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How to Measure without Using a Ruler Using Body...
Quick measurement references based on your body, stationery, or common coins, that you can use if you find yourself without a ruler. This helps modellers and miniaturists to gauge the rough scale of items they might be interested in buying for a collection.
Recycle Plastic Rods and Straws Into Dollhouse...
How to make a range of dollhouse and model scale miniature bottles from recycled plastic rods and straws. The bottles can be shaped into milk and wine bottles, baby bottles, canning jars and a range of other miniatures in several model scales.
Match Old and New Wood with Common Household...
Age or weather raw wood easily with these instructions that use basic household materials. Create a silvery aged finish for any untreated wood,in order to quickly age craft and shabby chic projects or match replaced sections of fences or furniture.
Custom Dollhouse Furniture Instructions and...
Step by step instructions for detailed dollhouse and miniature furniture projects made from craft wood using simple handtools. These clear photo instructions help develop techniques that can be used for many styles of furniture and historic periods.
Make Custom Doll Clothes and Shoes To Fit Any...
Use this list of free custom doll clothes and shoe patterns to design and sew custom clothes for any size, shape or brand of doll, including Barbie ™.
Make Mary Janes for a Doll
Make these miniature Mary Jane style doll shoes from patterns you custom fit to your particular doll.
Make a Torso Sloper For Custom Fit Clothing for...
How to custom fit a bodice or torso 'sloper' or basic pattern to any doll, including dolls house dolls, model horse rider dolls, fashion dolls, Barbie™, BJD's and larger dolls including the American Girl Dolls.
Bend Sheet Acrylic or Plexiglass For Crafts...
Use a butane kitchen torch, embossing heat tool, or heat gun to bend plastic for miniatures and models.
Make Scale Model Stone Walls from Recycled...
How to make simple scale model stone walls and buildings from painted and coated styrofoam bead board or dense insulation foam sheets.
What Scale Are Your Dollhouse Miniatures? How...
Learn the common dollhouse scales, 1:6, 1:12, 1:16, 1:24, 1:48 and how to easily check which scale you have.
Make These Tiny Forks from Aluminum Wire
How to make dollhouse scale 'stainless steel' forks from flattened aluminum wire.
Make Tiny Realistic Palms From Paper or Fabric
Make tiny palm trees in several model scales for gaming terrains, railroad scenes, dolls houses, or Christmas Nativity scenes using paper and wire.
Free Printables for Tiny Traditional Glitter...
Three traditional printable cottages and landscaped bases for an N-scale Christmas village scene in traditional North American Putz or Glitter style.
Quick Fixes For Stuck Decorative Paper Punches
How to fix or make minor repairs to stuck decorative paper punches with plastic covers.
Make a Working Miniature Fountain or Waterfall...
How to use miniature water pumps to make recycling water features for model scenes, dollhouses and fairy gardens.
Free Printables To Make Model and Dollhouse...
Free printable miniature projects and tutorials for original accessories for dollhouse and model scenes. These include dollhouse and shop miniatures, doll clothing, miniature tea sets books, souvenirs, wallpapers, boxes and bags, printable buildings and glitter houses for model villages and train layouts, as well as gift boxes and treat or favor containers.
Make Fairy Garden Furniture Using Twigs
Use twigs from the woods or your garden to make a range of furniture pieces in miniature scales suitable for fairy gardens indoors and out.
How to Choose Fruit Trees for More Fruit in...
How to choose a dwarf or miniature fruit tree to suit your situation and needs, including rootstocks, special pruning and tips on growing in pots.
How to Use EZ Water or Casting Resin to Make...
Make a simple model pond or pool for a dollhouse garden or a miniature terrain or railroad model using a variety of materials and simple techniques. This is a good tutorial for a beginning modeller.
Find a Design For Your Dream Dollhouse
Use this two page list of free dolls' house plans and online sources for free and purchased plans to build dollhouses in a range of styles and scales, including fashion dolls, as well as traditional 1:12 and 1:24 scale. Many of these plans for doll houses are easy to build.
Use Twigs To Make Tiny Chairs for a Fairy...
Step by Step illustrated instructions to make a rustic twig chair for a miniature doll's house cabin front porch in 1:12 dollhouse or other scale. This furniture is very easy and inexpensive to make.
