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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
List of websites with links to free printable card buildings for railroad or dollhouse scale scenes or game terrains.
Learn the common dollhouse scales, 1:6, 1:12, 1:16, 1:24, 1:48 and how to easily check which scale you have.
Three traditional printable cottages and landscaped bases for an N-scale Christmas village scene in traditional North American Putz or Glitter style.
Use a butane kitchen torch, embossing heat tool, or heat gun to bend plastic 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 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.
Use twigs from the woods or your garden to make a range of furniture pieces in miniature scales suitable for fairy gardens indoors and out.
Miniature balloon whisks for dollhouse and model kitchen scenes. These can easily be made using wood and wire with this tutorial.
List of instructions for easy to make diorama containers, miniatures and models to help students or groups create scenes for class or club projects
A review of Mechanical Paper Machine Kits by Walter Ruffler
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.
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
List of photo galleries of show and reference photos for miniaturists, dollhouse builders, and model railroad scenes.
How to make poseable miniature dolls for dolls houses or scale railroads using sculpting techniques and polymer clay, air dry clay, or epoxy putty.
Information about growing Kordana miniature roses
Description of types, finishes and particle size of embossing (thermographic) powders along with hints and tips for ways to use them to produce special effects for miniatures and scale models.
Easy projects you can make to display a range of scale miniatures, including dolls houses and room boxes.
Make a range of dollhouse miniature and play scale foods with easy to follow photo tutorials. Instructions for cakes, cookies, snacks, and savories.
How to make a landscaped miniature or fairy garden in a broken plant pot.
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.
Tips and techniques for using two part epoxy resins to simulate water effects in miniatures and scale model scenes.
Make simple working miniature hinges for dollhouse or scale model projects using scrap metal cut from tin cans.
Review of the book How to Make Miniature Furniture by John Davenport, also found as Making Miniature Furniture.
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?
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 makers of miniature buildings, cottages and villages.
Explanation of the process of heating plastic tubing or plastic rod to make bottle necks for dollhouse and model scale bottles.
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.
How to fit the upper brim of a dolls house hat to the lower brim lining. Page 5.
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.
Draft breed model horses and Breyers may also be shown in halter showmanship, but choose the right tack.
How to start the first cut with a blade in a jewellers or piercing saw.
Information about the history and current new introductions of Wade Whimsies collectible miniatures.
How to assemble and finish a miniature domed roof made from paper mache or plaster cloth for a model building made from foam. Page 7.
Explanation of the difference between 1:16 and 3/4 scale.
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.
Growing and caring for miniature cyclamen as winter houseplants
These easy to build haunted houses or haunted house silhouettes are based on a cereal box and finished with your choice of free prntable roofs, windows, and doors to customize your haunted miniature.
How to use a pin vice or pin vise, also known as a twist drill or miniature drill; for miniatures, models, and dollhouse projects.
Clear photo instructions for how to make a nautical rope mat tied using the ocean plait knot. You can use this for rugs from dollhouse to doormat size
How to make small quantities of chalk or lime paints for crafts and miniatures using pigments or latex paint and artist's gesso.
How to make miniature cattleya orchids for doll corsages or a miniature / dollhouse scene.
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.
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.
Review of room light and mini lighting LED battery operated LED kits by Evan Designs.
How to fix or make minor repairs to stuck decorative paper punches with plastic covers.
Learn how to make miniature and dollhouse round wooden boxes with or without fitted lids, using simple hand tools.
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.
Opening dollhouse windows you can make for model buildings or dollhosues including shop windows, opening casement windows and other styles.
How to fit the first row of leaves on the base of a dollhouse miniature cyclamen plant. Page 13.
Make realistic still or running water features in any model scale using sheet styrene or acrylic over a base of dry floral foam.
Make these miniature Mary Jane style doll shoes from patterns you custom fit to your particular doll.
Printing instructions for a free miniature box shaped like a coffin for use as a Halloween prop for a miniature scene, or to hold Halloween party favors, treats, or invitations. Page 2.
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.
A review of the monthly American Miniaturist magazine published by Ashdown Inc.
Flexible LED light strips have all kinds of uses for lighting model displays, dolls houses and miniature collections.
Make 1:12, 1:24 or 1:48 dollhouse scale paper roses for a miniature display or for use with other miniature scenes.
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.
List of plants (with photos) that suit the creation of miniature or fairy garden landscapes or garden railroads outdoors or in pots.
Build this easy front opening dollhouse or dolls house style bookcase using free plans and a single sheet of Baltic Birch plywood.
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.
Instructions for easy build roomboxes for miniature and dolls house displays, with links to photo galleries of roomboxes and tips on display plannng.
Acorns or hazlenuts (filberts) are used to make a miniature teaset suitable for a scale miniature mouse, calico critter, or fairy.
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.
How to use miniature water pumps to make recycling water features for model scenes, dollhouses and fairy gardens.
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 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.
A Photo Gallery of Room Boxes in Various Scales
Make dolls house miniature and model scale waterlilies from paper and paint.
Make your own dolls house scale custom doors, windows, stairs and other building components using simple hand tools and craft materials.
