Level Up Your Miniatures: Top 10 DIY Miniature Store Kits You Need to Know About !

Moving on from flower shops (we’ve had enough floral flair for now!), today’s focus is on 11 miniature store kits – DIY or partly pre-made, whatever term you prefer.

This list excludes cafes, restaurants, and bars – those charming spots will be explored in a future post. Ready to hit the miniature shops? Let’s jump right in and explore these 10 kits!

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Updated 14.05.24

A Quick Overview of the Best DIY Miniature Kits If You Are In A Hurry! (more details below)

Name
Stars On 5
Where To Buy/price.
sams study robotime
Book Store Sam’s Study
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Japanese Grocery Store
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Honey Ice Cream Shop
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Japanese Takoyaki Shop 
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A chocolatier
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A Pet Shop
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Nancy’s Bake Shop
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Lisa’s Tailor Shop
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Carl’s Fruit Shop
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“Miss Dessert” Shop
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10 In-depth Reviews on The Best DIY Miniature Store Kits



Here’s where we dive deeper into all of these store kits, let’s go!

Miniature Store Kit Number 1: Sams’ Study


What can I say? If you ever dived into the world of miniature kits, then “Sams’ Study” from Robotime clearly shows up, sooner or later. No?

This bookstore kit was the third one that I assembled and that’s when I started hacking these kits.

Have a look at my video below, and if you like, please subscribe to my YouTube channel for more future projects, thanks!

Brand name
Robotime/Rolife
Scale
1:24
Pro’s
– Beautiful design!
– Non-toxic and durable materials like wood and paper
– It is fantastic if you like plenty of books!
– Materials like glue and batteries were included
– clear manual and the kit as a whole is not so hard
Contra’s
– no dust cover for these kits
– The wiring/lights can be hard
– the fabric for the chair is not easy to work with
Lots of people (myself included) use fabric that
stretches for this little chair
Our rating
4/5
Hours To Make
About 30 hours, depending on how much you change

Miniature Store Kit Number 2: Japanese Grocery Store.


It’s hard to tell from which brand this Japanese dollhouse kit is. Amazon says “Flever“, but that is just the name of a wholesaler, in my opinion.

Then I thought: maybe it is from “Billy“? But this one seems more affordable, so if someone knows this, don’t hesitate to let me know!

Anyway, I did find a YouTube video though with a complete walkthrough and it’s cute!

Brand name
Unknown
Scale
1:24
Pro’s
– Nice design/cute kit
– Following the instructions seems easy just
by looking at the pictures
– free return
Contra’s
– You need your own glue, I would use Aleene’s
Fast grab Tacky glue
– Sometimes a piece is missing, so make sure
that everything is in the box
– manual usually not in English
Our rating
4/5
Hours To Make
Seeing the video, I would think about 12 hours


Miniature Store Kit Number 3: Honey Ice Cream Shop


Another cute dollhouse kit from Robotime, didn’t notice this one before until I started looking for ice cream stores!

So, it doesn’t seem very popular, or just not as known? Some people don’t like this kit because too many parts need to be painted.

It’s a matter of perception I guess, as I prefer to choose my own colors 😉

Brand name
Robotime/Rolife
Scale
1:24
Pro’s
– If you like that cold and sweet stuff, this
kit is your thing haha!
– As it’s Robotime, it should include a clear
and English manual
– small kit, looks easy for beginners
– depending on the country, this kit could
contain glue and batteries ( I always get those)
– durable materials like wood and paper
Contra’s
– If you like that cold and sweet stuff, this
kit is your thing haha!
– As it’s Robotime, it should include a clear
and English manual
– small kit, looks easy for beginners
– Depending on the country, this kit could
contain glue and batteries ( I always get those)
– durable materials like wood and paper
Our rating
4/5
Hours To Make
20-24 hours


Miniature Store Kit Number 4: Japanese Style Takoyaki Shop


Our second Japanese-style dollhouse store kit with plenty of Japanese food, and I’m sure there is a lot to follow, as I noticed while researching haha

This one is unique because it contains Takoyaki balls. (I had to look that up as well lol)

Brand name
It says WYD on Amazon, not sure
if that actually is a brand ( I would
think not )
Scale
1:24
Pro’s
– Dust cover included
– music box included
– no need to sand the wooden pieces
or paint extra, all already done
Contra’s
– No glue or batteries included
– one review mentions missing pieces
Our rating
4/5
Hours To Make
About 20-25 hours

Miniature Store Kit Number 5: A Chocolatier


I have bought this one myself as well, and now completed it and loved it!

I’m from the country with the best chocolate in the world (yes yes, Belgium 🙂 ), and I couldn’t miss out on a chocolate store, now could I?

Anyway, I think that overall this miniature chocolate store looks cute, although I have certainly hacked a few things along the way..

Brand name
Cutebee
Scale
1:24
Pro’s
– There seem to be missing pieces
sometimes, yet again
– not always an English manual, but
you can ask the seller for one
– No batteries included
Contra’s
– There seem to be missing pieces
sometimes, yet again
– not always an English manual, but
you can ask the seller for one
– no batteries included
Our rating
4/5
Hours To Make
About 12-14 hours


My version is on my own YouTube channel 😉



Miniature Store Kit Number 6: Pet Shop Store.