Make Dollhouse And Scale Model Bottles From...
Steps in making a simple mold for miniature or dolls house scale bottles, and how to use casting materials or Fimo Deko Gel to make bottles in the mold. Includes instructions for make fillable bottles.
Make Simple Tables for Dolls House or Scale...
Tutorial on how to make simple tables for dollhouse, railroad and other scale model or miniature scenes.
Ornate bottles, flasks and flagons made from...
Make dollhouse scale flasks, flagons, and bottles from combinations of beads.
Make Dollhouse Spoons from Flattened Aluminum...
The simple dollhouse spoon shown here is the second in the miniature cutlery series of projects made
What Should You Use to Build a Dollhouse or...
Information on building materials used to construct model buildings and dolls houses in various scales.
More than 50 Easy Miniature Projects to Make
Make dollhouse furniture and accessories easily with the more than 50 beginner's scale miniature projects linked to this gallery. Each tutorial is designed to give a beginner experience with a particular technique or material.
Recycle Your Old Ropes or Cord into Nautical...
Clear photo instructions for how to make a nautical rope mat tied using the ocean plait knot. You can use this for rugs from dollhouse to doormat size
Turn Your Broken Flowerpots Into Miniature...
How to make a landscaped miniature or fairy garden in a broken plant pot.
How To Make Working Base Cabinets for a...
How to make opening base cabinets for a custom dollhouse kitchen.
Make Dollhouse or Miniature Fence Pickets from...
Use stir sticks to make dolls house fence pickets.
Use Twigs to Make a Rustic Table For a...
Step by Step illustrated instructions for making an Adirondack Rustic table for a miniature cabin front porch or doll house, in 1:12 doll's house or other scale. This dollhouse furniture is easy to make.
Make Realistic Roses from Paper
Make 1:12, 1:24 or 1:48 dollhouse scale paper roses for a miniature display or for use with other miniature scenes.
Miniature Water Features From Sheet Plastic
Make realistic still or running water features in any model scale using sheet styrene or acrylic over a base of dry floral foam.
Sources For Free Printable Miniature Houses,...
List of websites with links to free printable card buildings for railroad or dollhouse scale scenes or game terrains.
Tutorial for Peg People and Clothespin Dolls
Make a range of dressed and international clothes pin dolls for decorations, or as figures for dolls' houses or dioramas.
Immortalize Your Dog in Miniature With Needlefelt
Instructions for making detailed scale miniature model dogs and dollhouse dogs or ornaments using simple needle felting techniques.
Tips For Prepping and Painting MDF for a Better...
Techniques and tips for priming and sealing mdf (medium density fiberboard) for a better paint finish for any type of project including dolls houses and displays.
Make Tiny Paper Gladiolus for Dollhouse Scenes
How to make custom gladiolus colors in dollhouse miniature scales using paper, wire, and glue.
Acrylic Paint Tips for Miniatures and Models
Uses of acrylic paint across the field of miniatures. When to use acrylic paint, what types to use, how to clean up.
Build a Dollhouse Roombox From Inexpensive...
Use these box building instructions to make a simple dollhouse roombox or custom container for a diorama from illustration board or book board.
How to Make Simple Handmade Hinges for...
Make simple working miniature hinges for dollhouse or scale model projects using scrap metal cut from tin cans.
How to Sculpt a Miniature Head for a Doll or...
How to sculpt heads for miniature or dolls house dolls from polymer clay or air dry clay, paper clay or epoxy putty.
Making Detailed Miniature Plants for 1:48 Scale...
Instructions for making a variety of simple flowering plants for quarter or O scale scenes.
Great Reference Photos From Miniature Shows
List of photo galleries of show and reference photos for miniaturists, dollhouse builders, and model railroad scenes.
Make Miniature Seagulls from Modelling Clays
Make scale miniature seagulls in a range of poses to use in scale scenes.
Use Stir Sticks To Make a Dollhouse Bed
Make a dolls house bed with a picket head and footboard from wooden stir sticks. You can also use the technique to make fences
Make a Miniature Fire for A Doll's House,...
