Egg carton stone foundation

by brae  

I followed the tutorial at The China Doll with a few modifications.  Since the Newport is already brick, I opted for a stone foundation.  I cut my stones using different measurements from the ones used in the tutorial - 5/16" x 13/16".  I originally tried mimicking concrete blocks by doing a direct 1:12 scale conversion of the real thing, but the blocks looked too big in proportion.

The overall foundation with the two-story addition and the extended porch was a lot of surface to cover, but I lucked out with a chance sighting on freecycle of 20 cardboard egg cartons only 15 minutes from my house!  Again, the price was right, and there's a sense of accomplishment recycling something in a creative way.  I like a lot of the pre-made items available to finish dollhouse foundations, but I prefer making things myself.  It adds a more creative touch and is much less expensive.  Besides, most of the foundation will be obscured by the eventual landscaping.

I painted the foundation medium grey before gluing on the stone pieces.  Instead of breaking the pieces at the corners, I bent the pieces to follow the contour of the foundation.

I did use a spacer, but since the stones varied slightly in size there was no way to eliminate all irregular gaps.  The grout should make this less obvious.

I also cut the stones in half to finish the top edge for consistency, but the nosing along the first floor pretty much covers them up.

Once the glue dried, I used a stencil brush to dot on some white and medium grey paint mixed with glaze, blotting to keep the color application subtle.  I then sprayed the stones with two thin coats of matte sealer and let the foundation dry completely.

I applied the grout (Andi Mini Brick and Stone Mortar Mix) in its existing grey form with my fingers, wiping away the excess as I went along.  Doing small sections at a time, I pulled a round toothpick gently along the grout lines to enhance the realism of mortar between the stones.

I lost some of the darker tones with the application of the mortar, so I repeated the painting process I had done before the grout but with a much finer application of paint (more glaze than paint) and then applied one more thin coat of matte sealer spray.

I am glad I was able to do this process before the house was glued to the foundation; it made it much easier having the ability to flip the foundation in any direction I needed.


Comment from: Audra [Visitor]  
You make it look so easy! I appreciate the step by step. I might give this a try. Along with a lot of other ideas you have shared!
01/06/10 @ 16:16
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! It was time consuming, but I love the way it turned out. :D
01/06/10 @ 17:27
Comment from: carrie [Visitor]  
wow!!! this is sooooooooooo amazing it looks great...i was thinking of doing my chimney with the brick butit is ricey andi actually think this looks great! do you think this would look good on a chimney too?
02/10/10 @ 12:20
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! I don't see why egg carton bricks wouldn't work on a chimney. I used them on my fireplace as well.
02/10/10 @ 12:54
Comment from: The Grandmommy [Visitor]  
I love this look! Is there a way to use cartons to make a kind of concrete wall?
06/20/15 @ 14:43
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! I am sure it would work well for a concrete block wall. You would just have to cut the material to size. :yes:
06/21/15 @ 07:05

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