Styrofoam shapes can be made into so many different décor items in your home but did you know that they can also be used to make miniature furnishings for a dollhouse? You don’t have to be a carpenter or artist to make all sorts of things for your dolls from Styrofoam.
Look around at a craft store and you’ll find all sorts of Styrofoam pieces. Purchase Styrofoam balls in various sizes, disks and even small slabs and you can nearly furnish an entire dollhouse. Since Styrofoam is so cheap you’ll be able to make furniture and décor items for the house at a fraction of the cost others pay for theirs.
Cutting Styrofoam is really easy if you use a serrated knife. Cut an old candle a couple of times with the knife and the transferred paraffin will coat the knife and make for a smooth, clean cut. With this in mind, cut a Styrofoam ball in half to make many different things. Cut balls in half, wrap a piece of sandpaper around a pencil at the eraser, then use it to file a dip in the cut side of the ball. This technique helps you make bowls and planters. Cut the bowl in half, glue it to a wall, then fill it with tiny fake flowers to make a wall arrangement. The tiny Styrofoam pieces can be painted but it’s important that you check the label on the paint. Some paints will actually melt Styrofoam, so if you’re unsure, check with a knowledgeable clerk.
Beds for dolls can be made by using blocks of Styrofoam. Simply select or cut the block size you want then wrap it like a gift. Use the tape or glue on one flat side of the block then use that side as the bottom of the bed. Glue four wooden beads, or even dowel pins, to the four corners of the bed to make the legs. Dress the bed with sheets, quilt, pillows and more.
Make tables for the dollhouse by choosing various disks or flat rectangles of Styrofoam. Paint them any color then glue dowel pins on for legs. You can even give the table a top when you glue on a piece of laminated scrapbook paper. This technique works for making a kitchen table, coffee table, end tables and even night stands.
Make couches and chairs by using two Styrofoam blocks of different sizes. Use the widest block as the seat then glue a more narrow block across the back. Use this method to make couches, love seats and chairs. A footstool can be made by using a single block and gluing on four small beads or dowels. Cut a piece of cloth as a drape to go over the furniture. Fit the fabric to the furniture by gluing it, here and there, and cutting away excess.
Use thin, rectangular pieces of Styrofoam to make stacked shelves for the dollhouse. Glue four small beads or dowels to one side of one slab. Turn it over and use those as the legs. Glue four more dowels on to the corners of that one, then stack another Styrofoam slab. Do this several times until the shelves are as tall as you want them to be.
After you make a few Styrofoam pieces for the dollhouse you’ll think of even more. You can easily make pictures, baseboards, fake cabinets, wall “quilts”, mirrors and more by using a few cheap craft supplies along with the Styrofoam. You’ll have so much fun making the pieces, though, that you’ll likely end up with a really crowded dollhouse!