How to make a miniature French-style folding screen

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16 August 2021
In this step-by-step tutorial Christine-Léa Frisoni shows you how to make a DIY miniature folding screen for your dolls house or miniature scene from her book, The Big Book of a Miniature House.

Complete your dolls house or miniature scene with this stylish DIY miniature French-style folding screen – simply follow the six step-by-step instructions...

Miniature French-style folding screen tutorial

By Christine-Léa Frisoni

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You will need

  • 1mm Bristol board
  • Thin Bristol board
  • Copier paper
  • Mirrored acetate
  • 4 wooden banisters
  • Gold elastic
  • 20 gilt-paper rosettes
  • Gesso
  • Gold modelmaking paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Utility knife
  • Scissors
  • Dressmaking pins
  • Masking tape
  • Wood glue
  • Transparent, solvent-free contact adhesive


1. Cut out six rectangles 13x4cm from 1mm Bristol board, and three identical pieces of mirrored acetate.

2. Cut the upper part to shape, then cut openings in three of the pieces of Bristol board, as shown. 

Folding screens step 2

3. Coat with gesso then paint gold, including all the edges. Fold four strips of masking tape, then fix them with wood glue to the three solid panels as shown, taking care to keep the panels parallel. 

Folding screens step 3

4. Fix the mirrors to the panels with wood glue. The tape, sandwiched between the Bristol board and the mirror, forms the hinges. Glue one of the cut-out pieces of Bristol board over each mirror. 

The Big Book of a Miniature House Cover

This tutorial is from The Big Book of a Miniature House by Christine-Léa Frisoni, GMC Publications. In her superbly presented book, Christine-Léa explains how to make a beautiful miniature French country house. Dressed in an elegant style of faded grandeur, the dolls’ house is full of period features. If you love this project you can get the book from our online shop WITH an automatic 10% off just for being you, PLUS free UK P+P! 

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5. For the feet, cut four banisters to a length of 1.8cm. Whittle them down with the utility knife, then paint. To reinforce the joints, insert a pin into the top of each foot. Cut the pin so that it projects 0.3cm. Remove the pin, dip the cut end into glue and plant it back in the hole. Apply glue to the point of the pin, then push this into the base of the screen. Paint the feet to match the frame. 

Folding screens step 5

6. Glue on the gold elastic trim – add the rosettes, and make pleated bows with two loops each. This time the strips for the bows are 8cm long. Glue printed paper to the lower panels (covering the acetate) with a thin coat of wood glue.  

Folding screens step 6

Once finished, why not add your own touch while learning a new technique and stencil on a gorgeous, floral design?

If you enjoyed making this project you can find plenty more in Christine-Léa Frisoni's The Big Book of a Miniature House. Or learn how to transform your screen using stencilling from our A-Z miniatures technique series! 

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