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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Dollhouse Miniature Valentine Gnome

 

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I have to admit I love seeing the gnomes in all kinds of decor and I have been wanting to do some in mini for a while. I was having a challenging week last week and needed an escape so I sat down with my graphics program and put one together. You can expect to see several seasonal variations of this little guy over the next year of so.


Like all my projects that I have designed a pattern for I have both a PNG for use with electronic cutting machines and a PDF for hand cutting. You can find the file for this gnome here.


I designed the pattern to be cut from a medium weight card stock. I use white for most of my projects since paint is less likely to fade over time and the also the paint helps to bind all the layers together and hide the fact that there are in fact all those layers.



Here is a picture of the pieces still on the cutting mat after being cut by my Cricut. All I did was remove the excess paper from the mat so you could see the pieces. I do recommend leaving the pieces on the mat and removing them as you glue the stacks. That makes it much easier to keep everything organized. Do be careful because there are some pieces that are not symmetrical this time. The hat is obvious but the beard you might not notice. I wanted to make it more interesting that to have it completely symmetrical this time. Also there are meant to be two stacks of both the shoes/feet and the hands (be careful there is a right hand stack and a left hand stack 3 pieces each) so there are 6 of each of those pieces.



 

 

 

Here is a closer pic of the pieces laid out on my work tile.


 

 

 


Glue the sets of pieces together into stacks like this. All the stacks have 3 pieces except the back which has 4 to make it a bit more stable. I like to use a thick tacky glue for this step, spread pretty thinly. For me this works the best for this kind of project and it seems to hold up the best over time for me also. I do recommend putting something like a paint bottle of similar on top of the larger stacks while they dry to help prevent warping.



Once the glue dries it is time to paint the pieces. I like to put the really small pieces (nose, hands and feet) onto a piece of masking tape that I have run against my jeans to make it a bit less sticky. This keeps them where I can find them when I need them.


Paint colors are up to you I kept my gnome in a pink red color scheme. Since I don’t have any flesh color paint right now I did mix that color. Here are the colors I used in the video.



 

 

Once the paint dries it is time to assemble the gnome.


 

 


 

 

I like to start with the placement of the beard since it is central to all the other pieces. It is meant to line up in the middle side to side and just a hair above the flat bottom of the back piece. Let the glue on this piece set up so you don’t move the beard around placing the other pieces around it.





 

 

Now we can add the hat to our gnome. I designed the hat to fit against the bump on the top of the gnome and to lean against the very top of that same bump. Here are a couple of views of the hat so you can hopefully understand what I mean.


 

 

 




 

Next the nose fits into the curve at the bottom of the hat right on top of the beard. Since I used the same shape to cut the curve at the bottom of the hat it should be a really nice fit.


The shoes/feet go on either side of the beard at the very bottom. Be sure to like the flat side up with the straight edge at the bottom of the back piece. Allow this glue to set up before going on.


 

 


 

 

 

Now we can add the heart to the front of the gnome. You can place yours where ever you wish, although there are arm bumps on the sides of the back piece to guild you. Allow this glue to set up.


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Now we can add the hands to each side of the heart. There is a left and a right hand so be careful when placing them. Allow the glue to dry completely.


 

 


 

 

 

Now we can add a thin even coat of Satin Mod Podge (or the sealer of your choice_ and allow to dry.


 

 

 

 

Here is the gnome along with some of the other Valentine items we have made in past tutorials. I love the way everything comes together on the porch.




As always I do want to sincerely thank all of you for watching my videos and reading my blog posts. It means so much to me that you are supporting me in this way. If I could ask you all to do just a bit more by subscribing to the channel and liking the videos and leaving comments. Those help more than you can imagine. Also if you could pass the links on to your friends I would appreciate it so much.



Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Dollhouse Miniature Round Hello Sign

 


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This week I have another project with a free downloadable pattern for you. You can find the pattern here. You will get both a PDF version of the pattern that can be hand cut and a PNG for use with an electronic cutting machine like a Cricut. There is also a note page that will give sizing information for using the PNG.


All pieces are cut from a medium weight white card stock then painted to the desired colors. This is both more economical since one pack of paper will make a lot of projects and the color when painted seems to be less likely to fade over time from exposure to light than colored paper.


I know the letters are going to be hard to cut by hand so I would recommend just painting the word Hello on the sign during assembly. It’s a short simple word and I know it won’t look the same as having the letters added will be much easier.


I was actually looking for inspiration for a more Valentine’s Day themed sign when I came across a couple of simple hello signs and decided I just had to make this one this week. It is kind of Valentine themed because of the colors but can easily hang all spring if not all year in the dollhouse. You could easily change the paint colors to make it fit any color scheme and any time of year too.



 

 

So lets start with the parts of the pattern. This one is pretty simple, just 5 sets of pieces. 

 

 

 


 

I like to make the backs of these signs with 4 layers so that they are more apt to stay flat. Also when you glue the back circles together I do highly recommend putting something on top of it to weight it down until he glue dries. This will help this piece to stay flat.


I like to use a thick tacky glue to glue my pieces together since I find the items I do that way stand up much better. I have discovered way too many projects that have come apart in storage from year to year when glued with a glue stick.


