Harmia is a cleaning Lil’ Fairy and as such she loves to clean.
And one of the things my little one enjoys making sparklingly clean, are floors.
In particular hardwood floors.
But unfortunately for Harmia I do not have any hardwood floors in my house.
So when she tries to clean my carpets she exhausts herself within 3 secs.
So I thought for her safety, I’d create her a dolly size wooden floor.
I am a total newbie to doll miniatures so I went to YouTube for help.
I knew I wanted a tutorial that was easy to follow and easy on the wallet.
So Harmia and I decided to go with TheCraftymissy.
Her wooden floor tutorial looked easy and I knew it wouldn’t cost me a lot of $$ since I owned most of the needed supplies.
Once I gather all the materials:
- Cardstock or heavy type of paper
- Craft Sticks (also known as Popsicle Sticks)
- Craft Glue
- Heavy Weights (not pictured)
- Doll for Inspiration (optional but highly recommended)
It was time to start.
I followed TheCraftymissy’s instructions making adjustments* as need.
- Draw guidelines on the paper
- Cut the sticks
- Test out the design before gluing the sticks down
- Start gluing the craft sticks to the paper in a staggered pattern
And before I knew it . . . we had a floor!
Harmia loves the wooden floor.
And it was a wonderful experience for me.
Making something for her, with my own hands, felt amazing!
*Dolly Insider Notes:
- You can cut your paper/heavy paper any size you want.
- I was anxious to get started so I kept my floor the size of the cardstock paper, 12” x 12”.
- Whatever size you decide, make sure you have enough craft sticks to complete the job.
- As the glue dries your paper will begin to warp.
- You can place weights at the end of the project to flatten the floor. I decided to carefully place weights on the sticks as I completed each row. This also helped in keeping things flat.
- You may not always stay within the guidelines.
- As I worked my way to the middle of the floor, I noticed I wasn’t able to place the sticks between my guidelines. I didn’t see an obvious reason why this was happening. Maybe it was due to the slightly different widths of the sticks or the warping of the paper.
- If this happens to you, make adjustments if necessary to keep your rows as straight as possible. I went from gluing the sticks between the lines to gluing on top of the lines
Wrapping It Up:
If you’re looking for a cute, fun floor for your dollhouse, diorama or for dolly photos, you may want to try craft sticks.
They’re inexpensive & easy to work with.
And if you need a bit of inspiration, there are a lot of great tutorials on YouTube to help spark your creativity.
Have you made miniature props or furniture before? If so, do you have any recommendations for our next project?
If you attempt the Doll Floor with Craft Sticks, we’d love to see photos of your wonderful creation.
Leave a comment and share your experience in the box below.
P.S. Though Harmia is thrilled with the wooden floor, she some how got a hold of the Dollybird Vol. 20 book (I got to stop leaving them around the house) and now she wants a more intricate floor to clean.
It will take me sometime to gather the funds, get the materials and learn the techniques but I want to keep her happy.
So stay tune for floor 2.0 😉