How to make a battery operated miniature fire for a dolls house, railroad, or Christmas village scene using light emitting diodes (LEDS).
How to Recognize 1:12 Scale For Dollhouses and...
Description of 1:12 scale and how to work out various sizes of objects in this scale for die cast cars, model railroads, dolls houses and other miniature items.
Make "Stainless Steel" Dollhouse Dinner Knives...
This miniature 'stainless steel" dinner knife is another easy metalwork project which can be made using
Add a Realistic Faux Mahogany Finish to Almost...
Steps used to create a faux mahogany finish on almost any surface or size of item
Make Miniature Skull Beads, Skulls or Sugar...
How to shape miniature skulls for beads, Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations using polymer clay, clay, paper mache, epoxy putty or sugar and fondant.
Bill Duncan's Custom Carriages and Other...
Learn about historically accurate carriages for your Breyers and other model horses with these photos and descriptions by Bill Duncan of BD Wagons
Tips on Caring For Miniature Kordana Roses
Information about growing Kordana miniature roses
Classic Painted Furniture Finishes For Miniatures
Classic painted furniture finishes you can apply to miniature furniture to create matching sets for a dolls house or miniature scene.
Easy Modifications for Action Figures
Inexpensive action figures can often be modified for use in a range of miniature settings and scenes. Here are some easy ways to adapt figures for other uses.
Make Butterfly Koi from Polymer Clay
Make these miniature butterfly koi from polymer clay to use in a range of dolls house and scale model scenes.
How to Make Custom Opening Doors for Dollhouses...
How to make custom doors for dollhouses and other model buildings using only handtools,craft wood or sturdy card, and these well illustrated instructions and plans.
Clever Use of Drinking Straws to Make a...
Make this scale miniature air mattress from plastic drinking straws with glue and a hot iron.
Make Dolls House Chairs From Wood
Tutorial showing how to make a simple wooden chair in dolls house scale. The chair is glued together with simple butt joins, and parts can be cut with a craft knife or a razor saw from stock sizes of craft wood.
Use Die Cut Stickers to Make Detailed Designs...
Make miniature flocked rugs for a dolls house using die cut stickers to make the detailed design elements.
Make This Garden Gazing Ball for a Miniature or...
How to make a miniature garden gazing ball or gazing globe sized to fit a dollhouse or fairy garden.
Make a Simple Dolls House Roombox from Baltic...
Make a simple dolls house scale roombox from Baltic Birch Plywood. A roombox can be finished with a front glass frame, or sized to fit as a group inside a bookcase or other piece of furniture to make a baby house.
Printable Containers for Tiny Dollhouse Flowers
Make a set of printable miniature flower containers for a dolls house florist, corner shop or dolls house interior. These free printables are in scales of 1:6, 1:12, 1:24 and 1:48
Make Custom Dollhouse Windows or Model Windows...
Opening dollhouse windows you can make for model buildings or dollhosues including shop windows, opening casement windows and other styles.
Sew Simple Removable Jeans for Any Size or...
Make this pair of simple jeans for any size or scale of doll using a custom pants sloper to draft the pattern.
Easy DIY Dollhouse Fireplace
Make this miniature fireplace in a range of styles for a dolls house or other scale model scene using wood, or pieces taken from a basic dollhouse kitchen hutch.
Turn Recycled Plastic Packaging Into Embossed...
How to use recycled plastic packaging to make embossed plastic that resembles etched glass for use with miniatures and dolls' houses.
Build a Simple Wooden Chest or Riding Tack...
Build a useful dolls house scale miniature wooden chest or trunk with an opening lid and interior sliding tray.
7 Mistakes to Avoid When You Paint Miniatures...
Learn 7 things to avoid if you want to improve your miniature and model painting techniques.
Make Faux Water for Models With Epoxy Resin
Tips and techniques for using two part epoxy resins to simulate water effects in miniatures and scale model scenes.
Easy Gathered Sundress for Any Doll
Sew this simple gathered sundress to fit any size or shape of doll. The dress can be machine sewn or hand stitched for miniature dolls.
Use Your Printer on Tissue Paper
How to use a paper backing to easily print sheets of tissue paper using an ink jet or laser printer.
