5 non-mini things you can use for miniature projects

I have been asked many times where I got my miniature stuff. Majority of those who make inquiries are from the Philippines, too. I tell them that I bought the miniature furniture and dollhouse kit from eBay USA. However, there are many aspects of my dollhouses that are made of non-mini items. With a bit of creativity, you can use just about anything in your house for your miniature dollhouse.

Here are non-mini items that are always useful:

1. Beads

I often use them for vases. And any dollhouse will always look more put-together with vases here and there. Beads are also great for faux light fixtures (light fauxtures?).

2. Paper Clips

Paper clips can come in handy for metallic details of your dollhouse. In the photo above, I used paper clips as brackets for the wall shelves. The black stand for the desk lamp is also a paper clip. Paper clips can also be great for chair or table legs, hanging planters, and chandeliers (just add beads).

3. Buttons

Turn your attention to the item on the left. That other thing is a cabochon base. Anyhoo, buttons are great photo frames. Just add a teeny picture (or item 4 below) and it will look nice hanging from a wall in your dollhouse. Smaller buttons can serve as plates, too. Just add miniature foodstuff on top to cover the holes and no one will be any the wiser.

4. Stickers

Or scrapbook papers. These have a multitude of uses. Wall art. Book and magazine covers. Wall details. Signages.

5. Place Mats

They make for great carpets and rugs.

So there you have some non-mini things you can repurpose for miniature projects. You don’t have to buy every little aspect of your dollhouse. If you live in the Philippines (or any other country with the most amazing mail delivery system), purchasing items for your dollhouse is one fast way to savings depletion. After all, creating your very own mini items is one of the best parts of making miniatures.

PS – This list is far from complete. 

13 thoughts on “5 non-mini things you can use for miniature projects”

  1. All kinds of pretty and amazing ♥

    LOL at “faux light fixtures (light fauxtures?)” heehee.

    Which reminds me, I have a LOT of vintage-looking stickers that will be perfect for your dollhouse. Can you email me your new address so I can send them to you? If I can’t live in that pretty house, at least some of the things from me can ;)

  2. I am in love with every little detail I see and have found myself gazing at these photos for a long time! It is a wonderful doll house and really makes me feel like having one too.

    Loulou

  3. I was supposed to create a “room-in-a-box” (miniature room in a box). Alas, no time! I hope I’ll be able to find time though so I can use these tips of yours ^_^

    1. I was supposed to create a “room-in-a-box” (miniature room in a box). Alas, no time!

      You should make one! I’m sure yours will be fab. :)

  4. I think I need to learn how to knit with tooth picks. LOL I have seen where they had a ball of yarn with 2 knitting needles stuck in them, in miniature.

    1. I have seen where they had a ball of yarn with 2 knitting needles stuck in them, in miniature.

      Oh THOSE are too cute! Now to make my version…. :)

  5. I stumbled across your blog today due to your yoga bag tutorial. I’m so glad I did. You are AMAZING!!! I am seriously in love with this doll house. I am totally inspired to start working on one for my daughter (who will probably trash it in like 5 minutes) but it’s just too fun not to do! Thanks for all your fantastic posts.

    1. I stumbled across your blog today due to your yoga bag tutorial. I’m so glad I did. You are AMAZING!!! I am seriously in love with this doll house. I am totally inspired to start working on one for my daughter (who will probably trash it in like 5 minutes) but it’s just too fun not to do! Thanks for all your fantastic posts.

      Thank you! And thanks for dropping by. As for the dollhouse, no worries if she trashes it; at least you’ll have an excuse to ‘rebuild’ it. That’s always fun. Haha

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