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Dollhouse-Trim Frame How-To




Miniature molding provides a striated border, for the same hand-carved look as genuine Tramp Art -- no chiseling required. A traditional frame like this one pairs well with vintage memorabilia, such as a colorful stamp collection.

Use a miter box to cut 45-degree angles at ends of dollhouse trim.


  • 1/4-by-1-inch basswood (see below for lengths)
  • Miter box
  • Wooden frame, 12 1/2 by 16 1/2 inches
  • Sandpaper, fine grit
  • Tacky glue, such as Aleene's
  • Flat-bristle brushes
  • 1/4-by-9/16-inch dollhouse molding
  • Primer and paint


  1. Step 1

    Cut basswood to the following lengths with miter box: 2 vertical pieces 6 inches longer than exterior length of frame2 horizontal pieces to fit the interior width4 pieces 2 3/4 inches long4 pieces 6 inches long

  2. Step 2

    Assemble and glue cut pieces, sanding ends of wood as necessary for a good fit: Attach the vertical pieces along the length of the frame. Add the horizontal pieces to the width.

  3. Step 3

    Attach the 2 3/4-inch pieces to right and left sides of the frame, forming a right angle; glue.

  4. Step 4


    Set the 6-inch pieces at a diagonal over the inside corners of the frame; glue.

  5. Step 5

    Cut 1/4-by-9/16-inch dollhouse molding with miter box to fit length and width, cutting 45-degree angles at each end. Fit the pieces between the diagonal pieces, and glue.

  6. Step 6

    After glue has dried, apply 1 coat of primer, let dry, and then apply 2 coats of paint.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2011



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