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How to Measure without Using a Ruler
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.
How to Age, Grey or Weather Wood with Common...
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.
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 Custom Doll Clothes For Any Doll
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 Traditional Miniature Glitter House With...
Three traditional printable cottages and landscaped bases for an N-scale Christmas village scene in traditional North American Putz or Glitter style.
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.
What Material is Best for Building a Dollhouse...
Information on building materials used to construct model buildings and dolls houses in various scales.
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.
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.
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.
Quick Fixes For Stuck Decorative Paper Punches
How to fix or make minor repairs to stuck decorative paper punches with plastic covers.
How to Choose Miniature Fruit Trees for More...
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.
Make Quick Haunted Houses From Recyclables
Make these easy to build haunted houses from recycled boxes finished with your choice of free printable roofs, windows, and doors.
Tips on Caring For Miniature Kordana Roses
Information about growing Kordana miniature roses
Make Spooky Arms and Legs for Halloween...
How to make poseable 'vine' or 'branch' arms and legs for fruits and vegetables from wire and artist's mediums.
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.
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.
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
Printable Dollhouse Miniature Halloween...
Miniature and dollhouse scale Halloween decorations. Computer printable miniatures of bats, ghosts, pumpkins as well as ghost and bat garlands for dollhouse decorations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make Printable Coffin Boxes for Halloween Treats
Printing instructions for a free miniature box shaped like a coffin for use as a Halloween prop for a miniature scene, or to hold Halloween party favors, treats, or invitations.
Great Reference Photos From Miniature Shows
List of photo galleries of show and reference photos for miniaturists, dollhouse builders, and model railroad scenes.
Dollhouse Scale Printable Halloween Trick or...
Miniature printable Halloween trick or treat bags, treat bags, party cups and plates in 1:12 dollhouse scale. Page 2.
Free Printable Boxes for Christmas Miniatures...
Make these free printable miniature gingerbread house boxes to hang on a tree filled with candy or small presents, or use them for an advent calendar village. They are also great packaging for miniature specialities at Christmas craft fairs and sales. Page 2.
Print This Glitter / Coconut House Village in...
Free printable miniature buildings and building parts in traditional styles based on the paper mache models used for Christmas villages in the 1920's to 1950's.
Flint and Brick Wall
Details of a brick capped flint wall in Lewes UK. Flint and brick combinations make interesting walls for scale models. Page 23.
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.
Quick Build Display Projects for Dollhouse...
Easy projects you can make to display a range of scale miniatures, including dolls houses and room boxes.
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
Learn to Make Your Own Custom Figures From...
How to make poseable miniature dolls for dolls houses or scale railroads using sculpting techniques and polymer clay, air dry clay, or epoxy putty.
Luan/lauan Plywood for Miniature Buildings and...
Basic information about Luan/Lauan or Philippine mahogany plywood for miniature buildings and dolls' house construction.
Make N Scale (1:144) Christmas or Glitter...
Printable micro village buildings to use for a Christmas village, or to make into tree decorations or dolls houses for inside a 1:12 scale dollhouse.
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.
Understanding 3/4 or 1:16 scale Dollhouse...
Explanation of the difference between 1:16 and 3/4 scale.
Make Realistic Miniature And Dollhouse Foods...
Make a range of dollhouse miniature and play scale foods with easy to follow photo tutorials. Instructions for cakes, cookies, snacks, and savories.
Use Paper Snowflakes to Make Snowy Winter Trees
How to assemble the layers of branches on a miniature tree made from cut paper snowflakes.
How to Make Scale Miniature Bottles From...
Explanation of the process of heating plastic tubing or plastic rod to make bottle necks for dollhouse and model scale bottles.
Printable Miniature Haunted Glitter Houses /...
Printables or templates and instructions to help you make a range of miniature haunted and abandoned houses in 1:144 scale, from paper, card, or polymer clay.
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.
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.