Line the pieces up carefully and let the glue dry completely before moving on to the next step, painting.


For painting use a good brush and double check that you have covered the edges of each piece with paint. This will not only make them look better it will add a bit more insurance that they stay together long term.



 

 

The word hello is painted with white paint, this allows it to look like it belongs with the rest of the pieces and also disguises the fact it is made of three layers of paper.


 

 

 


 

 

 

I painted the back round in black and be sure to paint both sides of it at the same time. This will be the added insurance that it stays flat.


 

 

 


 

 

 

The pieces of the bow are painted pink but could be any color really. Also a


Allow the paint to dry and check again that every thing is completely covered, it is much easier to touch up the paint now than after you glue the pieces together.



 

 

We are going to start by gluing the pieces of the bow together. They stack as shown in the video, tails, loops, and the knot on top. Just line up the oval part of each layer and they should stack nicely.


 

 


 

For the back glue on the word hello at the bottom center of the sign.


This is also a good time to paint on some green stems at the top of the sign. I like to put these on before the bow so they come out from under the bow.


 

 


 

 

Once the pieces we glued and painted are dry glue the bow to the top of the sign and allow to dry again.


 

 


 

 

Now using some dotting tools or the ends of paintbrush handles paint small dot flowers in the colors you want to use on and around the stems we painted on earlier.



 

 

Allow to dry again and add a coat of clear sealer, I used Satin Mod Podge. I have found it is a good idea to seal the back of the signs also because I use poster tack to put mine up and sometimes it pulls the back layer of the sign off when I remove it.


 

 

 

So here we have our dollhouse front porch decorated for Valentine's Day.




As always I do want to sincerely thank all of you for watching my videos and reading my blog posts. It means so much to me that you are supporting me in this way. If I could ask you all to do just a bit more by subscribing to the channel and liking the videos and leaving comments. Those help more than you can imagine. Also if you could pass the links on to your friends I would appreciate it so much.


Sunday, January 15, 2023

Dollhouse Miniature Valentine Truck Sign

 

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I absolutely love the holiday truck decorations that are so popular in the real size world so I decides that the dolls needed to join in the fun too.


This is another project that I have created a free pattern you can download here to use to make yours. There is a PDF for hand cutting as well as a PNG for use with electronic cutting machines. You can get the pattern here. There is also a notes page with important information on sizing the PNG in your cutting machine also.


I would like to say I doubt you will be able to cut out the letters in the piece that goes on the tailgate so I recommend you just paint/write the letters on there after painting.


Like most of the patterns I provide here I recommend cutting the pieces all from white medium weight card stock. I find this to the be most versatile since I can paint it any color I need so I only need to have one package of paper. Also the colors when painted tend to be more stable than the colors on pre-colored papers that tend to fade over time. Also the paint hides the layers of the paper so that the pieces look like they were cut from a heavier material.



 

 

Here are all the pieces cut out and ready to put together. At this point you can set the little tiny hearts off to the side until we are ready to paint them.


 

Now we can glue the sets of like pieces together. Most of the sets have 3 layers except the back set which has 4 layers to make it more stable.

 

I like to use a nice thick tacky glue applied with a toothpick to glue my layers together. I have the best long term results that way. Since the back piece is a bit larger I did set a paint bottle on top of it until the glue dried to help it stay flat.


Now the fun part we get to paint all the pieces.

 

To corral the little tiny hearts I took a piece of masking tape that de-sticked” by putting the tape against my jeans a few times. Then I anchored it down on my work tile sticky side up and put the hearts on it lightly.


I painted the hears with various colors of pink and white.



 

The sign for the tailgate with the letters cut out is designed to look like wood. I had to mix a couple of colors together to make a wood color.


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

The window piece was painted a light blue.


 

 

 


 

 

The tires on the back piece were painted black.


Then the rest of the truck back piece and the tailgate piece were painted with a red.


 

 

Be sure to paint the edges of the pieces so that there is no white showing.


 

Once the paint dries we can start gluing the pieces together. I like to place the


window first so that there is a small rim around it that is fairly even.


Use the tailgate piece to draw a placement line for the hearts. And glue on some of them on and around the line then add the tailgate and add as many of the hearts as you would like.


 

 


 

 

Once dry add a thin even layer of Satin Mod Podge or other clear finish.


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

And now the truck is ready to hang in your dollhouse.




 

 

 

As always I do want to sincerely thank all of you for watching my videos and reading my blog posts. It means so much to me that you are supporting me in this way. If I could ask you all to do just a bit more by subscribing to the channel and liking the videos and leaving comments. Those help more than you can imagine. Also if you could pass the links on to your friends I would appreciate it so much.



Saturday, January 14, 2023

Dollhouse Miniature Valentine Cake

 


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This week we are using some of those chocolate covered strawberries we made in last week’s tutorial. You can find that here if you missed it.


