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!
But first: did you know that I have a Youtube channel?
Yes, I have! And as of 2022, I have started to craft a new video each week on the topic: “how to craft miniatures DIY-style and easy for you to do!”
The first one that I made was the one below, describing how I crafted a miniature chair. Anyone can do this! And I hope you enjoy these from now on!
My newest tutorial is: how to craft a miniature desk and chair, using matchboxes and cardboard!
And a new video is made!
In this video, we have crafted a miniature organizer, that could belong to your miniature kitchen, for example. I would consider this scale 1:12.
Please just follow the instructions in the video.
What you need is:
– 3 matchboxes
– strong paper with a color of your own choice
– crafting glue/ a glue gun
– some kind of a round stick to create the table legs That’s it!
Make a chest from playing cards!
If you want a curved top, glue it to a paper towel roll or something similar.
From a cork to a beer barrel!
Just use small screws to make little drinking cups!
Make a small basket from plastic and rope!
How to make an ‘old’ garden ornament/fountain.
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!
From a plastic package of cookies, you can make a wall radiator heater.
Are you seeing what I am seeing? From medicine drops too?
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?
How to craft a DIY miniature fridge!
I have created a new Youtube tutorial on creating a mini-fridge, all you need is paper, craft glue, and scissors. Just follow the instructions in the video below!
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.
Make Miniature Charcoal Bags.
Some of the ads you get in the mail, have a perfect size to create miniatures with!
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 a miniature paper lamp.
In my newest Youtube video (made by myself), I am showing you how to make a miniature lamp, completely made from paper. You just need a glue gun as well.
While you’re at it and have a Youtube account, please “like” the video and subscribe to my channel, thank you!
Make A Belly Stove.
And the last one from today in this from trash to treasures ideas is this belly stove.
I made a belly stove out of bits and pieces laying around. A bottle cap, paper tube. The base box is made from scrap wood, q-stip sticks, wire, beads, a button, and a bendy straw.
This is the result:
Make pans, skillets, cooking utensils, and more from medicin
Make all of these from these plastic bubbles that contain medicines. Use nail polish to color them. You could also use black nail polish for the handles, which will make it look more authentic.
There is a little hole in the handle, so you can hang it on a wall, for example.
This is part 1 of how to make a fine miniature object from trash and/or everyday items.
I wish you happy crafting!
PS. As this page was getting a little bit cluttered, there is now a Part 2 of making treasures from trash!