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Hello everyone,
for my first article, I will introduce the making of a Barbie doll house for the 4th birthday of our daughter Colyne.

Sorry for my English, but I use a translator (I'm French)


Why ?
For christmas, we offered him a plastic and cardboard dollhouse.
Very disappointed with the quality and realism, I decided to make one myself. I will detail you the building.

Support :
1 hour video ! https://youtu.be/3ycFUePPHiA

(the subtitles are available in the video with translation))


Note :
The house is not finished, I have to finish electricity and create furniture and decoration pieces. Other videos coming ...

Characteristics :
- 8 rooms on 2 levels
- Appearance red bricks and tiles (classical in the North of France)
- Opens in 2 parts and moves easily thanks to wheels
- Opening windows and doors
- Lighting provided in all rooms (LED + Arduino )
- Scale : 1/6 - Dimensions: 80 x 50 cm and total height 104 cms
- Weight: approximately 34 kg
- Main: MDF ( Medium)

Tools :
- Circular saw
- Table saw
- Jigsaw
- Drill
- Screwdriver
- Compact crosscut saw
- Router
- Glue gun
- Hand tools (hammer, files, saw, screwdriver, cutter, pliers, chisels ...)

Step 1: The Walls and the Structure

The house is built with MDF 6 and 10 mm. The schematic is available in the PDF.

The wood panels are cut with a circular saw

Step 2: Door Handle

I created reals mini door handles using a PVC angle "U", an aluminum tube, a threaded rod, nuts and a spring.

Schematic available in PDF.

Step 3: Windows, Door and Bay Window

For windows I used wooden sticks that I dug to be able to embed the glass (polycarbonate).
They are then mounted with hinges.

The bay glass slides in a U aluminum rail.

The entrance door gets 2 windows and the same handle as interior doors.

Step 4: Stairs

The central stringer stairs is made with MDF drops from 6 mm

Step 5: Assembly

The elements are glued and screwed together and casters are installed to facilitate movement.

Step 6: Roof

The roof structure is made from a wood pallet.

Step 7: Decoration

For decoration I recovered pieces of wallpaper and floor coating (laminate and vinyl).

Step 8: Shower

The shower is covered with mosaic and I added a glass shower wall.

Step 9: Chimney

The chimney is constructed from 6mm MDF (Plan in PDF)

Step 10: Vinyl Collage

The exterior is covered with self-adhesive paper (vinyl) imitating bricks and tiles.

I found a brick texture on Internet, I made repeatable (Software: GIMP), I repeated the pattern on the desired surface, I then sent the files to a print worker that creates vinyls.

Step 11: Finish

The main door is installed and sides of the house are connected with hinges

Here, the next step will be the creation of furniture (kitchen, beds ...)

<p>Instructions to create toilet are available !</p><p>https://www.instructables.com/id/Making-Toilet-for-Barbie-Dollhouse/</p>
Awesome Instructable. <br>You are making parent everywhere look bad. I wish I had the time and skill to do this.
LOL thanks :)
My wife told me if I would run out of inspiration to build a similar house for my two kids.<br>This one is amazing! Full of inspiration. So if I would ever have too much time on my hands...
<p>Thank you ! It is possible to make easier, because I spent 81 hours working on this house.</p>
<p>That's some dedication! <br>If i would build my kids one, it will be a lot smaller since my house isn't big enough for this beauty.<br>Who knows. :)</p>
<p>Oops, I've updated the plan, it was not the correct version, missing doll handlen, windows, chimney...</p>
<p>Bravo! Magnifique! Very well done.</p><p>You have had quite some ideas to pre ut realism into this house. I like especially the door handles. You are a maker.</p>
<p>Thank you for the compliments, it's nice :)</p>
<p>ok, tu es officiellement candidat au titre de papa de l'ann&eacute;e!!</p><p>c'est le genre de cadeau que tes filles auront plaisir &agrave; l&eacute;guer &agrave; leurs propres enfants plus tard...<br>hallucinant tout ce travail (des poign&eacute;es de portes qui fonctionnent, bon sang!!), m&ecirc;me en ayant les outils ad&eacute;quats tout le monde n'obtiendrait pas un r&eacute;sultat aussi nickel.</p><p>en voyant le look externe je me suis dit &quot;tiens, &ccedil;a me rappelle ma r&eacute;gion&quot;... je pouvais pas tomber plus juste! :D<br><br>tu comptes mettre &agrave; jour ce tutoriel quand tu auras achev&eacute; les meubles?</p>
Merci pour ton commentaire, c'est gentil ? <br>L'id&eacute;e c'est vraiment de construire en dur pour que &ccedil;a tienne dans le temps donc je n'utilise pas de carton par exemple. <br>C'est s&ucirc;r que &ccedil;a m'a pris du temps ces poign&eacute;es, surtout qu'on ne le voit pas sur la vid&eacute;o mais j'ai fait les 6 poign&eacute;es 3 fois ! Car je n'&eacute;tais pas satisfait du r&eacute;sultat... <br><br>Oui je vais cr&eacute;er d'autres vid&eacute;os pour le reste. L&agrave; j'ai presque termin&eacute; la cuisine &eacute;quip&eacute;e et les WC. <br><br>Tu es du Nord aussi ?
je suis originaire du bassin de la Sambre, expatri&eacute; en Finist&egrave;re ;)<br>heureusement niveau pluviom&eacute;trie je suis pas trop d&eacute;pays&eacute; :D<br>bonne continuation pour le reste de la maison!
what is the tool you are using in the first picture under Assembly?
<p>It's a Dremel DSM20 (Europe ref), a handy tool !</p><p>https://www.dremel.com/en-us/Tools/Pages/ToolDetail.aspx?pid=SM20</p>
wow. very nice. well done
<p>Tthanks ;)</p>

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