One of the few kits that have a few pets in it! And I love it, because when I was looking for little cats on this scale to kitbash Simons’ Coffee, they were pretty hard to find.

It’s a shame though that I have only found this kit on Amazon, so let’s hope it doesn’t sell out all too quickly!

Brand name
Miniature Joy
Scale
1:24
Pro’s
– Good instructions
– Nice colorful design
– free returns
Contra’s
– no batteries included
– the framework doesn’t fill well so
you need to adjust it
– missing parts (again), ask the seller
to replace any missing parts
– the wires of the lights are too short
Our rating
3/5
Hours To Make
About 12-14 hours

Sadly I couldn’t find this one on AliExpress

Miniature Store Kit Number 7: Nancy’s Bake Shop


Bake it till you make it! These pastries and bread look super delicious, don’t you agree?

People give this baker’s shop pretty good reviews and I also think it looks good!

Brand name
Robotime/Rolife
Scale
1:24
Pro’s
– Clear instructions and English manual
– Sturdy and durable materials
– lovely design as usual from Robotime
– glue and batteries mostly included
Contra’s
– More painting to do than usual
for the Robotime kits
– the lights are hard to fix
– not for beginners, experience needed
– no dust cover
Our rating
4/5
Hours To Make
About 20-24 hours


Miniature store kit number 8: Lisa’s Tailor shop.


This is yet another miniature kit from Robotime that I would like to achieve sooner or later in the future, Who will send me some extra time haha!

It looks like it would be able to do in a short time and is quite unique, because of the tailor theme, and I always wanted a theme that has to do with sewing, so why not create it into something like sewing for your dolls?

But then on a small scale of course;-)

Take a look at this little video of the making of this kit:

Brand name
Robotime/Rolife
Scale
1:24
Pro’s
– Very good quality kit
– Instructions are very clear and simple
– perfect beginners kit
– these kits usually have batteries and glue
included, make sure to check with the seller!
Contra’s
– Very good quality kit
– Instructions are very clear and simple
– perfect beginners kit
– These kits usually have batteries and glue
included, make sure to check with the seller!
Our rating
5/5
Hours To Make
About 20-24 hours


Miniature Store Kit Number 9: Carl’s Fruit Shop


We can’t miss out on fruit and veggies for our kitchen or restaurant, now can we?

Lots of people on Facebook groups and such have purchased and assembled this one, so there are plenty of reviews. Let’s dive right into things!

Brand name
Robotime/Rolife
Scale
1:24
Pro’s
– A miniature kit with lots of fruit
and veggies
– Detailed instructions with clear pictures
– this fruit store has a lot of focus on painting
Contra’s
– Can take a bit longer to assemble
– no dust cover
Our rating
4/5
Hours To Make
About 50 hours

Miniature Store Kit Number 10: Miss Dessert Shop


When I was doing the research for this blog post, I must admit that I had never seen this dessert shop before, but it was a cute surprise 🙂

So, I also looked to see if there was some more information in the form of a video and I found one!


Brand name
Robotime/Rolife
Scale
1:24
Pro’s
– A kit that can be done quick and easy
– clear instructions and English manual
– good quality paper and wooden pieces
– great kit for beginners
Contra’s
– batteries not included in this one
– no dust cover
Our rating
4/5
Hours To Make
About 8 hours only

My Final Conclusion

I hope that you enjoyed this blog post on all of the miniature store kits available online, and I am sure that it will be expanded in time!

If you have any extra miniature stores to add, please leave a message below in the comment section or join me on one of my social media pages or Facebook group.

I wish you happy crafting!

Kind regards,

Lizzy

6 thoughts on “Level Up Your Miniatures: Top 10 DIY Miniature Store Kits You Need to Know About !”

  1. Many thanks for this valuable and detailed post related to Miniature store kits. My sister is very interested in these. Her birthday is coming up next week. I feel like gifting her one of these. I think this pet shop store should be given to her. She is also very fond of animals so this is fitting. Thank you very much for this review. Keep posting valuable posts like this. I definitely share this.

    Reply
    • Hello there!

      I hope that your little sister will have a lot of fun with the pet shop store and I wish you both happy crafting!

      Kind regards,

      Lizzy

      Reply
  2. Hi Lizzy,

    I have been through your blog on miniature stuff earlier. I know Iyar passing f making these cute lovey assembly.

    This post is about the stores selling the parts and to assemble  the mini products.

    I am not sure if you have a made a doll house with Fall decorations. We are waiting for the fall which will come in a few weeks. 
    The review is quite detailed of what you need, what you have in the store kit and the clarity of instruction and is it in English.

    You have the time you have to spend to build this little and amazing cart. I have found the crafts in Pinterest, etsy. It really can be a great business if some one has passion to make it happen.

    Reply
    • Hello Anusuya!

      I haven’t made a dollhouse with fall decorations yet, but in time my treehouse will contain that theme 😉 . It’s just that I haven’t got much time for this project lately sadly ..

      I hope I will soon!

      thank you for your positive comment and I wish you happy crafting and  lots of fun on Pinterest.

      Kind regards,

      Lizzy

      Reply
  3. I found the Choclatier kit at hobby lobby and it was very inexpensive, I believe it was 12.99. It is my favorite out of the four that I have done. I also did the Century Book store which I also bought from Hobby Lobby which was also inexpensive. This was my least favorite because it’s a bit on the dull side.

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