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I've been into dollhouse miniatures since the early 1990's now and when I realized how much I've learned during that time, I thought I'd make a blog to share my knowledge with others. I'm mostly auto-deduct, but always found help on the Internet and in specific books. The mini-world starts and ends with your own imagination, so let there be no limit. And never say : I CAN'T .... because you can, you just need to try and have the necessary know-how. And that's the main reason why I started this blog, because I wanna share what I know with newbies in the miniature world or anybody else who might be interested in sharing what I've learned so far. So, hopefully, I'll be able to provide some useful hints, tips and tricks for those of you out there just starting with this wonderful hobby

November 14, 2017

The Shabby Chic Boutique : Roof and Lights

Hello my dear followers

I've been busy working on the roof of my new shabby Boutique, since the inital roof that came with the conservatory was unfortunately unusable

Since I'm always a bit stressed when it comes to the lights in my miniature projects, I wanted to try something else here

I don't remember exactly when and where I stumbled upon this great idea .... I think it was either on PINTEREST or on YOUTUBE, but anyways, thanks to the person who posted it, because it's a great alternative to the usual lights which are not always easy to get to work and/or to install

I suppose you all know these tiny little christmas lights, the one's that are battery operated

well I used 2 of these, with 20 little lights on each one

I bought some polysterene foam board (hard and sturdy, but still easy to cut with a simple cutter tool).
The board is 3,5 mm thick

Oh, if you ever need material like that, you should check out the following online shop :

Then I traced the horizontal and vertical lines in order to know where the holes for the lights are gonna go and of course in order to have this look neat once installed.

Sand the inside of the holes a bit and put the lights in (I used a little glue to hold them in place, but please do not use any super glue or you will never ever be able to remove the lights without damaging the whole thing)

Turn around and it should look something like this

And once installed, the light in the shop is really great

And I like how my roof turned out, it's kinda nice, don't you think ?

When you're building the roof around these little lights, you need to have at least 3-4 cm height, remember that. Other than that, it's entirely up to your own imagination on what your finished roof will look like

Bye for now, be back soon

See ya


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Faby .... if you think about how inexpensive it was, since it was made almost entirely out of leftsovers and a few DIY items .... the result is not that bad ;-)

  2. Oh my, the lights are fantastic! The whole shop looks so good!

    1. Thanks Sam ..... the lights are really great, I love them too ..... so grateful somebody posted that idea on the Internet, lol

  3. Great idea! Would you mind showing where the batteries are hidden?

    1. Hi there
      well no, I don't mind at all ... lol ... still working on it though
      in fact, the roof is made with polysterene foam core (very stiff, but still easy to cut), so that I will have no trouble to cut out a piece on the backside to hide them, which was the initial idea anyway ... only trying to figure out if the pieces I'll cut out will go back in place (and how) or if I simply leave the 2 holes open since noone will see them anyway ... but as always, I'm sure I'll figure something out
      Will post a pic when I'm done

  4. Espectacular,gran trabajo!!!