Realistic Dollhouse Floor Tiles

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This weekend, I continued working on my dollhouse. After finishing the lower level floor from millions of skinny sticks, I turned my attention to the upper level. After I regained feeling in my fingertips!

Once finished, the dollhouse is going to be a confectioner’s shop! The sweet lady who owns it will work out of the upper level, which will be a sprawling kitchen and a small sitting area for her to put her feet up. It will be open-spaced so I want a floor that doesn’t look too busy. Something classic and warm. To keep it from being busy, I chose to do it in larger tiles. The tiles would be represented as 12 inch tiles in real life.

I’ve been looking online for miniature flooring tiles but the ones I can afford are made from cheap vinyl sheets. Not the aesthetic that I wanted. I wanted a ceramic look. That got me wondering if I had the patience to make the tiles myself.

…So, I looked to my own kitchen tiles for inspiration.

I chose Craft Smart polymer clay in light brown (which is actually a great caramel colour). I put it through my pasta machine to make sheets that are roughly 1/16th of an inch thick. I trimmed these into individual tiles at 1 inch square.

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Sienna and burnt umbre soft pastels were applied with a soft brush for colour.

Next, I textured the tiles by stippling with an old toothbrush, and created a tumbled edge with my ball tool.

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After curing and cooling, I protected the tiles with matte varnish.

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This is my life size tile that inspired the miniature version!

I will glue the tiles to the dollhouse floor. Beige acrylic paint – mixed with a bit of gesso- will serve as the ‘grout’.

These are some other tiles I have custom made for clients who visited my etsy shop…

hiroko's tiles
To simulate Nordic stone tile, with tumbled edge. 
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This client asked for Sante Fe style tiles. They are textured and painted to get this effect.

10 thoughts on “Realistic Dollhouse Floor Tiles

    1. Thanks Lee…I will be sure to show them. the pasta machine allows for even thickness. Can you imagine at first I tried doing it with my sculpey blade?! Then I remembered I had the machine (which obviously I don’t use much)

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    1. Thank you Rosa. You can achieve a similar look with various nuetral colours of diluted paint. Sea sponges cut into small pieces and you apply lightly in layers. There is no ‘wrong way’ to do it – just make sure paints are not too thick and use a sponge. Old soft tootbrushes also work. Have fun!

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