Friday, December 29, 2017

A half inch scale dollhouse hutch

A half inch scale dollhouse hutch

This tiny Hoosier cabinet will add charm to your half inch scale kitchen. Test fit everything before you glue. The thickness of your matt board may be different than mine.

Matt board or thin wood
Wood glue
Craft knife
1/8” square wood
Cover stock paper
White, grey, and blue acrylic paint
Silver gel pen
Paint brush
Mod Podge
Gloss varnish

2 bottom sides 1 1/4” x 1”
Bottom front 2 1/4” x 1 1/4” 
Back 2 1/4” x 2 7/8” 
Base 2 1/8”  x 1” 
Counter top (cut 2) 2 1/8” x 1 3/16” 
Left top side 1/2” x 1 1/2”
Right top side 1/2” x 3/4”
Left front 5/8” x 1 1/2”
Right front Whatever width space is left over x 3/4” tall.
Base under right front may vary, so size to fit.
Top, size to fit.

1 Assemble bottom - back, sides, front, and base.

Glue 2 counter top pieces together and sand around the sides and front to smooth and round the edges.

Glue on the counter top to the bottom section. You want a lip around the sides and front. Front lip will be more because cabinets will go on the front.

Assemble the top - sides, front, top, and base.

Cut legs to 1/4” tall, sand and glue on the base.

Trim thin pieces of cover stock to cover the side edges on the top and bottom of the hutch.
Paint white. Paint with Mod Podge and once dry lightly sand. Paint white again.
(I use Mod Podge to help keep the white paint from soaking into the board. Less white coats are required this way. Be sure to brush on the Mod Podge smoothly with minimum streaks.)

Cut out all your cabinets and drawer fronts.
Bottom cabinet 2 1/4” x 2 1/16”
Drawer #1 3/4” x 3/16”
Drawer #2 3/4” x 1/4”
Drawer #3 3/4” x 9/16”
2  top left cabinets 3/4” x 5/8”
Top right double cabinet (one piece)1 5/16” x 5/8”

Trim out the cabinets with strips of card stock. Thiner on the tops and wider on the sides.

Glue on the cabinets and drawers.
Paint white. Paint with Mod Podge and once dry lightly sand. Paint white.
Paint around the edge of the counter with a color of your choice. Let dry smooth with light sanding.
Cover the counter with a gloss varnish.

Draw on tiny hinges and drawer handles with grey paint and a toothpick. I used a silver gel pen to add some depth on the metal bits with just a small dot.

All done!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Miniature snow shovel

I made a 1:12 scale snow shovel for Santa’s cottage and here is how I did it!

Cut 2 pieces of red card stock to 1 1/4” x 1”
Preferably a smooth textured paper. I just used the smoother side of what I had.

Cut 3 pieces of thin wire to 5/8”.

Tape one wire in the center. Then tape the other two. Run your nail along the edge to get the tape snug.

Cover one side with wood glue. Press together with your fingers, wait a minute, and then use a ball stylus to press the paper down against the wire. I used a smaller stylus then a larger one to smooth out the paper.

Cut a toothpick to 3/8” for the handle. Sand the cut edges with fine sandpaper.

Cut down a shish kabob stick or a wood dowel to 2 5/8” long for the shovel neck.

Cut red card stock to 3/8” tall to the circumference of your shovel neck (pole). It will wrap around the pole.

Put wood glue on, wait a minute, and wrap it onto the wood pole. You want the edges to butt together.

For the handle end, cut 2 pieces of red card stock to 1” long. The width will depend on what you use for the shovel neck. Mine was about 1/16-1/8”. See photo.

Glue them on both sides of the pole keeping in mind where the join is on the bottom part of the pole. The butted seam you made earlier would be at the back of the pole.

Wrap another piece of paper around the handle pieces. Keep the butted seam at the back.

Bend the long card stock handle pieces out and then make light creases where they would bend.

Place the toothpick handle inside with glue. 

Score the bottom of the shovel with a ball stylus.

Wrap the shovel base around something curved. This is where the wire will help. Be gentle you don’t want to crease the paper.

Glue the pole base onto the back of the shovel base. Let dry.

Once dry, snip away the excess paper on the handle.

Give it a coat or two of gloss varnish.

You can age it if you like. I kept this one nice because it is Santa’s snow shovel. I think he would like it shiny red like his sleigh. :)

Have a happy holiday season!!