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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.
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 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.
Tips on Caring For Miniature Kordana Roses
Information about growing Kordana miniature roses
Make Custom Doll Clothes and Shoes 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 ™.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Should You Use to Build a Dollhouse or...
Information on building materials used to construct model buildings and dolls houses in various scales.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Turn Your Broken Flowerpots Into Miniature...
How to make a landscaped miniature or fairy garden in a broken plant pot.
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.
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.
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
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.
Recycle Plastic Rods and Straws Into Dollhouse...
Explanation of the process of heating plastic tubing or plastic rod to make bottle necks for dollhouse and model scale bottles.
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.
12 Easy to Make Accessories for Fairy Gardens
12 easy accessories to make for fairy or miniature gardens, indoors or out.
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.
Make Dollhouse or Miniature Fence Pickets from...
How to lay out miniature picket fences with curves or drops.
Add a Mahogany Finish to Almost Anything
Steps used to create a faux mahogany finish on almost any surface or size of item
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.
10 Steps to Making Pickles or Cucumbers from...
Ten steps to making detailed miniature pickles or cucumbers from custom blended canes of polymer clay.
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.
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.
Great Reference Photos From Miniature Shows
List of photo galleries of show and reference photos for miniaturists, dollhouse builders, and model railroad scenes.
Plant a Whimsical Fairy Herb Garden for a...
Turn a kitchen windowbox into a whimsical fairy or miniature garden by pruning your herbs selectively into tiny trees.
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.
Quick Build Display Projects for Dollhouse...
Easy projects you can make to display a range of scale miniatures, including dolls houses and room boxes.
Easy Shoes You Can Make for Dolls
Make a range of miniature shoe projects for any size of doll, from beach sandals, through fuzzy character slippers to Mary Janes and ankle boots.
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.
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.
Miniature Potted Carnations Growth and Care
Grow miniature potted carnations as short lived flowering house plants. Growing and caring for miniature potted carnations.
Make Mary Janes for a Doll
Make these miniature Mary Jane style doll shoes from patterns you custom fit to your particular doll.
No Dollhouse Bathroom Should Be Without a...
How to make a flexible miniature plumber's helper for the dollhouse bathroom using Sugru. Polymer clay may also be used but will be less realistic.
Quick Fixes For Stuck Decorative Paper Punches
How to separate the parts of a decorative paper punch with a plastic cover. Page 4.
Miniature Projects That Use Beads as a Base
List of miniature and dollhouse projects which use beads of all types as the main material.
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.
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.
Make Scale Model Stone Walls from Recycled...
How to shape miniature model stone walls and free form stones from a variety of common rigid foams.
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.
Make a Range of Scale Books for the Dolls House
A simple dolls house book made from a paper cover and textured painted wood. Page 16.
Model or Sculpt Miniature Seagulls From Air Dry...
Learn how to model miniature scale seagulls for beach scenes and dolls house displays. Page 17.
Miniature Victorian Moss Hanging Basket Project...
Make traditional Victorian moss hanging baskets in miniature to decorate your rail station or dolls house. Page 18.
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.
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
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.
How to Use EZ Water or Casting Resin to Make...
List of materials used to make a miniature pond or water feature for a dolls house or railroad scene.
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.
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.
Tips on Growing and Caring for Miniature and...
Growing and caring for miniature cyclamen as winter houseplants
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 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.
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.
Ornate bottles, flasks and flagons made from...
Make dollhouse scale flasks, flagons, and bottles from combinations of beads.
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 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.
Top Companies Producing Collectible Miniature...
Most popular makers of miniature buildings, cottages and villages.
Exploring the History of Wade Whimsies
Information about the history and current new introductions of Wade Whimsies collectible miniatures.
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
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.
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.
Make Glass Front Upper Kitchen Cabinets For the...
How to test fit and finish trim a run of dollhouse kitchen cabinets. Page 10.
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.
How to Sculpt a Miniature Head for a Doll or...
Starting with the eyes and the nose to create a sculpture of a miniature doll's head.
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.
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
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 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.
Fabric or Paper Hats For a Beginner to Make in...
Free printable hats to make in several dolls house scales. Make them from paper or print them onto fabric. Page 19.
Make Miniature Dolls House Tadpoles in a Jar...
Make miniature tadpoles in a jar for a scale dolls house scene using epoxy resin and polymer clay. Page 9.
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.
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.
Use an Empty Drink Container To Make a...
How to make and add vine railings to a miniature mouse house
7 Mistakes to Avoid When You Paint Miniatures...
Learn 7 things to avoid if you want to improve your miniature and model painting techniques.
Tips for Correctly Proportioned Dolls and Figures
Tips on getting the correct proportions for body parts and heads when you sculpt dolls.
