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.
Learn the common dollhouse scales, 1:6, 1:12, 1:16, 1:24, 1:48 and how to easily check which scale you have.
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.
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 ™.
List of websites with links to free printable card buildings for railroad or dollhouse scale scenes or game terrains.
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.
Information on building materials used to construct model buildings and dolls houses in various scales.
Information on paper for miniaturists; weight, sizes, brilliance, and specialty papers for decals, fabric transfers and transparencies.
How to make a landscaped miniature or fairy garden in a broken plant pot.
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.
Printable candle lanterns sized for dollhouse scales of 1:6, 1:12, 1:24, 1:48 or any scale in between.
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.
Description of Scenic Water by Deluxe Materials and its uses for miniatures, dolls house miniatures, and models.
List of materials needed to make felted dogs of most breeds in miniature scales.
Information on using super glues, crazy glues or instant glues or cyanoacrylate glues for models, miniatures and dolls house miniatures.
Flexible LED light strips have all kinds of uses for lighting model displays, dolls houses and miniature collections.
Uses of acrylic paint across the field of miniatures. When to use acrylic paint, what types to use, how to clean up.
Make beach themed miniatures for a range of scale displays or summer keepsakes. Includes projects you can make full size like the ocean plait knot rug .
Tips for making better sales from your table at a miniature or collectible show.
Definition of the term diecast (die cast, die-cast) as it is used with metal miniatures.
Information on the best glues for plastic, plastic solvent glues or plastic weld glues for models, miniatures and dolls house miniatures.
How to paint paper for miniature snowdrop leaves. Page 6.
Use painted paper and a paper punch to make miniature versions of Amaryllis belladonna flowers for dollhouse gardens and floral arrangements.
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.
Three traditional printable cottages and landscaped bases for an N-scale Christmas village scene in traditional North American Putz or Glitter style.
List of photo galleries of show and reference photos for miniaturists, dollhouse builders, and model railroad scenes.
Use a butane kitchen torch, embossing heat tool, or heat gun to bend plastic for miniatures and models.
Information about growing Kordana miniature roses
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 poseable miniature dolls for dolls houses or scale railroads using sculpting techniques and polymer clay, air dry clay, or epoxy putty.
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
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.
Easy projects you can make to display a range of scale miniatures, including dolls houses and room boxes.
Make miniature trees, wreaths and garlands for 1:144 scale dollhouses, a miniature Christmas village or an N scale Christmas railroad layout.
Make your own dolls house scale custom doors, windows, stairs and other building components using simple hand tools and craft materials.
Printable miniature scale shop boxes and a hat box in a robin's egg blue and lavender color scheme. Page 7.
Most popular makers of miniature buildings, cottages and villages.
Information about the history and current new introductions of Wade Whimsies collectible miniatures.
How to make small quantities of chalk or lime paints for crafts and miniatures using pigments or latex paint and artist's gesso.
Make a range of dollhouse miniature and play scale foods with easy to follow photo tutorials. Instructions for cakes, cookies, snacks, and savories.
List of instructions for easy to make diorama containers, miniatures and models to help students or groups create scenes for class or club projects
How to fix or make minor repairs to stuck decorative paper punches with plastic covers.
Tutorial on how to make simple tables for dollhouse, railroad and other scale model or miniature scenes.
Tips and techniques for using two part epoxy resins to simulate water effects in miniatures and scale model scenes.
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.
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.
List of plants (with photos) that suit the creation of miniature or fairy garden landscapes or garden railroads outdoors or in pots.
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.
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.
Store your custom mixed paints in artist's cups to save your acrylic paints for future projects.
Make these miniature Mary Jane style doll shoes from patterns you custom fit to your particular doll.
Buy Direct "The Master's" Brush Cleaner is a simple to use product which should be on the desk of anyone
Review of room light and mini lighting LED battery operated LED kits by Evan Designs.
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.
Explanation of the process of heating plastic tubing or plastic rod to make bottle necks for dollhouse and model scale bottles.
How to make thread joints on a miniature 2.5 inch high stuffed polar bear so that the arms and legs will move. Page 5.
Opening dollhouse windows you can make for model buildings or dollhosues including shop windows, opening casement windows and other styles.
Make simple working miniature hinges for dollhouse or scale model projects using scrap metal cut from tin cans.
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.
Explanation of the difference between 1:16 and 3/4 scale.
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
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.
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.
How to add hands and arms to the body of a miniature garden gnome made from epoxy putty. Page 11.
Assemble the arms of a 1:48 scale printable arm chair. Page 6.
Growing and caring for miniature cyclamen as winter houseplants
Make 1:12, 1:24 or 1:48 dollhouse scale paper roses for a miniature display or for use with other miniature scenes.
Instructions for easy build roomboxes for miniature and dolls house displays, with links to photo galleries of roomboxes and tips on display plannng.
