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How to Measure without Using a Ruler
Quick measurement references based on your body, stationery, or common coins, that you can use if you find yourself without a ruler. This helps modellers and miniaturists to gauge the rough scale of items they might be interested in buying for a collection.
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.
How to Age, Grey or Weather Wood with Common...
Age or weather raw wood easily with these instructions that use basic household materials. Create a silvery aged finish for any untreated wood,in order to quickly age craft and shabby chic projects or match replaced sections of fences or furniture.
Use Paper Snowflakes to Make Snowy Winter Trees
How to assemble the layers of branches on a miniature tree made from cut paper snowflakes.
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 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 Printable Boxes for Christmas Miniatures...
Make these free printable miniature gingerbread house boxes to hang on a tree filled with candy or small presents, or use them for an advent calendar village. They are also great packaging for miniature specialities at Christmas craft fairs and sales. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Defining the Size of a Town
A 1950's passenger station near Main Street in HO Scale. Page 16.
Cut and Sew Paper for Miniature Winter Trees
These stand up paper trees are as easy to make as a cut out snowflake. Make them for winter or Christmas table decorations or ornaments which can be folded and put away with your miniature scene.
Make Easy DIY Trees From Many Materials
How to make easy DIY trees in minutes from a range of common materials.
What Material is Best for Building a Dollhouse...
Information on building materials used to construct model buildings and dolls houses in various scales.
Free Printables for an "N"Scale Glitter /...
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.
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.
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.
How to Make Scale Miniature Bottles From...
Explanation of the process of heating plastic tubing or plastic rod to make bottle necks for dollhouse and model scale bottles.
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.
Top Companies Producing Collectible Miniature...
Most popular makers of miniature buildings, cottages and villages.
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 Printable Miniature Sleigh
List of materials needed to make a 1:9, 1:12, 1:24 or 1:48 scale dolls house sleigh. Page 2.
Printable Miniature N Scale Village Towers and...
Printable miniature towers and castles for a Putz Christmas village or an N scale village railroad layout. The towers can also be used as dolls house scale toy castles.
Printable Miniature N Scale Village Church and...
Printable miniature dime store style church and bungalows for a miniature town, railway village, Christmas village, or Christmas tree decorations
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.
How to Choose Miniature Fruit Trees for More...
How to choose a dwarf or miniature fruit tree to suit your situation and needs, including rootstocks, special pruning and tips on growing in pots.
Make Scale Model Stone Walls from Recycled...
How to make simple scale model stone walls and buildings from painted and coated styrofoam bead board or dense insulation foam sheets.
Understanding 3/4 or 1:16 scale Dollhouse...
Explanation of the difference between 1:16 and 3/4 scale.
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.
Use Every Space To Draw a Viewer's Eye
A surprise alligator and some pigs rooting through the garbage can be found behind the passenger station in this 1950's small town HO railway scene. Page 17.
Great Reference Photos From Miniature Shows
List of photo galleries of show and reference photos for miniaturists, dollhouse builders, and model railroad scenes.
Tutorial for Peg People and Clothespin Dolls
How to cover wire with embroidery floss to make hands on clothespin dolls
Make a Realistic MIniature Christmas Tree
Make a realistic scale miniature Christmas tree for a dolls house, railroad scene, or Christmas village using a basic bottle brush or bottle brush craft tree and preserved lycopodium (prince's/princess pine) greenery.
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.
Tie Miniature Ribbon Bows for Anything From...
How to start making miniature ribbon bow on a simple home made bow forming tool. Page 4.
Quick Fixes For Stuck Decorative Paper Punches
How to fix or make minor repairs to stuck decorative paper punches with plastic covers.
Make Your Own Dolls and Figures From Polymer...
How to make poseable miniature dolls for dolls houses or scale railroads using sculpting techniques and polymer clay, air dry clay, or epoxy putty.
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.
Battery Operated LED Room Lighting Kits for...
Review of room light and mini lighting LED battery operated LED kits by Evan Designs.
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.
Quick Build Display Projects for Dollhouse...
Easy projects you can make to display a range of scale miniatures, including dolls houses and room boxes.
