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.ย 
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This client asked for Sante Fe style tiles. They are textured and painted to get this effect.

Published by blossomfriends

I create miniature food sculpts (mainly dollhouse scale), out of my home, in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. I live surrounded by the beauty of local orchards and rolling farmlands. When my kids leave for school, I set to work, often in my pajamas, with my clingy miniature schnauzer, Lenny, at my feet. I create only what interests or inspires me. My focus is on quality not quantity. While I often have only a few pieces available, they are very detailed as I continue to build my skill. If you are interested in having me make you something special, please visit my Facebook page and leave me a message https://www.facebook.com/blossomfriends/

12 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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  1. How did you get these tiles off of the measuring sheet to bake them? I even tried cutting them on parchment and baking them right on that. I just can’t get them all the same size. Any advice would be great! Thanks!!

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    1. Apologies for not seeing this question sooner. I suggest getting a glass insert from a picture frame. Lay it over a rubber cutting mat that has grids. Lay your clay sheet on the glass and cut your clay tiles with a long tissue blade, using the lines of the cutting mat to guide you. I hope you see this, or at least have figured it out. Best of luck with your tiles ๐Ÿ™‚

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