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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 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 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.
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 Tiny Passion Flower Vines for A Dollhouse...
Step by step tutorial shows you how to make scale miniature passion flowers and vines for dollhouse or miniature displays.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Should You Use to Build a Dollhouse or...
Information on building materials used to construct model buildings and dolls houses in various scales.
Bend Sheet Acrylic or Plexiglass For Crafts...
Use a butane kitchen torch, embossing heat tool, or heat gun to bend plastic for miniatures and models.
Make Tiny Realistic Palms From Paper or Fabric
Trim the ends of your fringed miniature palm frond to created pointed leaves.
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.
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.
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.
Vignette Displays in 1:12 Scale From the 2015...
Slide show of 1:12 scale vignettes from the 2015 Seattle Miniature Show
12 Easy to Make Accessories for Fairy Gardens
12 easy accessories to make for fairy or miniature gardens, indoors or out.
Ornate bottles, flasks and flagons made from...
Make dollhouse scale flasks, flagons, and bottles from combinations of beads.
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.
Tips on Caring For Miniature Kordana Roses
Information about growing Kordana miniature roses
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.
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.
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.
Great Reference Photos From Miniature Shows
List of photo galleries of show and reference photos for miniaturists, dollhouse builders, and model railroad scenes.
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.
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
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 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.
Quick Build Display Projects for Dollhouse...
Easy projects you can make to display a range of scale miniatures, including dolls houses and room boxes.
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.
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.
How to Turn Your Broken Flowerpots Into...
How to make a landscaped miniature or fairy garden in a broken plant pot.
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.
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.
Quick Fixes For Stuck Decorative Paper Punches
How to separate the parts of a decorative paper punch with a plastic cover. Page 4.
Make Dollhouse or Miniature Fence Pickets from...
How to lay out miniature picket fences with curves or drops.
Faux Mahogany Finish For Wood or Painted Surfaces
Steps used to create a faux mahogany finish on almost any surface or size of item
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.
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.
Photos of 1:12 Scale Roomboxes from the 2015...
Here's a view of the figure end of Georgia Matuschak's clever "Radio Apartment" scene. The worn armchair,
Make Mary Janes for a Doll
How to make a basic toe pattern for custom doll shoes
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 Miniature Lilies in Dolls House Scales
Make miniature dolls house scale lilies for flower arrangements or miniature gardens.
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.
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
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 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 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.
Make Realistic Miniature Morning Glory Vines in...
Make your choice of scales of miniature morning glory vines from these instructions for dollhouse scenes, garden vignettes, or cake decorations.
Defining the Size of a Town
A 1950's passenger station near Main Street in HO Scale. Page 16.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Sculpt a Miniature Head for a Doll or...
How to form the basic head shape to begin sculpting a miniature doll.
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.
Weave These Miniature Bird Cages for Decorations
This scale miniature bird cage is woven with thread and wire and features an opening door. You can fill it with birds, or dolls house scale plants or use it for a wedding or shower decoration.
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 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.
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
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 an Easy Easter Display Tree Centerpiece...
Make an inexpensive easter display tree from wire to hold your collectible easter ornaments.
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 Make Simple Handmade Hinges for...
Make simple working miniature hinges for dollhouse or scale model projects using scrap metal cut from tin cans.
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 Simple Village Church in 1:144 Scale
List of materials required to make a printable miniature village church in 1:144 scale for a dolls house or railroad scene. 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 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.
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.
Understanding 3/4 or 1:16 scale Dollhouse...
Explanation of the difference between 1:16 and 3/4 scale.
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.
Should You Use Figures in Miniature Scenes?
Pros and cons of adding figures to scale miniature scenes or dolls houses, what to consider when you are building a scene in order to make it work better with figures or dolls.
Make 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 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.
Exterior Finishes for Model Buildings and...
Ways to create scale versions of traditional exterior finishes on model buildings and dolls houses
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.
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.
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.
Top Companies Producing Collectible Miniature...
Most popular makers of miniature buildings, cottages and villages.
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.
How to Make Miniature Feathered Chickens in...
This scruffy but passable dollhouse scale miniature chicken was made using air dry clay, a bit of yellow
How to Choose Threads and Hooks for Miniature...
How to choose hook sizes and threads for miniature and dolls house crochet projects
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.
How to Weave a Miniature Oval Basket or Easter...
This miniature oval or oblong basket in dollhouse scale is woven from fine covered wire and strips of raffia. The instructions show you how to make a simple braided edge and a braided handle.
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.
Exploring the History of Wade Whimsies
Information about the history and current new introductions of Wade Whimsies collectible miniatures.
Backstamp Definition
Backstamps in Pottery and Stamp collecting (philately)
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.
Immortalize Your Dog in Miniature With Needlefelt
List of materials needed to make felted dogs of most breeds in miniature scales.
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.
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.
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.
Tips for Correctly Proportioned Dolls and Figures
Tips on getting the correct proportions for body parts and heads when you sculpt dolls.
Tips on Growing and Caring for Miniature and...
Growing and caring for miniature cyclamen as winter houseplants
Tutorial for Peg People and Clothespin Dolls
How to cover wire with embroidery floss to make hands on clothespin dolls
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.
Ways to Design Effective Miniature Shop Displays
Steps to help you design successful shop displays in dollhouse and model scales.
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.
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.
Battery Operated LED Room Lighting Kits for...
Review of room light and mini lighting LED battery operated LED kits by Evan Designs.
Make Tiny Detailed Tulips from Paper
Make detailed dollhouse scale tulips for miniature garden scenes, bouquets or arrangements. The tiny tulips can also be used for gift wrapping or to decorate special cakes.
Make Miniature Seagulls from Modelling Clays
Make scale miniature seagulls in a range of poses to use in scale scenes.
Weave This Tiny Flower Gathering Basket From...
Make a miniature version of a traditional flower gathering basket using embroidery thread and fine wire.
Miniature Victorian Moss Hanging Basket Project...
Make traditional Victorian moss hanging baskets in miniature to decorate your rail station or dolls house. Page 18.
Make Miniature Spiral Bound Books and School...
Finish the coil wiring on a dolls house miniature notebook. Page 11.
Use Your Printer on Tissue Paper
List of materials you will need to print tissue paper using an ink jet or laser printer.
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 Printable Miniature Boxes for a Dolls...
Make lined, openable miniature printable shop boxes in several color schemes for dollhouses or other scale miniature displays.
Tips for Working with Dollhouse Printables and...
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.
Use an Empty Drink Container To Make a...
How to make and add vine railings to a miniature mouse house
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.
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 Scale Miniature Corn Stalks
List of materials required to make scale miniature stalks or corn or maize. Page 2.
Tiny Bird's Nest Ornaments From Thread and Moss
Make a dolls house scale miniature birds nest using thread and reindeer moss.
How To Make Working Base Cabinets for a...
How to make opening base cabinets for a custom dollhouse kitchen.
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.
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.

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