Make Halloween Miniatures and Projects for Decorations and Party Favors

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Miniature Halloween decorations are easily made from low cost materials. Their size means you can create a large display in a small space, and easily store it away for next year. Here's an assortment of projects and ideas to try.


If you're curious about why we celebrate Hallowe'en, check out this article on the Origins of Halloween by guide to Landscaping David Beaulieu You might want to check out some of his outdoor displays photos for ideas you can create in miniature.

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    Make Halloween Characters

    Three witches in dolls house scales, made with printable costumes and fabric costumes.
    An Assortment of Printable Miniature Witch Costumes in Doll House Scale. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    There are lots of ways to make decorations from Halloween characters. Skeletons and dolls can be dressed in costumes and used to hold place cards, or identifying signs for buffets.


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    Dolls house scale skeleton in a miniature coffin box made of paper
    This Dolls House Scale Skelton Fits Comfortably in the Paper Coffin Box. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    These miniature coffin boxes are easily made using your printer, a pair of scissors and some glue. They are large enough to fit a miniature skeleton in dolls house scale, and can also be filled with candy for table favors.


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    Decorated miniature sugar skull in dollhouse scale made from a polymer clay bead.
    Decorated miniature sugar skull in dolls house scale, beside a quarter for a size reference. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.


    Skulls are an easy shape to model from polymer clay, air dry clay, or epoxy putty for beads or miniature Halloween decorations. You can also make edible miniature sugar skulls from fondant, or easy skulls from commercial marshmallows following these instructions for Modelling Miniature Skulls.

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    Make Printable Pumpkin Boxes for Treats, Decorations or Scale Scenes

    Miniature pumpkin boxes have been assembled and filled with candy treats as party favors.
    These printable miniature pumpkin boxes can be made as candy boxes for 1:12 or 1:6 scale dolls house scenes, or filled with candy treats at party favors or table decorations. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.
    These little boxes are great for pumpkin spice truffles, or for a collection of treats or a small present. They can also be used for dolls house scale chocolate boxes.
    • Make Printable Pumpkin Treat Boxes


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    Make Printable Glitter Houses for a Miniature Halloween Village

    Three gothic style mansard roof miniature halloween glitter houses made using free printables.
    Three miniature Halloween glitter houses built with free printables in a variety of different styles and color combinations. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    The list of Halloween glitter houses continues to grow. You can make any of the following, leaving them simply colored, or adding micro glitter or glass glitter


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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 Inc.

    Bats make great decorations for Halloween trees, wreaths, and villages. These scale miniature bats are made of polymer clay or epoxy putty. The ones shown here are 1:12 dolls house scale, but you can make them in smaller or larger sizes to suit your scene. You can roost them in trees or hang them from attic rafters.


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    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 Inc.

    These dolls house scale mice can be made larger for rats, or smaller as mice. They are made with air dry clay, and can be sculpted to be cute or frightening, depending on how you want to use them in a scene.


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    Make a Miniature Spell Book

    Spell books for a dollhouse made with faux leather covers from craft foam and polymer clay.
    Spell books for a dollhouse scale witch made with embossed craft foam and embossed polymer clay covers resembling leather. Photo © 2013 Lesley Shepherd

    I've set up these instructions for a miniature spell book with an embossed "leather" cover  to use a range of materials. I've used waste polymer clay, air dry clay, craft foam, and paper linters (for molding paper) to make these book covers with good results. 


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    1:24 scale haunted house made from a recycled cereal box, a paper bag and free printables.
    Haunted house made from a cereal box and 1:24 scale free printables, with Playmobil people to show the scale. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    If you need a display background, or a quick house for a haunted scene, these free printable roofs, porches, windows and doors in two sizes are an easy way to turn boxes into haunted houses. They are easy projects for a child or a class. The smaller sizes will make backdrops or houses that fit with standard commercial villages. The additional printables (not shown) give you a lot of scope to make more detailed and complex houses quickly from a minimum of materials. You can make the houses as...MORE facades or background silhouettes only, or cut open the windows and make houses with interiors.