Make a Printable Miniature Garden Arbor For...
Use these printables as plans for larger dollhouse scale garden arbors made from wood, or make the smaller scale arbors directly from the printable parts for 1:24 or 1:48 scales.
How to Choose Threads and Hooks for Miniature...
How to choose hook sizes and threads for miniature and dolls house crochet projects
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Understanding 3/4 or 1:16 scale Dollhouse...
Explanation of the difference between 1:16 and 3/4 scale.
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 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.
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 Miniature Seagulls from Modelling Clays
Make scale miniature seagulls in a range of poses to use in scale scenes.
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.
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.
Printable Miniature Garden Tools To Make
How to use a free printable pattern to make a dolls house scale garden trowel from paper or recycled metal. Page 2.
Make Miniature Lilies in Dolls House Scales
Make miniature dolls house scale lilies for flower arrangements or miniature gardens.
Make Easy Cake or Pastry Stands for a Dolls'...
How to assemble simple dollhouse cake and pastry stands from lightweight card, trims and beads. Page 3.
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.
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.
Backstamp Definition
Backstamps in Pottery and Stamp collecting (philately)
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.
Make a Set of Flexible Dollhouse Kitchen Tools
Make these dollhouse miniature spatulas and other kitchen tools using Sugru or OOGOO mouldable silicone.
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.
Make Miniature Flag Draping and Bunting with...
Use free printable miniatures to make bunting flags and patriotic draping to decorate scale market stalls, tables, street scenes or dolls house birthday settings.
Make Miniature Reminders of a Trip to the Beach
Make beach themed miniatures for a range of scale displays or summer keepsakes. Includes projects you can make full size like the ocean plait knot rug .
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.
Basic Tools for Working with Miniatures, Scale...
Items every miniaturist should have in their basic toolkit for working on metal, wood or plastic models or dollhouse miniatures. Build up a kit of these basic tools as you need them to work on your miniatures.
Use Simple Needlefelting Techniques to Make a...
Use these instructions to make a needlefelt miniature of your favorite cat. Page 20.
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.
Battery Operated LED Room Lighting Kits for...
Review of room light and mini lighting LED battery operated LED kits by Evan Designs.
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.
Immortalize Your Dog in Miniature With Needlefelt
List of materials needed to make felted dogs of most breeds in miniature scales.
Tiny Christmas Cactus You Can Make
This dolls house scale miniature Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera Buckleyi) is easily made from fine wire, tissue paper, printer paper and paint
Photo Based Printable Miniature Village Buildings
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.
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.
How To Make Working Base Cabinets for a...
How to make opening base cabinets for a custom dollhouse kitchen.
Make a Bookend to Display Miniatures
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.
Keep Your Miniature Plants Growing with These 7...
Seven tips to help you care for a collection of living miniature plants.
Make Tiny Graduation Caps (Mortarboards) for...
Materials needed to make a printable miniature graduation cap in 1:12, 1:6 or 1:24 scale for dolls houses or as miniature presents or decorations for grad.
Best Miniature Buys from Yard Sales
Five best buys to look for at yard sales if you are a miniature collector or builder.
Miniature Dolls House Scale Printable Plates...
Make printable miniature 1:12 scale dolls house paper plates for national holidays or themed displays. Page 10.
Make Scale Miniature Corn Stalks
List of materials required to make scale miniature stalks or corn or maize. Page 2.
Make a Doll House Miniature Cabin Front Porch...
Make this miniature cabin front porch in 1:12 or doll house scale. Constructed as a display shelf it can be hung on a wall to hold a collection of dollhouse miniatures. The building techniques are simple and this is a good project for a beginner new to working with scale buildings or dolls' houses.
Defining the Size of a Town
A 1950's passenger station near Main Street in HO Scale. Page 16.
How to Make a Farmhouse, Butler's or Belfast...
How to make a range of farmhouse, Belfast or butler's sinks in dollhouse scale.
Make Miniature Skull Beads, Skulls or Sugar...
List of materials used to make miniature skulls, skull beads and sugar skulls (Calaveras de Azúcar). Page 2.
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.
Clever Use of Drinking Straws to Make a...
Make this scale miniature air mattress from plastic drinking straws with glue and a hot iron.
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.
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.
Tutorials to Help You Make Miniature Shops
Tutorials and projects to help you make your own dollhouse miniature shop in a range of styles and scales.
Tutorial for Peg People and Clothespin Dolls
Easy doll clothing you can make for clothespin dolls.
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.
Exterior Finishes for Model Buildings and...
Ways to create scale versions of traditional exterior finishes on model buildings and dolls houses
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.

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