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Lampoons Christmas Vacation advent calendar
Posted by rooster513 on Saturday, January 14, 2017 8:31 AM

Hello all! So I'll jump right into what I've got questions about...

Have you ever seen Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase? Well my wife has...many times! Lol. And every time the scene with the Advent calendar house comes up she says "I want that house so much!" So for years now I've wanted to build her one (you can buy them but they are like $500!!) So does anyone here have experience building this type of thing? I assume it would be similar to building a dollhouse. Where is a good place to get supplies and that sort of thing? Any help would be much appreciated!


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Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:18 AM

Plans, parts, and a very pricey kit available here -

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    September, 2014
Posted by rooster513 on Saturday, January 14, 2017 11:41 AM

I had saw those. I was wondering if anyone had experience scratch building dollhouse type structures and where one might find the materials. Those parts and kit are EXPENSIVE! Sorry if i was vague in the first post:)


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    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, January 14, 2017 2:26 PM


One option for you would be to invest some time instead of money. You could draw the parts yourself and have them laser-cut. I once had some laser-cut parts cut for me at a small company working in advertising - they were making nameplates, stamps and display stands. They also had a laser cutting machine that accepted CorelDRAW files and that worked for me just fine. I bet you could also find a similar company on the net. Good luck with your house and have a nice day


All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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  • From: Central Texas
Posted by NucMedTech on Monday, January 30, 2017 12:10 PM

Have you tried HobbyLobby? Mine has a pretty good doll house section, so naturally i would assume they all do. Not sure on pricing as i have never really looked, I just pass by there on the way to the models.

Most barriers to your successes are man made. And most often you are the man who made them. -Frank Tyger

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Posted by rooster513 on Monday, January 30, 2017 1:03 PM

I haven't had a chance to yet but did see online that they have a selection of stuff. Thanks!


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  • From: Yorkville, IL
Posted by wolfhammer1 on Monday, February 13, 2017 10:14 PM

One thing you could try is to see if you have one of the MIT based builder labs in a local library or school.  You may be able to get access to a laser cutter or CNC router that could create the pieces for you.  They all use the same software which is free to download and simple to use.  I know there are may of these labs all over, you would just need to find one.  Good luck and please share the results.


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    March, 2007
  • From: Michigan
Posted by tonka on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:19 PM

I ahve built several dollhouses over the years for others. Hobbly Lobby or Michael's is a good start and use the coupons , also check craiglist many people buy them and never complete them. I usually use a kit as a starting point then add or modify from there. Its basically just woodworking until you get to interior.

Another option , depending how large you want it to be is to look at model railroad structures. They are in wood or styrene and easy to modify. 



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