    If you prefer a miniature "glitter" house style, you can use these tiny printable buildings to make a range of haunted houses in roughly 1:144 scale, suitable for use with N scale trains. The parts can be used as templates for gingerbread houses if you wish.


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    Black cat with papier mache pumpkin, both in dollhouse scale.
    A dollhouse scale needlefelt black cat stands beside a miniature pumpkin. Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    This poseable miniature cat is easy to make using simple needlefelt techniques. You can make a basic short haired cat as shown, or adapt the instructions to make cats with longer coats. The size of the cat can be adjusted to make a range of different scale models. As shown here, the cat is in 1:12 scale.

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    Range of miniature eyeballs made from polymer clay for miniature dolls, animals and figures
    Range of miniature eyes made from polymer clay for dollhouse dolls, animals and figures, or Halloween scenes. Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    You can use the technique shown here for miniature dolls (witches, warlocks, monsters) or animals, like the halloween cat, or make eyeballs large enough to put in full size displays or on costumes. The eyes can be made to look bloodshot by mixing thread fibers into the white eyeball layer of the eye. Adding extra glaze or tar gel medium to the eyeball will give them a wet look.

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    Woven basket of assorted miniature mushrooms in dollhouse scale.
    A range of varieties of miniature mushrooms made in dollhouse scale from Delight air dry clay. Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    You can make mushrooms of all varieties, including "poisonous" ones using Delight air dry clay and paint or pastels or using polymer clay. Although this technique shows how to make the mushrooms very small, you can adapt the instructions to make larger mushrooms for beads, costumes, or decorations using the same techniques.

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    Make Miniature Kernels of Candy Corn

    Dollhouse scale candy corn with a doll's hand and a quarter coin for a size reference.
    Tiny kernels of dollhouse miniature, 1:12 scale candy corn, shown on a quarter for a size reference. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    Add these tiny candy corn kernels to your halloween decorations or dolls house baking. You can use the same techniques outlined in this tutorial to make candy corn kernels from a true 1:12 scale to any larger size. 1:12 is about as small as polymer clay techniques can take you.

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    Tray of Halloween cookies in dolls house scale.
    Halloween cookie assortment in dolls house scale, made from polymer clay using custom cutters. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    These tiny cookies can be used for all kinds of scenes, and used for custom jewellery for the big night as well! Made from polymer clay, they are cut out using easy to make custom cookie cutters based on aluminum foil from recycled pie plates.

    The cookies can be decorated with paints as gel or low gloss icings, micro glitter or decorative sand for sugar glitters in miniature , micro beads for tiny dragees, or made from colored polymer clay. The instructions contain a printable template to show...MORE you a size reference for 1:6, 1:12 and 1:24 scale.

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    Make Miniature Baking Trims for Halloween Scenes

    These tiny baking trims are made from polymer clay, air dry clay or artist's gesso or acrylic paint, using two part silicone mold putty to make multiple copies. Use them to decorate tiny cakes, or pies, or use them as very tiny tree decorations or for candies and chocolates


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    Make a Halloween Cupcake House or Shop For a Miniature Witch or Alchemist

    Halloween cupcake house or shop in 1:48 scale with a miniature witch and her living room furniture.
    Halloween cupcake house or shop in 1:48 scale with a miniature witch and her living room furniture. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    Make this quarter scale cupcake shop from the printables provided as shown, or use your own decorative papers for a design of your choice. The cupcake uses lightweight card and florist's foam with icing made from acrylic paint.

    • Instructions and printables for the 1:48 scale cupcake shop
    • Printable Armchair and coffee table in 1:48 scale with a Halloween design
    • Bakery Case or Shelving For a 1:48 Scale Shop


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    Printable picket fence in two sizes for a dolls house haunted house scene.
    Printable picket fence in two sizes for a dolls house haunted house scene. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.


    These printable door covers and picket fence sections with rats and black cats will turn any small scale building into a Halloween scene. All you need then are some garlands or miniature pumpkins found elsewhere on this list.

