16 July 2012
How To Using Foam Core to Build a Doll House
Among its many uses, foam core is a great material with which to construct 3-dimensional models. While not just a model, building a doll house out of foam core is possible as well. Although not as sturdy as wood, it is much lighter and can support as much as a wooden doll house. It won’t withstand the same abuse as wood, but a dollhouse is not likely to receive harsh treatment. Once constructed, foam core is paintable or can be decorated in other ways as well. With the tools and materials handy, you can build a foam core doll house in an afternoon.
Cut 2 square or rectangular pieces to serve as the sides. They should be identical in size. Cut a third piece that will be the back. Make it the same height as the sides, only wider. When cutting, draw a straight line on the foam core and score it with the razor knife. Don’t try to cut through the entire piece the first time. Puncture the paper layer, cut through the foam on the second pass and cut the bottom layer of paper on the third pass.
On one edge of both sides, trace a series of teeth from top to bottom. The teeth should be no deeper than the foam core is thick. Carefully score along these lines and cut out the shapes on both side pieces. Lay the back piece down flat. On either side edge of the back, lay the side pieces with the teeth overlapping.
Line up the toothed edge with the respective side edge of the back. The depth of the teeth should align with the edge of the back on both sides. Trace the teeth onto the back piece on both sides. After you score and cut out the teeth on the back piece, they should end up alternating with the teeth on the side pieces so they interlock. Interlock the teeth and test out the fit. Form a U with sides and back and trace the shape onto a bigger piece of foam core for the bottom.
Cut out the bottom piece. Measure the interior dimensions of the U frame and measure, trace and cut out a piece for the upper level.
Before gluing the pieces together, take the U back apart and measure for the placement of windows. Trace the lines onto the side and back pieces and score and cut out the shapes as before.
With the windows cut out, prepare your hot glue gun and glue the toothed joints back into the U shape. Glue the bottom on. Set the upper level into place, mark where it will go and glue it in as well. Let the frame sit for a few minutes.
Now you can paint and decorate the exterior and interior the foam core doll house. You don’t have to add a roof, but you can if you wish.
Once painted, the doll house can be furnished with dolls and furniture to the delight of your little one. If a joint comes loose, simply apply a little more hot glue to fix it.
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