special shutters to go in there and a few people asked me for a tutorial. This is my Halloween gift to you... a rare Ara tutorial (most of my stuff is trial and error so tutorials are sometimes hard for me!).
What you will need: A box cutter or Xacto Knife, 1/4"x1/8" basswood (optional for the end), pliers, a pencil for marking measurements, a ruler, a paintbrush, paint in the color of your liking, cardstock (or cutting up an old birthday card would work), matboard, and a cutting mat to work on! And GLUE! I forgot it in the pic of materials!
Here is the basic measurements that I used for my shutters. They worked great on my Real Good Toys, Alison Jr. windows. If you are working on another brand or custom house you may have to make adjustments to these measurements. Notice that you will only be cutting on the lines marked in red!
Take your pliers and put it in the second cut from the top. Grab hold of the louver with the pliers and twist it until the bottom of the louver pops out.
Cut out six small bits of card stock. These are approx 1/2"x3/8". These are your hinges.
I measured the height of the window the shutter was going on and then I got two pieces of basswood and placed them that distance apart. I then glued the shutters down on top of the basswood pieces. You can paint the basswood pieces the same color as the wall if you want them to be less seen. Now the top and the bottom pieces of basswood just slip around the edges of the dollhouse window and it stays put. Easy peasy!
Please stay tuned as tomorrow I will be posting a give away!! One of the prizes will be the shutters I just made in the tutorial!!! So if you have a spooky mini project going on this will be the give-away to enter.