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Miniatures for Thanksgiving or Fall Displays


Autumn displays mostly center on the theme of harvests, or changes in nature. These miniature projects can add the idea of fall to all kinds of displays, or be used for stand alone decorations for Thanksgiving.

1. Make Miniature Papier Mache Pumpkins

A roll of brown kraft paper makes a stem on the top of a dolls house scale paper mache pumpkin.
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There are lots of uses for these mini pumpkins. Make them in a range of sizes for a table display, or use them for your scale railroad or dolls house scene.

2. Make Miniature Puritans / Pilgrims Hats From Felt Or Printables

Capotain felt hat, Puritan or Pilgram hat, made from felt in a size for a dolls house doll.
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These shaped hats are made by carefully pressing wool felt over a cork. Once you learn the technique you can use it to make a wide range of hat styles. The traditional pilgrim hat shown takes only a two inch square of felt in 1:12 scale. If you prefer, there is a link to a printable pdf file on the first page of the instructions, with a range of printable hat templates from 1:6 to 1:48 scale.

Make Capotain / Pilgrim / Puritan / Leprechaun Hats

3. Make Truly Miniature Candy Corn Kernals

Dollhouse scale candy corn with a doll's hand and a quarter coin for a size reference.
Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

Use polymer clay to make true dollhouse miniature scale candy corn. You'll need to work on your technique a bit to get pieces this small, but the results are worth it to add scale candies or cake decorations to your displays.

4. Make Tiny Miniature Turkey Cookies

Dollhouse cookie turkey made from polymer clay.
Photo © 2013 Lesley Shepherd
Use the miniature corn kernels (see link below ) to make these tiny turkey cookies for a Thanksgiving feast. They also make unusual earrings.


5. Make a Layered Pumpkin Cake

This dollhouse scale cake isn't made from the usual polymer or air dry clay, but from layers of floral foam sandwiched with acrylic paint. It is quick to make, and the foam gives it a great cake like crumb texture with no extra work.


6. Vintage Thanksgiving Cards

One of a series of comic Thanksgiving cards by Raphael Tuck and Sons
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Vintage Thanksgiving cards are an interesting collectible and also have uses for crafts, artwork and miniature scale scenes. The cards in this gallery are accompanied by a printable miniature version you can use for dolls house or model room settings.

7. Make a Miniature Mayflower With a Walnut Shell Hull and Printable Sails

Walnut shell model of the Mayflower.
Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

Make this miniature Mayflower using half walnut shells and printable paper or fabric sails. The ships can be used for place cards if you make a larger sized sail with the available parts, and print a name on the mainsail. They also make great decorations, or can be used in a miniature mobile. This project is part of a series of small boats made from walnut shells. Need help cracking the shells? Look here for help and a few more ornament suggestions.

How to Crack Walnut Shells in Half

8. Make Printable Miniature Pumpkin Boxes For Treats

Miniature pumpkin boxes have been assembled and filled with candy treats as party favors.
Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
These little pumpkin boxes can be made without Halloween faces for Thanksgiving dinner favors or to hold a special fall treat. They can be made in the two sizes shown, or made with lower sides for fashion doll or 1:12 dolls house scene pumpkin chocolate boxes.

9. Make Scale Miniature Corn Stalks

Dried corn stalks and miniature pumpkins ready for a dolls house display.
Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

Great for Thanksgiving and Halloween Miniatures, these cornstalks also work well on model railroad scenes.

10. Make Miniature Spider Chrysanthemums

Dollhouse scale miniature spider chrysanthemums arranged in a bead.
Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

Lovely in all kinds of miniature displays, these tiny spider mums can be custom tailored to your particular color scheme. These are an 'intermediate' project as they require careful cutting and coloring of your paper, but a dedicated beginner can make them with care.

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