About 7-8 years ago I started making miniatures myself and I made this small backyard shed. So let me show you some of my personal work.
I don’t remember how everything was made honestly, because everything has been locked up against the claws off my 4 cats, just until my ‘big’ house is finished. Meaning: I need to make a shelf or something where I can put it away safely. And probably have a dustcover made from glass, covering it all. ( I am handy, but cutting glass: Nah 🙂 ).
The Frightening Start
To make the backyard shed, I remember I found building plans somewhere on the internet. And then just measured it/drew plans to 1/12th scale.
As it was my first project, nobody believed that I could do it, even more, because the wood had to be cut to very small pieces with my Proxxon circular saw.
Lots of things are made by myself with materials that you can buy in craft shops or even made from trash. But of course some of them I didn’t make myself at all, like the light and the hanging basket with flowers. But I will explain those as I post the pictures!
Without further ado, here are my pictures: ( please excuse me if the pictures aren’t to clear, it’s not easy to photograph small things, that is like a different profession )
- An oversight
- A cheese board, all made by me, including the mouse
- patio chairs, table, plates, bread, butter, all made by me. The cutlery and teacups were a gift.
- clogs, they were a gift, but I painted them. The savoy looks blue, but in reality, they are green, must be the camera effect 🙂
- oops, the pile of wood fell down :-). The basket was a gift. The ax was bought. In the back: the water barrel, bucket, and water tap were made by me.
- a saw bench, made by me. The saw was bought.
- a sack of potatoes in the backyard shed, made by me
My small workbench, made by me. It needs a lot more materials on it, will get there in the future 😉
- How it looks on the inside, next to the shelves I also made myself. All the miniatures on the shelves were bought, except the wrapped newspapers
- another table to put my pots and flowers on etc. Everything bought or gifts, except the turnips and the table itself. I love working with wood as you can see!
- also inside: my ‘Newfoundlander’ dog stole a carrot :-). Dogs basket, large broom, and fishnet made by me.
- Mice, the little rascals, are everywhere making a mess 🙂
- little doghouse and drinking trough, all made by me
- the little side table, cake, and cake holder were all made by me. The teapots were a gift from a dollhouse magazine subscription. Would you like to know what is on the market, have a look at my article about that: Dollhouse magazines.
- the cake holder was actually made from buttons that otherwise I would have thrown away. Glued together and then sprayed with silver acrylic paint. Would you like some more ideas on how to make miniatures from trash or everyday items? Have a look here.
- my little herbal spiral and garden hose, it definitely needs more herbs!
- just a plain and simple (real) branch with a little birds nest, all made by me (or by nature as you prefer 🙂 )
- honestly, I don’t even know where I got this lawn chair from, all I remember is that I knitted the blanket
- Some more pictures of the rooftop of my small backyard shed, I’m very proud of this, it was a lengthy job! On the inside, the little beams had to be cut very carefully with my Proxxon saw and the roof shingles took forever to cut!
The downspout is made from a straw! And a close-up of the roof shingles.
- Water barrel, bucket, and water tap, made by me
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- My compost bin!
- What do you think these are? 🙂 All made by me.
- a wheelbarrow, made by me
- the hanging basket with flowers and the watering can were gifts, crates, and pumpkins made by me
- chickens, chicken coop, fence, fallen bucket, eggs all made by me
- Rooster, gate, leaves all made by me
The garden vegetables!
Impossible to get there yourself?
No, it is NOT, you can do this! I am not proud of everything I made myself, at all. That’s because I prefer working with miniature furniture and building the dollhouse itself because that is my niche! And I tend to give those things more attention than let’s say: the chickens. And it shows!
You can never be good at EVERYTHING in the miniature world. Look for your niche, read magazines, watch Youtube clips, and find out what attracts you most, is my advice. You will get better in time for sure if you have found your personal passion.
And if you don’t want to make anything yourself, that is also fine. I would so like to fill my house with miniatures collections, I would buy everything on the internet if I had the money and space 🙂
Let’s just say: happy crafting and/or collecting!
Any questions about these? Feel free to leave a message in the comments!
PS! I have now made a -FRESH FROM THE PRESS- Youtube channel! And posted my first video on it from my backyard shed, please have some thumbs up, thank you!
My name is Lizzy, and I am an amateur miniaturist obsessed with everything in the dollhouse and miniature world, ever since I was a teenager.
I love to write as well about all things happening in the miniature world, hence the reason why I created this blog!
I wish you happy reading and crafting!