Defining the Size of a Town
A 1950's passenger station near Main Street in HO Scale. Page 16.
Make Branched Model Trees and Shrubs From Wire...
Make wire based trunks and branches for deciduous trees in your choice of model scales. These trees can also be made for Easter, Halloween or jewellery display trees.
Wade Whimsies - Exploring the History
Information about the history and current new introductions of Wade Whimsies collectible miniatures.
Scale Lumber Suppliers for Dollhouses, Model...
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.
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.
Battery Operated LED Room Lighting Kits for...
Review of room light and mini lighting LED battery operated LED kits by Evan Designs.
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.
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.
Make Custom Fitted Doll Shoes With a Simple...
Make these miniature Mary Jane style doll shoes from patterns you custom fit to your particular doll.
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.
Simulate Water and Liquids in Model Scenes with...
Tips and techniques for using two part epoxy resins to simulate water effects in miniatures and scale model scenes.
Tips on Growing and Caring for Miniature and...
Growing and caring for miniature cyclamen as winter houseplants
Seattle 2014 Halloween Displays
Halloween exhibits in 1:48 scale from the Spring 2014 Seattle Dollhouse Show
Basic Information and Handling Tips for Polymer...
How to use polymer clay for miniature modelling projects - information about safe handling, storage and curing of polymer clay including information on various brands such as Fimo, Cernit, Premo, Kato PolyClay and Sculpey.
Printable Dollhouse Minature Halloween Plates...
Miniature dollhouse printable Halloween plates and cups to make accessories for your 1:12 or smaller dolls' house. Page 3.
How to Turn Your Broken Flowerpots Into...
How to make a landscaped miniature or fairy garden in a broken plant pot.
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.
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.
Make Cellophane Food Packaging in Miniature...
List of materials used to make miniature cellophane food packages for a dollhouse or model scene. Page 2.
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.
Immortalize Your Dog in Miniature With Needlefelt
List of materials needed to make felted dogs of most breeds in miniature scales.
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.
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.
Exterior Finishes for Model Buildings and...
Ways to create scale versions of traditional exterior finishes on model buildings and dolls houses
Make a Miniature Hand Mixer For the Dollhouse
Make a classic vintage hand mixer in dollhouse scale using polymer clay, pins and recyclables
How to Sculpt a Miniature Head for a Doll or...
How to making the basic armature for a miniature or doll's head.
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 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
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.
Printable Miniature N Scale Village Towers and...
Printable miniature towers and castles for a Putz Christmas village or an N scale village railroad layout. The towers can also be used as dolls house scale toy castles.
Planning Pays Off In Better Miniature Scenes
Ways to develop stronger story lines and refine designs for more interesting miniature and dolls' house displays.
Printable Miniature N Scale Village Church and...
Printable miniature dime store style church and bungalows for a miniature town, railway village, Christmas village, or Christmas tree decorations
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.
Draw Plates For Reducing Wire or Wooden Dowels
How to use a draw plate for miniatures
Make Custom Working Windows/ Doors And More for...
Make your own dolls house scale custom doors, windows, stairs and other building components using simple hand tools and craft materials.
How to Plant Small Spring Flowering Bulbs for...
Miniature flowering bulbs bloom early and make a colorful display in your garden. You can use them as early groundcover, in containers, or as spring color for fairy gardens or garden railroads.
More than 30 Miniature Scale 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.
Make Dolls House Scale Miniature Paper Roses
Make 1:12, 1:24 or 1:48 dollhouse scale paper roses for a miniature display or for use with other miniature scenes.
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.
Make Cut Out Paper Christmas Trees for Winter...
How to make stand alone cut out paper trees for a miniature table display. Page 2.
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.
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.
Before You Build - Should You Use Baltic Birch...
Dolls houses and other scale miniature buildings are most often constructed of Baltic Birch Plywood or Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF). What are the differences for miniature builders, and what should you choose to build your dollhouse or other scale structure?
