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Dogs with a great deal of personality and accurate or stylized coats are fairly simple to make using needlefelt techniques and wool, silk or mohair roving (unspun fiber). As the needles used are very sharp, this is not a technique recommended for children. The dogs can be made in many scale sizes, depending on the wire armature used and the type of fiber. Silk roving is best for smaller animals (1:24 and less).
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Here's another poseable animal sculpted with a needlefelt technique. These little raccoons make great Christmas ornaments for the tree, and are fun in all kinds of nature scenes. You can perch them in a tree next to a dolls house, or show them in the garbage, or stealing food.
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Use simple needlefelting techniques to make a lamb a flock of sheep. Basic wool roving to make the sheep can be found in most yarn or knitting and weaving shops.
This particular sheep was made in 1:24 scale to fit a friend's model railroad scene.
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The cat shown here was made as a stray for a Halloween scene, but you can use this tutorial to fashion a range of pampered pet cats which can be posed stalking, at play, or simply sleeping. Short haired breeds are easier for beginners to make, but long haired cats can be made using the instructions for the raccoon that show adding longer fur.Continue to 5 of 21 below.
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Needlefelt a Miniature Rabbit or Toy Bunny
This needlefelt rabbit can be made in natural colors as a pet, or a wild rabbit for a model scene, or you can make it in soft colors for a dollhouse child's toy. Unlike the other needlefelted projects in this list, the rabbit is not poseable, although it could be made over a wire frame like the other animals, which would allow you to pose it. This is a great first needlefelt project for a beginner as the shapes are very simple and easy to make.
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Needlefelt a Miniature Sea Otter and Pup
Here's another great needlefelted decoration for a Christmas tree, package, or for use as a replacement for a knitted hat pom-pom. These tiny sea otters are cute, and easy to make. This felted animal pair is made without a frame as the pose is fixed. The instructions for making a miniature sea otter are set up as a step by step with clear photographs of the various steps.
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This miniature mouse can be used as a poseable character for miniature scenes as it is roughly adult sized in 1:24 or 'half' scale. It also makes a great decoration. Make it without the wire armature, and use stitched facial details instead of beads, if you want it for a child's play situation.
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Make a Jar Full of Tadpoles
:This project introduces a beginner to using two part epoxy resin. The tadpoles are made of polymer clay, which is then set into the resin in the jar. It doesn't matter whether you want a jar of pickled eggs, fruit, or other produce, the same technique is used as for tadpoles. As epoxy resin requires precise measurement, the tadpoles can be made by children, but adults should handle the resin to fill the jars.
Make Tadpoles in a JarContinue to 9 of 21 below.
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Butterfly Koi are fairly easy to make from polymer clay. You can pose them in a fish pond or use them for miniature jewellery.
The color patterns of Koi make them easy to mimic in small scales, plus they show up well in simple water pools made with a water 'surface' of sheet plastic.
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Scale miniature bats can be made from air dry or polymer clay in a method similar to the one used for mice and rats. These bats have flocked bodies which make them appear furry. You can make them with outstretched or folded wings for a variety of scenes.
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Make Fluffy Miniature Bunnies
These fluffy miniature bunnies are great for tiny Easter Baskets but can also be used as stuffed toys for a miniature toy shop or dolls house scale child's room.
Make Fluffy Miniature BunniesContinue to 13 of 21 below.
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Another easy to make project, the miniature bird's nest uses thread and bits of moss. Tiny eggs can be made from polymer clay to fill the nest. Make sure you research what your chosen bird's eggs look like!
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These chicks are designed for dolls house scale Easter baskets, but you can pose them in nests in the hen house, or chicken coop as well. They are made from tiny pom poms, and are easy to make if you can manipulate small items using tweezers.
Weave a Miniature Easter Basket
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Every beach scene needs seagulls, and these are easy to sculpt from air dry or polymer clay. This set of instructions gives the sequence for each material, as some parts need to be firm before you can add others. The birds can be sculpted in any pose you choose, although they are shown in a sitting pose which is the easiest one for beginners.
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These white doves can be made for wedding decorations or favors as well as for scale scenes. The white doves used at weddings are actually white racing or homing pigeons. These doves are made using similar methods to the seagull. The ones shown are made from air dry clay, but they can also be made from two part epoxy or polymer clay.Continue to 17 of 21 below.
17 of 21These crows can be made from polymer or air dry clay. Change the size if you want ravens, which are much larger than crows. You can use feathers and flocking to make these tiny birds even more realistic.
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Although chickadees are tiny birds, you can make them from air dry or polymer clay (air dry clay is easier). Their simple shapes and coloring make them an effective small bird to make for dolls house bird tables or displays in miniature gardens.
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This three inch high felt hippopotamus fits most clothing for dolls house children. This is an easy first sewing project for a child as it has simple parts which are easy to turn and stuff. These little hippos are also great Christmas tree decorations.
Make a Simple Dress For the Hippopotamus
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This stuffed bear is 2 1/2 inches tall, with moveable arms and legs. Although it requires patience to sew and turn, it is an easy pattern for a first stuffed miniature bear. Made of felt, it can be made from sueded fabrics or short pile upholstery fabric to give it more 'fur' as you become a more experienced stuffed toy maker.Continue to 21 of 21 below.
21 of 21This is an easy sewing project for a beginner with only two main pieces to sew. It is best made from nonwoven fabric or felt.
Make these miniature and dolls' house scale animals from a number of materials. They can be used in scale scenes, in a dolls house, or used as decorations. Pick a method and an animal and start your own collection!