List of the best woodworking hand tools for anyone who likes to make dolls house miniatures, miniature displays and miniature furniture.
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.
Use these box building instructions to make a simple dollhouse roombox or custom container for a diorama from illustration board or book board.
List of materials needed to make felted dogs of most breeds in miniature scales.
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.
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.
How to making the basic armature for a miniature or doll's head.
Keep your paper punches running smoothly by following these quick tips.
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.
Information about Gatorfoam aka Gatorboard and its uses for building miniature displays and scale buildings.
Make free photo realistic printable 1:144 (micro) scale shops and buildings buildings as Christmas decorations tree ornaments or for N scale railroads.
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 choose hook sizes and threads for miniature and dolls house crochet projects
How to make simple scale model stone walls and buildings from painted and coated styrofoam bead board or dense insulation foam sheets.
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.
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 use a paper backing to easily print sheets of tissue paper using an ink jet or laser printer.
Build this simple scale model tower from a recycled plastic cup and cardboard tube covered with air dry clay or tissue paper papier mache. The tower can be used for Nativity scenes, Christmas or Halloween villages, or as a piece of gaming terrain.
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.
Backstamps in Pottery and Stamp collecting (philately)
List of the most useful scultping and modelling tools for miniaturists modeling or sculpting in epoxy, polymer clay, paperclay or other materials.
Tips on using plaster cloth for model terrains or other purposes for miniature villages, railroad scenery, or gaming terrains.
How to make a two part silicone putty mold for fillable scale miniature bottles.
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.
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 assemble the layers of branches on a miniature tree made from cut paper snowflakes.
How to make opening base cabinets for a custom dollhouse kitchen.
Learn how to mimic a range of granite types with painted finishes on wood or other surfaces using acrylic paints.
List of miniature Halloween decorations and displays you can easily make for a Halloween village, dolls house display, a centerpiece, party invitations, decorations or favors.
Description of 1:24 scale and how to work out if your miniatures are in this scale
How to use paper, wood veneer or precut cedar shingles to mimic shingle roofs and siding on scale miniature structures and dolls' houses.
Easy doll clothing you can make for clothespin dolls.
Make this free printable village chuch for a dolls house scene or an N scale railroad or Christmas Village
List of glues types used for miniatures, dollhouses and models with reviews and explanations of how and where to use them.
Air dry modelling clays with reference to their particular strengths in making a variety of miniatures and models.
Printable miniature dime store style church and bungalows for a miniature town, railway village, Christmas village, or Christmas tree decorations
How to make a battery operated miniature fire for a dolls house, railroad, or Christmas village scene using light emitting diodes (LEDS).
Miniature needlework counted designs in cross stitch and petite point from the About.com Guides.
Printables or templates and instructions to help you make a range of miniature haunted and abandoned houses in 1:144 scale, from paper, card, or polymer clay.
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.
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.
How to choose between copper tape wire, round wire or hybrid systems when you are planning to wire a dolls house for electricity.
Make scale miniature raw eggs for dolls house food preparation boards, or to add humor or detail to a scale scene.
Use sheet acrylic and simple bending and gluing techniques to build a 'glass' top for dollhouse shop display cases.
How to choose a brand of polymer or air dry clay for particular miniatures, including dolls house foods, marbled and caned techniques, dolls house dolls, ball jointed dolls, and other popular miniatures. Reviews and comparisons of a wide variety of brands, including several specialized clays.
Information on using super glues, crazy glues or instant glues or cyanoacrylate glues for models, miniatures and dolls house miniatures.
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 scale miniature cattails or bullrushes for dolls house or railroad scale scenes using a variety of easily found materials.
Learn about the basic tools, equipment and supplies you need to make a horse model of your very own.
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.
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.
Use simple modelling techniques to customize your Halloween costumes with everything from flickering lights to paper mache masks.
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 start the center of a simple rolled ribbon rose. Page 3.
Printable candle lanterns sized for dollhouse scales of 1:6, 1:12, 1:24, 1:48 or any scale in between.
List of materials needed to make dollhouse scale popcorn tubs, bags and a popcorn machine from printable parts.
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.
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 seagulls in a range of poses to use in scale scenes.
Slide show tutorial for traditional kitchen mixing bowls in dolls' house scale, made from polymer clay.
Tips on using common forms of styrene plastic for dolllhouse miniatures and scratch built models.
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.
Miniature and dollhouse scale Halloween decorations. Computer printable miniatures of bats, ghosts, pumpkins as well as ghost and bat garlands for dollhouse decorations.
This dolls house scale miniature Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera Buckleyi) is easily made from fine wire, tissue paper, printer paper and paint
Make free printable kitchen canisters with a Hellebore or Christmas Rose design in 1:12 scale for a miniature or dolls house kitchen.
Make a range of miniature trees from paper or other materials as backdrops for Christmas villages and winter scenes.
Ways you can shape scale miniature snowflakes from polymer clay or air dry clay in order to make jewellery or miniature cookies.
Make these miniature butterfly koi from polymer clay to use in a range of dolls house and scale model scenes.
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.