How You Can Use Gatorfoam/Gatorboard for...
Information about Gatorfoam aka Gatorboard and its uses for building miniature displays and scale buildings.
Make an Easy Witch for Halloween
Make a printable miniature witches hat and a 1:12 or 1:48 scale broom.
Free Dollhouse Kitchen Printables in Several...
Free dollhouse kitchen printables and dinner services you can make for a range of model scenes. The sets include plates, coffee sets, tea sets, casseroles, and kitchen cannisters. Many of these printables have coordinating printable fabrics, wallpapers, and edging paper designs as well.
Advantages of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Review of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ™ for use with dollhouses and miniatures to attain a soft lime paint style finish over finely detailed miniature furnishings and walls.
SuperGlue Advantages and Disadvantages for...
Information on using super glues, crazy glues or instant glues or cyanoacrylate glues for models, miniatures and dolls house miniatures.
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.
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.
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.
Make Printable Miniature Coffin Shaped Boxes...
These miniature coffin shaped boxes can be printed out on a computer printer and assembled as props for Halloween scenes in dolls house scales, or used as favor boxes for Halloween treats. They can also be used as containers for Halloween invitations or party favors. Page 4.
Hooks and Threads for Miniature Crochet
How to choose hook sizes and threads for miniature and dolls house crochet projects
Make Miniature Spiral Bound Books and School...
Finish the coil wiring on a dolls house miniature notebook. Page 11.
Great Modelling and Sculpting Tools for Your...
List of the most useful scultping and modelling tools for miniaturists modeling or sculpting in epoxy, polymer clay, paperclay or other materials.
Tutorial on How to Make and Dress Clothespin...
How to cover wire with embroidery floss to make hands on clothespin dolls
Make Tiny Barn Owls For Halloween or Model Scenes
Make a miniature barn owl for model scenes and Halloween displays using simple techniques with air dry or polymer clay.
Make These Realistic Palms For a Tiny Beach or...
Make tiny palm trees in several model scales for gaming terrains, railroad scenes, dolls houses, or Christmas Nativity scenes using paper and wire.
How to Make a Custom Fitted Coat Pattern for...
How to make a basic coat pattern for any size or shape of doll using a torso sloper cut to fit the particular doll.
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.
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.
Polly Pocket Collectibles, Which Do You Have?
Polly Pocket dolls are available in two completely different size ranges which vary widely in appearance, collectibility and useability for miniatures. Explore information on both styles of Polly Pocket dolls.
Backstamp Definition
Backstamps in Pottery and Stamp collecting (philately)
Make Scale Miniature Corn Stalks
Make scale miniature corn (maize) stalks for dolls house and railroad scenes.
An Aquarium from A Deodorant Container
Pauline Kretler used a deodorant container to make a trash to treasure aquarium for a dolls house scene. Page 4.
Make Pumpkins From Paper Mache
Use colored tissue, thread, scissors and pva glue to make miniature paper mache pumpkins for a dolls house, a scale scene, or as a harvest, Halloween, or Thanksgiving table decoration.
Ways to Make Scale Miniature Thatched Roofs
How to create thatched roofs on scale model buildings and dolls houses using a range of different readily available materials.
Print On Tissue With an Ink Jet or Laser Printer
List of materials you will need to print tissue paper using an ink jet or laser printer.
Make a Miniature Spell Book
Learn how to make embossed faux leather covers in miniature for 'antique' dollhouse and miniature books, including 'grimoires' or 'spell books'.
How Scale is Measured for Miniatures and Models...
How scale is applied to miniatures and models. Information on scales for model railroads scales, antiques, miniature vehicles, gaming figures, dollhouses and finescale.
Make Dollhouse And Scale Model Bottles From...
How to make a two part silicone putty mold for fillable scale miniature bottles.
How to Make Lamps and Flickering Fires for...