Print On Tissue With an Ink Jet or Laser Printer
List of materials you will need to print tissue paper using an ink jet or laser printer.
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.
Simulate Water and Liquids in Model Scenes with...
Tips and techniques for using two part epoxy resins to simulate water effects in miniatures and scale model scenes.
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.
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.
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.
Recycle Your Old Ropes or Cord into Nautical...
Final steps in completing the Ocean Plait Knot to make a miniature or full scale nautical rug from rope.
Free Dollhouse Miniature Printable Wallpaper...
Free printable dollhouse scale wallpaper, backdrops, and fabric designs for roomboxes,and dolls houses or scrapbooks. Designs are available in several scales including 1:12, 1:24 and 1:48 scale and print easily on letter sized paper.
Make Custom Fitted Doll Shoes With a Simple...
Make these miniature Mary Jane style doll shoes from patterns you custom fit to your particular doll.
Make Tiny Realistic Palms From Paper
Make tiny palm trees in several model scales for gaming terrains, railroad scenes, dolls houses, or Christmas Nativity scenes using paper and wire.
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.
Make Miniature Trees for Christmas and Winter...
Make a range of miniature trees from paper or other materials as backdrops for Christmas villages and winter scenes.
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.
Putting the Essentials in View
Essential buildings on Main Street in a 1950's small town scene in HO scale. Page 18.
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.
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.
Sew an Easy Santa Hat or Elf Hat for Any Size...
Sew this simple Santa Claus hat or a basic elf hat or ski toque for any size or shape of doll using easy hand stitches and stretch fabrics.
Make Realistic Miniature And Dollhouse Foods...
Make a range of dollhouse miniature and play scale foods with easy to follow photo tutorials. Instructions for cakes, cookies, snacks, and savories.
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.
More than 30 Miniature Scale Plants and Flowers...
These miniature plants and flowers can be made in several dollhouse and model scales from 1:48 to 1:6 and are useful for all kinds of miniature garden scenes, floral arrangements or as decorations or gifts.
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.
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.
Immortalize Your Dog in Miniature With Needlefelt
List of materials needed to make felted dogs of most breeds in miniature scales.
Make Scale Miniature Cattails or Bullrushes
Make scale miniature cattails or bullrushes for dolls house or railroad scale scenes using a variety of easily found materials.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Walnut Shells for Miniature Ornaments
How to crack English or Persian walnuts, Juglans regia, to use the half shells for handmade ornaments and miniatures.
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.
Build a Simple Dolls House or Baby House From...
Build a simple dolls house in a bookcase box or make a baby house to hold a collection of dolls house roomboxes. The case can be finished with standard doors or dollhouse doors if you want to turn it into a dolls' house. If you change your mind it can be used as a bookcase.
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.
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 Sculpt a Miniature Head for a Doll or...
How to making the basic armature for a miniature or doll's head.
Miniature Christmas Tree Ornaments Made From...
Make these miniature Christmas tree ornaments for a dollhouse, railroad, or Christmas village using a variety 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.
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.
Miniature Projects for Christmas Decorations
Make Christmas decorations for your tree, table, village or packages from this list of easy miniature tutorials.
Tips on Growing and Caring for Miniature and...
Growing and caring for miniature cyclamen as winter houseplants
Make Easy Miniature Wreaths From Wired Trims
List of materials needed to make miniature (and full sized) wreaths from wired trims. Page 2.
Make an Animal Menagerie in Miniature - Fish,...
Tutorials to miniature animals for scale model, railway and dolls' house scenes. These tiny animals are made from a variety of materials, and can be used for displays or decorations as well as in miniature scenes. Stuffed animals suitable as characters for small scale scenes are included in this list.
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.
Faux Mahogany Finish For Wood or Painted Surfaces
Steps used to create a faux mahogany finish on almost any surface or size of item
Wade Whimsies - Exploring the History
Information about the history and current new introductions of Wade Whimsies collectible miniatures.
Mixing Green, Orange and Purple from Primary...
How to mix secondary colors from basic primary colors of polymer clay. Page 3.
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
Special Effect Lighting for Models and...
