleys liquid nails to glue it as I had run out of wood glue, but any glue suitable for wood would work.
I didn’t glue the magnet down until later.
Once the frame was glued down I let it dry for a few hours.
Next I used some black acrylic paint I had in the garage and painted the frame and sides. I didn’t need to worry about painting the entire thing as the magnet would be covering the majority of it anyways.
While this was drying, I used a few scrap bits of wood to make an angled wall mount that I would glue to the back of the tv and then glue onto the wall. I used a Stanley knife to carve it at an angle. As I used a few bits of wood for it, I glued them together and then once it was dry I sanded it smooth and painted it black. It didn’t really need to be perfect as it wasn’t going to be visible once behind the tv.
Once all the paint was dry on the wall mount and tv frame, I then glued the magnet on (for the screen) and glued the tv to the wall mount and glued the wall mount onto the wall.
I also cut a another bit of plywood, painted it black and then used a toothpick and white & red paint to paint some buttons for the tv remote.
Overall I’m really happy with how it turned out and having the tv on the slight angle also makes it looks a like more realistic.
Thanks for reading, for more of my projects or if you wanted to see the progress of my dollhouse in the making, please check out my Instagram page @_prettyliving.
- 1mm plywood (Bunnings)
- Rectangle Fridge magnet (Advertising)
- Wood glue or similar (Bunnings)
- Black paint (Bunnings)
- Tooth pick (Kmart)
- White paint (Bunnings)