Diorama in an afternoon!

Very excitingly, my hand in date (like the end of my exams but my course doesn’t have exams) was on Friday! Now the exhibition’s private view is over, I’ve had a little rest and today I was all motivated to make things again. I’ve been looking at doll’s houses lately and I’m amazed at how intricate some of them are. I’m not sure if I want one because of this or because it’s very difficult to get an actual house when you’re 18 living in England right now, but for some reason,  I do.

I did not have a whole doll’s house, but I did have some doll’s house furniture from when I was little and I also had a box full of books, so I set to work! Firstly I removed the books form the box and coated the inside (which as you can see was bright pink!) with a layer of white acrylic paint. I used a sponge and a dabbing motion rather than a paintbrush to apply it to avoid thick brush marks.

Not looking very homely!

I’m sure an actual primer would have worked much better but this did the job! By the way, this is my first attempt and I’m still learning lots so this is more of a learn-with-me than a tutorial.

Next I raided my mum’s stash of sample paint tins and found this pretty pale blue colour. I think it took about 3 coat of this on top of the pink to get full coverage. Of course, you could make this much easier by just not getting a bright pink box if you’re fancy enough to plan in advance.

Ehh, I still wouldn’t live here.

I’ve had this scrap of fabric saved for a while because I thought it looked like a tiny carpet. I traced around the “floor” of the room and cut out a piece that size, but with a little extra added to the bit which would face the outside of the room. I’m not so good at explaining this but I’m sure you’ll figure it out. I didn’t glue the carpet down because to be honest I’d much rather have a wooden floor! For now, though, it works just fine.


Goodness, that photo turned out really badly. The “carpet” is actually dark green!

Time to start moving in.


All of this is stuff I found from my childhood doll’s house which I had stored in the top of my wardrobe. P.s. I think just after I took this photo I made the great decision to turn the whole thing to face a window so the photos are less dark after this!

I added a few more bits, glue-sticked some pretty paper (thanks Mollie Makes again) to one of the walls and…


The miniatures are things I found in my room, mostly, which I’d collected over the years. The jars are a wonderful birthday present I got this year for my 18th, the elephant and the hippo are from a gift shop by the sea. The drum is from a keyring, the Russian doll is the smallest one inside a full-size Russian doll which I have in my room. The wallpaper, image on the wall and mini magazines are all cut out of the most recent issue of Mollie Makes and the tiny folded bird was quite simple to make. The plants are Playmobil (I think) and the star is from a string of broken fairy lights. Oh, and the bed is mostly a folded handkerchief (not that I use them! It was in the napkin drawer.)

You might not have these exact tiny things lying around, but I bet if you really look there are many things you could use in a little doll’s house scene!


Things This Room Is Lacking:

~ Skirting boards. Non essential but for some reason it’s bugging me.

~A window! This is pretty important because it’s a little dark and poky in there right now. I’m thinking it’d look best above the bed. I’m a bit scared to cut a whole in my perfectly painted box right now, but one day.

~Maybe a light hanging from the ceiling. Again, not sure how I’d do this exactly but it would be fun to figure out!

~A rug would look nice in that empty space on the floor.

Really there are endless things I could add, but it sure isn’t bad for a few hours work. I like the higgledy-piggledy charm it has to it, with nothing really matching.

I hope you enjoyed this small post! As you can see my photography skills on such a small scale could really use some help so if you have any tips please comment them down below. If you try this too I’d love to see how it turns out. -Julia x





6 thoughts on “Diorama in an afternoon!

  1. Claire June 28, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    Brilliant! I love your awareness of skirting boards. Nice napkin too!


    • Julia July 20, 2016 / 11:27 am

      Thank you! I blame you for my awareness of skirting boards haha x


  2. Allison June 29, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    This is cute, Julia! I like the wallpaper and carpet especially. 🙂
    I do have a tip for taking pictures close-up, actually! Well… it kind of depends on what camera you have. If your camera has different settings like mine does, it really helps to use the setting made specifically for close-ups. On my camera the symbol for the setting is two flowers. But your photos were actually pretty clear (which doesn’t always happen with me XD )!


    • Julia July 20, 2016 / 11:26 am

      Aah I’m so sorry for the late reply! Time has gone by so fast lately. Thank you so much! I actually did use the macro setting on my camera but my camera has been nearly everywhere with me for quite a few years so maybe it’s just a little tired? I took about 30 photos and just picked out the more clear ones, unfortunately they don’t all come out like this. I hope you’re doing well! x


      • Allison July 20, 2016 / 11:27 am

        Ha ha, that’s totally fine. 🙂
        Okay. 😉 Yep, I’m doing well – we’re almost ready to leave for vacation!


      • Julia July 20, 2016 / 11:30 am

        That’s awesome! Are you going far away? Hope you have a great time.


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