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    Dolls house scale skelton dressed as a witch, holding a carved paper mache pumpkin.
    Miniature scale pumpkins in dolls house and smaller scales made from paper mache using colored tissue and glue. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    These pumpkins are made from tissue paper and can be made in a huge range of sizes and scales. They are a great project to work on with children. You can use them hollow as Jack O Lanterns, or leave them solid for a pumpkin display. They take very little in the way of materials and can be made any shape you want.


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    Dried corn stalks and miniature pumpkins ready for a dolls house display.
    Dried corn stalks and pumpkins in dolls house scale for a fall display. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    Make realistic miniature corn stalks from paper or raffia to add to a halloween miniature scene.


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    Needlework Pumpkins

    A two inch petitpoint jack o lantern design suitable for a fashion doll or a decoration.
    This two inch needlework Jack o lantern or pumpkin pattern will make a cross stitch or petitpoint cushion for a fashion doll. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    Use cross stitch or needlepoint to make miniature pumpkins to decorate a scale or full size scene. Easy to work, you can make several in a border to decorate a full size kitchen towel.

    • Miniature cross stitch or needlepoint charts for plain pumpkins or Jack O Lanterns


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    Make Plates, Cannisters and a Coffee Set for a Miniature Witch's Kitchen

    Printable miniature kitchen cannisters and plates for a dolls house Halloween.
    Printable miniature coffee cups, a cofee pot, plates, platters, bowls and canisters line the shelves of this Halloween dolls house kitchen. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    These miniature Halloween Kitchen Pieces are all made from a single sheet of photo paper or lightweight card, printed on a computer printer.

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    glowing ghosts and miniature treat bags
    Halloween Printables Glow in Blacklight. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    These printable decorations in dolls house scale can be used with 1:12 scale scenes or inexpensive skeletons to create a centerpiece, or decorate a dolls house scale haunted house. There are pumpkins, ghosts, witches, and bats. All in a scale of 1:12 or 1 inch equals 1 foot. Their small size makes them ideal for use as stickers or decorations for place cards.

    If you need wallpaper or fabrics suitable for a witches cave, try these fashionable free printable designs for Halloween toile in Tuscan...MORE Orange or Olive, available in three dolls house scales.

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    1:12 scale miniature cabin front porch with rustic wood trim
    Cabin Front Porch Display Shelf. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    This Cabin Front Porch is a wall shelf that can be used to hold a collection of miniatures. You can build just the cabin front to make a haunted house front with a window and an opening door, or you can make the entire shelf and use it as a background decoration for any season of the year.

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    A miniature fire appears real in the dark.
    Miniature Scale Fire Lights Up the Dark in a Dolls' House or Railroad Scene. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    Double double, toil and trouble - here's a miniature fire you can safely set under a scale plastic cauldron in order to cast in your own witches potions. It's made from flashing LED's which give off very little heat. You can make it battery operated or use LED's that can be powered via a transformer.

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    Ways to Light and Highlight Miniature Halloween Displays

    Photo of miniature porch scene lit with a skeleton lit by miniature black lights.
    Miniature black lights highlight white paper or fabric and fluorescent areas on miniature displays. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    There are lots of ways to pull your attention with light in a Halloween Scene


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    Use Ribbon Trims for Quick Halloween Decorations

    ribbon cut into ghost silhouettes
    Puffy Halloween ribbon makes great scale decorations for miniature scenes. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    There are a number of shaped ribbon trims which are useful for fast holiday decorations. I've seen tiny bats, ghosts, witches and pumpkins in the ribbon section of scrapbooking shops online.

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    Samples of Miniature Halloween Displays

    Side view of a paper clay witches house by Catherine Lansing in 1:12 scale.
    Side View of Muddy End a swamp witches house by Catherine Lansing. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    Halloween is a popular subject for Miniaturists. You can find examples in several of the community galleries.

    • Fall Challenge Gallery - What Can You Do With a Miniature Skeleton
    • Miniatures Community Gallery Doreen Playter's Dolls House Halloween
    • Muddy End, the Swamp Witches House by Catherine Lansing -featured in the October Calendar, and also in the Westcoast 2008 Show Gallery


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    A list of the most often collected makers of Halloween Villages

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    Halloween Printable Projects from Other Sites

    Printable Paper Miniatures from other sites