How to Trim a Dollhouse Window (Method #2)
Here is the method I use to trim an interior
window on a dollhouse. I glue the trim together
and install it as frame. It is easier and more
accurate the doing it one piece at a time.
- Seal the window with shellac. It drys fast,
sands easily, and if you forget to clean
your brush, just soak it in denatured
alcohol and it will come back to life.
Then paint it or top coat it with
TOOLS & MATERIALS
- Gluing Jig : This consist of a 12" x 12" x
1" pieces of styrene (insulation) board -
a ceiling tile works well too - card stock
with a quarter inch grid on it, wax paper,
- Small miter box and saw. Exacto and
Proedge are two brands that come to
mind. I added a board to the bottom of
the miter box, then screwed that to a
larger board and then clamped that
board to my work surface. If you are
cutting a lot of pieces at the same length
you my consider using a stop block so
you won't need to measure each piece.
- Ruler & pencil.
- Fast grab glue such as Beacon's 3-in-1.
Glue wood glue will not work because it
does not stick to painted surfaces.
- Cut the verticle trim to length (pic 1).
- Cut the header (top piece) and sill
(pic. 2 & 3).. I like to make the sill
longer. Pictures 4 & 5 show the ends of
the sillnotched to look like it is separate
from the window apron.
- Check that the four pieces are square by
lining then up on the grid card stock
- If they look good, glue them together,
This is where the gluing jig comes in real
handy. With out it, this part would be a
- This is how the gluing jig works: t-pins
hold the parts in place while the glue
dries. The t-pins are stuck through the
grid card stock and in to the 1" thick
polystyrene. To keep from gluing the trim
to the card stock, I put a piece of wax
paper between them. Nothing seems to
stick to it. Here is the best part. The
card stock has a 1/4" grid in it. That is
critical in helping me square up the frame
as I pin it down (pic. 6-8)
- You can take card stock and glue 1/4"
graph paper to it. The would work well.
- Allow the glue to dry. Then,
using the same fast grab glue,
glue the window in place.
- The last two pictures show a
before and after.