Assemble A Fanfold Dollhouse Book
This is a retired Paper Minis project. It will remain here as a tutorial for those of you who made the purchase.
 
  1. Cut out all cover pages, doll panels, furniture panels and instruction pages. Use a metal straight-edge and blade tool to cut panels. Remember to cut away from the panel itself.
  2. Take the first front cover and glue the storage pocket to the blank side. Make sure the pages fit well before gluing the storage pocket to the first front cover. Use “quick grab” craft glue.
  3. Take second front cover and glue ribbon to blank side as indicated in photo. Repeat this step on the back cover as well. Use “quick grab” craft glue.
  4. To assemble the rooms, fold the bottom tabs upward on the kitchen floor, then glue the left and right floor tabs as indicated to the blank sides of the left and right walls. Repeat this step for the parlor, bedroom and patio rooms. Use either craft glue or rubber cement.
  5. Fold flooring down the center as shown in the photo. Try to align both walls as perfectly as possible. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each of the four rooms.
  6. Use black binder clips to help line up second front cover to left wall of folded kitchen. Glue together as shown in photo. The best glue to use is rubber cement, for the paper will not wrinkle when wet with glue. 

 
7. Glue bottom half together, then move clips to bottom edge of cover and kitchen. Glue top half of cover to kitchen wall. Allow to dry. Repeat steps 6 and 7 using back cover and patio room. 

 

 
8. Use binder clips to keep pages straight while glue is drying.

 
9. Your first rooms should look like the one in the photo.

 
10. Glue each room progressively one-by-one to the next room. Here is the sequence: 1) second front cover, 2) kitchen, 3) parlor, 4) bedroom, 5) patio, 6) back cover. Your house is practically done and should look like the photo.

 
11. Place the first cover on top of the second cover. At this point you could have the book professionally spiral bound, or...

 
12. Pinch rooms closed as shown in photo with black binder clips. Use the craft glue and slather a coat of glue to the raw edges of the book spine. Let glue dry thoroughly.

 
13. Crease the spine cover using a metal straight-edge to help you get a good straight crease on either side. Spread a layer of craft glue to the inner side of spine cover.

 
14. Clamp spine cover with black binder clips and let dry thoroughly.
15. Insert loose-leaf pages into storage pocket. To display house, fan out pages and tie ribbons. If the floor surfaces don’t stay flat, tack down to play surface with 3M poster clay. This stuff is great because it peels right up without leaving a residue.
 

 
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