From Trash To Treasures Ideas – Make Miniatures From Scratch

You are being bored during Corona quarantine times? Then collect trash or clean up your house and make miniatures for free! On this page, I will show you lots of’ from trash to treasures ideas ‘ and/or everyday items.

My own ideas and crafted pieces, but also projects I found elsewhere.

It is supposed to be cheap and you would just need some materials that you probably already have around the house, like paint, glue, etc.

We as miniaturists have the ‘eye’ for making something out of nothing, meaning that we can see treasures that nobody else would notice. I am amazed at what miniaturists can make sometimes, things I would never have noticed!

I intend to post a lot of them, so keep an eye on this page, even more in the future!


Make a chest from playing cards!

If you want a curved top, glue it to a paper towel roll or something similar.

a chest from playing cards

From a cork to a beer barrel!

beer barrel

Just use small screws to make little drinking cups!

little drinking cups

Make a small basket from plastic and rope!

make a small basket

How to make an ‘old’ garden ornament/fountain.

miniature garden fontain

A beautiful, ‘metal-looking’ washing bin!

Just wrap some rope around the cap, paint it grey/silver, and there you go!

How to make miniature glasses!

How to make miniature glasses

From a plastic package of cookies, you can make a wall radiator heater.

Are you seeing what I am seeing? From medicine drops too?

from trash to treasure ideas

To plastic bottles!

Another miniature thing that you can make for FREE is boxes in all shapes and sizes!


The next, can you guess beforehand? 


There we go: a fire extinguisher! Cool heu ?

Cut out the bottom of a plastic bottle and there you go: a picture frame.

How to make a goblin door!

Make a coffeepot.

Make Paintbrushes in different sizes.

Making miniatures plates from milk pull tabs/cream etc.

( I hope I’m using the right name here ).

This might need some more information.

First, the ring is cut off with a razor. Then pictures of plates are cut out from magazines. Glue it to the tab with just a little bit of Tacky glue.

When they are dry, just coat them with clear fingernail polish and let them dry completely. A total of three coats would be the best. The polish gives them some weight.

Making miniature soda cans, I think these pictures speak for themselves?

Make a little coffee table.

Sink made with a dipping sauce pot

From an empty piece of plastic to contain medication, too little food-bowls

From a bottle cap to a kitchen pot. 

Miniature whine glass made of an expired medicine capsule and some beads.


Miniature charcoal bags.

Some of the ads you get in the mail, have a perfect size to create miniatures with!

2 bags of charcoal miniature

Make your own windows.

Now here’s an idea to make your own windows. Cut out these parts from an old basket that you don’t need anymore. Make sure to put a primer on these first before you paint them!

Make a broom from a toothbrush.

Let the picture speak for itself?

make broom from a toothbrush

Final Conclusion.

This is part 1 of how to make a fine miniature object from trash and/or everyday items.

Do you have any questions about this article ‘ From trash to treasures ideas ‘, just ask in the comment section below or join me on my newest Facebook group or Youtube channel!

I wish you happy crafting!

Best regards,


PS. As this page was getting a little bit cluttered, there is now a Part 2 of making treasures from trash!

2 thoughts on “From Trash To Treasures Ideas – Make Miniatures From Scratch”

  1. Think I will share this page with my wife. She love these kind of ideas and is always searching for stuff like this. Things that I would normally throw away is a treasure for her and when she is through with it, it’s almost impossibe to say what it was originally meant to be. Thank you for sharing these ideas.

  2. What an amazing way to recycle household items. I’m not a person who is considered to be arty but I love your fantastic creations. My mum has a few dolls houses, I’m going to share your great article with her. I know she will have me keeping all sorts of things now, but it will be worth it to see the finished articles. Thank you for this information.


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