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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
What Material is Best for Building a Dollhouse...
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
Quick Fixes For Stuck Decorative Paper Punches
How to separate the parts of a decorative paper punch with a plastic cover. Page 4.
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.
How to Use Nail Art Stamps For Dollhouse Details
Materials used to set nail art designs on a variety of miniature projects and surfaces.
Great Reference Photos From Miniature Shows
List of photo galleries of show and reference photos for miniaturists, dollhouse builders, and model railroad scenes.
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.
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.
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 Custom Fitted Doll Shoes With a Simple...
How to draw the sole pattern for custom doll shoes in any size or scale
Tutorial for Peg People and Clothespin Dolls
How to cover wire with embroidery floss to make hands on clothespin dolls
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make a Torso Sloper For Custom Fit Clothing for...
How to custom fit a bodice or torso 'sloper' or basic pattern to any doll, including dolls house dolls, model horse rider dolls, fashion dolls, Barbie™, BJD's and larger dolls including the American Girl Dolls.
Make 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.
Defining the Size of a Town
A 1950's passenger station near Main Street in HO Scale. Page 16.
Backstamp Definition
Backstamps in Pottery and Stamp collecting (philately)
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Wade Whimsies - Exploring the History
Information about the history and current new introductions of Wade Whimsies collectible miniatures.
Tiny Bird's Nest Ornaments From Thread and Moss
Make a dolls house scale miniature birds nest using thread and reindeer moss.
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.
Transfer Miniature Designs with TAP Artist Paper
Review of TAP Transfer Artist Paper by Lesley Riley, used to transfer designs to a range of materials for dollhouse miniature and other craft purposes.
Make Roses From Paper in Several Scales
Make these miniature paper roses in several scales for a dolls house or other miniature scenes. Page 6.
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.
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.
Understanding 3/4 or 1:16 scale Dollhouse...
Explanation of the difference between 1:16 and 3/4 scale.
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.
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.
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.
How to Turn Your Broken Flowerpots Into...
How to make a landscaped miniature or fairy garden in a broken plant pot.
Top Companies Producing Collectible Miniature...
Most popular makers of miniature buildings, cottages and villages.
How to Sculpt a Miniature Head for a Doll or...
How to making the basic armature for a miniature or doll's head.
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.
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.
Make Dollhouse Scale Bin Pull Handles
How to emboss metal strips to make miniature bin pulls for dollhouse drawers and doors. Page 4.
Battery Operated LED Room Lighting Kits for...
Review of room light and mini lighting LED battery operated LED kits by Evan Designs.
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.
Exterior Finishes for Model Buildings and...
Ways to create scale versions of traditional exterior finishes on model buildings and dolls houses
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.
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 Dollhouse And Scale Model Bottles From...
How to make a two part silicone putty mold for fillable scale miniature bottles.
Easy Custom Decals Using Expert's-Choice Decal...
Review of Experts-Choice Ink Jet Waterslide Decal Film for making
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.
Hooks and Threads for Miniature Crochet
How to choose hook sizes and threads for miniature and dolls house crochet projects
Make Printable Miniature Victorian Valentine...
List of materials needed to make printable miniature victorian heart shaped boxes for favors, chocolates, or valentines treats. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
Tips on Growing and Caring for Miniature and...
Growing and caring for miniature cyclamen as winter houseplants
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.
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 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
Miniatures for Valentine's or Weddings
Miniature projects with a Valentine's theme for gifts, decorations or dollhouse and model scenes.
Miniature Victorian Moss Hanging Basket Project...
Make traditional Victorian moss hanging baskets in miniature to decorate your rail station or dolls house. Page 18.
How to Make a Farmhouse, Butler's or Belfast...
How to make a range of farmhouse, Belfast or butler's sinks in dollhouse scale.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Immortalize Your Dog in Miniature With Needlefelt
List of materials needed to make felted dogs of most breeds in miniature scales.
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 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.
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.
Make a Heart Themed Printable Dollhouse Tea or...
Make a printable coffee or tea set with dessert plates and a tiered cake tray in dollhouse scale. The set is in red and gold with gold hearts and swirls, making it useful for many scale scenes.
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
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 Miniature Raised Trims With Embossing Powder
How to use rubber stamps and ultra fine embossing powder to create fine raised details for dollhouse trims and cakes.
Fashionable Rolled Ribbon Rose Pillow for the...
How to start the center of a simple rolled ribbon rose. Page 3.
Make Flocked Designer Rugs in Several Miniature...