How to Paint a Shaded Base Coat on a Model Horse
Learn how to use layers of various colors of paint to create realistic shading on your model horse painting projects.
How to Make a Doll Sized Hoodie From a Sock
Sew this easy to make doll's sweater from a knit sock. The sweater can be made in many sizes to fit a range of doll scales.
How to Make a Farmhouse, Butler's or Belfast...
How to make a range of farmhouse, Belfast or butler's sinks in dollhouse scale.
Should You Use Figures in Miniature Scenes?
Pros and cons of adding figures to scale miniature scenes or dolls houses, what to consider when you are building a scene in order to make it work better with figures or dolls.
Make Miniature Spiral Bound Books and School...
Make miniature spiral bound books and ruled class notebooks in popular dolls house scales for back to school.
Most Popular 1:18 Scale Die Cast Car Companies
List of top companies making 1:18 scale die cast car models including new model cars, muscle cars and historic racing models.
How to Sculpt Poseable Miniature Dolls
How to make poseable miniature dolls for dolls houses or scale railroads using sculpting techniques and polymer clay, air dry clay, or epoxy putty.
Make a Basic Doll's House Cupboard or Armoire...
Use simple hand tools to build a basic dolls house scale cupboard or armoire with opening doors.
Make Scale Miniature Corn Stalks
Make scale miniature corn (maize) stalks for dolls house and railroad scenes.
Build Custom Doll's House Kitchen Cabinets
Dollhouse scale projects for custom kitchen cabinets, tables, chairs and other furnishings for a model or dolls' house kitchen. Adapt these projects to make cabinets in your choice of styles, materials and colors.
Top Companies Producing Collectible Miniature...
Most popular makers of miniature buildings, cottages and villages.
Make a Basic Doll's Shirt With Long Sleeves For...
Make a doll shirt with a front opening and long sleeves using custom pattern slopers to fit any size or scale of doll.
Use an Empty Drink Container To Make a...
This woodland tree house is made from common recyclable materials and can be used as a home for miniature mice, a family of calico critters, a Realpuki elf, or other woodland figures in roughly 1:24 scale.
Free Charts and Tips for Miniature Needlework...
Miniature needlework counted designs in cross stitch and petite point from the About.com Guides.
Make Scale Miniature Cattails or Bullrushes
Make scale miniature cattails or bullrushes for dolls house or railroad scale scenes using a variety of easily found materials.
Tips for Correctly Proportioned Dolls and Figures
Tips on getting the correct proportions for body parts and heads when you sculpt dolls.
How to Make Stained Glass Effects and Windows...
Instructions for creating various types of stained glass in miniature including simple window patterns.
Steps to Preparing and Painting Metal Miniatures
Techniques used to paint metal miniatures for gaming, dollhouse, or collectibles.
Tiny Bird's Nest Ornaments From Thread and Moss
Make a dolls house scale miniature birds nest using thread and reindeer moss.
Free Printable Bay Window or Window Template in...
Use this free printable dolls house bay shop window as a template for building your own window, or use it for an inexpensive windowbox display in 1:12, 1:24, or 1:48 dolls house scales.
Miniature Vignettes Exhibited at the 2015...
Vignettes from the 2015 Westcoast Miniature Show - Travel display of vintage luggage in a bookbox vignette by I.T.(Terry) Parkin .
Basic Handtools Used to Make Dollhouse...
List of the best woodworking hand tools for anyone who likes to make dolls house miniatures, miniature displays and miniature furniture.
Easy Build Roomboxes To Display Models and...
Instructions for easy build roomboxes for miniature and dolls house displays, with links to photo galleries of roomboxes and tips on display plannng.
Easy to Grow Plants for Fairy Gardens or...
List of plants (with photos) that suit the creation of miniature or fairy garden landscapes or garden railroads outdoors or in pots.
Make a Simple Village Church in 1:144 Scale
Make this free printable village chuch for a dolls house scene or an N scale railroad or Christmas Village
Weave This Tiny Flower Gathering Basket From...
Make a miniature version of a traditional flower gathering basket using embroidery thread and fine wire.
Visual Comparison of Model Railroad Scales
This displays of freight cars clearly shows the difference in scale sizes of model trains for Z, N, HO, S, O and G scale railroads Page 15.
