This must have been the easiest one of the Robotime DIY Kits that I have done so far: Miller’s Garden.
Do you remember how much I struggled with their other kit: ‘ Cathy’s Flowerhouse‘? Well, I would advise not to start with the latter, but to start with Miller’s Garden, if you don’t want to get to frustrated with these miniature kits from Rolife ;-)!
But first: I now finally have uploaded the manual in English. There is one page that is smaller than the others, but it should be readable. If you have any other questions on this, feel free to ask!
Let’s dive right into it:
Product name: Robotime Miniature Kit DIY called ‘Miller’s Garden’
Place(s) to buy: Amazon
Owners: Robotime, a little more info:
Robotime was founded in 2007 and specializes in educational toys for children and adults. They were the first to offer worldwide puzzles in 3D Assemblage Technologie and have more than 400 DIY Wooden model puzzle pieces.
This allows children and adults (most kits are suited only for ages 14+ though) to assemble their own music boxes/dollhouses/miniature scenes, alone or with a parent. To make it even more fun, Robotime also has DIY wooden model kits with LED lights and music. Children ànd adults will have hours of fun with these great DIY kits!
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Robotime DIY Miniature Dollhouse Kit Garden House with Furniture Sets, plants, a bench, wired things, LED-light/lamp, and lots more.
– wooden pieces
– cardboard/paper cuts
– paint (white)
– glue (2 kinds)
– a tweezer
– battery’s and battery holder
– instruction manual
- TIP 1: Using a ‘Fingertip crafting knife‘ from Fiskars is a VERY handy tool!
- TIP 2: the glue.
Sometimes you run out on the glue that they provide, so getting some extra glue would come in handy!
I have recently found out that you can buy the same type of glue, if you run out on it or it is not in the package, on Amazon.
- TIP 3: Have spare electric wires (1mm) and heat shrinkable tubes available, because trust me: you will break a lot of them, especially in the beginning.
- TIP 4: For this project, I have also used my magnifying lamp a few times, especially for attaching the electrical wires to the right spot.
- TIP 5: If you need to glue wires together, it has to be done quickly or they will not stick. To solve this problem, I have learned to use “Fast grab Tacky Glue“, instead of superglue, which can be super enoying in glueing your fingers together instantly.
The Good & the Bad :
– much easier made than ‘Cathy’s Flowerhouse‘, for sure!
– clear manual, apart from 1 little thing (see ‘the bad’ part), no more mistakes
– no more missing pieces or pieces with a different color!
– a lot of plants, I’m not sure to put this in the ‘good’ or ‘bad’ section, as after all, it is a ‘garden’ and it is to be expected, I don’t mind doing them. You might think otherwise 😉
– very nice design and colorful
– this one I am not sure to put it in the ‘good’ or ‘bad’ section either, as some people really like a challenge.
I am one of those people, but I can imagine that when making something that takes over 2 hours to make, can get a little bit frustrating 🙂
For example these ‘lamps with candles’, they took forever to make! :
– Putting some things together is really hard, as this cupboard is made with wires. I must admit that I got a little bit frustrated from time to time 😉
Also, this little table, I just could NOT do it haha. So I replaced it with one of my own that I made myself from balsawood. (mind you though that these kits are so full of stuff, that I don’t even think you would miss a small piece like that. So you could just leave it out, there are lots of things left to be seen !)
Just a little bit confusing in the manual, was this part.
As you can see, number 2 and number 3 are both marked as ‘orange paper’, while the third one needed green paper.
This was the first time, when making a miniature kit, that I filmed the whole process (excluded some things like the cutting out of the leaves of course) and made a 2 hour tutorial on Youtube.
You can find a lot of videos from Robotimes miniature kits on YouTube. You could contact them through Facebook or email in case of problems.
I am getting a lot of questions on how to contact them: this is their official émail support: Jack.firstname.lastname@example.org. (people seem to be getting the most help for missing pieces etc through this mail ).
Dustcovers, very handy if you want to make several kits! You can buy them here.
A little update: I purchased a dustcover myself for this particular kit, and I wanted to share my opinion.
It doesn’t come with instructions, but it is beautifully packed and the wooden base is sturdy and pretty. If you are careful, you can run the wires outside, so that the lighting works without having to get into the case. It does come apart easily though.
My Final Opinion of Robotime DIY Kits: Millers’ Garden.
This product is from one of the many Robotime DIY Kits, I really enjoyed doing. That is why I give it 4 and a half stars. I think I finished it in about 20 hours in total. A few frustrations here and there, but nothing I couldn’t overcome. (except for the 1 little table lol)
Subscribe to my Youtube channel, because soon, I will post a complete tutorial of 20+ hours of video. (it will be the short and speed-up version of course).
This is what the result looks like:
Do you have any questions about this miniature kit or any other questions? Then leave a comment in the comment section below!
UPDATE: the complete tutorial (mind you, it is 2 hours long) is now online on my Youtube channel :