With your ideas laid out in note form, How can you add to the scene or display. Do you have anything that would fit the bill with minor modifications already in your stash? Can you refinish a piece of furniture you already have, modifying it to fit in with a theme and make the focus stronger or giving unrelated pieces the same finish? Here a dresser is painted a non traditional color, black, which makes the furniture a showcase for the pieces on the shelves. To keep the base from being a waste of space, a dishtowel helps relate the piece to the concept of a wider scene and story. The flower pot and the terrier pull similar colors to the bottom of the scene, and the tomatoes the dog is playing with give the scene an active moment of fun.
What are your talents? What skills do you have that you could use to add to the scene or trade to others for pieces you can use. Can you find a miniature club to look for bargains, make trades or learn new skills? Can you make miniature pillows from coordinating fabrics. Change the look of pieces by reupholstering them to make a coordinating design. Make printables that will give you inexpensive backgrounds or filler pieces for shelves while you build your collection? Can you use polymer clay or paper clay or gesso to add period details to standard wooden furniture so yours will look more detailed than the regular kits?
5. Find Bargains
When you have your plan itemized, and a list of the things you will need to buy rather than trade or make, where can you find them for the lowest cost? What can you find at a yard sale? What simple methods will save money on the pieces you need. Are kits available? Can you find help or plans to make what you want in the books in the Book Review Section of this site? (At a library saves even more!)
What basic materials and tools do you need. Instead of buying special paints or finishes, can you make your own from basic artist quality supplies? Don't sacrifice your project to poor materials you think are inexpensive. That flooring you make from old egg cartons, could destroy your entire project in five years with it's high acidity.