In this next DIY miniatures tutorial, I will try to explain how to make miniature windows and miniature doors.
The easiest way, of course, would be to buy a miniature kit, there are lots of professional miniaturists specializing in this on Etsy. For example, the fairy garden doors from LularoseUSA are pretty awesome;-).
I made an attempt for my own fairy garden and the door and window of my backyard shed are also made by me and I’m not technically skilled at all! So you could give it a go for sure, why not?! Oh yes, my treehouse has windows as well, I almost forgot! ( it is not finished yet ).
Let’s go and try to figure this one out for you, in the DIY miniatures – style 😉
A. How to make miniature windows?
This picture is one of the windows that I made, the one in the tutorial I can’t photograph for now, as it is covered against my cat’s claws 🙂
You could use a real piece of glass that is about 2mm thick, but I used a plastic sheet that was cut out from a plastic box that would otherwise end up in the trash.
I made this window with leftover pinewood with the help of my table saw. It really was the easiest way to do it for me, but I am not afraid of working with this machine.
If you don’t want to do this (I can imagine that you are scared of cutting off your fingers), then you could also use (sturdy) balsa wood, but be careful of what kind to buy though, because most of that wood chips off easily when cutting especially small pieces.
And then you could spend hours and hours doing it over and over to finally get the results you want.
For this miniature window you need :
– a slat of 4 mm thick, 8 mm wide, and a total length of 26 cm to make the frame.
– a slat of 4 mm thick, 1 mm wide, and a total length of 23 cm to make the inner frame.
PS. The thickness of the 4mm slats can be smaller, but be aware that it gets very fragile and it could easily break.
– a plastic sheet or a piece of glass for the window, you can choose as you wish.
A little tutorial on this DIY miniature window:
In this tutorial, the dimensions mentioned are always the outer dimensions (the longest sides), where the parts have to be sawn in miter. Since small deviations can occur during sawing, it is important to always check whether everything fits well while you are working.
1. Cut a groove in the middle of the slat of 6 mm x 4 mm on one of the smallest sides. The size of the groove is depending on the fact if you are going to use plastic or real glass. The groove is where the glass or plastic will be clamped later on.
2. Miter the slat of 4 mm x 8 mm with the narrow side upwards into 2 x 7 cm and 2 x 6 cm. Glue the parts together.
3. Miter the slat of 4 mm x 6 mm with the wide side upwards into 2 x 6.1 cm and 2 x 5.1 cm. Place the parts in the frame to see if it fits well.
4. Glue the sides and the bottom of the window together, wait for the top one.
5. First paint the inside of the window (the groove and the edges).
6. Place the piece of glass or a piece of plastic. Its size depends on the depth of the cut. So first measure the inside of the window and allow some space. After that, glue the top together as well.
7. Finish the project by sanding and painting the rest.
There you go, an ‘easy’ window to make. You can then glue on some small extra slats so that it looks like these in the next video.
In this video, the windows are made in a more complicated way than this, have a look!
- You could also make windows (and doors) from paper. I have never tried it, it seems like a LOT of work to do. But then again by using this technique, I think that anyone can make a miniature window, without having to use or buy a table saw.
Give this video a thumbs up, because I have no clue why it doesn’t have many likes!
B. How to make miniature doors.
Please click on the link to the fairy garden to find out how I made that one.
The door from my backyard shed was made from standard popsicle sticks, cut to the right size with my table saw, and glued together as you can see in the youtube video. If you don’t know how to do that then you can find plenty of patterns for wooden doors online. Check out this website for example.
Then you can paint and varnish it and buy any kind of door handles on Etsy to finish it off.
But of course, I did some more research for you and found a few videos with tutorials, so let’s dive into it:
DIY Miniature Door Number 1.
In this video, a miniature double door was made with basswood.
– a pin vice
– a primer
– miniature door hinges
– acrylic paint
– a crafting knife and a file
– round wood (when you buy a mini doorknob then you don’t need this)
– enamel paint
– epoxy bond
There you go, you can now make a beautiful door just like this one. (always draw out your own building plans though)
Miniature Door number 2.
Like in the windows tutorial, you can also craft a miniature door by just using paper. It kind of seems very hard to do though, plus it would take lots of time to glue all the layers together, but let me know if you succeeded!
How to Make miniature door Hinges?
In the video below, the presenter Carissa, explains that she previously struggled with hinges but has discovered a new method that works well.
The key to making good hinges, according to Carissa, is these cutout pieces, which measure seven millimeters by one millimeter.
Carissa proceeds to work on the metal part of the hinges using regular-sized staples.
She separates two staples from a pin and explains that they will form the basis of the hinges. She then introduces glass bugle beads, which are long hollow beads measuring seven millimeters by two millimeters.
Carissa demonstrates how the bugle beads fit with the staples, creating the hinge mechanism.
After dry trialing the hinge components, Carissa applies super glue to attach the staples to one side of the door.
She spreads the glue using a skewer and emphasizes the need for careful application to prevent excess glue.
The same process is repeated for the other hinge. Once the hinges are securely glued, Carissa adds the other side of the door, aligning the gaps and applying tacky glue.
This additional layer adds thickness to the door and covers the staples for stability and aesthetics.
Carissa advises pressing down firmly and removing any excess glue. She rolls over the door to ensure a tight bond.
Next, she reattaches the bugle beads to the hinges, demonstrating the fiddly process. Carissa emphasizes the importance of keeping the beads separate from the door while applying glue.
To simulate the door’s attachment point, Carissa uses another piece of card and determines where the bugle beads should be placed for the door to open and close without leaving a gap.
Using gem glue, she attaches the bugle beads to the card, allowing them to dry. Carissa emphasizes that only the beads should be glued, not the door.
Once everything is dry, Carissa recommends opening and closing the door a few times to loosen it up.
Making DIY miniatures, especially miniature doors and miniature windows, isn’t always that hard to do. I never thought that I could, but with the right crafting materials and a little bit of focus and trying and trying again, even I could make some 😉
And I can assure you, I am not technically trained at all!
Do you have any other ideas on how to make miniature doors or windows or would you like me to cover any other tutorial that I haven’t covered yet? Feel free to ask me in the comments below and don’t forget to share my article on social media!
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My name is Lizzy, and I am an amateur miniaturist obsessed with everything in the dollhouse and miniature world, ever since I was a teenager.
I love to write as well about all things happening in the miniature world, hence the reason why I created this blog!
I wish you happy reading and crafting!