Most Popular Craft Materials for Miniatures,...
Descriptions of materials used to make, finish, build and display miniatures, what to use and when to make model buildings, dollhouses, and scale miniature items for your collection.
How to Make More than 40 Paper Plants and Flowers
These miniature plants and flowers can be made in several dollhouse and model scales from 1:48 to 1:6 and are useful for all kinds of miniature garden scenes, floral arrangements or as decorations or gifts.
Bookboard as a Base for Modelling Projects
Bookboard also known as book board is a dense paper board used for book covers and boxes of all types.
Sources of Scale Lumber for a Range of...
List of suppliers and sources of scale wood, lumber or timber in sheets, plywood, stripwood and laser cut details for model buildings, ships, miniature furniture and dolls houses.
How to Choose and Use a Pin Vise or Mini Drill
How to use a pin vice or pin vise, also known as a twist drill or miniature drill; for miniatures, models, and dollhouse projects.
Make Chalk Finish Paints From Common Art Supplies
How to make small quantities of chalk or lime paints for crafts and miniatures using pigments or latex paint and artist's gesso.
Make a Printable Dolls House Miniature Tea Set...
Make this printable dolls house miniature tea set with a variety of different tea or coffee cups, a coffee or tea pot, cream and sugar pots.
Build a Bed for Your Doll
Make this easy wood bed for a doll, fashion (playscale) doll or dollhouse miniature doll using scale measurements or plan templates and simple construction techniques using wood or card.
Learn How to Paint Faux Granite Finishes
Learn how to mimic a range of granite types with painted finishes on wood or other surfaces using acrylic paints.
Make Carved Miniature Rope Mouldings for Dolls...
Use these step by step instructions to learn how to carve simple rope edges or moldings for dolls house scale furniture and trims.
Micro Scale Printable Shops for Miniature Towns...
Make free photo realistic printable 1:144 (micro) scale shops and buildings buildings as Christmas decorations tree ornaments or for N scale railroads.
Learn To Weave a Simple Miniature Fruit Basket
Make a traditional woven miniature fruit basket using embroidery thread and fine wire. These baskets can be used in scale scenes, or for dolls house displays.
Exploring the History of Wade Whimsies
Information about the history and current new introductions of Wade Whimsies collectible miniatures.
Build a Simple Dolls House or Baby House From...
Build a simple dolls house in a bookcase box or make a baby house to hold a collection of dolls house roomboxes. The case can be finished with standard doors or dollhouse doors if you want to turn it into a dolls' house. If you change your mind it can be used as a bookcase.
Make a Poseable Felt Mouse
This adorable miniature felt mouse is easy to sew from felt. Made over a wire armature, the mouse can be posed and used for dollhouses, miniature scenes, or as a Christmas tree decoration.
Set Tiny Tadpoles Into a Water Filled Jar for a...
A beginners project using two part epoxy resin to produce a jar full of tadpoles for a 1:12 scale dolls house scene.
Simple L or Float Frames for Miniature Canvas...
Make simple float or L picture frames for stretched canvas or canvas panels
Make an Easy Removable Doll Dress
This easy to make dress for a dollhouse doll or small stuffed toy can be sewn or glued from a variety of materials. The dress is removable, and can be used for children's dolls. It is an easy sewing project.
How to Make Miniature Polymer Clay Muffins and...
Make miniature dolls house cupcakes, muffins and fairy cakes from polymer clay with a two part silicon putty mold based on household tube caps.
Make Simple Dollhouse Books and Magazines
Make dolls house scale books and magazines from paper covers and paper, wood or card
Traditional Storage in Miniature, The Common...
How to make miniature fruit and vegeatable crates for dollhouse and model scenes using 1/8 inch thick lumber or craft sticks.
Make a Basic Pant Sloper Pattern for Any Size,...
Fit a basic pants sloper pattern to any size or scale of doll and use it to make a range of removable pants for the doll.
Build a Boockase or Display Shelving for a...
How to make simple but sturdy bookcases or shop display storage in dollhouse scale, using hand tools.
Make a Miniature "Glass" Showcase for a...
Use sheet acrylic and simple bending and gluing techniques to build a 'glass' top for dollhouse shop display cases.
