Welcome to the third part of my Ikea Maileg mouse house hack. In parts 1 and 2 we built and painted our Ikea Flisat doll's house. So the next step is the wallpaper. I used some beautiful Maileg wrapping paper to wallpaper my house. I chose the 'Merle' design to give a pretty, vintage feel. Maileg's 'Mouse Party' design, with its illustrations of tiny mice and pieces of cheese, would be a really cute option too. We stock both designs in 10 metre rolls. You can view our Maileg wrapping paper selection here.

Rather than attaching the paper directly to the wall, I cut two pieces of card to fit the walls, glued the gift wrapping paper to the card and then stuck the card to the walls of the house using Tacky Wax. This means that I can easily change the look whenever I want. Tacky Wax is a sticky wax used in miniatures and model making that allows you to stick things temporarily. It's designed to be washed off surfaces with hot soapy water (but it can leave a sticky residue) so don't use too much!

Tacky Wax

Maileg doll's house made from an Ikea Flisat Dolls house

On the top floor I added some panelling. This is widely available on sites like Etsy - just search for 'dolls house tongue and grove panel'. It usually comes in plain white but you easily paint it using artist acrylic paint in a shade to complement  your existing decor.

I also added a few home made decorative touches to bring the house to life. The pom-pom garland you can see in the picture is simply a selection of crafting pom-poms threaded onto a piece of cotton thread. 

felt crafting pom-poms

I picked out my favourite pastel colours and threaded them onto a length of cotton using a darning needle. I then attached the garland to the wall using small pieces of washi tape. 

The shooting star decoration that you can see on the bedroom wall is one of our Mimi & Lula Over the Rainbow hair clips stuck on to the wall with blu-tack. 

Mimi and Lula over the rainbow hair clip

The Christmas light garland along the roof is normally used for crafting and cake making. They are non functional and for decoration only. 

dolls house light garland

If you would like to add some working fairy lights as I have done in my house, just search for 'warm white LED copper micro fairy lights' and you'll find them! 

Please be aware that (unlike Maileg items) these added embellishments are not toys and it's your choice whether you would like to use them in your dolls house, depending on who is going to be playing with it. 

So that's the house built, painted and decorated. Now comes the fun part - furnishing it with lots of our beautiful Maileg furniture! 

Read Part 1 of our Ikea Maileg Mouse House Hack - Building the Mouse House

Read Part 2 of our Ikea Maileg Mouse House Hack - Painting the Mouse House

Read Part 4 of our Ikea Maileg Mouse House Hack - Adding the Maileg furniture

May 08, 2022 — Sue Hambleton

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