Twelve Great Sites on How to Make Your Own Minis
I am only a DIYer when the mood strikes me or if I am too cheap to buy something that I think I can make myself. So, I haven’t written any posts on “how to make” minis because, frankly, I lack the expertise. However, I am including links to some sites where you can go if you want to make your own miniatures. Why? If you want to save money on your miniature obsession, these free guides and videos may help. I will update this list as I find more sites.
Library and Museum websites
It is easy to make a mini-book. Even I, as an untalented crafter, made a miniature book when I was seven. Depending on how you plan to use your books, this link might be a useful how-to guide
These are mini books with blank pages inside, which you can customize. However, if you are a collector of miniatures, there are miniature books with actual print and illustrations inside!
Also, check out The Mini Time Machine Museum in Tucson AZ. It has some interesting DYI guides. Tutorials include making a mini photo album, a tiny jack in the box, a little watering can, and a mini Butterfly shadow box.
https://1inchminisbykris.blogspot.com/ This blog contains a lot of how-to guides for creating dollhouse miniature furniture and more.
http://www.mysmallobsession.com/free-dollhouse-diy.html More free DYI guidance on making minis.
https://kendrasminis.blogspot.com/ Some really cute minis on this blog. She also has a website where she has indexed DIY yourself articles from old Nutshell News magazines. I subscribed to those magazines back in the early 1990s.
Additionally, I found a blog that offers free printables to make your own miniatures. It’s Jennifer’s Printables and I’ve downloaded and printed some of her floor printables. However, she has printables for grocery products, wallpaper, magazines, and more.
I thought that craft stores were the obvious place to look for guides on how to make miniatures. But, big box craft stores don’t seem to cater to miniature hobbyists. However, I looked online and found specialty craft sites with free how-to guides.
https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/best-craft-materials-for-miniatures-2366159 – This website provides ideas for the best materials to use when creating miniatures.
fauxhammer.com/tutorials/how-to-make-realistic-trees-for-miniatures-wargames-models/ – This tutorial gives you step-by-step guidance for making mini trees for dollhouses and displays.
How to Make Miniatures – Craft Videos on YouTube
While I tend to prefer to create miniatures using books and how-to guides, I enjoy watching videos of miniature creations. Therefore, I suggest the following YouTube videos. So, if you are stuck and want ideas on what you to make, check out the videos below.
How to Make Various Dollhouse Accessories
To complete your dollhouse, you probably need some household basics. The following two videos show you what you can make.
How to Make a Miniature Sectional Sofa
I saw this video on YouTube and am tempted to make this little sectional sofa. It doesn’t look too difficult.
How to Make Mini Fast Food (that you can eat!)
Okay, the video below is if you have way too much time on your hands!