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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.
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.
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 ™.
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.
Miniature Garden Gnomes To Make For a Fairy...
How to make miniature gnomes in dollhouse scale from two part epoxy putty or polymer clay
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tips on Caring For Miniature Kordana Roses
Information about growing Kordana miniature roses
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.
How to Recycled Plastic Rods and Straws Into...
Explanation of the process of heating plastic tubing or plastic rod to make bottle necks for dollhouse and model scale bottles.
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.
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 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.
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.
Turn Your Broken Flowerpots Into Miniature...
How to make a landscaped miniature or fairy garden in a broken plant pot.
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 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.
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.
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 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 Tiny Realistic Palms From Paper or Fabric
List of materials needed to make easy scale model palm trees.
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.
Great Reference Photos From Miniature Shows
List of photo galleries of show and reference photos for miniaturists, dollhouse builders, and model railroad scenes.
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.
Recycle Cast Off Junk Into Dollhouse or Fairy...
Use the instructions linked here and on the slides that follow to turn recycled and broken household objects into miniature projects, furniture, doll clothing, village buildings and more.
Quick Fixes For Stuck Decorative Paper Punches
How to fix or make minor repairs to stuck decorative paper punches with plastic covers.
Make Dollhouse or Miniature Fence Pickets from...
How to lay out miniature picket fences with curves or drops.
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.
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.
Add a Mahogany Finish to Almost Anything
Steps used to create a faux mahogany finish on almost any surface or size of item
Modern Furniture for the Dolls House Made From...
Miniature modern dolls house furniture constructed from a range of found and recycled objects
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.
Make Mary Janes for a Doll
Make these miniature Mary Jane style doll shoes from patterns you custom fit to your 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.
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.
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 Rework and Refinish Simple Dollhouse...
How to rework and refinish a standard piece of dolls house furniture using easy and inexpensive techniques.
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.
12 Easy to Make Accessories for Fairy Gardens
12 easy accessories to make for fairy or miniature gardens, indoors or out.
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.
How to Choose Threads and Hooks for Miniature...
How to choose hook sizes and threads for miniature and dolls house crochet projects
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.
Ornate bottles, flasks and flagons made from...
Make dollhouse scale flasks, flagons, and bottles from combinations of beads.
Quick Build Display Projects for Dollhouse...
Easy projects you can make to display a range of scale miniatures, including dolls houses and room boxes.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Quick Sleevless Knit Tops for Your Dolls
How to make a sleeveless knit top to fit any size of doll.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Exploring the History of Wade Whimsies
Information about the history and current new introductions of Wade Whimsies collectible miniatures.
Use Your Printer on Tissue Paper
List of materials you will need to print tissue paper using an ink jet or laser printer.
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.
Miniature Potted Carnations Growth and Care
Grow miniature potted carnations as short lived flowering house plants. Growing and caring for miniature potted carnations.
Sew This Cute Towelling Hoodie for a Doll
How to make a towelling hoodie for a doll using dollar store fabric finds or scraps of baby clothing.
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
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.
Defining the Size of a Town
A 1950's passenger station near Main Street in HO Scale. Page 16.
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.
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 Tiny Plant Pots From Paper Strips for...
How to make dolls house scale miniature plant pots using narrow strips of paper or quilling paper.
Tips for Correctly Proportioned Dolls and Figures
Tips on getting the correct proportions for body parts and heads when you sculpt dolls.
Use an Empty Drink Container To Make a...
How to make and add vine railings to a miniature mouse house
Miniature Victorian Moss Hanging Basket Project...
Make traditional Victorian moss hanging baskets in miniature to decorate your rail station or dolls house. Page 18.
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.
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 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.
Exterior Finishes for Model Buildings and...
Ways to create scale versions of traditional exterior finishes on model buildings 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 Miniature Seagulls from Modelling Clays
Make scale miniature seagulls in a range of poses to use in scale scenes.
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.
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.
Backstamp Definition
Backstamps in Pottery and Stamp collecting (philately)
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.
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 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.
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.
Tips to Keep Your Decorative Paper Punches...
Keep your paper punches running smoothly by following these quick tips.
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 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.
How to Sculpt a Miniature Head for a Doll or...
How to making the basic armature for a miniature or doll's head.
Immortalize Your Dog in Miniature With Needlefelt
List of materials needed to make felted dogs of most breeds in miniature scales.
Understanding 3/4 or 1:16 scale Dollhouse...
Explanation of the difference between 1:16 and 3/4 scale.
How To Make Working Base Cabinets for a...
How to make opening base cabinets for a custom dollhouse kitchen.
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.
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 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.
Make Scale Miniature Corn Stalks
Make scale miniature corn (maize) stalks for dolls house and railroad scenes.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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
Assemble A Simple Display Box for Your...
How to display small collections of travel or event mementos or small groups of miniatures in a simple display box.
Battery Operated LED Room Lighting Kits for...
Review of room light and mini lighting LED battery operated LED kits by Evan Designs.
Miniature Birds Nests Can be Made in Many Scales
Make scale miniature birds nests from thread and reindeer moss for a school project, dolls house, or railroad scene. Page 12.
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.
Make Miniature Lilies in Dolls House Scales
Make miniature dolls house scale lilies for flower arrangements or miniature gardens.
Tips for Getting a Great Paint Finish on Any...
Tips on paints, brushes, and faux painting effects to help you make stand out miniatures.
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.
Printable Figures to Check Model, Dollhouse,...
Printable reference sheet of figures in scales for 1:12, 1:24,1:32 1:48, 1:64, 1:72 (25mm) 1:87, 1:144 and 1:160. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tips on Growing and Caring for Miniature and...
Growing and caring for miniature cyclamen as winter houseplants
Miniature Wicker Bird Cage Suitable for...
How to make a miniature scale bird cage in several dolls house scales using wire and thread. Page 14.
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 Miniature Moss Covered Topiaries for...
Make this moss covered miniature heart topiary, trimmed and decorated with small roses and a bow. Page 13.
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.
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.
Tutorial for Peg People and Clothespin Dolls
How to make a range of facial features and hair styles for simple clothespin dolls.

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