Hand Made Bagend - a Hobbit Hole




About: Melbourne Australia. Property manager/ Furniture maker always up for a chat about furniture and design!

I decided to make a scale model of Bagend, Bilbo Baggins house.

I have taken some photos along the way, I hope you like it!


- MDF base

- Foam board for the walls

- PVA glue

- Hot Glue


- Exact-o knife

-Cutting board

- Toilet rolls

- Balsa wood

-Popsicle sticks

-Clear thick plastic

- Expanding foam

- Thick foam board for the base

- Brown paint

- Stain

- Static Grass

- plaster of paris

- Brown paper string

- Small hinge

- bamboo skewers

-printed flooring

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Step 1: Planning

I used the Wetta Workshop Floor plan and re-watched Lord of the rings and the Hobbit countless times to get the correct flooring, fireplaces, windows etc.

This is the Wetta floor plan, my Autocad floor plan & the Photoshoped floor plan.

Step 2: Walls

The walls are 8cm high, made from foam board.

I measured the walls according the the Autocad plan that I created, cut them with a Stanley knife and taped them together, once all the walls had been cut out and taped together the door frames and hallway curves were cut out and Balsa wood was used for the timber.

Windows were cut out of the board and bricks drawn on. The hallways are made from cardboard rolls.

The walls were painted an off white.

Step 3: Timber Throughout

Balsa wood was cut to size and glued to the walls, the window frames were carefully cut from the wood and glued, I broke SO many bits of wood.

The window itself is made from thick clear plastic and the slates are thin pieces of Balsa.

Miniature bricks were used for the fireplaces, around the kitchen door and the front door &windows.

Step 4: Stain, Bricks & Doors

The Balsa was stained with a Tiny brush and a cloth to create the dark timber Hobbity look.

The Dining room was coated in Plaster of Paris and brick tiles were carefully carved on the walls.

the Front door was made from Green and Brown Popsicle sticks glued together and cut with a Stanley knife.

the entrance to the Dining room was made from Balsa wood carefully bent and glued around the doorway.

Step 5: Base & Steps && FOAM

Off to Bunings i went to get a large piece of Foam Board to create the entrance steps.
The foam was cut down to with a Stanley knife and the steps carefully sliced. I glued the floors down onto the foam and placed the loose frame on top to make sure it all fit. Then PVA glue was used to stick the frame to the flooring and foam.

I bought 2 extra large cans of expanding foam to fill in the walls and to create the "under the hill" Look.

The foam took 2 hours to dry on the outside but i left it overnight to be sure.

I got a sharp knife from the kitchen and started slicing the excess foam down to size.

Step 6: Painting the Foam & Stepping Stones

I created form the Floor plan stepping stones to go around the Hobbit hole from the front gate to the side door. (The Hobbit hole goes all the way around and there is another door)

Step 7: Painting the Stones and the Fence Pickets

To make the cut off roof textured I thought to cover it with plaster of Paris.

I let this dry and painted it with British paints ‘rich soil’.

I noticed the cliff had a gap at the joining end, I made up more plaster of Paris in a freezer bag and filled the gap.

The stairs to the entrance were also covered in Plaster of Paris to give the stony effect.

I will cover them with static grass in parts.

Onto the fence. The Bagend fence is made up of twine piled on top of each other. I am trying to recreate the posts with wooden sticks.

I have marked out where I want them to go and then I drilled holes into the MDF with a drill bit just a little bit smaller than the timber.

The sticks were glued and hammered into place for a snug fit.

Step 8: ​Static Grass

I purchased static grass and the applicator from:

It cost me $90 in total including postage.

I started off using a mix of PVA and water but found that straight PVA worked better. I coated the walls with PVA and started shaking the applicator.

The inner corners of the hill were quite difficult.

I covered the whole piece in PVA glue inserted the nail and covered the areas in a mix of the dark and light static grass.

I actually electrocuted myself when I took the static grass applicator off the unit.

Step 9: It's the Little Things.

The posts are made from Balsa wood, the balls on top are also balsa wood. cut them using an exact-o knife.

Step 10: ​Fence

The fence is made from rolled paper. I glued the first part down towards the end of the fence to keep it hidden and then weaved it through the sticks.

I used 200m worth of string.

I used follage to cover the
gap between the fence and the hill then covered it with more static grass.

The string was glued to the last stick and stained with the same stain I used for the front gate and the interior wood.

The pickets that the front fence are held onto are made from balsa wood and stained.

I hot glued the fence to the picket with a tiny hinge so that it is working.

Step 11: Internal Touch Ups.

The insides of Bagend are covered

in static grass. I vacuumed them up and touched up the walls with the same colour paint.

The hallways actually go all the
way through to the next rooms and they have timber skirting.

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    Question 6 months ago on Step 6

    Do you think you can share the autocad version? I want to creat it and I don't know how.


    Reply 2 years ago

    as there was no official scaled floorplan i made the model to fit my coffee table dimensions.


    8 months ago

    Oh. My. Gosh! I love your Bagend! Wonderful instructions, wonderful photos! Thank you so much for sharing your talent!


    Question 1 year ago

    Just a quick question. I was wondering if it would be alright for me to use this information to make my own full size Bilbo Baggins hobbit hole to live in.

    1 answer

    11 months ago on Step 11

    I love what u have done im not a very good builder but i would love to have a copy of the model in Australia as im thinking about building a real full scale one a model like this would help me out heaps


    Reply 3 years ago

    I too did not realize just how big it was. Toilets an drains and running water, hot water tank or better yet tankless water heater. There is an atreium? Might that have a sky light? I have a friend that has a underground home in Ohio, it has an atreium, looks like a little out building with windows on the sides. Over all it (your model) is sooooo well done. Just awesome.


    3 years ago

    this is super cool and if a contest ever comes up that this can be entered in I bet it will win!!!!!!:)


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Absolutely wonderful. I love it. Thanks for sharing. Have to show the GrandKids.

    How a bout a lift off top of the hill?

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    Reply 4 years ago

    i was going to do a lift top if i wasnt going to build it into a coffee table!

    I was wondering what you'd do with it upon completion. It's too beautiful to be a toy, of course. A collector might like it, but that's a lot of time and $$. A coffee table is perfect. Excellent making!


    4 years ago on Step 2

    wow! That's amazing Have you visited the real film site?Compliments for your funtastic model building skills and creativity!

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome! If you're going build one in real life and rent out. Let me know I would want live there!