I do often do a Google image search to get inspiration for my tutorials and this week that was exactly what I did. I had searched for Valentine Cakes and as I was scrolling down the long list of pretty pictures I found one that stood out to me. The cake was on a fairly simple cake stand and was covered in what appeared to be a pale pink fondant. Then along the top edge was a line of chocolate glaze that had bee encouraged to drizzle down the sides of the cake. On top was a huge pile of chocolate covered strawberries. I know as soon as I saw it that was what we were going to be making.


I decided that before we could make this cake though we would need to make some chocolate covered strawberries so that was why those showed up last week.


Since this is a cake designed to just sit on a cake stand and look pretty we can make the interior “core” from any clay. I chose to use some Original Sculpey since it is easy to work with. I also wanted to make the inside white so that I didn’t have to worry about a darker color showing through the pale pink later.



 

To make this core or blank roll out your clay using a couple of double thick craft-sticks to guide the thickness. Then cut two layers using a ¾” round clay cutter.


 

 

 


 

Stack these together to make your cake and bake for 20 minutes at the temperature recommended for your clay. Allow to cool to room temperature.


 

 


 

 

Now roll out the pale pink you have chosen. I am using Sculpey III in Ballerina Pink. This should be rolled pretty thin.


 

 


 

I like to do the next step on parchment paper to prevent sticking to my work surface. Add some liquid clay to the top of your baked cake core.


 

 


 

 

Place this core on the sheet of pink clay liquid clay down and add a bit more liquid clay around the cake.


 

 


 

Then just ease the extra clay around the cake trimming and smoothing until it looks like a real cake coated in fondant. Once you are happy with the way it looks bake for 10 minutes at the recommended temperature for your clay and allow to cool to room temperature.



Now we can mix up some dark “chocolate” drizzle. We are using the same stuff that was used in last week tutorial for the chocolate dipped strawberries so if you have any left you can use that.


In a nutshell it is a mixture of burnt umber oil paint with a tiny bit of black oil paint then a bit of that is mixed with your liquid clay I do recommend baking a small amount as a sample to test the color and make sure it will cure correctly.




 

 

Once the cake is cooled use a dotting tool (or something similar) to add a line of the chocolate to the top edge of the cake. Then pull some drips down from that line.


 


Add a small pool of the chocolate in top center and add your chocolate covered strawberries to the top as desired.


Bake one last time for 10 minutes and allow to cool before you touch it. The drizzle is delicate until the entire cake reaches room temperature.


Now you have a fun cake to display for Valentine’s Day or anytime. 

 

 


As always I do want to sincerely thank all of you for watching my videos and reading my blog posts. It means so much to me that you are supporting me in this way. If I could ask you all to do just a bit more by subscribing to the channel and liking the videos and leaving comments. Those help more than you can imagine. Also if you could pass the links on to your friends I would appreciate it so much.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Dollhouse Miniature Valentine Garden Flag

 


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Like always we are starting with a strip of plain white, 100% cotton fabric. I use bleached muslin for my flags, you should be able to find this fabric in any fabric store/department especially if they carry any fabrics geared to quilters. For our flag we need a strip that measures 1” by 3”.



The other item we will need to begin is some paper backed fusible web. This is basically a fabric glue that is heat activated and comes on a sheet of paper making it very easy to use. I prefer the Heat 'N Bond brand. There are other brands in stores and you can use whatever brand you can find. I do recommend you pick one that is designed to hold without sewing. Mine is labeled “Ultra-Hold” this way you won't need to worry about your flag coming apart later. You will need a 1” square of the paper-backed fusible web.



Follow the directions on your fusible web product to form your flag.


Before we begin the decorating process I want to talk just a bit about what I was going for in this one. Like I often do I searched for ideas online by looking at pictures of real garden flags. I found a couple that I loved one in particular had a pink background with a top and bottom band in a coordinating pink/white mottled design. It had letters spelling out LOVE on the main area. There were thin white borders between the main part of the flag and the borders. Another flag I liked had the same lettering on a black background and letters were outlined in white. I decided to combine the two designs in what we are making today.


So let’s make this shall we?



 

 

Start by painting the entire flag on both sides with a medium pink color paint. And allow to dry.


 

 


 

Now use a pencil to lightly draw lines where your borders will be and your letters. If you go as light as you can it will be easier to cover with the paint. My lines were a bit hard to cover but I drew them so that you could see them to see what I wanted you do do.



Once you have the lines where you want them. Get out some of the same pink paint along with a bit of white paint. Use a dotting tool (or something similar) to pick up just a bit of the paint and pounce it on the flag. Try to get some of both colors of paint each time. Wipe off the dotting tool as needed while you work. Allow to dry.



 

Now use a small amount of the same white paint mixed with just a bit of water to slightly thin it out and using a smaller dotting tool outline the borders and the letters. Allow to dry.


 

 

Now if you made any mistakes neaten everything up with a bit more of the paints on a dotting tool to cover any mistakes.


Once dry you can hang your flag on the dollhouse for a Valentine’s Day tough.



As always I do want to sincerely thank all of you for watching my videos and reading my blog posts. It means so much to me that you are supporting me in this way. If I could ask you all to do just a bit more by subscribing to the channel and liking the videos and leaving comments. Those help more than you can imagine. Also if you could pass the links on to your friends I would appreciate it so much.