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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Should You Use to Build a Dollhouse or...
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.
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.
How to Make Simple Removable Suede or Leather...
Make a custom pair of removable ankle boots / desert boots / chukka boots for any size of doll.
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.
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.
Recycled Plastic Rods and Straws Into Dollhouse...
Explanation of the process of heating plastic tubing or plastic rod to make bottle necks for dollhouse and model scale bottles.
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.
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.
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 Mary Janes for a Doll
Make these miniature Mary Jane style doll shoes from patterns you custom fit to your particular doll.
Beginners Easy to Sew Miniature Bunny
This easy to sew miniature bunny is a great project for a beginning sewer. At three inches tall, it will fit alongside several popular woodland creature play figures.
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.
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.
Tips on Caring For Miniature Kordana Roses
Information about growing Kordana miniature roses
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Turn Your Broken Flowerpots Into...
How to make a landscaped miniature or fairy garden in a broken plant pot.
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.
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 Thin Flexible Faux Leather Fabric
Thin flexible faux leather is useful for a range of miniature and modelling projects across a range of scales. Learn how to make your own to suit your project.
Great Reference Photos From Miniature Shows
List of photo galleries of show and reference photos for miniaturists, dollhouse builders, and model railroad scenes.
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.
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.
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 Tiny Realistic Palms From Paper or Fabric
Make tiny palm trees in several model scales for gaming terrains, railroad scenes, dolls houses, or Christmas Nativity scenes using paper and wire.
Faux Mahogany Finish For Wood or Painted Surfaces
List of materials used to create faux mahogany finishes for full sized or miniature pieces
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 Scale Model Stone Walls from Recycled...
How to shape miniature model stone walls and free form stones from a variety of common rigid foams.
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 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 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.
How to Choose Threads and Hooks for Miniature...
How to choose hook sizes and threads for miniature and dolls house crochet projects
Ornate bottles, flasks and flagons made from...
Make dollhouse scale flasks, flagons, and bottles from combinations of beads.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Exploring the History of Wade Whimsies
Information about the history and current new introductions of Wade Whimsies collectible miniatures.
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
Use Flocking Powder to Add Realism to These...
Miniature projects that use flocking to add texture for a fur, fuzz or carpet fiber effect.
Backstamp Definition
Backstamps in Pottery and Stamp collecting (philately)
Use Die Cut Stickers to Make Detailed Designs...
Make miniature flocked rugs for a dolls house using die cut stickers to make the detailed design elements.
Understanding 3/4 or 1:16 scale Dollhouse...
Explanation of the difference between 1:16 and 3/4 scale.
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.
Tips for Correctly Proportioned Dolls and Figures
Tips on getting the correct proportions for body parts and heads when you sculpt dolls.
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 Quick Haunted Houses From Recyclables
Make these easy to build haunted houses from recycled boxes finished with your choice of free printable roofs, windows, and doors.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Learn How to Make Miniature Animals and Birds
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.
Make Dollhouse or Miniature Fence Pickets from...
How to lay out miniature picket fences with curves or drops.
How To Make Working Base Cabinets for a...
How to make opening base cabinets for a custom dollhouse kitchen.
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 a Working Miniature Fountain or Waterfall...
How to use miniature water pumps to make recycling water features for model scenes, dollhouses and fairy gardens.
Learn to Flock Miniatures and Models Using...
Learn the basics of flocking for carpeting or fur effects on miniatures and models.
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.
How to Sculpt a Miniature Head for a Doll or...
How to making the basic armature for a miniature or doll's head.
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.
Top Companies Producing Collectible Miniature...
Most popular makers of miniature buildings, cottages and villages.
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.
Defining the Size of a Town
A 1950's passenger station near Main Street in HO Scale. Page 16.
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.
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 Make a Farmhouse, Butler's or Belfast...
How to make a range of farmhouse, Belfast or butler's sinks in dollhouse scale.
Make a Poseable Felt Mouse
How to finish and trim the feet of a miniature felt mouse to shape.
Exterior Finishes for Model Buildings and...
Ways to create scale versions of traditional exterior finishes on model buildings and dolls houses
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 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.
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.
Tutorial for Peg People and Clothespin Dolls
How to cover wire with embroidery floss to make hands on clothespin dolls
Tie Miniature Ribbon Bows for Anything From...
How to tie varying styles of miniature ribbon bows by changing the number of loops or the style of the center. Page 9.
Path to Perfection
Kerri Pajutee requires many working stages for the completion of each highly accurate scale animal model.
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.
Clever Use of Drinking Straws to Make a...
Make this scale miniature air mattress from plastic drinking straws with glue and a hot iron.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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).
Battery Operated LED Room Lighting Kits for...
Review of room light and mini lighting LED battery operated LED kits by Evan Designs.
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.
Make Hanging Pegs and a Shelf From Craft or...
Make a simple dolls house shelf supported by a rail with hanging pegs made from toothpicks and craft sticks or scale wood.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Make Churchill the Miniature Polar Bear
Make Churchill the miniature stuffed polar bear for a dolls house scene or miniature bear collection. This little felt bear is a good first tiny teddy project at just 2.5 inches tall.
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.
Tips to Keep Your Decorative Paper Punches...
Keep your paper punches running smoothly by following these quick tips.
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 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.
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.
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 Tiny Plant Pots From Paper Strips for...
How to make dolls house scale miniature plant pots using narrow strips of paper or quilling paper.
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.
Make Dollhouse And Scale Model Bottles From...
How to make a two part silicone putty mold for fillable scale miniature bottles.
1:24 Scale Playmobil, Railroads, Calico...
Description of 1:24 scale and how to work out if your miniatures are in this scale
Tiny Bird's Nest Ornaments From Thread and Moss
Make a dolls house scale miniature birds nest using thread and reindeer moss.
Build a Windowbox or Storage Box for a Dollhouse
Make simple wooden storage boxes or window boxes in dolls house scales using files to cut rabbet joints and files and drills to cut decorative side cutouts.

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