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.
Three traditional printable cottages and landscaped bases for an N-scale Christmas village scene in traditional North American Putz or Glitter style.
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.
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 ™.
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.
Miniature Witch's Halloween shop built into a walnut shell.
Information on building materials used to construct model buildings and dolls houses in various scales.
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 fix or make minor repairs to stuck decorative paper punches with plastic covers.
List of websites with links to free printable card buildings for railroad or dollhouse scale scenes or game terrains.
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.
Miniature and dollhouse scale Halloween decorations. Computer printable miniatures of bats, ghosts, pumpkins as well as ghost and bat garlands for dollhouse decorations.
Miniature printable Halloween trick or treat bags, treat bags, party cups and plates in 1:12 dollhouse scale. Page 2.
Make these easy to build haunted houses from recycled boxes finished with your choice of free printable roofs, windows, and doors.
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.
Use a butane kitchen torch, embossing heat tool, or heat gun to bend plastic for miniatures and models.
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.
Information about growing Kordana miniature roses
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.
List of instructions for easy to make diorama containers, miniatures and models to help students or groups create scenes for class or club projects
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.
Uses of acrylic paint across the field of miniatures. When to use acrylic paint, what types to use, how to clean up.
Explanation of the process of heating plastic tubing or plastic rod to make bottle necks for dollhouse and model scale bottles.
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.
Description of 1:12 scale and how to work out various sizes of objects in this scale for die cast cars, model railroads, dolls houses and other miniature items.
Make 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.
List of photo galleries of show and reference photos for miniaturists, dollhouse builders, and model railroad scenes.
Miniature dollhouse printable Halloween plates and cups to make accessories for your 1:12 or smaller dolls' house. Page 3.
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.
Easy projects you can make to display a range of scale miniatures, including dolls houses and room boxes.
A 1950's passenger station near Main Street in HO Scale. Page 16.
Most popular makers of miniature buildings, cottages and villages.
These miniature coffin shaped boxes can be printed out on a computer printer and assembled as props for Halloween scenes in dolls house scales, or used as favor boxes for Halloween treats. They can also be used as containers for Halloween invitations or party favors. Page 4.
Tutorial on how to make simple tables for dollhouse, railroad and other scale model or miniature scenes.
Use colored tissue, thread, scissors and pva glue to make miniature paper mache pumpkins for a dolls house, a scale scene, or as a harvest, Halloween, or Thanksgiving table decoration.
How to assemble the layers of branches on a miniature tree made from cut paper snowflakes.
Opening dollhouse windows you can make for model buildings or dollhosues including shop windows, opening casement windows and other styles.
How to make stand alone cut out paper trees for a miniature table display. Page 2.
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.
How to make small quantities of chalk or lime paints for crafts and miniatures using pigments or latex paint and artist's gesso.
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.
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 shape miniature skulls for beads, Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations using polymer clay, clay, paper mache, epoxy putty or sugar and fondant.
Make this free printable village chuch for a dolls house scene or an N scale railroad or Christmas Village
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
Review of room light and mini lighting LED battery operated LED kits by Evan Designs.
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.
Explanation of the difference between 1:16 and 3/4 scale.
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.
Growing and caring for miniature cyclamen as winter houseplants
Make simple working miniature hinges for dollhouse or scale model projects using scrap metal cut from tin cans.
Printable miniature dime store style church and bungalows for a miniature town, railway village, Christmas village, or Christmas tree decorations
Make a range of dollhouse miniature and play scale foods with easy to follow photo tutorials. Instructions for cakes, cookies, snacks, and savories.
Information about the history and current new introductions of Wade Whimsies collectible miniatures.
Make these miniature Mary Jane style doll shoes from patterns you custom fit to your particular doll.
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.
List of the best woodworking hand tools for anyone who likes to make dolls house miniatures, miniature displays and miniature furniture.
Make free photo realistic printable 1:144 (micro) scale shops and buildings buildings as Christmas decorations tree ornaments or for N scale railroads.
List of top companies making 1:18 scale die cast car models including new model cars, muscle cars and historic racing models.
Make 1:12, 1:24 or 1:48 dollhouse scale paper roses for a miniature display or for use with other miniature scenes.
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.
Details of a brick capped flint wall in Lewes UK. Flint and brick combinations make interesting walls for scale models. Page 23.
How to make a landscaped miniature or fairy garden in a broken plant pot.
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 making the basic armature for a miniature or doll's head.
Make these tiny Halloween glitter houses from free printables.
How to make simple scale model stone walls and buildings from painted and coated styrofoam bead board or dense insulation foam sheets.
List of materials needed to make clear, fillable jars in dolls house scale from a sheet of acetate or clear plastic. Page 2.
These Halloween designs originate with the story of the Russian Witch Baba Yaga and show her house with it's chicken legs. These designs can be cut out and applied to cellophane to make minature candle screens and lantern covers, or they can be used for dolls house windows or table displays. Page 5.
