<![CDATA[All Things Mini - Crafts]]>Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:04:01 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[DIY Miniature Room]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 15:27:46 GMThttp://allthingsmini.sueztech.com/2/post/2017/10/diy-miniature-room.html
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So I finally made a miniature room based on the one I shared with you 3 years ago (here).
I can't believe it's been so long, I know I promised you guys a tutorial "soon" back then; its been in the back of my mind and I've finally finished. Tell me your feedback in the comments (or shoot me an email at erin@allthingsmini.sueztech.com).

It's going to be a long and somewhat complicated tutorial; I finished the structure in 2 or 3 days, most of accessories I had on hand, but I waited two weeks to pick out matching scraps for the bed. So all in all if I hadn't procrastinated it might've only taken me a week or less.

(edit: I got this tutorial ready a month ago but was missing a few pictures and got lazy. Sorry. :)

Part 1: The Structure


Materials:
A Box - I used a chocolate tin.

Paperboard - Cereal boxes. An easy way to store cereal boxes is to flatten them and slip them into a drawer. They don't take up much space and they're good for lots of things.


Glue Stick and School Glue - These should not be used interchangeably. The glue stick is for paper/card stock to prevent wrinkling and the school glue is for gluing down fabric.  

Fabric - (optional) For use as a wallpaper.


Card Stock 

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Pen - For marking things


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This is a very incomplete picture of the materials I used. I was kind of making this "spur of the moment" so I collected materials as I used them. At least you can see the type of box/tin I used though.



Instructions:
I hardly know how to begin. Here we go!

Step 1: The first thing we are going to do is set up the walls on both sides in the front. Trace and cut out the size that you want.
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You can see how it will sit in the picture below. Don't glue just yet.
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Step 2: The next thing is the inside walls. Cut it to the right width/height depending on the size of your box.
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Complete on the other side as well.
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Step 3: Glue both pieces to a piece of card stock. This will make it easier to glue down since you can handle it as one piece instead of two. 
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Make sure you leave enough space for folding like shown below.
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Step 4: This is optional, but I added a strip of paper on the inside of the fold to make sure the two ends wouldn't open up.
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Step 5: Glue the two sides in place. 
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Another angle.
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Step 6: Cut another strip of paper board. Mines was about 1.5 inches. This will be the front. 
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Step 7: I had to put the phone to charge so I wasn't able to take a few pictures. You haven't missed much; I'll explain what you have to my best ability :)

I covered the outside walls and front with pick paper. 

I also cut out two rectangles as "drawers". These were initially fake but then I decided to make them real drawers. You'll see how in the next step.

I added the end of a paperboard box as a place for the bed mattress to rest. As you can tell, it sits lower than the front; this is so when I place the mattress in, the mattress will line up with the front edge. It's hard to explain. You'll see.
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This is an inside view of the front.  I had to cut holes to accommodate the drawers. You can use matchboxes for the drawers and glue on the paperboard rectangles on the front, or make your own as I did.  Make sure you cut the holes for the both drawers even otherwise they will look wonky. :)
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Another view from the front with the drawers open.
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I would later recover the entire outside with another layer of pink paper and also glue fabric to the insides. 

So, that wasn't too hard! The terminology/wording is a little hard but I hope the pictures help explain everything clearly! We're on the decorations!



Part 2: The Decorations


Instructions:
Step 1: Make a mattress. I made mine by wrapping a piece of foam I had around and wrapped it in white fabric. Nothing fancy, I taped the bottom to make it stay in place.
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Step 2: Next we're going to make the shelves. Cut strips of paperboard that are all the same width in the following sizes.

You will need:

- 2 the same length as the sides
- 2 the same length as the back wall
- 2 (long) the same length as each other (the sides of the "bookshelf")
- 2 (short) the same length as each other (the shelves of the "bookshelf")

Cover them in colored paper.

I'm missing a few in the top picture. The bottom picture has all of them except the sides. Dunno what I was thinking.
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Step 2: I made the bedsheets using scraps of fabric. 
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You can find my tutorial for pillows here: Pillows

I actually tried something new this time, where I made the pillow using the above tutorial, but made a pillowcase separate, using the same method, except with no filling and leaving one side open. That way I can change the pillow covers, which takes up less space and time than making new pillows. Also more realistic.

The decorative pillow was made in the standard way of making the pillow. I.e., no pillow cover.
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I don't really like the way the sheets look in this bedroom; they don't really match, so I'm thinking of changing the sheets. Will update you if I do :)


Step 3: Time to decorate!

