Crafting in Miniature: Yay or Nay?

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When I was a kid, I was obsessed with making miniatures. My favorite exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago was the Thorne Miniature Rooms. I’d spend hours just marveling at the teeny tiny furniture! When my teachers assigned a diorama, I went all out and designed the most complex display I could. I received Tiny Treasures as a gift one year and I tried out all of the projects. It’s unfortunately out of print now, and I (even more unfortunately) donated my copy when I “grew up.”

You can craft in miniature without the help of a book though! I just compiled a list of 20 Mini Handmade Craft Ideas, many of which only take a few minutes to make. I love the Doll House Flower Pot and Mini Flower Bouquet, both from Flower Soft. They really do look like miniature flowers, and they’d be perfect if you wanted to make your own Thorne Minature Rooms!

The Mini Cupcake Pin Cushion combines my love of miniatures, cupcakes, and recycling crafts. Plus, this little cutie is a useful sewing accessory, and it would make a great gift for a sewing enthusiast.

I really can’t get enough of the Mini Spring Bonnets either. They’re so colorful and festive for spring and summer parties. This project is also a great recycling craft, and it looks really easy too.

You can see the rest of my picks for miniature projects in my article, 20 Mini Handmade Craft Ideas. And if you’re thirsty for more, here’s what I found around the web:

This is a miniature replica of the leg lamp from A Christmas Story, created over at Dollhouse Miniature Furniture. Amazing!

I could spend all day looking at her blog. I also found instructions on how she made the vintage sink in this photo:

If you’d like to make your own DIY dollhouse, I found instructions for that at Sutton Grace. I love the way hers turned out!

Don’t forget to check out 20 Mini Handmade Craft Ideas. And tell me: Have you ever crafted in miniature before?

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  1. Char says

    Love miniatures. If you buy the dollhouse kits and furnishings on line, they are sooooo expensive! Thanks for the ideas to make our own. I did manage to make an “Autumn” diorama with recycled magazine photos for background and a cabin and tree I made myself…turned out pretty good for a first attempt from scratch.

  2. Rose says

    I love your ideas!! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!! I will try to share some of my ideas with you also.

  3. Trudi says

    Love miniature things! From ceramics class to miniature quilt making, from collecting tiny chair models to making tiny dolls or bears to sit in them…everything is cuter when it’s smaller!

  4. says

    I love making dollhouse miniatures and have been experimenting with it for a long time. I started with food, and then moved onto some furnitures, and then to flowers. I find myself moving in cycles, but always looking for a style, or inspiration that makes me want to create it in dollhouse miniature scale.

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