Make an Easy Bookend To Display a Miniature Scene
This easy to build bookend display project is a good start to working with mdf for creating miniature displays or dolls houses. This small project takes very little material and can be used to create a simple indoor or outdoor scene to place on a table top or in a bookcase.
Build a Windowbox or Storage Box for a Dollhouse
Make simple wooden storage boxes or window boxes in dolls house scales using files to cut rabbet joints and files and drills to cut decorative side cutouts.
12 Easy to Make Accessories for Fairy Gardens
12 easy accessories to make for fairy or miniature gardens, indoors or out.
Make Dollhouse Toy Lions from Pompoms and...
Make miniature lion toys or decorations from pipe cleaners and pompoms.
Make Hanging Pegs and a Shelf From Craft or...
Make a simple dolls house shelf supported by a rail with hanging pegs made from toothpicks and craft sticks or scale wood.
Learn How to Make Miniature Food
Make a range of dollhouse miniature and play scale foods with easy to follow photo tutorials. Instructions for cakes, cookies, snacks, and savories.
Defining the Size of a Town
A 1950's passenger station near Main Street in HO Scale. Page 16.
Printable Classic French Floor Tiles for...
These sheets of printable miniature floor tiles in a classic French style are available in several colorways.
Free Dollhouse Miniature Printable Wallpaper...
Free printable dollhouse scale wallpaper, backdrops, and fabric designs for roomboxes,and dolls houses or scrapbooks. Designs are available in several scales including 1:12, 1:24 and 1:48 scale and print easily on letter sized paper.
How to Make a Miniature Fairy Bed From Twigs
This rustic miniature bed, which matches a similar table and chair, is made using twigs. It can be made in several scales and custom designed for dolls, fairies and other character figures.
Make Printable Paper or Fabric Hats With Brims...
Use these printables to make brimmed paper hats for fashion dolls or dollhouse scenes. After practising with paper you can use the printables as patterns for brimmed fabric hats in four scales from 1:6 to 1:48.
Quick Build Display Projects for Dollhouse...
Easy projects you can make to display a range of scale miniatures, including dolls houses and room boxes.
Mary Englebreit Style Dollhouses by the "Girls...
This gallery of 1:24 scale houses "Mary Houses" in Mary Englebreit style,  was built by a mini group
Free Printable French Themed Dollhouse...
French themed printable dollhouse wallpapers in 1:12, 1:24 and 1:48 scales
Exterior Finishes for Model Buildings and...
Ways to create scale versions of traditional exterior finishes on model buildings and dolls houses
Mixing Poly Clay Colors Together To Make Shades...
Mixing basic brown shades for dollhouse baking and food, blended from primary colors of Premo polymer clay. Page 2.
Make Tiny Plant Pots From Paper Strips for...
How to make dolls house scale miniature plant pots using narrow strips of paper or quilling paper.
Make a Quarter Scale Front Porch Scene in a Tea...
Make a quarter scale (1:48) front porch scene in a tea cup and saucer using dollhouse parts or free printables.
Make Printable Miniature Boxes for a Dolls...
Make lined, openable miniature printable shop boxes in several color schemes for dollhouses or other scale miniature displays.
Braid Easy Rugs for a Dollhouse From Embroidery...
Make miniature braided rugs from embroidery floss in dolls house scale.
Make a Realistic MIniature Christmas Tree
Make a realistic scale miniature Christmas tree for a dolls house, railroad scene, or Christmas village using a basic bottle brush or bottle brush craft tree and preserved lycopodium (prince's/princess pine) greenery.
Tie Miniature Ribbon Bows for Anything From...
How to make a simple ribbon bow maker and use it to form many different styles of dolls house scale bows.
Tiny Food for Dollhouse Grills and Picnics
Make a range of miniature foods and accessories for dollhouse picnics and barbecues. Meats, pies, ice creams, tools, aprons, even a picnic basket.
How to Make Tiny Garden Gnomes for Fairy...
How to make miniature gnomes in dollhouse scale from two part epoxy putty or polymer clay
Ways to Make Your Project Diorama Special
List of instructions for easy to make diorama containers, miniatures and models to help students or groups create scenes for class or club projects

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