Dolls' house miniature lamps and lighting projects for beginners who want to explore making their own dollhouse lights. Make a battery operated fire, a chandelier, or several table lamps in dollhouse scale.
Make a Doll House Miniature Needle Felt Raccoon...
Instructions for making a miniature 1:12 (doll house scale) raccoon using fibre and felting needles. These instructions can be used for making several dolls' house animals, including dogs and cats.
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.
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.
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.
Tips to Keep Your Decorative Paper Punches...
Keep your paper punches running smoothly by following these quick tips.
How to Use Two Part Silicon Mold Putty for Easy...
How to use two part silicon mold putty to make moulds to cast a range of miniature projects, including doll's house miniatures and poly clay foods, gaming miniatures and items for model railroads.
Use Glass Christmas Balls to Make Miniature...
Make a miniature hanging terrarium by planting a glass Christmas ball with living plants .
How to Sculpt Your Own Model Horses
Learn about the basic tools, equipment and supplies you need to make a horse model of your very own.
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 Miniature Christmas Tree for a Village,...
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.
1:24 Scale Playmobil, Railroads, Calico...
Description of 1:24 scale and how to work out if your miniatures are in this scale
Wiring a Dollhouse? What You Need to Know About...
How to choose between copper tape wire, round wire or hybrid systems when you are planning to wire a dolls house for electricity.
31 Halloween Miniatures to Make
List of miniature Halloween decorations and displays you can easily make for a Halloween village, dolls house display, a centerpiece, party invitations, decorations or favors.
Great Sources for 1:43 Scale Die Cast Car Models
List of top companies making 1:43 scale die cast car models including new model cars, muscle cars and international and historic racing models.
How to Make a Printable Haunted Farm for a...
These free printables can be used to make buildings in 1:144 scale for a glittered or haunted style Halloween decoration.
How to Choose a Great Pedigree for Your Model...
Breyer model horse collectors who enjoy researching horse breeds and colors enjoy creating pedigrees for their model horses. Model horse pedigree assignments provide a fun learning experience and enable collectors to explore the world of equine breeds and colors for their Breyer horses.
How To Make Working Base Cabinets for a...
How to make opening base cabinets for a custom dollhouse kitchen.
How to Make Scale Shingles for Model Buildings...
How to use paper, wood veneer or precut cedar shingles to mimic shingle roofs and siding on scale miniature structures and dolls' houses.
Collectible Cottages based on Historic or...
Basic information on Lilliput Lane Cottages - Collectible cottages in several ranges produced since 1982
Learning to Make Miniatures From Wood
How to get started with simple miniature woodworking projects that will teach you basic skills.
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
Special Effect Lighting for Models and...
Flexible LED light strips have all kinds of uses for lighting model displays, dolls houses and miniature collections.
How to Make a Farmhouse, Butler's or Belfast...
How to make a range of farmhouse, Belfast or butler's sinks in dollhouse scale.
How Do I Sell A Collection of Dolls House...
Information on how to sell a collection of dollhouse miniatures.
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.
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.
Make an Animal Menagerie in Miniature - Fish,...
Tutorials to miniature animals for scale model, railway and dolls' house scenes. These tiny animals are made from a variety of materials, and can be used for displays or decorations as well as in miniature scenes. Stuffed animals suitable as characters for small scale scenes are included in this list.
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.
Printable Halloween Glitter Village Buildings
Make these tiny Halloween glitter houses from free printables.
Free Charts and Tips for Miniature Needlework...
Miniature needlework counted designs in cross stitch and petite point from the About.com Guides.
Do You Have a Real Breyer or a Copy?
Learn how to tell the difference between Breyer horse models and copies and understand the basic identification marks on Breyer horses.
Fashionable Rolled Ribbon Rose Pillow for the...
How to start the center of a simple rolled ribbon rose. Page 3.
Bill Duncan's Custom Carriages and Other...
Royal coaches and enclosed carriages driven by single or paired Breyer horses make an elegant live or photo show entry.
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