Chair: My tutorial here: chair
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Books: My tutorial here: books
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Lamp: My Tutorial here: lamp (my original lamp fell apart so I made a sturdier one later, it just happened to match the color scheme :)
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Tissue Box: My tutorial here: tissue box
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Hanging Frame: My tutorial here: hanging frame (in fact I made that 3 years ago for this project. It's a surprise I still have it :)
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Bird Cage: I made the bird cage a while ago; but didn't post a tutorial, unfortunately. It's made from wire, and the door opens and closes.
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Frame: The frame is a belt buckle. I used a piece of card stock as a "picture" until I can find a suitable picture. I used a piece of wire to make a little contraption for it stand on it's own.
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The mini rhino figurine is from my attempts to find a suitable size container for my Beauty and the Beast project. In case you were wondering, the container it came in was too small so I didn't end up using it.
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So that's it! Hope you like it, and don't forget to leave me comments or send me an email!

Happy Crafting!
-Erin A
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<![CDATA[DIY Miniature Chair]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:25:43 GMThttp://allthingsmini.sueztech.com/2/post/2017/09/diy-miniature-chair.html
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I made a chair a while ago from cardboard and toothpicks, but didn't post a tutorial. So today I want to share a new chair I made for a project I'm working on (tutorial to come!) It's made completely of wood.

Materials:
Paint stick - The stuff you get at The Home Depot to stir paint
Round Toothpicks - Preferably with decorative ends
Wood glue - Hot glue *will* work, but it will be messy and not so neat looking.
Utility Knife - Something to roughly shape your paint stick
Sandpaper - A Dremel would make life a lot easier if have one

This was another unplanned project, so I don't really have a picture of the materials. Apologies.


Instructions:
Step 1: Sketch out the design of your seat on the paint stick.

Step 2: Cut out a rough shape of your seat. Just discovered I don't have a picture for this. Ugh. Basically all you have to do is cut out a square around your paint stick. Score both sides of the paint stick with your utility knife, the snap it along the line. 

Step 3: Shape your seat. Use a sandpaper to finish our the sides of the seat. I originally went for a curved design, but later settled on a more simplistic design. The curved design is still there in some of the earlier photos, before I decided to go with the later design.
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Step 4: Attach the toothpicks to the back of the seat. You'll want one toothpick one each side and a toothpick down the middle. I later corrected the abnormal amount of slant the back of the chair had. 

Also note that I was using hot glue at this point because it dries quickly, and I don't want to be holding toothpicks in place for however long it take for wood glue to dry. Later I would reinforce with wood glue and scrape away excess hot glue.

The top section is cut from the curved part of the paint stick (I suppose that's where you hold it), and sanded to fit the gap between the toothpicks.

The two bars at the bottom are from flat toothpicks I had on hand and initially put there to hide the hot glue mess holding the toothpicks to the seat. I like it though.
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Step 5: Next, you're going to want to put in the legs. I marked, then carved out small holes where I wanted the legs to go. Then I used a small flat screwdriver to bore out fairly deep holes.

Give the legs some slant, and try to keep them as even in length as possible. If your chair is wiggling/rocking after putting all four legs in, you can use the sandpaper to wear the offending leg down and make them even. 

I know in the pictures I use hot glue, but I advise you against it. Use wood glue. I later took out all the legs and re-glued them with wood glue and they are super sturdy.
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Step 6: Lastly, add in the bars in the back of the seat. I used the non-decorative part of the round toothpicks for this. They should be a perfect fit, and use wood glue to secure them.
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Give it a coat of acrylic paint, or keep the original wood look. It's up to you!
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Happy Crafting, 
Erin A
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<![CDATA[Sun Catcher]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 23:03:10 GMThttp://allthingsmini.sueztech.com/2/post/2017/06/sun-catcher.html
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I made a sun catcher based off a model I saw online. I didn't take pictures of the process (even if I did I wouldn't know how to put them into a tutorial; it was a very messy process that was all over the place. Hopefully this can serve as inspiration. I just used some scrap wire and miscellaneous beads. I think it turned out pretty good; tell me what you think in the comments!


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-Erin A
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<![CDATA[DIY Miniature Post Lamp]]>Thu, 11 May 2017 20:49:24 GMThttp://allthingsmini.sueztech.com/2/post/2017/05/diy-miniature-post-lamp.html
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Here's a miniature lamp that I made... I still haven't made the post but I figured that would take me a while and I didn't want to delay putting up a tutorial. This is great for putting outside your dollhouse door!

