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1:12 scale dollhouse porch chair (tutorial)

1:12 scale dollhouse porch chair (tutorial)

I’m quickly discovering that designing furniture is not that easy yet, although the more I try, the better I get. I wanted a dollhouse porch chair for the dollhouse. It’s a bit rustic but I’m happy with it.

I used hot glue for this project because I’m slightly impatient! For a cleaner look use wood glue or white glue.


3/8″ wide popsicle sticks (I bought mine at Walmart)
skinny sticks
hot glue gun
white glue
card stock
thin bubble wrap
1/8″ foam core board

dollhouse porch chair

The Seat

  • Layout 4 popsicle sticks horizontally and glue them together.
  • Glue 3 popsicle sticks, evenly spaced, vertically on top.
  • Draw a 1/2 oval, (1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″) onto the glued sticks or download the image below to print out and transfer (right-click to download the image).
  • Let dry completely.

dollhouse porch chair
The next step is a bit tricky but with a strong scissor, it can be easily done. Cut out the shape.

Chair back and sides

dollhouse porch chair

You’ll need 11 popsicle sticks for shaping the back and sides. It’s best to lay them out and decide how much you want them to slope to the front of the chair.

  • Cut (5) 2″ pieces of popsicle sticks for the back.
  • You’ll need 6 sticks in total for the sides. Cut them at an angle to the slope. The shortest piece is 3/4″ on the longest edge.
  • Lay them all out side by side before gluing them to the chair seat. Make sure you have an even slope going down to the last piece. As you can see, mine isn’t perfectly even mostly because I was making things up as I went along.
  • Glue the pieces vertically to the sides of your seat beginning with a 2″ length in the center of the rounded back. Work your way around to the front.

Chair legs

  • Cut (8) 5/8″ pieces of skinny sticks.
  • Glue 2 pieces together to make 4 legs.
  • Glue to the bottom of the chair and let dry.

The pillow

Unfortunately, I did not take photos of the progress. I hope the instructions are clear.

  • Use the same template you used for the seat and cut out the shape.
  • Cut 2 pieces of the bubble wrap to size and glue on to the seat.
  • Cut a piece of fabric larger than the seat and lay the foam core seat bottom upside down onto the fabric.
  • Glue the fabric to the back of the seat.
  • Cut a piece of fabric the same size as the seat. Glue that to the bottom.

Back cushion

  • Make a template by placing a piece of paper inside the chair. Trace the outline of the back of the chair and the sides in one piece.
  • Use the template to cut out a piece from cardstock or flexible paper.
  • Cut one piece of bubble wrap the same shape and glue it to the cardstock.
  • Place this on your template and cut a larger piece out of the fabric.
  • Glue the fabric edges to the back.
  • You can back it with another piece of fabric or glue it directly to the inside of the chair.

Here are some images to help visualize the project and the completed chair on the porch, of course. If you make this chair I would love to see it!
You can email me here – ria @ (no spaces)


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