Dolls can only look at walls for so long before they go bonkers. Yes, they like art & books, but a great view is a lovely thing. Creating a door or window will add a lot of depth and ambiance to your doll photography. It also just makes it more fun to appreciate them when you see them in a space as lovely as they are.
Making a door or window with a view is easy. I’ve used wood in this case….because I can. I’m a tool girl and playing with my bandsaw is just too much fun to pass up, but you can simply substitute poster board or foam board.
First I decided on the scale, which in this case is 1/3 so it will go with my bookcase. The first photo below (click on any photo to enlarge) shows my pattern, which was cut from heavy paper. You can see that I’ve planned for the door and the surrounding moulding.
Next, I mark the pattern onto my wood. Even if you’re doing a version using poster board or foam board, play it safe and make a pattern first. It might save you a trip to the store to purchase more materials when you realize you’d really like it a bit bigger or smaller or wider or whatever.
Here’s my finished cuts ready for spray paint. Just in case you’re wondering, I cut my trim parts in two pieces because it’s less wasteful of my wood. If you’re doing the poster board version you can do it in one nice sweeping arch. Of course you can make a rectangular garden door also, but I just love the elegance of an arch.
This next photo shows the painted door and trim in off-white satin finish spray paint. The beauty of using poster board is that you can simply pick the color you want and skip the painting step. We’re looking at the back side of the door and you can see my staples holding everything in place. You’re also looking at the back side of the photo of my garden, which was enlarged in photoshop (in sections) and taped together to get it that large. Remember I mentioned that this is 1/3 scale (SD or 24″ size dolls), so the total height of the door is 27 inches. The photo is 22″ tall, which is just enough to cover the needed area. I simply taped the photo to the door from the back side and when you turn it over, voila!, you have a fabulous view.
The last part is putting the hardware on to give it authenticity. What you’re seeing below is a piece of green poster board which I used to hold my door hardware before I spray painted it with an old can of gold paint in a hammered metal look. Love using up old cans of paint. You can see four little pieces of wood that will make my door hinges. They are little wooden skewers bought at the grocery store and cut into one inch pieces. You know, the kind you put veggies or meat on so they don’t fall through the grill as you BB-Que them. Place them on a piece of masking tape, with the sticky side up. This holds them in place while sprayed them. Otherwise they’d have flow off from the power of the spray can. The two brown circle looking items are the door knobs, which are large decorative nails I use in my upholstery business. They worked fantastic, but you could just cut circles and add several small layers of poster board behind them to lift them off the surface and create the illusion of depth. You could also make nice door knobs out of polymer clay. The little white paper shapes are my door knob plates, which are just poster board cut to a decorative shape and painted. Pretty cute, huh?
Here’s one of the many photos I’ve taken of this door. The finished product is so easy. You can make it in any size you want. You could take a picture of yourself (or one of your dolls) looking in the window just for fun…..or your cat peering in….or aliens. Whatever you like. This is my garden just outside my dining room doors and the path I laid out of local antique brick and all the plants I planted…..cause I’m a DIY girl and don’t know when to stop. ;o} I think the wall looks better with more contrast between the door trim and the wall, but…..
As an added bonus, here’s my latest view for my new modern furniture. I wanted city girls to have appropriate views of their world. It’s using the same techniques. You can instantly create a fun space for your dolls or your stuff. If you have smaller dolls you could set this up on the shelf of a bookcase, adding depth and interest. See how I did the brick wall for these photos here.
Please feel free to ask questions and thank you for looking. Hope you liked it.