How To Make Your Own Miniature Dollhouse Book
One of my favorite miniatures is the book. It is my best seller of all the miniatures I have sold. Whether it's just a simple cover that "looks" like a book that doesn't open, a cover that opens filled with blank pages, a cover with pages of illegible writing, or the book that is truly miniature, they are all fascinating. I have all these types of books, most of which are just covers that don't open.
But, for this article, I am going to be showing how to put together a true miniature book. The book I'm featuring is my own design. I created it based on a nursery rhyme. The name of my book is "My First Counting Book".
To get started, we will need the following:
* PC with a program that we can cut, paste, and re-size graphics with
* plain white full sheet label paper
* razor knife or craft knife
Most commonly used scale for dollhouse miniatures is the 1/12th which means if it's a foot in reality, it's an inch in doll land. Therefore, one inch = one foot. Most books range around 6-9 inches in reality, therefore, in doll size that's 1/2 - 3/4 an inch. This book is approximately 3/4 inches tall and 1/2 inch wide. That would be 6x9 in reality.
First thing we need to do is get our book created. There are templates available but its not hard to make your own. It's easiest to decide how many pages your book will have and then add four. If we look at my book we can see how to lay the book out and the four extra pages places.
The picture shows that our book is actually one piece. the four extra pages I said to add are the front and back covers and both inside cover pages. If you would like to print the photo to work with while learning that is fine. To create your own, begin with your number of all pages, in this case 12. Then, make equal size squares for each page. For example:
and so forth. You will want to add a small space between the first and second boxes for a binder edge. All the other squares need to be butted edge to edge. These pages can be anything from blank squares to photos / text boxes you have re-sized to a small enough size to be equal to all other pages. To keep the least amount of distortion of the original it is better to re-size your object rather than just making it smaller. Once you have created your pages, next we print them. In your printers settings be sure to select option that says print exact size. Print and carefully cut out entire piece.
Next, you will want to take a stylus like the one pictured or some other pointed object to mark the line between each page. This makes folding the pages easier.
The book is now ready to fold. Notice I have left a small extra amount of paper in front of the back cover. This is just to make working with it easier. Starting on the left side, skip the front and back covers, and make first fold on line between front cover and cover page. Keep folding in an accordion manner until the last page is folded. This page should be facing the direction as seen in the photo.
Now, we can remove the label backing for permanent joining. Back to the same place we started our folding, remove backing to front cover and cover page and carefully stick these two pages sticky side to sticky side. Continue by putting together page 1 and 2 back to back, then 3 to 4, 5 to 6, 7 to 8 and stop. Our last page will be joined to our back cover, so wrap cover around all page edges and press sticky side to sticky side of our last page.
Cut away extra piece from beginning. Your book should now look like this: