Miniatures: Most Popular Articles
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.
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.
Information on paper for miniaturists; weight, sizes, brilliance, and specialty papers for decals, fabric transfers and transparencies.
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 a dwarf or miniature fruit tree to suit your situation and needs, including rootstocks, special pruning and tips on growing in pots.
12 easy accessories to make for fairy or miniature gardens, indoors or out.
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.
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 ™.
Slide show tutorial for traditional kitchen mixing bowls in dolls' house scale, made from polymer clay.
List of websites with links to free printable card buildings for railroad or dollhouse scale scenes or game terrains.
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.
Learn the common dollhouse scales, 1:6, 1:12, 1:16, 1:24, 1:48 and how to easily check which scale you have.
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.
Information on building materials used to construct model buildings and dolls houses in various scales.
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 dollhouse furniture and accessories easily with these beginner's scale miniature projects. Each tutorial is designed to give a beginner experience with a particular technique or material. The projects are linked to other related projects or further information about the materials used and all are designed to be adaptable to several doll house scales.
List of photo galleries of show and reference photos for miniaturists, dollhouse builders, and model railroad scenes.
Use a butane kitchen torch, embossing heat tool, or heat gun to bend plastic for miniatures and models.
Make a range of dollhouse miniature and play scale foods with easy to follow photo tutorials. Instructions for cakes, cookies, snacks, and savories.
Easy projects you can make to display a range of scale miniatures, including dolls houses and room boxes.
How to make a landscaped miniature or fairy garden in a broken plant pot.
Information about growing Kordana miniature roses
Uses of acrylic paint across the field of miniatures. When to use acrylic paint, what types to use, how to clean up.
Information about the history and current new introductions of Wade Whimsies collectible miniatures.
How to make poseable miniature dolls for dolls houses or scale railroads using sculpting techniques and polymer clay, air dry clay, or epoxy putty.
Three traditional printable cottages and landscaped bases for an N-scale Christmas village scene in traditional North American Putz or Glitter style.
How to make small quantities of chalk or lime paints for crafts and miniatures using pigments or latex paint and artist's gesso.
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.
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.
List of top companies making 1:18 scale die cast car models including new model cars, muscle cars and historic racing models.
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.
How to choose hook sizes and threads for miniature and dolls house crochet projects
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 use miniature water pumps to make recycling water features for model scenes, dollhouses and fairy gardens.
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.
Most popular makers of miniature buildings, cottages and villages.
Opening dollhouse windows you can make for model buildings or dollhosues including shop windows, opening casement windows and other styles.
Explanation of the difference between 1:16 and 3/4 scale.
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 use a pin vice or pin vise, also known as a twist drill or miniature drill; for miniatures, models, and dollhouse projects.
Tips and techniques for using two part epoxy resins to simulate water effects in miniatures and scale model 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.
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.
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.
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.
Tutorial on how to make simple tables for dollhouse, railroad and other scale model or miniature scenes.
Clear photo instructions for how to make a nautical rope mat tied using the ocean plait knot. You can make this in miniature scales for model boats or dollhouses, or it can be tied in full scale using standard rope or retired climbing ropes for a welcome mat for a house.
Make these miniature Mary Jane style doll shoes from patterns you custom fit to your particular doll.
List of plants (with photos) that suit the creation of miniature or fairy garden landscapes or garden railroads outdoors or in pots.
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.
How to fix or make minor repairs to stuck decorative paper punches with plastic covers.
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.
List of the most useful scultping and modelling tools for miniaturists modeling or sculpting in epoxy, polymer clay, paperclay or other materials.
List of instructions for easy to make diorama containers, miniatures and models to help students or groups create scenes for class or club projects
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.
Basic information on Lilliput Lane Cottages - Collectible cottages in several ranges produced since 1982
Review of room light and mini lighting LED battery operated LED kits by Evan Designs.
Make simple working miniature hinges for dollhouse or scale model projects using scrap metal cut from tin cans.
Make your own dolls house scale custom doors, windows, stairs and other building components using simple hand tools and craft materials.
Learn how to mimic a range of granite types with painted finishes on wood or other surfaces using acrylic paints.
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.
Examples of character dolls for miniature and model scenes along with sources and tips for making them .
Guidelines for basic identification and evaluating the value of Breyer horse models.
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 realistic still or running water features in any model scale using sheet styrene or acrylic over a base of dry floral foam.
Custom DIY wedding miniatures for cake toppers, favors, ring pillows, tables and showers as well as souvenir keepsakes for special anniversaries.
List of the best woodworking hand tools for anyone who likes to make dolls house miniatures, miniature displays and miniature furniture.
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 make a miniature garden gazing ball or gazing globe sized to fit a dollhouse or fairy garden.
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.
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 1:12, 1:24 or 1:48 dollhouse scale paper roses for a miniature display or for use with other miniature scenes.
Information on using super glues, crazy glues or instant glues or cyanoacrylate glues for models, miniatures and dolls house miniatures.
Use these box building instructions to make a simple dollhouse roombox or custom container for a diorama from illustration board or book board.
Make your own dollhouse and accessories in 1:6, 1:12 using your printer. This list of original projects includes several scales of dolls' house wallpapers, kitchenware including tea and coffee sets and plates, doll clothing and printable buildings.
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 scale miniature or dollhouse cookie cutters or detail cutters for polymer clay using large drinking straws or foil from old baking pans and waste polymer clay.
How to carve a set of miniature wooden kitchen tools
Ways to create scale versions of traditional exterior finishes on model buildings and dolls houses
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.
Growing and caring for miniature cyclamen as winter houseplants
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 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.
How to print, scale and work with dolls house printables. Best papers to use, construction tips and tools for working with printable miniatures in several scales.
Miniature needlework counted designs in cross stitch and petite point from the About.com Guides.
