Wall art is such a fun finishing touch for a dollhouse, but it can be intimidating if you don't want to make mitered cuts for a frame. That's why I love these miniature wall hangings: you don't have to make a full frame and they look so modern.
For artwork options, you can find great digital downloads online that you can just resize to fit your space and print on cardstock. I love this peony print from my friend Lara at Peonies and Twine. You can also find free images on Google like the botanical prints I'm using in this tutorial. You could also make wall hangings of maps or design your own like the chalkboard print I made above.
-String (I prefer white floral wire that's still thin but holds its shape)
-Craft glue (my favorite is Elmer's X-treme)
-Super glue (my favorite is Loctite Super Glue with Gel Control)
Start by measuring the width of your artwork. I like my frame to overhang by a little bit so I add an eighth of an inch to the width, which gives it a sixteenth of an inch overhang on each side.
Cut off the rounded edge of your coffee stirrer. Then, use the ruler to measure how long to cut your frame, and use your scissors to cut 2 pieces at that length.
Now it's time to glue the frame. When cutting your artwork to size, make sure to leave a little extra space at the top and bottom for the coffee stirrers so they don't cover up any of the artwork.
Apply a very thin line of glue to the top and bottom edges of the artwork. As I used to tell my third graders, a little bit of glue goes a long way. You don't want it squeezing out from under the edges and ruining your artwork. Attach the coffee stirrers and make sure they're straight.
Once the glue is dry, flip the picture to the back and measure out the length of string you want to use.
Like I said earlier, I prefer to use floral wire because it holds it's shape. This wire is thin enough that it can be cut with regular scissors, and it looks just like string.
Apply a tiny dot of glue to the top corners of the back of the artwork and press the ends of the string into the super glue.
Be sure not to glue your actual finger to the artwork (not that I have any personal experience with this, hmm hmm). Give the super glue time to dry before you turn your wall hanging back over.
Now you have beautiful artwork for your dollhouse that is completely customized and was inexpensive and easy to make.
I love the idea of doing something personal like a map to commemorate a special place.
This is such a fun project to try. Tag me on Instagram @mini.adventures.co if you try it out!