Make rugs with your choice of designs and colors using flocking and die cut or peel off stickers. Page 33.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Basic Tools for Working with Miniatures, Scale...
Items every miniaturist should have in their basic toolkit for working on metal, wood or plastic models or dollhouse miniatures. Build up a kit of these basic tools as you need them to work on your miniatures.
Use Your Printer on Tissue Paper
List of materials you will need to print tissue paper using an ink jet or laser printer.
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.
Needlefelt A Poseable Cat
List of materials used to make a miniature needlefelted cat
Make Printable Miniature Kitchen Cannisters
A beginners project to make printable miniature kitchen cannisters in dollhouse scale. Page 7.
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.
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.
Recycle Your Old Ropes or Cord into Nautical...
Clear photo instructions for how to make a nautical rope mat tied using the ocean plait knot. You can use this for rugs from dollhouse to doormat size
Make a Rustic Dolls House Adirondack Table
Make a dolls house scale table in the rustic or Adirondack style using dried twigs, grass and wood. This project will match the rustic chair. Page 30.
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.
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
Use Paper Snowflakes to Make Snowy Winter Trees
How to assemble the layers of branches on a miniature tree made from cut paper snowflakes.
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.
Beinner's Miniature Toy Lion from Pipe Cleaners
Make this miniature dolls house lion toy from pipe cleaners and a pom pom. Page 34.
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.
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.
Print Yourself a Tiny Popcorn Machine
List of materials needed to make dollhouse scale popcorn tubs, bags and a popcorn machine from printable parts.
Tips for Correctly Proportioned Dolls and Figures
Tips on getting the correct proportions for body parts and heads when you sculpt dolls.
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.
Make Heart Shaped Cookies and Pastries for a...
How to make a range of heart shaped cookies and pastries in dollhouse scale using polymer clay.
Tips on Caring For Miniature Kordana Roses
Information about growing Kordana miniature roses
Bill Duncan's Custom Carriages and Other...
Model horse-sized stagecoaches should be shown with four horses for an accurate replica of an Old West stagecoach.
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.
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.
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.
Miniature Dolls House Scale Printable Plates...
Make printable miniature 1:12 scale dolls house paper plates for national holidays or themed displays. Page 10.
Easy Printable Heart Shaped Boxes
Make miniature heart shaped boxes in several styles and sizes from free printables. The heart boxes can be used for candy favors, valentines displays, wedding favors, as miniature boxes, or as dolls house valentines for a scene or dollhouse shop.
How To Make Working Base Cabinets for a...
How to make opening base cabinets for a custom dollhouse kitchen.
Tie Miniature Ribbon Bows for Anything From...
How to start making miniature ribbon bow on a simple home made bow forming tool. Page 4.
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 Printable Miniature Kitchen Canisters or...
Make free printable kitchen canisters with a Hellebore or Christmas Rose design in 1:12 scale for a miniature or dolls house kitchen.
Sew Simple Removable Jeans for Any Size or...
How to make a pattern for simple jeans for a doll using a basic pant sloper pattern custom fitted to your doll. Page 2.
Make Miniature Moss Covered Topiaries for...
Make this moss covered miniature heart topiary, trimmed and decorated with small roses and a bow. Page 13.
Special Effect Lighting for Models and...
Flexible LED light strips have all kinds of uses for lighting model displays, dolls houses and miniature collections.
1:24 Scale Playmobil, Railroads, Calico...
Description of 1:24 scale and how to work out if your miniatures are in this scale
Simple L or Float Frames for Miniature Canvas...
How to measure and cut the pieces for a floating picture frame. Page 4.
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.
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.
Tips to Keep Your Decorative Paper Punches...
Keep your paper punches running smoothly by following these quick tips.
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.
Polly Pocket Collectibles, Which Do You Have?
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.
Make Dolls House Scale Miniature BlackBerries...
Make miniature 1:12 scale dolls house blackberries in a fruit basket and unpicked on the cane to decorate dollhouse miniatures. This is an easy project for beginners. Page 11.
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.
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.
How to Make Cute Working Dollhouse Lamps From...
How to make a working dollhouse table lamp using a bear shaped bead and other simple materials.
Traditional Storage in Miniature, The Common...
How to make miniature fruit and vegeatable crates for dollhouse and model scenes using 1/8 inch thick lumber or craft sticks.
Playing With Different Textures
Printable roombox backdrop with beige wainscoting and a blue and beige striped wallpaper in dolls house scale. Page 7.
Ornate bottles, flasks and flagons made from...
Make dollhouse scale flasks, flagons, and bottles from combinations of beads.
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.
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.
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