Make Your Own Customized Miniature Animals

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!
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    Dollhouse Scale Felted Jack Russell Terrier With a Ribbon Collar
    A dolls house scale Jack Russell Terrier with a ribbon collar. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    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).

    Make A Miniature Dog - Jack Russell Terrier

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    miniature needle felted raccoon baby and parent in dollhouse scale
    Miniature needle felted raccoon baby and parent in dollhouse scale. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd

    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.

    Make Miniature Needlefelt Raccoons

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    Finished face and muzzle on a 1:24 scale felted miniature sheep.
    Here's the finished face on an almost completed 1:24 scale poseable sheep, needle felted from wool. Photo Copyright 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    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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    Poseable dollhouse scale needlefelt black cat stands beside a Halloween pumpkin
    Poseable needlefelted black cat in dollhouse miniature scale beside a Halloween pumpkin. Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    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.

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    Needlefelt a Miniature Rabbit or Toy Bunny

    Dollhouse scale doll holding a scale miniature rabbit made from needlefelted wool roving.
    Tiny 1:12 scale ball joint doll "Mina" from Sleeping Elf holding a needlefelted rabbit. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    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

    A felted miniature sea otter mother with a pup resting on her stomach.
    A felted miniature sea otter mother roughly three inches long with a pup resting on her stomach. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    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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    Three inch tall felt mouse with a wire armature to allow it to pose.
    Miniature felt mouse handsewn over a wire armature. Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    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

    Miniature tadpoles in dolls house scale in a jar filled with epoxy resin.
    Miniature tadpoles and weeds in dolls house scale in a glass jar filled with epoxy resin. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    :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 Jar

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    Dolls house scale miniature butterfly koi positioned for a feeding scene in a dollhouse pond.
    Dolls house scale miniature butterfly koi positioned for a feeding scene in a dollhouse pond. Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    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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    Make Miniature Mice or Rats From Air Dry or Polymer Clay

    A finished miniature mouse on a ruler to show its size in 1:12 scale.
    The miniature mouse head is glued to the front of the body to finish a dolls house scale mouse made from air dry clay. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    You can make these mice or rats from polymer or air dry clay. Tiny mice are most easily shaped from air dry clays like Delight Claywhich can be sculpted with a damp brush. Tiny no hole beads (microbeads) or balls of clay can be used for the eyes.

    Instructions for Making Miniature Mice or Rats

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    Flocking creates fur for the body and head of a dolls house scale bat made from polymer clay.
    The body and main head section of a dolls house scale bat are covered with fine flocking to mimic fur. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    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.

    Make Miniature Flying Bats

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    Make Fluffy Miniature Bunnies

    Two Easter bunnies, one standing, one sitting, ready for a dollhouse Easter basket.
    Two dolls house miniature Easter bunnies made from 4mm pompoms. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    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 Bunnies

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    A 1/2 inch miniature model robin's nest made from thread and reindeer moss.
    A miniature model birds nest in dolls house scale made from reindeer moss and thread. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    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!

    Make a Miniature Bird's Nest

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    A 1:12 scale dolls house chick is only 6mm tall. Shown on a quarter coin for scale.
    A 1:12 scale dolls house chick is only 6mm tall. Shown on a quarter coin for scale. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    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.

    Instructions for Making Tiny Easter Chicks

    Weave a Miniature Easter Basket

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    A dolls house scale miniature seagull made from air dry clay and bits of wire is perched on a log.
    A dolls house scale miniature seagull made from air dry clay and bits of wire. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    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.

    Make Miniature Seagulls

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    A sitting dove and a standing dove in dolls house scale.
    A sitting dove and a standing dove in dolls house scale. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    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.

    Instructions for Making Miniature Doves

    Instructions for Making a Miniature Wicker Bird Cage

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    Two miniature crows in dollhouse scale posed on top of a gothic candle surround.
    Two miniature crows made from air dry clay in 1:12 dollhouse scale are just over 1 inch long. Photo © 2013 Lesley Shepherd
    These 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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    Make Miniature Chickadees or Titmice

    Chickadees made in 1:12 scale from air dry clay hang from a cluster of shelled peanuts on a string.
    Three chickadees made in 1:12 scale from air dry clay hang from a cluster of shelled peanuts on a string. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd

    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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    Sew a Felt Hippopotamus

    A three inch smiling miniature hippo sewn from felt.
    A three inch miniature felt hippopotamus for a dolls house scene, a decoration, or a small collectible. Photo copyright 2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    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.

    Instructions for Making a Miniature Hippopotamus

    Printable Hat Suitable for the Hippopotamus

    Make a Simple Dress For the Hippopotamus

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    White jointed miniature polar bear, 2.5 inches high, made from felt
    Churchill the polar bear is a miniature 2.5 inch bear made from felt. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    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.

    Instructions and Pattern for Churchill the Polar Bear

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    Easy Sew Miniature Bunny From Felt

    Three inch tall miniature bunny sewn from two main pattern pieces.
    Easy to sew 3 inch tall miniature bunny made from a free two piece pattern and instructions. Photo © 2013 Lesley Shepherd
    This is an easy sewing project for a beginner with only two main pieces to sew. It is best made from nonwoven fabric or felt.