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 use a paper backing to easily print sheets of tissue paper using an ink jet or laser printer.
Explanation of the process of heating plastic tubing or plastic rod to make bottle necks for dollhouse and model scale bottles.
Make scale miniature cattails or bullrushes for dolls house or railroad scale scenes using a variety of easily found materials.
List of materials needed to build a simple model horse stable suitable for a child's play. Page 2.
Make free photo realistic printable 1:144 (micro) scale shops and buildings buildings as Christmas decorations tree ornaments or for N scale railroads.
How to make opening base cabinets for a custom dollhouse kitchen.
Instructions for making detailed scale miniature model dogs and dollhouse dogs or ornaments using simple needle felting techniques.
Description of 1:24 scale and how to work out if your miniatures are in this scale
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.
How to use paper, wood veneer or precut cedar shingles to mimic shingle roofs and siding on scale miniature structures and dolls' houses.
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.
How to make a range of miniature furniture, clothing and accessories for a baby nursery.
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.
Printable shutters for a Halloween Haunted House in 1:24 and 1:48 scale. Page 5.
Pro's and cons of using commercial templates to measure polymer clay for color blends and miniatures.
Learn how to tell the difference between Breyer horse models and copies and understand the basic identification marks on Breyer horses.
Steps used to create a faux mahogany finish on almost any surface or size of item
These free printables will make a dolls house scale popcorn machine and popcorn tubs and bags in 1:6, 1:12, 1:24 and 1:48 scales.
Classic painted furniture finishes you can apply to miniature furniture to create matching sets for a dolls house or miniature scene.
Information on cold porcelain and its uses for modelling and miniatures
Keep your paper punches running smoothly by following these quick tips.
Dollhouse miniatures of all types. Free projects and tutorials for dolls, dollhouses, doll clothing, miniature food, dollhouse lights, roomboxes and house plans, printables and other items in 1:6, 1:12, 1:24, 1:48, and 1:144 scale for all types of dolls' house collectors.
Use small craft punches to make your own miniature stencils for scale decorations.
Easy photo tutorial to help a beginner learn to flat braid or plait with fine materials to make fine flat braids suitable for miniature upholstery, doll clothing, model horse tack or dollhouse matting.
Use simple hand tools to build a basic dolls house scale cupboard or armoire with opening doors.
How to make dolls house scale miniature plant pots using narrow strips of paper or quilling paper.
How to lay out miniature picket fences with curves or drops.
A sheet of printable figures in standard dollhouse and model scales can be printed off and used as a scale check when buying miniatures.
List of suppliers of modern miniatures and contemporary dollhouses in 1:6, 1:12 and 1:24 scale.
Make furniture for the dollhouse using these free plans with clear instructions and step by step photos for furniture in several scales. Includes armoires, beds, tables, chairs, bookcases, shelving fireplaces and more. Range of projects to help anyone develop their skills as they build detailed useful pieces.
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 this dolls house scale child's chair from toothpicks and wooden stir sticks. This is an easy project which explores furniture construction using simple materials.
Build this easy front opening dollhouse or dolls house style bookcase using free plans and a single sheet of Baltic Birch plywood.
Flexible LED light strips have all kinds of uses for lighting model displays, dolls houses and miniature collections.
Make a miniature hanging terrarium by planting a glass Christmas ball with living plants .
Make this simple dollhouse scale night table or end table and learn the technique for fitting drawers or shelving into a simple cupboard. This is an easy beginner's project which can be made from craft wood.
How to create thatched roofs on scale model buildings and dolls houses using a range of different readily available materials.
Information on collectible Wade Whimsey miniature porcelain villages and buildings produced by the Wade Porcelain factories from 1980 - 1999
Learn about the basic supplies you'll need to make model horse tack to fit your Breyers. Make halters, lead shanks, saddles, bridles and more for your Breyer horse models.
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.
How to make a range of miniature baskets for dollhouses or miniature displays.
List of hobby and carving knives and sharpening materials used for miniatures, scale models, and dollhouse 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.
How to sculpt heads for miniature or dolls house dolls from polymer clay or air dry clay, paper clay or epoxy putty.
List of types of thin leathers suitable for using for miniatures, scale models and model horse tack.
Tips to help you make smooth even spray paint coats, on the small detailed surfaces of miniatures, models, model horses, bdj dolls or other small items.
How to choose between copper tape wire, round wire or hybrid systems when you are planning to wire a dolls house for electricity.
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 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 doll shirt with a front opening and long sleeves using custom pattern slopers to fit any size or scale of doll.
Information on the best glues for plastic, plastic solvent glues or plastic weld glues for models, miniatures and dolls house miniatures.
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.
This list shows several miniature projects made with simple one or two part silicone molds and polymer clay, two part resin, paperclay, gesso or other materials. The molds can be made by the modeller, or purchased ready made from several suppliers.
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 .
Make free printable kitchen canisters with a Hellebore or Christmas Rose design in 1:12 scale for a miniature or dolls house kitchen.
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?
A review of the hydrastone polymer clay press molds for dolls by Patricia Rose Studio.
Learn about the basic tools, equipment and supplies you need to make a horse model of your very own.
Make a simple braided Arabian halter for Breyer horse models.
How to make a dollhouse scale upper kitchen cabinet with a plate rack, shelf and cup hooks.
How to make a range of farmhouse, Belfast or butler's sinks in dollhouse scale.
How to make a battery operated miniature fire for a dolls house, railroad, or Christmas village scene using light emitting diodes (LEDS).
Review of Mr. Super Clear UV Flat topcoat made by GSI Creos (formerly Gunze Sangyo) Japan.
How to make simple scale model stone walls and buildings from painted and coated styrofoam bead board or dense insulation foam sheets.