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Make a Miniature Chair for a Mouse, Fairy or "Woodsy" Using Walnut Shells
Miniature mouse in his reading chair with a reading lamp on the table beside him.

Miniature felt mouse poses in his reading chair with an electrified LED lamp beside him.

Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

This easy to make reading chair for a mouse, or other woodland creature, is made mainly from walnut shells. You can make similar chairs from other nut shells, or use air dry clay or paper mache to make something similar. As shown, the chair fits the 1:24 scale miniature poseable mouse and would also fit playmobil people or Calico Critters / Sylvanian families characters with minor modificiations. Instructions are also available to make a working miniature reading lamp from an acorn

If you make the chair and a few other props, the scene is wonderful for many displays, including a reading of "The Night Before Christmas" or other vignettes.

To make the miniature chair as shown, you will need whole walnuts in the shell, which have been cracked to separate the shells into halves. Instructions for cracking the walnut shells into halves without breaking them will help reduce the number of walnuts you need for this project! Other materials you will need include:

  • Woodworking Glue - or a strong PVA (white) Glue
  • Razor Saw
  • Miter Box
  • Sandpaper on a sanding block
  • Small Acorns or Beads - for feet for the chair
  • Quilt Batting
  • Felt or Quilting Fabric to upholster the chair. I used wool felt from my quilting shop.
  • Sharp Scissors

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