Friday, February 5, 2016


1 inch minis has begun to make kits for 1 inch scale furniture!!  I had hoped to get this introduced a little earlier but we have a new addition to the family, his name is Luke and was 6 lb. 10 oz., loving being a grandma!!

I will be making more kits as the weeks go on.  The second kit will be the matching small wing chair that goes with this sofa.

All the pieces are cut out and ready to be glued together.  All you need is 1/3 yard of 100% cotton fabric, tacky glue, needle and thread for sewing the pillows together and craft paint and satin spray finish for the feet.

There are two tutorials to help you out with more pictures, although I do have pictures in the instructions.  To review the tutorials are: Make and upholster a 1 inch scale chair, January 20, 2013 and How to  make piping for pillows, April 4, 2010.

The kit is $25.00 plus shipping, e-mail me at to order your kit.

P.S.  If anybody has an idea on how to fix the e-mail notification on the blog let me know.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

1 INCH SCALE HALF BUCKET TUTORIAL -- How to make a half bucket for your dollhouse.

I am making half buckets to hang on a wall.
These buckets can be filled with flowers for a very pretty display.
I have directions to make geraniums on the blog.  There is a list at the left side of the blog, "Things to do, Things to see", in this list is the tutorial "Rusty Pan of Geraniums". This tutorial will give the instructions to make geraniums.

To make the bucket you will need a scrap of card stock, old greeting cards work well.

You will also need a scrap of mat board or illustration board.
This can be found at art stores or stores that frame photographs.  Sometimes the framers will give  you the scraps left over from framing the photos.

Paint the mat board an acrylic craft paint color you would like your half bucket to be.
I've painted mine red this time, before I used green.  The card stock can be painted black or a brass color.

Apply a coat of acrylic varnish that is compatible with  your acrylic craft paint.  I apply this because I am going to age the surface of the half bucket with more paint.  The acrylic varnish lets me wipe off the paint I age with off.

Use Nancy's patterns to trace the back and bottom onto the mat board.

Cut the back and bottom out.

Please notice the slight difference in the top and bottom of the back.

The top of the back is slightly larger than the bottom.  The bucket tips out a bit at the top.

Use fine sandpaper, 180 to 220 grit, to sand off the paint along the bottom edge of the back.

This will allow the glue to adhere better.

I've sanded the varnish and paint a bit.

For my paper projects I like to use yellow carpenter's wood glue.
When tacky glue dries it remains flexible, I don't want my bucket to be flexible.  The carpenter's glue dries hard.

Apply the glue to the bottom of the back on the sanded area.

Press the back to the flat edge of the half round bottom.

Let this dry.

Cut a couple of strips from the mat board 3 mm wide.

Paint the edges of the strips.

Cut 2 pieces from these strips 17 mm long.

Before you drill holes in the ends of these strips use a "T" pin or corsage pin to start the hole.
This gives the drill bit some place to sit when you start to drill and will make a more successful hole.

Drill your holes in the ends of the strips.

Apply glue to the back and bottom.

Press one of the strips onto the glue.

Press the other strip onto the other side.

Let this dry.

Cut at least 8 pieces 13 mm long from your mat board strips.
I say at least 8 pieces because depending on your measuring and cutting you may use 7 or 8 pieces to finish the bucket.  On the green bucket I used 8 pieces and on the red bucket I used 7.  We are not machines and we all have slight differences in measuring and cutting.

Start gluing the pieces along the bottom.  Don't glue the sides together just glue the bottom.

I've got my pieces glued on with one extra.

Cut from your card stock scrap a strip 2 mm wide.  You can paint the edges is you want to.

Apply glue to the back of the bucket.

Press the 2 mm strip onto the glue.

Apply glue to the strip and bring the strip over the front and to the back of the bucket.

Finish gluing the strip to the back of the bucket.

I apply another strip towards the top of the bucket, when I glue the strip on I keep my finger in the bucket so the pieces will stick to the strip and not cave in.
Finish by gluing the strip to the back of the bucket.

To age the bucket I use dark brown acrylic craft paint and an acrylic thinner.  Mix these two together.  You don't need very much of either one.  Can you see my brush?  It's an old brush with its bristles all out of shape, this works well for applying the paint.

Apply the paint.

I wipe off as much paint as I want.  I will also add more paint and wipe off again.  If you want your bands to appear rusty you could add a little rust color paint to them in specific spots.

I used some twine to make a handle.  You could also make a wire handle.

The buckets are ready for flowers.

Here are Nancy's beautiful patterns to make the half buckets.  Go to "Things to do, Things to see" list to get the directions for transferring the patterns, "HOW TO EN-LARGE PATTERNS".

You noticed that the measurements are mm, this is an article I used for a European miniatures magazine a couple of years ago.  I've gotten a little busy lately crocheting things for my first grandchild and miniatures have been put on the back burner at times.  Please excuse that you don't have a "new" tutorial.
Some of you also may have noticed that I have not added to my CDHM site and are announcing something new for 2016.  I am still working on that and will get it all together between things.

As always I hope you can try this out, spring is around the corner and every dollhouse needs flowers.

Pictures for the Follower's Gallery and questions can be sent to

Have fun, Expand on it, Make it better . . . .
Just Keep Making Minis!!


Thursday, December 17, 2015

MID-CENTURY 1 INCH SCALE ROOM DIVIDER/BOOKSHELF TUTORIAL - How to make a 1 inch scale mid-century room divider for your dollhouse.

Hello everybody, this is the piece I am making for this month's tutorial.  This is the last piece of furniture for Hobby Builders Supply #CreatinContest 2015.  I know mid-century furniture is a small niche in the miniatures hobby and I am thankful for you putting up with one of my favorite styles.  I guess it has to do with nostalgia and I just love the style.

This piece of furniture is a room divider.  Room dividers were popular in the 1950's and 1960's.  I think maybe because the houses had changed to a more open plan we still wanted some division of purpose for the rooms.  Just an uneducated guess.  I saw this bookshelf in the movie "Overboard" with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell and I thought it would be perfect for my future walk-out basement family room I plan to do in the Hobby Builders' Denise's City Cottage kit.

To start cut a strip of mat board 1 5/8" wide and at least 15" long.  From that we will cut two pieces 4 3/4" long (top and bottom) and two pieces 1 3/4" long (sides).

For the front and back of the bottom cabinet cut 2 pieces of mat board 4 3/4" x 1 7/8".

Draw lines inside at 1/4" away from the edges on the short sides.

Draw lines inside at 3/16" away from the edges on the long sides.

Cut out the centers leaving two frames.

Use yellow carpenter's glue to glue everything together.

Glue a side to the top (4 3/4" x 1 5/8').

Glue the other side to the top piece.

The sides cover the edge of the top piece.

This is the door assembly.

Cut two pieces of mat board 4 5/8" x 1 11/16".

Draw a line from top to bottom 2 5/8" from the left side.

On the right side draw lines 1/8" from the top and bottom edges.

On the right side draw a line 3/16" from the left edge.

I've cut out on the lines I drew and I cut off the bottom.

Trial fit, only.  Don't glue the door assembly in, yet.

Cut two doors 2 5/8" x 1 11/16".

Trial fit.  Set the door assembly aside for now.

Two sides ( 1 5/8" x 1 3/4").

Glue the sides in between the front and back and under the top.

These are the pieces needed for the bookshelf top.

Two pieces for the top, 4 3/4" x 1 5/8".

Two pieces 2 7/8" x 1 3/8", shelf sides.

Four pieces 1 3/8" x 1 3/16", dado pieces.

One piece 1 3/8" x 3 1/8",shelf.

I am making a dado for the shelf to fit into.

Glue two dado pieces onto a side, matching the edges and leaving a gap in the middle.  This is the dado for the shelf to fit into.  I clamped all this together to dry.

Do this for the other side.

I glued the two pieces of the top together, also.

Here are my sides and top drying with clamps.

After the sides have dried I glued the shelf into the dadoes.

The piece in the movie had two shelves.  When I have copied the number of shelves I have had trouble finding miniatures to fit between the shelves.  With this piece I made one shelf so I could be sure I could fit my decorative items on the shelf.

This is the top, (two pieces of mat board glued together).

I drew some lines on the surface to help guide me in gluing the shelf unit on.

Measure from one short side and the long sides 1/8".

Glue the shelf unit to the top.

I am measuring the inside of the shelf unit, should be measuring 3".

Take a look or use your square to square up the shelf unit.

Glue the shelf unit (shelf and top) onto the bottom.

The left edge is 1/8" from the bottom and the unit is centered between the sides.

These are the parts for the top box unit that sets on top of the shelf section.

There are two pieces 3 1/4" x 1 3/8", this is the top and four pieces 1 3/8" x 7/8", these are the sides.

Glue them together so that you have double layers for the top and both sides.

Glue the top box unit onto the shelf section, lining up the sides.

Cut some card stock 1/8" wide and a couple of pieces 1/16" wide.

Glue the strips onto the raw edges of the shelves.

I also glued 1/16" strips around the outside raw edge of the bottom cabinet's front edge.

This is optional to do.

Measure between the top of the bottom cabinet and the shelf that hangs out.

I am measuring with one hand so my measurement is not accurate in the picture.

Cut three pieces of 1/8" dowel to fit this space.

Glue the dowels in.

For the legs I am useing a method I have shown before.
Measure a 1/4" dowel and mark at 5/8".

Sharpen the dowel to the line.

I let my line just disappear into the pencil sharpener.

I cut the leg off using a miter box and saw, (from Hobby Builders Supply #55666).

I then measured 5/8" again and sharpened the dowel and cut again.

Make four legs.

Drill holes in the center of the tops of the legs and glue toothpicks into the holes.

Before you paint everything drill holes into the doors of the cabinet.  I measured 3/8" from each side of a corner for the hole.  I used an 1/8" drill bit.

I have given everything a coat of acrylic paint.

I sanded lightly and painted on a second coat.

The original piece of furniture had the bottom cabinet with a blond finish.  I couldn't do that with the mat board.  Just a reminder you can use wood for this piece of furniture; all the directions would be the same.

I am painting everything with acrylic paint.

I like using Delta's Magnolia White. It's not white/white and definitely not ivory.  Just a warm white.

My legs are the self leveling type that have the small gold colored feet on them.

Punch out 1/8" circles from card stock.

I glued two layers of the circles together.

Do you see the toothpicks in the legs?

The circles are glued to the legs.

The circles are painted gold.

This style of sliding door had metal fixtures for the holes.  They look like little metal pie pans for us to use in miniatures.

Glue squares of card stock over the holes.

Like this.


With a tiny brush and a steady hand paint the inside gold with a tiny rim on the outside.

Glue the loose door to the door assembly.

Glue the door assembly into the cabinet.

I measured 3/16" from each side at each corner and marked with a "T" pin.

I drilled four holes for the legs and glued them into the bottom of the cabinet.

My basement is going to be so groovy!

Last minute thought, I think I will cut out some mat board and build a little planter box around the dowels.  I could see some philodendron growing up the dowels, couldn't you?

Thank you for taking this journey back in time with me.  Next year I will be making my usual eclectic array of miniatures, what ever catches my eye in the catalogs.

Thank you to all of you that have sent in pictures of your finished tutorials.  It's amazing to see what you have done with them.

E-mails for the pictures or questions can be sent to

I want to apologize if you aren't getting notified of blog postings.  This has something to do with Google/Blogger.  I usually have a tutorial up by the 20th of the month so you might want to try to remember that.

Have fun, Expand on it, Make it better . . . .
Just Keep Making Minis!!

And finally,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
 to all of you!!