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From Trash To Treasure Projects – Make Miniatures From Scratch – Part 2

My previous blog post, where I talked about turning trash to treasure projects before, got a bit too long and cluttered, so here is where I start part 2.

Let’s dive straight into things, shall we?

Make a washing machine

From used and empty eyeshadow jars.

Make a lamp

From cheap salt and pepper shakers, black paint, and a small straw to run the wires through.

Make plumbing fixtures

From bendable straws and paint them with silver acrylic spray.

A sword.

Just use nail polish on a plastic cocktail stick to make it look like a real sword. The guard is part of the plastic pull-out thing from the top of an olive oil bottle.

A log cabin.

Making the best use of corks by making a log cabin, pretty no?!


Or you could make drums with corks, the possibilities are endless! (Do you have any ideas regarding corks and making miniatures?)

Perfume bottles.

Make a lamp or perfume bottle, simply by gluing beads together.

A cleaning spray.

This spray bottle for cleaning is made from a pill capsule. Make a whole in the largest part and insert a paperclip. Cut a little piece of a pen and glue it on top. Form the rest of the little spout with baking paper and fix it on the pill. There you go.

A Dremel toolkit.

A lady on my Facebook group made this little Dremel toolkit.

She used a dental floss container, cut in half along the manufacturer mold half-lines, it closes tight. The floor is made from a piece of basswood, cut, sanded, and drilled to fit the interior. A small square dowel is used to cut the insets and a Xacto knife to mark the grooves for the bits and then widened with a real knife.

The bits are cut headpins and various crimp beads are used. While the Dremel itself is bought, she is going to remake it, because it is too small. The buff pad is made from real sandpaper, and a cotton tip cut from a baby’s Q-tip.

Wooden spoons.

Grabb some steering sticks, a crafters knife with a brand new blade, and a piece of sanding paper, and let’s just get to it. More details in the pictures below.

Make a thatched basket from a plastic sauce cup from Mc Donalds.

Just wrap a piece of rope around it and glue it together.

A barbeque set.

This bbq is made from plastic cups that are mostly filled with children’s toys.


Get your ‘walnuts’, just by using coriander seeds, that’s it!

Make grapes.

Just use little ‘silica’ bags (the ones that keep your stuff dry), open them up, and paint them with acrylic paint. Glue some real twigs to them.

Make a little wooden tricycle.

I can’t say that this is an easy project, but it is sure worth it to make this little vintage tricycle! It was one of the largest trash to treasure projects so far.

So, here’s what you need:

  • a cocktail stick like the one in the picture
  • a toothpick (bonus points if it has a carved point)
  • a large popsicle stick
  • a bit of balsa wood
  • three buttons of appropriate size
  • some flexible wire

The seat of the tricycle is drawn into the popsicle stick. The piece where it sits will be made from balsa wood.

And the orange lines show where to cut the cocktail and toothpicks.

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What you need.

The seat was carefully cut with a sharp crafters knife ( I love the fingertip knives from Fiskars ).

All edges are rounded with sandpaper. Finish it with finer sandpaper.

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Cut out the pieces and sand them.
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Use tweezers or plyers to bend the wire like in the picture below and insert the shaped end in the first button. Secure it.

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Then, insert the wire through the balsa and repeat the same process, but backward and on the other side.

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Then it is primed in black because it needed to look worn, but you don’t have to!

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Prime it black.

The handles are made of thin strips of painter’s tape in the ends of a piece of wire, twisted around the toothpick end. And the front button/wheel is glued on with super glue.

The back support was made with a piece of wire and glued into place with the help of 2 small holes, made with a pin.

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Then handles got painted brown with acrylic paint. The wire can be left as it is, or painted with silver nail polish.

And, your vintage tricycle is DONE!

miniature tricycle

Make A Pie From A Beer Cap.

a miniature pie

Make A Pouf From A Plastic Bottle Cap.

miniature pouf

Make A Fireplace Mantel From An Old Picture Frame.

Fireplace mantel

10 Ways To Use Buttons For Your Dollhouse Miniatures.

You can find 10 ways to upcycle buttons to make miniatures in this link.

Final conclusion.

I will keep adding pictures in the future of ‘upcycled’ trash to treasure projects. Remember also part 1 of this blog post in the FREEBIE section in the top menu of this website, so you don’t always need to buy expensive miniatures for everything around your dollhouse!

Do you have any questions about this blog post or would you like to add a project, then feel free to comment in the comment section below or join me on my Facebook group!

I wish you happy crafting,

Best regards,


2 thoughts on “From Trash To Treasure Projects – Make Miniatures From Scratch – Part 2”

  1. Hello there,
    I happened upon your website looking for ‘different’ ideas, or an update to the old. I have been a miniaturist for over 50 years, and its always something new and exciting to learn. I being older, and growing up where diversity wasn’t as common, along with the lack of the INTERNET…imagination was key. Its so nice to see the young ones taking an interest in this very old hobby. Koodos to you darling!


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