Make Your Own Dollhouse Lights

Working lights and lamps for a dolls' house are not a difficult thing to make. Beads and other found objects make great lamp bases, and you can easily buy pre-wired bulbs on cords from a dollhouse supplier. These tutorials show you how to make a range of lighting effects using led's, and prewired miniature bulbs on sockets. Instructions for battery operated lights are included as well as lights that are wired into circuits on a transformer.

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    A miniature fire appears real in the dark.
    Miniature Scale Fire Lights Up the Dark in a Dolls' House or Railroad Scene. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    This miniature fire is made from three colored LEDs. It flashes and flickers realistically, without putting out a lot of heat, making it ideal for tight locations in a dolls house. You can set it in a fireplace, a barbecue pit, or a kitchen range, without worrying about the heat produced by the led bulbs. Depending on the type of LED's you use, the fire can be powered by AC (alternating) current ​or DC (direct current) from a transformer or a battery pack.

    Although you can create a similar...MORE effect with blinking regular bulbs or a mixture of red and clear bulbs commonly sold for dollhouse fires, the fires powered by regular bulbs will give off too much heat to allow them to be set behind a fireplace grate under a mantel, or inside a dolls house range.

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    Miniature table lamp made from a bear shaped bead.
    A rustic miniature lamp made from a bead. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Made from a bead, this Bear Table Lamp is great for a miniature cottage or a den. If you make a more sophisticated lamp shade and use a glass or patterned bead instead of a tiny bear, you can make all kinds of table lamps using the same technique. Many dollhouse table lamps can be built using a bead which has a large enough hole to allow wires for a bulb to pass through.

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    A modern waterfall chandelier with a working light, in dolls house scale.
    A miniature working dolls house waterfall chandelier made from beads. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Bugle Beads and jewelry findings are the building blocks for this simple Miniature Waterfall Chandelier These instructions can be used to make a ceiling lamp as shown or to add crystals to wall sconces or other lamps. It is important to use beads which sparkle and reflect light, to give the miniature chandelier a more realistic effect. Cut crystal beads are often a better choice than less expensive pressed glass beads for this reason.​​​

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    Miniature reading lamp for a mouse house made from an acorn and an LED
    Miniature reading lamp made for a mouse from half of an acorn. Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    This reading lamp can be made for a whimsical setting using an acorn shade as shown, or you can assemble it with a standard shade made from sheet brass. The lamp uses a cool running LED light source and can be wired into a dollhouse lighting system or used with a battery operated LED.

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    A working miniature light house made with a flashing LED
    A working miniature lighthouse, two inches tall, made using a flashing LED. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    If you want a tiny lighthouse for a seaside display, or you want to bring the look of a cottage into a miniature project, this tiny lighthouse made from a stable or blinking LED, scraps of wood and a bead is an easy project.

    You can also make the lighthouses without a working bulb, or make several without a working bulb and one which works to set in a dolls house shop display.

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    A die cast car engine lit up by a working model trouble light in 1:18 scale.
    A working miniature 1:18 trouble light illuminates a die cast model car engine. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    This working trouble light for a die cast car or miniature garage was designed to be built around an led bulb so it doesn't give off heat that might damage parts of a model car. The light is easy to assemble from common materials and is designed to be connected to a 9-volt battery so it can be operated without a full transformer to light up a single car engine on a shelf. As shown in these instructions it is built to 1:18 ​scale, but it is easy to modify the lamp surround to make it work in...MORE different scales.