Materials:

Scissors
Scrap Paper
X-acto Knife
Pen
Glue (stick)
Toothpicks
Tweezers
Clear Plastic
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Instructions:


Step 1: Trace or print out a pattern for the lamp shade. Below is a template I made. It may be a little imperfect since I freehanded it and made the template later. You may have to resize to fit your needs as well.
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Step 2: Color in the paper with black marker. Don't use paint as it will wrinkle the paper. Or just use black paper. 

Step 3: Cut out and fold the template as instructed.
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Step 4: Cut out holes in middle. I used an X-Acto knife. You could also use a small scissor.
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Step 5:  Glue the flap around to make a cube like shape.
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Step 6:
Cut plastic film into rectangles that will cover the holes you have cut. Glue in.  Be careful with gluing so that the glue will not show through on the outside.
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Step 7: Cut a square of black paper to cover the top. Glue in place. I added a bead to the top as an embellishment.
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- Erin A
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<![CDATA[Creative Minds Are Rarely Tidy]]>Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:47:52 GMThttp://allthingsmini.sueztech.com/2/post/2017/03/creative-minds-are-rarely-tidy.htmlIf you have ever visited the "Crafts" section of my website (which you obviously have since you are reading this post), you'll have probably noticed the header picture. "Creative Minds Are Rarely Tidy". I just wanted to share a picture that clearly illustrates my point. This is what my desk looks like while I am in the process of making something that will hopefully be up on the site within a month. 

Take a look.
So if you ever find your craft table looking like a mess, you're not alone.

- Erin A
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<![CDATA[More Mandalas]]>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:07:48 GMThttp://allthingsmini.sueztech.com/2/post/2017/02/more-mandalas.html
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Here is a mandala I drew painstakingly with guides in order to ensure symmetry. I have pictures of each step I took to complete the flower, so you can use it as an inspiration if you want! :)

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<![CDATA[Happy New Year!]]>Sun, 01 Jan 2017 19:58:20 GMThttp://allthingsmini.sueztech.com/2/post/2017/01/happy-new-year.html
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Happy New Year! I can't believe it's 2017 already! I wish you a safe and wonderful year!

-Erin A
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<![CDATA[Drawings]]>Thu, 29 Dec 2016 20:11:49 GMThttp://allthingsmini.sueztech.com/2/post/2016/12/drawings.html
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I thought I would share a few of the drawings I did in my sketchbook :) Enjoy!
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-Erin A
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<![CDATA[Sketch Book Cover]]>Tue, 20 Dec 2016 18:35:52 GMThttp://allthingsmini.sueztech.com/2/post/2016/12/sketch-book-cover.html
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I got a 70 page sketch book from Walmart the other day and I wanted to decorate the cover.

Unfortunately, I was not able to make a tutorial. I watched several "DIY Art Journal Cover" videos for ideas. However all these videos used fancy stuff I didn't have! So improvised and this is the result. I used some watercolor paper, metallic paints, a paper doily, and some lace for the background. The "E" is made from paperboard (think cereal box), white metallic paint, and sequins. I also used some glitter pens on the background and on the "E". Tell me in the comments how it looks and any tips on how it could have been better!

-Erin A
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<![CDATA[Thanksgiving Break: DIY Dream Catcher]]>Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:47:43 GMThttp://allthingsmini.sueztech.com/2/post/2016/11/thanksgiving-break-day-1-diy-dream-catcher.html
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Thanksgiving Break is here! This dream catcher is a simple, but beautiful, craft that is perfect for all ages.

Materials:
Twine/yarn
- Using yarn is not advisable, as the fuzz (?) surrounding the thread makes it look sloppy. I used crochet thread, so after I finished the project I ended up using Elmer's glue to make all the fuzz lie flat.
Beads - I pulled out various beads from my bead collection. These included sugar beads and round beads (which come from my mom's dresses :), pony beads, and a chevron bead. (It should be noted that I've never bought beads, I collect them various places, if you keep your eyes peeled you can find lots of places to get beads like old/ripped dresses, etc.)
Feathers - As I've never told you, I have ten ducks which I received as ducklings 3 months ago. They went through a phase where they shed a lot of feathers (around 8 weeks) so I collected a lot of feathers (with the intention of using them now). I suppose if you don't have ducks (or chickens) you'll have to go but some from a craft store (like Jo-Ann or Michaels, in the US).
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Wire or Old Bangle - I used the same wire I used for my watch strap, and wrapped it around a round glass to get a perfect round shape.

Instructions:
I used a tutorial I found at This Fashion Is Mine. She uses a kit, but the instructions are great. I didn't take any pictures while making the dream catcher, so sorry guys! Hope my tips help you out. Below are pictures of my finished pictures. (And cute duckling pictures (my own ducks))
-Erin A
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