Make scale miniature cattails or bullrushes for dolls house or railroad scale scenes using a variety of easily found materials.
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.
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 materials needed to make easy scale model palm trees.
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
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.
Use these box building instructions to make a simple dollhouse roombox or custom container for a diorama from illustration board or book board.
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 plants (with photos) that suit the creation of miniature or fairy garden landscapes or garden railroads outdoors or in pots.
Make these miniature scale luminarias with or without battery operated LED lights.
Make wire based trunks and branches for deciduous trees in your choice of model scales. These trees can also be made for Easter, Halloween or jewellery display trees.
Range of projects and examples of miniature displays for the Day of the Dead
List of materials needed to make felted dogs of most breeds in miniature scales.
How to make a range of farmhouse, Belfast or butler's sinks in dollhouse scale.
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 print, scale and work with dolls house printables. Best papers to use, construction tips and tools for working with printable miniatures in several scales.
Pauline Kretler used a deodorant container to make a trash to treasure aquarium for a dolls house scene. Page 4.
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.
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.
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 use miniature water pumps to make recycling water features for model scenes, dollhouses and fairy gardens.
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.
Le Grand Livre de La Maison Miniature is an instruction book for how to contruct and decorate a French house, including the furniture. This book by miniaturist Cristine -Lea Frisoni contains detailed instructions, in French, for complete construction, finishing and furnishing of a slightly shabby French Grand Maison.
How to choose hook sizes and threads for miniature and dolls house crochet projects
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?
List of materials you will need to print tissue paper using an ink jet or laser printer.
How to make Papel Picado banners and photo frames in 1:12 and 1:24 scale for dolls house scale Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) displays. Page 6.
List of materials required to make scale miniature stalks or corn or maize. Page 2.
How to create the printable minaiture fruit bowl and the lids of the casserole dishes for the dolls house kitchen serving set. Page 4.
A surprise alligator and some pigs rooting through the garbage can be found behind the passenger station in this 1950's small town HO railway scene. Page 17.
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.
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.
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.
Ways to create scale versions of traditional exterior finishes on model buildings and dolls houses
Backstamps in Pottery and Stamp collecting (philately)
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.
Make a range of miniature trees from paper or other materials as backdrops for Christmas villages and winter scenes.
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 two part silicone putty mold for fillable scale miniature bottles.
Make a printable miniature witches hat and a 1:12 or 1:48 scale broom.
How to use a pin vice or pin vise, also known as a twist drill or miniature drill; for miniatures, models, and dollhouse projects.
List of the most useful scultping and modelling tools for miniaturists modeling or sculpting in epoxy, polymer clay, paperclay or other materials.
Make realistic still or running water features in any model scale using sheet styrene or acrylic over a base of dry floral foam.
Make your own dolls house scale custom doors, windows, stairs and other building components using simple hand tools and craft materials.
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.
Printable Fleur de Lis patterned papers in three colorways for 1:12 or 1:6 dolls house scenes. Page 5.
Materials list for dollhouse kitchen base cabinets
Printable miniature papel picado banner designs and photo frames for miniature Day of the Dead displays.
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 make a range of facial features and hair styles for simple clothespin dolls.
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.
Keep your paper punches running smoothly by following these quick tips.
Essential buildings on Main Street in a 1950's small town scene in HO scale. Page 18.
List of materials needed to make a dolls bed or dollhouse scale bed from wood or card using free plans.
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.
How to create thatched roofs on scale model buildings and dolls houses using a range of different readily available materials.
Information about Gatorfoam aka Gatorboard and its uses for building miniature displays and scale buildings.
These free printables can be used to make buildings in 1:144 scale for a glittered or haunted style Halloween decoration.
List of hobby and carving knives and sharpening materials used for miniatures, scale models, and dollhouse miniatures.
List of glues types used for miniatures, dollhouses and models with reviews and explanations of how and where to use them.
Make a miniature hanging terrarium by planting a glass Christmas ball with living plants .
How to make a battery operated miniature fire for a dolls house, railroad, or Christmas village scene using light emitting diodes (LEDS).
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 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.
Description of 1:24 scale and how to work out if your miniatures are in this scale
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.
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.
Make free printable kitchen canisters with a Hellebore or Christmas Rose design in 1:12 scale for a miniature or dolls house kitchen.
How to use paper, wood veneer or precut cedar shingles to mimic shingle roofs and siding on scale miniature structures and dolls' houses.
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.
Make a doll shirt with a front opening and long sleeves using custom pattern slopers to fit any size or scale of doll.
How to crack English or Persian walnuts, Juglans regia, to use the half shells for handmade ornaments and miniatures.
How to shape felt into the correct shape for a scale miniature cowboy hat suitable for fashion or doll house scale dolls. Page 4.
Build this easy front opening dollhouse or dolls house style bookcase using free plans and a single sheet of Baltic Birch plywood.
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.