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Wallpapering in miniature is something that most of us will be faced with at some time. Martin Pearce is here with a quick dollshouse wallpapering guide...

If you’ve always wondered how to wallpaper in miniature, this easy step-by-step tutorial takes you through the process so you can master the technique in no time!

DIY dollshouse wallpaper tutorial

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You will need

  • Steel rule
  • Flexible tape measure
  • Small craft knife or scalpel
  • Pencil
  • Glue brush
  • Wallpaper
  • Wallpaper paste – either ready mixed or an anti-fungal paste to mix with water
  • Kitchen roll or tissues
  • Plain paper (photocopier paper is ideal)

Instructions

1. Measure the walls with a flexible tape measure.

Dollshouse wallpapering step 1

2. Using a pencil and plain paper mark out a piece for each wall. With a steel rule as a straight edge and a craft knife fitted with a new blade, cut out each piece and check for fit. Label each piece (in pencil) near the top edge. Plain paper avoids wasting wallpaper if mistakes are made and is really useful when cutting odd or complicated shapes.

Dollshouse wallpapering step 2

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3. These pieces are then used as patterns for cutting out the wallpaper (assuming they fit correctly). Again, label each one and if using a patterned paper, ensure it’s the correct way up.

Dollshouse wallpapering step 3

4. When using ready mixed glue it’s usually applied just to the wall. If using one that’s mixed with water it’s better to apply it to both the wall and the paper in order to avoid the wallpaper from wrinkling.

Dollshouse wallpapering step 4

5. Ensure the paper is the right way up and, starting with a top corner, apply the first piece to the back wall. Gently smooth the paper onto the wall with a piece of kitchen roll. Work from top to bottom making sure that any air bubbles or wrinkles are smoothed out. Avoid pulling the paper as it may tear.

Dollshouse wallpapering step 5

6. Leave to dry out and repeat for the side walls.

Dollshouse wallpapering step 5a

Top tips!

  • When buying wallpaper it’s a good idea to buy more than you need just in case of accidents. 
  • For a beginner, thicker papers are usually easier to use.
  • Keep any offcuts and scraps – they can come in handy in case of accidents and you need to patch in an odd piece.

Now you’ve mastered the art of wallpapering in miniature, learn how to varnish your miniature furniture for a smart finish!