How To Create Miniature Crafts From Recycled Materials – Let’s Upcycle!

You might “know me by now” when I say that I am a bit crazy about creating miniature crafts from scratch with the help of recycled materials, everyday items, or things that others would throw in the trashcan 🙂

Today, we are going to expand this even more, so let’s just dive straight into things with my latest tutorials!

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Expanding my miniature treehouse

While I write new blog posts, I would like to remind you of the progress of my miniature treehouse, if you want 😉

Because in the meantime, I have added a little mini kitchen, made from:

  • balsawood
  • covered with leftover cork
  • the “sink” is a piece of plastic that I kept for years, I don’t even remember where I got it from sorry haha!
  • the edges on the cork are made from willow twigs and fake moss
  • very small acorn caps and acorns form theapots and taps
  • the sink has fake water liquid added
  • the little pot with a lid was a plastic round piece, covered with a button that has a bead glued on






How to create a miniature outdoor bench from skewer sticks

As part of a barbeque diorama, I have created this small miniature outdoor bench.

It is made from skewer sticks and air-drying polymer clay.

You also need acrylic paint, UHU glue, and the usual crafting materials!

As always on my Youtube channel, you just need to follow the instructions in the video 😉

How to create a miniature barbeque from bottle caps?

The next tutorial belongs to the same diorama setting as the one above, it is a mini outdoor barbeque setup.

What you need for this are:

  • plastic bottle caps
  • metal pins and a lighter
  • scissors
  • skewer sticks
  • a glue gun and UHU glue
  • a box cutter
  • black acrylic paint and a paintbrush
  • electric wires

For the full tutorial, please click on the picture below to take you to the video.

How to create tiny miniature flower baskets from bottle caps and origami?

I’m crazy about these miniature baskets, in all kinds of ways (there’s one more down below for Easter).

For these, you need:

  • bottle caps (yay, again)
  • origami paper (crêpe paper might even be better/easier)
  • crafting glue or a glue gun (the choice is up to you!)

A quick and easy project! Again, click on the picture below to take you to the actual video!

How to create a miniature sofa from cardboard from scratch?

What can I say, creating dollhouses and miniatures from cardboard is definitely among my favorite things to do!

In the next tutorial, I have created a mini upholstered sofa from cardboard, yes indeed, cardboard!

Besides cardboard, you need a metal ruler, scissors, an all-purpose glue like UHU, craft paper, tissue or even toilet paper, and fabrics of your choice, and you’re ready to create! You can also add some lace or a ribbon.

How to craft this small and modern dollhouse chair?

Let’s create something fresh, modern, and light this time, a miniature chair with a marble look.

What do you need for this?

Well, first of all, do you know these little wooden spoons that you can eat ice cream with? You can find them on Amazon.

What you also need is crafting glue, a cutter, acrylic paint, scissors, sanding paper, a paintbrush, a pencil, and skewer sticks. Just follow the instructions in the video below!

Easter time with this DIY miniature easter basket filled with eggs!

The moment that I am writing this article, easter has already just come, but it doesn’t really matter whén you create this, right?

Over the years, you can always spread out your projects for all kinds of themes, like Halloween or Christmas 😉

For this Easter basket, you need:

  • something round and small, like a small paint pot
  • yellow rope
  • a glue gun or fast-grabbing craft glue
  • polymer clay
  • colorful easter paint
  • a paintbrush
  • green paper
  • some small greeneries

Just follow the instructions in the video!

How to craft a DIY miniature sink from cardboard.

I’m repeating myself, crafting something from cardboard, a type of material that we can all get our hands on, is so very rewarding!

In this walkthrough, we have created a miniature kitchen from cardboard, that looks like you could buy it from a Barbie store, no?

So what you need for this project is, well, cardboard hahaha, and a decoration peel-off sticker of your choice.

What you also need is a crafting knife, silver or gold wire, a peel-and-stick sticker of your choice, crafting glue, beads, and acrylic paint.

Click on the picture below to see the full tutorial!

More cardboard dollhouse furniture for you!

At a certain point, I really got the hang of cardboard dollhouse furniture, and I will surely create some more later in the future.

In the video below, you can see how I created 4 different mini projects from cardboard: a mini sink, a mini bed, a mini oven, and a mini small sofa, all made from this everyday item!

Now, you can decorate it with a peel-of-sticker like above, or you could just leave it blank like this and work on some more projects, together with your kid, who can also easily do this project!

Follow the instructions of the video again 🙂

( there are lots more miniature projects for kids available on my blog)

How to create a miniature pan and mini knife from waste?

What do you think, does this tiny cutlery look good enough to place in your mini kitchen?

Although you can’t do any real mini cooking shows with these, in my opinion, making something from trash, doesn’t really mean it can be very suitable as decoration!

For this, you just need an empty pill strip, some paint, scissors, a crafting knife, and a paintbrush, not even glue! That’s all!

That’s it for today, this blog post will get expanded with more tutorials in time, so you might want to bookmark it!

Also, the reason why some of the videos are embedded in the post and some refer to my YouTube channel, is that too many videos embedded in this post, might slow things down immensely from your end, so I am trying to avoid that. Sorry for any inconvenience!

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My Final Conclusion

So, this blog post on miniature crafts from recycled materials, will either get updated soon or will be continued on a new post, if this one gets too long, so keep this bookmarked please if you are looking for more!

If you have any questions about either project, feel free to leave them down below in the comments or join me on my socials below 😉

I wish you happy crafting!

Kind regards,


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