Today I want to show you, how you can build rooms or complete flats for your Sylvanians.
They’re quite easy to make, but you need a bit time and patience (especially for the bottom plates :-D).
You need the following materials:
- - 4 identical plates of ply wood (you get them normally in every handicraft shop or building centre – they sell them normally in sets)
è measurements: I've used DIN A4 format; but of course you can choose a smaller or bigger size
- nails and glue
- - FIMO or another sort of polymer clay (for the curtain rail, the bottom plates and the window and door frames)
- - acrylic colors
- - “normal” white paper, printed paper or wallpaper(s)
- - some fabrics for the curtains and/or rugs
- - little metal rings (like you'll see in the pictures below)
And those appliances:
- a coping saw
- a scissor
- a set square
- a pasta machine or a rolling pin
Step 1: The building of the walls – the matrix
Now, let's start!
A: The Walls
Take your 4 plates and choose your bottom plate. This plate hasn't to be cut, so you can put it by the side or (this is your decision) – create the floor design.
|This is one of the plates, I've used.|
The other 3 plates must be cut into the right size. I've looked at my hamburger restaurant and decided to take the same height for the walls. O course you can choose another one, but here I want to show you my measurements:
- the wall in the back: length: 34 cm height: 17 cm
- the two sidewalls: length: 21, 3 cm height: 17 cm
So cut the walls into the right sizes with a coping saw. I'm sorry that I have no pictures for this step, but I think it's not difficult (please ask, if you have questions! :-)).
B: Windows and doors
Now you have to think about your window(s) and/or door(s) and where you want to have them.
Because I'm building a kitchen for my rabbit family, I wanted to have 2 windows and a door.
Draw the position and the size of the window(s) and the door(s) onto the plates and cut them out (by using a coping saw, you first have to drill holes into the plate).
Well, please check the height of the windows first, before you cut them out! Take a figure an check, if he/she can looks out. It would be sad, if not ;-).
If you use the same measurements like me, you can use of course my datas:
C: Put the parts together
As the title says, you have to put your parts together now. Therefor put some glue on the raw edges and fix the plates with small nails.
Let it dry :-).
Step 2: The floor
Well, I’ve made the floor design quite simple. Just look at the following pictures J. Of course you can choose another design, like I did in my bathroom. Color the bottom in the way you like it.
|Draw identical lines with a pencil. The gap I've used is about 1,5 cm.|
|Divide the stripes into parquet-looking sections.|
Step 3: Designing the walls
A: The outer walls
I've colored my outer walls with acrylic in dark red – so it fits to the rest of my house :-).
B: The inner walls – wallpapering
Before you can put the wallpaper onto the walls, you have to make a pattern.
Take a paper and push it to a wall. Like this:
By doing this, the edges of the wall and the shapes of the windows/or doors will be extruded into the paper. Now you have the shape of the wall and it can be cut out.
Choose the wallpaper you want to use. This can be “real” wallpaper, scrapbook paper or “normal” printed paper, like I did.
Transfer the pattern to your wallpaper. Check, if the wallpaper fits to the wall, before you stick it.
Put some clue onto the walls – but be careful, it has to be a thin film. Otherwise the wallpaper will crinkle.
|One wall is finished.|
|And the rest of the room.|
Step 4: Making the bottom plates and the window and door frames
A: The bottom plates
First I have to say: I’m very sorry, that I have no pictures of this process. It’s because I had already made the plates, before I was asked to do this tutorial. So, please forgive me.
So, now you take your polymer clay (I’ve used FIMO soft in a dark brown color). To get a really thin plate, you normally need a pasta machine. But it will also works with a rolling pin.
Establish your “polymer plate”.
Now you have to measure the lengths of your walls and decide the height of your bottom plates. Then create a pattern, which should look like this: