Thursday, 7 May 2020

1/12 scale DIY paper plates tutorial

Hi all,

Hope you are well and surviving lockdown.  I haven’t posted in ages I know but came up with the simple tutorial I just had to share.

You will need: scrap patterned paper, 1 inch circle punch, clamp, water spritzer, metal plates.

Step 1: punch out circles from your scrap paper using your paper punch (alternatively cut out circles by hand).

Step 2: spritz your punched circles with water.

Step 3: you will now use your metal plates as moulds to form the circles into plate shapes.  Simply stack them up plate, paper, plate, paper, plate.  Always starting and ending with a plate.  I have 6 plates so I can mould 5 plates at a time. 

Step 4: use a mini clamp to squash the stack together. Leave overnight to dry.  

Step 5 take apart your clamped plates.  They should be dry and look like this.  You can now use them in your 1/12 scenes. 

Monday, 8 August 2016

1/48th Station Masters Cottage continued..

Hi all,

I have been working on my cottage in between setting up my website for the mini miniature show which is taking place on 11th to 14th of August online. 

As for the cottage, firstly I painted the ceiling of the main part of the cottage.  I used 2 coats of emulsion paint which I applied with a make-up sponge.  They don't give you brush marks which would look wrong in such a small scale. When it was dry I sanded it using a piece of abranet, it gives the paint a nice smooth finish. 

I added wallpaper to the back and side of the main part of the cottage.  Ensuring to leave gaps where the pieces would be stuck to their neighbours.

I stuck these 3 pieces onto the main carcass and clamped in place until dry.  Those clamps are one of my most used mini tools. 

Its starting to come together don't you think?

Until next time....

Natalie x

Saturday, 6 August 2016

1/48th Scale Station Masters Cottage

Hi all,

Thanks for bearing with me.  I wanted to share with you my latest project.  Its from a kit by petite properties

I have made their kits in the past.  The reason I like them so much is that they are laser cut so all the pieces fit together exactly. 

I started by assembling the main body of the house to see how it went together.  I kept the pieces in place using masking tape. 

While the pieces were together I used my pencil to carefully mark where they met so I knew where not to stick any wall paper or flooring paper.  I prefer to paper these small kits before assembly as its easier to access. 

I started with the flooring. I printed some I had found online and stuck it to the floor using a glue stick. 

Then I flipped it onto the back and cut around the base piece of MDF using a craft knife. 

At this point I realised I had not left the gaps for sticking I should have so tried to cut them into the parquet paper on the left.  I messed it up... doh! So I replace it with some tiled effect paper instead. 

I chose some wall paper from some scrap booking papers.  You can find suitable patterns in the 6x6 scrapbook paper books. 

I used them to cover the interior of the  left porch side of the cottage.  I did it the same way as I did the flooring.  The largest wall needed covering on both sides. 

I started to assemble the left side of the cottage using clamps and Lego to ensure it stayed square. 

That's all for today.  Check back to see my progress...

Natalie x

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

1/48 greenhouse

Hi all,

I thought I would share with you my latest mini make. It is a 1/48 scale greenhouse I made from a kit by petite properties.

I added my own plant racking on the right of the door and made the seed trays from a kit by Jane harrop.

It was a really simple kit to make up and lots of fun. I decided to make it look a bit run down, mainly after smudging glue on the windows, so dirtied my initial paint job up a bit.

If any of you have any tips or links for making 1/48 plants or accessories please let me know.

Take care

Natalie x

Blog Confusion :o(

Hi all,

Just a quick update in case you were wondering whats going on with my blog. 

While looking through my old posts I discovered that I had lost a LOT of my photographs. 

I think it coincides with me using the blogpress app to write my posts.  I don't use this anymore and couldn't recover my files as the app support site was a nonsense!!

Anyway I have found SOME of my photographs so have put back what I could and edited/removed the parts I could not.

I'm really sorry to anyone who comes looking for a project as I know I get a lot of pinterest traffic.  I will try my best to redo them and re-post them.


Brambly hedge inspiration dresser project

Hi all,

I thought I would share with you my latest project. I saw this great picture online from the Brambly hedge series of books and loved the over sized dresser.

I had a dresser which had lost its doors, sorry but I didn't take a photo of it before I started to take it apart. I must remember to do that in the future.

I used 2mm card stock to build up the height and used a lot of the original shelves as well as building in some more of my own. I painted it in matt ivory emulsion to match my previous shabby display cupboard and used the same pins as door knobs. All of the drawers were made by me and all open.

I found a great online tutorial by Lesley Shepherd for making a mouse which was really easy to follow.

I hope to add more to the dresser and mouse.

Hope you like them ;0)


Jewellery shop display

Hi all,

It struck me that I had not shown you all the jewellery shop display I made for a club project. I think it was because I struggled to take a decent picture of it, but as I have one now here goes.

I made the jewellery busts ,myself, casting them ( you can see how in a previous post) and made all of the jewellery displays myself, just bought the mini bits for the jewellery from

Hope you like it.

Natalie x

Last months club project

Hi all,

I wanted to share with you our club night project from last month. We were taught to make this adorable miniature Red Riding opening book.

The book is made from a metal book box you can buy from teepee crafts. We were given the print outs to cover our book boxes with.

If you open up the book inside is a tiny scene with a teeny tiny mouse dressed as red riding hood. The mouse is made from a cocktail stick believe it or not with flock for fur and dressed in paper clothes.

Overall it was a really challenging project with lots of intricate work but I love how it has turned out.

Next month at club it is my turn to teach the project. We will be making a push along toy dog like the one shown below.

Hope you like my mini book. I hope to put on instructions for making the push along dogs. Just need to take a couple more pictures.

Take care

Natalie x

Hi Everyone!!

Hi all,

Its been a long time since my last post.  I can only apologise for that and say I was really busy with work.  I'm on my Summer holidays from work now so finally have some time to post and make minis. 

I have even listed some minis on eBay.  Something I have been meaning to do for forever. Here a just a few of them.  If you are interested search for user cherryv33.   

I hope to share with you some of the minis I have been making for myself and a project or two. 

Off to make some now as it happens.

Take care


Sunday, 1 November 2015

My latest mini make

Hi all,

I thought I would share with you my latest mini make.  It is a 1/12 scale toy horse on wheels.  

I hope you like it.  

Please let me know if you would like to know how to make it and I will post a tutorial.

Happy mini making

Natalie xx