Flexible LED light strips have all kinds of uses for lighting model displays, dolls houses and miniature collections.
Covering all the Expected Icons
A roadside drive in of the 1950's, part of an HO railway scene. Page 19.
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.
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.
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 a Poseable Felt Mouse
This adorable miniature felt mouse is easy to sew from felt. Made over a wire armature, the mouse can be posed and used for dollhouses, miniature scenes, or as a Christmas tree decoration.
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.
Scale Lumber Suppliers for Dollhouses, Model...
List of suppliers and sources of scale wood, lumber or timber in sheets, plywood, stripwood and laser cut details for model buildings, ships, miniature furniture and dolls houses.
Partially Poseable Felt Animals From Roost's...
Partially poseable felted animal figures from Roost can be used as characters for Christmas and winter miniature scenes.
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.
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.
Backstamp Definition
Backstamps in Pottery and Stamp collecting (philately)
1:24 Scale Playmobil, Railroads, Calico...
Description of 1:24 scale and how to work out if your miniatures are in this scale
Use Felt to Make Faux Birch Bark
How to make sheets of faux birch bark from felt fabric and wool roving.
How to Make Lamps and Flickering Fires for...
Dolls' house miniature lamps and lighting projects for beginners who want to explore making their own dollhouse lights. Make a battery operated fire, a chandelier, or several table lamps in dollhouse scale.
Almost Complete Change of Setting
Parts of a logging scene which adjoin the 1950's small town settings in HO Scale. Page 20.
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.
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.
Fashionable Rolled Ribbon Rose Pillow for the...
How to start the center of a simple rolled ribbon rose. Page 3.
Easy DIY Dollhouse Fireplace
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.
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.
Make a Miniature Fire for A Doll's House,...
How to make a battery operated miniature fire for a dolls house, railroad, or Christmas village scene using light emitting diodes (LEDS).
How to Turn Your Broken Flowerpots Into...
How to make a landscaped miniature or fairy garden in a broken plant pot.
Use Glass Christmas Balls to Make Miniature...
Make a miniature hanging terrarium by planting a glass Christmas ball with living plants .
Hooks and Threads for Miniature Crochet
How to choose hook sizes and threads for miniature and dolls house crochet projects
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.
Great Sources for 1:43 Scale Die Cast Car Models
List of top companies making 1:43 scale die cast car models including new model cars, muscle cars and international and historic racing models.
How to Use The Best Plastic Glues for...
Information on the best glues for plastic, plastic solvent glues or plastic weld glues for models, miniatures and dolls house miniatures.
Tips for Making or Working With Dolls House...
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.
Ways to Mimic Snow for Miniature and Christmas...
Materials you can use as snowy backdrops or bases for miniature winter scenes or Christmas villages.
Make a Quick Stable for Model or Toy Horse Play...
List of materials needed to build a simple model horse stable suitable for a child's play. Page 2.
How to Build a Front Opening Dolls House or...
Build this easy front opening dollhouse or dolls house style bookcase using free plans and a single sheet of Baltic Birch plywood.
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 Printable Village Bank in 1:144 - N Scale
List of materials required to make a 1:144 scale (micro dolls house scale) printable village bank. Page 2.
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.
Build a Bed for Your Doll
Make this easy wood bed for a doll, fashion (playscale) doll or dollhouse miniature doll using scale measurements or plan templates and simple construction techniques using wood or card.
Fontanini Nativity Figures for Christmas Manger...
Review of Fontanini nativity or Christmas creche figures with descriptions of the sizes and ranges available, collectability, and restyling.
Exterior Finishes for Model Buildings and...
Ways to create scale versions of traditional exterior finishes on model buildings and dolls houses
Make Dollhouse And Scale Model Bottles From...
How to make a two part silicone putty mold for fillable scale miniature bottles.
Make a Miniature Forehead and Muzzle from a...
Instructions for beginning to make a miniature 1:12 (dollhouse scale) raccoon head using fibre and felting needles. Page 4.
Make Dollhouse Cookie Cutters or Custom...
How to use custom polymer clay cutters you make from heavy aluminum foil or thin plastic straws. Page 8.
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