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I've been into dollhouse miniatures since the early 1990's now and when I realized how much I've learned during that time, I thought I'd make a blog to share my knowledge with others. I'm mostly auto-deduct, but always found help on the Internet and in specific books. The mini-world starts and ends with your own imagination, so let there be no limit. And never say : I CAN'T .... because you can, you just need to try and have the necessary know-how. And that's the main reason why I started this blog, because I wanna share what I know with newbies in the miniature world or anybody else who might be interested in sharing what I've learned so far. So, hopefully, I'll be able to provide some useful hints, tips and tricks for those of you out there just starting with this wonderful hobby

January 3, 2013

My French Bakery : DIY Containers for Coffee and Tea


Hello my mini friends 😂

Again ... I had trouble to find containers for my coffee and tea, containers that would actually fit into my shelves and

again ... since I needed a few of these, buying wasn't an option ... too expensive, so

again ... let's go for the DIY

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Aren't they cute ? Oh yes, they are and on top of being cute, they are easy to make. 
You do need a good printer though a maybe a little practice (and patience) on how to miniaturize the labels, so if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to drop me a few lines 
and I'll be glad to help (email me at dmzminiatures@gmail.com)


First thing you need to do is to find a few labels, which is really not difficult, there are just so many available on the Internet. Depending on your computer system (PC or MAC), you can copy the labels into either Power Point or Pages for Mac users and once you have one page full, print them out on either matt or glossy photo paper, your choice


In order to get them the correct size, remember to have the View on your screen at 100 % (or actual size, depending on your system)
Measure the image and draw the shape for the box (container) on card board (should not be too thick though) or any other paper of your choice. If you're not sure about the size, remember, think of a real size one and divide by 12.


I would not recommend to use a usual thin printer paper, because the end result, in my opinion, will not look good at all. The glue will probably go through the image. Your shape should look more or less than the one here in the picture. 

Another important thing, before starting, is to measure the size of the compartments of your shelf where the tiny little boxes are supposed to go, so that will fit nicely. As you can see in the pictures below, the end result looks very good.






The biggest advantage of making these things yourself is that you can make them the exact 
size to neatly fit your project, which is my personal favourite thing 

So go ahead and give it a try and if you have questions, I'm here

I do have a PDF version of my labels if you wish to use them (personal use only please), but remember that these have the measures to fit my shelves. So feel free to ask for a copy, email me at dmzminiatures@gmail.com

Have fun

See ya
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DIY : Hanging wall shelfs


Hello everybody

As usual, I can't find shelves in the correct size for my current project, the French Bakery, so I had to make some myself.

I had the idea of displaying some of my DIY coffee and tea boxes around the tearoom, but of course these little hanging wall shelves didn't need to be very big

Lucky for me, I had a few of these metal brackets in my stock, so all I really needed to do is cut a piece of wood to the size I wanted, paint it, in this case adding a little lace to the sides 
and glue it to the wall

I'm pretty sure my future customers will like this as much as I do

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A real easy and quick project for a rainy afternoon
and very cheap too (you can make the brackets yourself too with a few leftover pieces of wood, in that case, it will be even cheaper than with the metal brackets I used here)

And while I was on it .... and since it did not stop raining that afternoon

I made a few more



Have fun
See ya soon I hope

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