Monday, September 20

Teeny Tiny House

I've taken an interest lately in 1:144 scale houses. They are just too cute! I did some window shopping and checked prices for kits. Wow. They are so expensive!

Since I can't afford to buy a kit, I'm trying to make my own pattern instead. I can already see where I need to add some tabs to hold the roof on. If this one fits together I will try making one out of heavier card.

This little house is 2 1/2 inches tall by 1 1/4 inch deep. I don't know if that is correct scale, but it's small enough for me! The door is 1/2 inch wide!

I think it will be fun to decorate if I ever get that far? I already have ideas for the exterior. Sure hope I can do this? :D

Have you made a teeny tiny dollhouse? Got any tips for the beginner here?


Maia's Twinkle Miniatures said...

I haven't made a house in this scale but I like making tiny vignettes and dolls in 1/144th to decorate my 1/12 scale rooms. I just love the challenge of making something so small. I recently joined the yahoo micro minis group and there is a lot of information and inspiration there. :)

Caseymini said...

Kathi, I have done quite a few quarter scale scenes and houses. The best tip That I can give you is go measure the real thing. If it is 1/4" to the foot, the outer door would be, very likely 3/4" by 1 3/4"....Yours are a bit smaller. Just go for it and make it the way you like it. That's the important part.

Caseymini said...

I forgot about this site, Kathi. Paper Toys has all kinds of models for free. You can even build Bill Gates' house if you so desire! I haven't tried that one yet.LOL Or how about the Taj Mahal???

Kim@My Fairytale Cottage said...

I have made a paper house..and really enjoyed it..I can't wait to see the finished project!! -Kim :)

Norma said...

Looks like you're doing just fine so far :) I have a tiny dollhouse-dollhouse on my blog, slightly smaller than 1:144. I used card for that. If you are still interested in a kit have a look on my blog (link to the post below), very reasonably priced altho with the US dollar taking a few hits recently the exchange rate isn't as much in your favour as it has been. My main tip for working so small is to do everything you possibly can to the inside of the shell before you put the floors in, but that's pretty self-evident I guess :) I used tiny printies for fireplaces. The mirror in the bedroom is a jewellery jump ring with a sequin behind it.

Cut and past this to see the 1:144 kits post -you can also get 1:144 furnitre kits from Virginia at A Sheila's Shed ("sheila" is Aussie slang for 'woman')

Kathi said...

Here's the link to A Sheila's Shed for anyone else who might be interested.
I really had fun today just planning out my little house! Thanks for ALL of your tips and encouragement!

Patty said...

Kathi, It looks like you will be able to make one without a problem! I look forward to seeing your progress. I have been wanting to make a small dollhouse for a Nursery and it will be great to see how you do!

Mini Me said...

Looks like fun :)

Alma e Lia said...

I love the small scales

Clara said...

Ya tienes mucho adelantado. Hacerla desde cero es muy creativo por tu parte. Puedes poner ventanas y puerta donde más te guste.
Me encanta la idea. Espero ver siguientes pasos :)
Besos Clara

A. Wright said... has FAB 1/144 dyi projects.

Just think of it as a decoration for your 1/12 and it feels less overwhelming. Honestly, I don't find the houses any harder than a kit for a 1/12 upholstered chair :) Love it, and good luck!