My Sugarplum Dollhouse Cottage Tour

Mish Volonino
by Mish Volonino
I picked up this Greenleaf Dollhouse kit on a local site called VarageSale for $15. I got the Miniatures bug from building my little room boxes.
I had never built a Dollhouse before but was eager to try. I figured how hard could it be.
I came across these Greenleaf forums and was amazed at how much the dollhouse and miniature community have grown. I learned so much from the very friendly members of the forums. Now I'm totally absorbed in building and renovating dollhouses.
I grew up as a little girl with parents who owned a retail and wholesale Miniature business. Many years I watched my parents creating miniatures to fill orders and a lot of times I would help. I've owned many dollhouse growing up but as stated earlier, I've never built one.

So this was my first dollhouse I built and it was so much fun.

Here's my tour. I hope you like it.

Here is the basic kit. This little cottage seemed smaller than 1:12 scale so I decided to scale down everything for the house. I hand made 98% of everything for the house.
I used foam board and made impressions, and painted to give a brick/stone appearance
I used Das Paperclay and painted it with several acrylic paint colors to give dimension for the upper half stone exterior.

I used,polymer clay to create the front door. I did several modifications on this house to make it unique.
I used wood Popsicle sticks to lay down the floor and I custom built kitchen cabinets scaled down slightly to fit better.
I used lead strips and clear nail polish to create the lead Windows and once again used Das Paper clay to make the interior fireplace.
There are so many wonderful techniques, tips, and tutorials on line to create practically everything in miniature scale. I researched like crazy and gathered all the information I could to create a realistic miniature kitchen with granite countertops. I think it came out pretty good. Remember, everything you see is handmade.
Here is the finished interior shots. I made everything by hand, except he floor lamp which I modified from it original design. It is a battery powered LED dollhouse floor lamp. And the rug in the downstairs was a mousepad for computer.
I even hand carved and painted the little Pug, who I have named Sammy
All the flowers and stone work were made by me.mthe flowers are made of paper. Front doormat is made from Burlap Cardstock that is hand painted. Front walkway is made from paper cardboard egg carton that are sized and hand painted.
Hope you like my little Suagrplum Dollhouse. If you like Miniatures and Dollhouses, or would like more info on how to create some of the items in these,photos, come on over and join the greenleaf fo us.

There are so many wonderful and talented Miniaturists that are more than welcome to help out a newbie and share their talent.

Thanks for looking.
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  • Dee B Dee B on Jun 15, 2016
    Did you make the garden hose too?
  • Carol Carol on Jul 01, 2016
    where did you get the furniture also all the things on the out side.
  • Rosa Rosa on Nov 17, 2019

    Can I commission you to build this for me?

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  • Bonnie Bonnie on Aug 07, 2016
    You are talented. The cottage is beautiful and if I was a miniature person I would love to live there. So homey
    • Aliyaaii Aliyaaii on Jul 20, 2023


      Thank you for the kind words! Your compliment is truly appreciated . The cottage's charm is indeed captivating, and it exudes a warm and inviting atmosphere.

  • Pamela Midkiff Pamela Midkiff on Aug 10, 2016
    OMGosh! The details! This gives a whole new meaning to "being detail oriented"! I am impressed :)