List of top companies making 1:18 scale die cast car models including new model cars, muscle cars and historic racing models.
How to use a pin vice or pin vise, also known as a twist drill or miniature drill; for miniatures, models, and dollhouse projects.
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.
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 miniature water pumps to make recycling water features for model scenes, dollhouses and fairy gardens.
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.
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.
List of the best woodworking hand tools for anyone who likes to make dolls house miniatures, miniature displays and miniature furniture.
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.
Make these miniature scale luminarias with or without battery operated LED lights.
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.
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.
How to choose hook sizes and threads for miniature and dolls house crochet projects
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.
Acorns or hazlenuts (filberts) are used to make a miniature teaset suitable for a scale miniature mouse, calico critter, or fairy.
Keep your paper punches running smoothly by following these quick tips.
List of materials needed to make dollhouse scale popcorn tubs, bags and a popcorn machine from printable parts. Page 2.
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.
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.
Guidelines for basic identification and evaluating the value of Breyer horse models.
How to make a range of farmhouse, Belfast or butler's sinks in dollhouse scale.
Instructions and a chart for stitching a Christmas stocking with a cabin in the woods, reindeer or holly pattern in 1:12 dolls house scale. The scale can be adjusted by using different sizes of silk gauze canvas.
Make a range of tiny plants, flowers and trees for dollhouse, Christmas village, or Christmas tree decorations.
Make this free printable village chuch for a dolls house scene or an N scale railroad or Christmas Village
How to lay out miniature picket fences with curves or drops.
Backstamps in Pottery and Stamp collecting (philately)
How to make simple scale model stone walls and buildings from painted and coated styrofoam bead board or dense insulation foam sheets.
Miniature needlework counted designs in cross stitch and petite point from the About.com Guides.
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.
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.
Make free photo realistic printable 1:144 (micro) scale shops and buildings buildings as Christmas decorations tree ornaments or for N scale railroads.
How to make miniature Versailles Planters or square flower boxes from paper and card or veneer tape.
Make a dolls house bed with a picket head and footboard from wooden stir sticks. If you prefer you can use the same technique to make fencing, or jump sections for model horse jumps.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 making the basic armature for a miniature or doll's head.
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 tiny palm trees in several model scales for gaming terrains, railroad scenes, dolls houses, or Christmas Nativity scenes using paper and wire.
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.
Make scale miniature cattails or bullrushes for dolls house or railroad scale scenes using a variety of easily found materials.
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 rework and refinish a standard piece of dolls house furniture using easy and inexpensive techniques.
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.
How to choose between copper tape wire, round wire or hybrid systems when you are planning to wire a dolls house for electricity.
Description of 1:24 scale and how to work out if your miniatures are in this 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.
Basic information on Lilliput Lane Cottages - Collectible cottages in several ranges produced since 1982
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.
Mixing basic brown shades for dollhouse baking and food, blended from primary colors of Premo polymer clay. Page 2.
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.
Build this easy front opening dollhouse or dolls house style bookcase using free plans and a single sheet of Baltic Birch plywood.
How to start the center of a simple rolled ribbon rose. Page 3.
Make realistic still or running water features in any model scale using sheet styrene or acrylic over a base of dry floral foam.
Use these box building instructions to make a simple dollhouse roombox or custom container for a diorama from illustration board or book board.
How scale is applied to miniatures and models. Information on scales for model railroads scales, antiques, miniature vehicles, gaming figures, dollhouses and finescale.
List of the most useful scultping and modelling tools for miniaturists modeling or sculpting in epoxy, polymer clay, paperclay or other materials.
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.
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.
Make tiny 1/2 inch long fairy characters for your miniature gardens.
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.
Ways to create scale versions of traditional exterior finishes on model buildings and dolls houses
Description of 1:3 scale - SD ball jointed dolls, 18 inch dolls, and large flying or moving models.
How to make a battery operated miniature fire for a dolls house, railroad, or Christmas village scene using light emitting diodes (LEDS).
List of materials you will need to print tissue paper using an ink jet or laser printer.
How to create thatched roofs on scale model buildings and dolls houses using a range of different readily available materials.
How to make a two part silicone putty mold for fillable scale miniature bottles.
Information on cold porcelain and its uses for modelling and miniatures
Techniques used to paint metal miniatures for gaming, dollhouse, or collectibles.
How to make dolls house scale miniature plant pots using narrow strips of paper or quilling paper.
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.
12 easy accessories to make for fairy or miniature gardens, indoors or out.
How to make a range of miniature baskets for dollhouses or miniature displays.
Information about Gatorfoam aka Gatorboard and its uses for building miniature displays and scale buildings.
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?
Pauline Kretler used a deodorant container to make a trash to treasure aquarium for a dolls house scene. Page 4.
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.