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Miniature Projects for Christmas Decorations

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Miniatures are a great source of Christmas tree decorations, as well as items for Christmas villages and displays. This list of projects and printable miniatures will help you make decorations for your full size tree or gifts, make and decorate a tiny Christmas village or Creche, or decorate a miniature Christmas tree or a dolls house scene.

1. Make a Printable Miniature Sleigh

A teenage dolls house doll stands beside a printable miniature sleigh.
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Make this printable miniature sleigh and fill it with parcels or ornaments for a table decoration. The sleigh can be made in three sizes from photo paper, or lightweight cardstock. It is strong enough to hold a dolls house scale doll or santa with his sack. One enterprising reader used the printables to make a wooden version with metal runners to set behind her model horse.

Instructions for Making a Printable Miniature Sleigh

2. Make a Realistic Miniature Christmas Tree From Lycopodium Moss

Six inch high miniature Christmas tree with realistic branches.
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While the lycopodium moss used for realistic trees can be difficult to source, the realism of these minature trees is hard to beat. Although shown here as a 'Christmas Tree', this tutorial can be used to make realistic evergreen trees for other models and railroad scenes. A bit of dried lycopodium moss greenery and a bottle brush or bottle brush tree are the basis for this realistic dolls house scale Christmas tree. It can be made in any scale to decorate a Christmas Village, or add to the background scenery.

Tutorial for Making a Realistic Miniature Christmas Tree

3. Make Ornaments For a Miniature Chistmas Tree Using Beads

Beads of various shapes on a six inch high Christmas tree
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Keep an eye out at the bead store and you will find all kinds of things to turn into ornaments for a tiny Christmas tree or a miniature garland for a full sized tree. These ornaments all work with 1:12 or smaller scale Christmas trees for Christmas villages.

Tutorial to Make Miniature Christmas Tree Ornaments from Beads

4. Use Filligree Beads to Make Miniature Stained Glass Ornaments

Small pierced metal beads colored with clear glazes resemble stained glass ornaments.
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Use Glaze Pens, Glass Paints, or nail polish to decorate metal, glass or filigree beads and turn them into miniature stained glass ornaments.

Tutorial to Make Miniature "Stained Glass" Ornaments From Beads

5. Make Quick Spiral Christmas Trees from Wired Trims

Miniature cone shaped tree for a Christmas village made from wired tinsel
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Here's an easy project. These miniature spiral trees can be made from wired tinsel, ribbon, or beaded trims. Decorated with colored sequins or miniature ornaments they make a great addition to a Christmas village or an interesting table decoration. The size of the trees is based on the size of cone you use for the base, so make a range of sizes if you want a grove of trees for a display.

Tutorial to Make Miniature Spiral Trees

6. Make Miniature Animals To Hang On Your Christmas Tree or Parcels

A one inch tall miniature felted Jack Russell terrier.
Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

Fill your Christmas Tree with miniature animals. The needlefelt technique shown here makes a miniature dog or you can learn how to make a miniature needlefelt raccoon. You can use these instructions to make any other animal, including miniatures of your family pets using this technique. If you are unfamiliar with needle felting, there are two book reviews on this site: Little Felted Animals shows you how to make a number of specific animals and birds and Fleece Dog has instructions for making several specific dog breeds.

7. Make Miniature Christmas Poinsettias

Three color variations of poinsettias made in 1:12 dolls house scale from paper, paint and wire.
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These tiny poinsettias made from wire and paper can be hung on the Christmas tree, used to decorate a Christmas village or a dolls house, or given as gifts to shut ins with very limited space for plants!

Make Miniature Poinsettias

8. Make a Miniature Christmas Cactus

Miniature Christmas cactus or holiday cactus in dollhouse scale
Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

This tiny Christmas cactus is made from wire, paper and paint. Surprisingly realistic it can be hung from a Christmas tree or used to decorate a Victoria dolls house parlour for Christmas.

Make a Miniature Christmas Cactus

9. Make Miniature (or Full Size) Christmas Crackers

1:12 scale dolls house miniature Christmas crackers.
Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

Tiny or full size Christmas crackers can be made using gift wrap, tissue or Crepe paper and ribbon. A printable file for making boxes for 1:12 scale crackers is included.

The same method can be used with 'flash paper' pull crackers (available from craft stores) to make full sized crackers personalized for your dinner guests.

Instructions for Making Miniature Christmas Crackers

10. Make Miniature Christmas Stockings

A finished petite point Christmas stocking with a "Cabin in the Woods" design in 1:12 scale
Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

Adorable decorations when hung on a tree, these counted stitch charts for needlework or cross stitch Christmas stockings are worked over 42 HPI silk gauze to make stockings in 1:12 dolls house scale. They are easy projects for a beginning stitcher and can be made larger or smaller by using different size canvas.

Designs include:

The designs are all available as printable pdf (acrobat reader files) which are linked to text in the pages listed above.

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