Printable Miniature Garden Tools To Make

  • 01 of 06

    Use This Printable Pattern To Make Dollhouse Scale Shovels and Spades

    Printable patterns for dolls house scale garden forks, spades, trowels, construction and barn shovel
    Printable patterns for dolls house scale digging forks, garden spade, trowel, construction shovel and barn shovel in dollhouse scales from 1:6 to 1:48. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    The designs for miniature garden tools shown in the photo above are available as a printable Pdf (acrobat reader) file for Dollhouse Shovels to use as printables or patterns for making miniature metal shovels, spades, forks and trowels in dolls house scales of 1:6, 1:12, 1:24, and 1:48. All scales are on the same printable pattern sheet.

    The pages which follow outline how the various shovels and forks were shaped and finished, using scrap recycled metal from tins (aluminium or other metals) and...MORE skewers or fine dowels or toothpicks for handles.

    The techniques for making these dollhouse tools are fairly simple. To make them you will need the following supplies:

    • Printable Pattern available as a pdf file - do not try to print from the photo above, the scale will not be correct.
    • Metal or Paper You can use heavy aluminum foil plates, pop cans, or pieces of food tins or sheet metal to make the various dolls house shovels. You can also use lightweight card stock and paint it silver if you prefer.
    • Skewers or round toothpicks for some scales to use as handles for the various tools.
    • Acrylic gloss paint in your choice of colors to resemble painted enamel used on garden tools
    • Tweezers (for paper) or round nose pliers (for metal)
    • Sharp Scissors (for paper), Kitchen Shears or Tin Snips (for metal)
    • Embossing tool
    • Needle Files for metal only
    • Fine Sandpaper
    • Craft Knife
    • Glue Epoxy, Thick PVA or Modelling Glue to glue metal or paper to wooden handles. Choose a glue suitable for either metal or paper, depending on how you are making your garden tools.

    Safety Note If you are making your spades and shovels from metal, wear suitable hand protection and eye protection when working with metal. Clamp your metal to a work surface before filing or sanding it to make sure you do not cut yourself.

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  • 02 of 06

    Make A Dolls House Scale Garden Trowel

    Dollhouse scale garden trowel made from recycled metal and a toothpick.
    Dolls house scale garden trowel made from recycled metal and a toothpick. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    To make the dolls house scale garden trowel, use scissors or tin snips and the printable paper pattern to cut out a suitable piece of cardstock or lightweight metal. Use a file to smooth the edges if you cut your trowel from metal. Remove any coating from the metal with sandpaper.

    • Place a pointed, rounded toothpick or suitable piece of dowel for the scale you are making behind the handle section of your card or metal, use tweezers or round nose pliers to bend the handle section so that it will...MORE form a socket around your wooden handle. You may need to make a slight cut in towards the center of the handle on either side across the top shoulders of the spade, depending on how thick your handle is.
    • Use an embossing tool to create a slightly raised V in the top of the tool near the point of the toothpick below the handle. Curve the sides of the trowel slightly using tweezers, the embossing tool, or round nose pliers.
    • Trim the point off the toothpick handle and apply glue to the end which fits into the socket you shaped at the top of your trowel blade. Set aside to dry.
    • When your blade is securely attached to your handle, paint the back and edges of your trowel, or the handle. Many trowels are completely coated with enamel, usually red or green. If you wish your trowel to appear worn with use, use sandpaper to rub away some of the paint after it has dried thoroughly.
    • Trim your handle to length and round the top edge of the handle with fine sandpaper.
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  • 03 of 06

    Make a Dolls House Scale Garden Spade

    Digging spade in 1:12 dolls house scale made from the side of a recycled food tin.
    Digging spade in dolls house scale made from the side of a recycled food tin. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    To make the dolls house scale garden spade, use scissors or tin /metal snips and the printable paper pattern to cut out a suitable piece of cardstock or lightweight metal. Use a file to smooth the edges if you cut your spade from metal. Remove any coating from the metal with sandpaper and make sure the blade of your spade is flat and not curved.

    • Place a suitable length of skewer, dowel or rounded toothpick (for smaller scales) behind the handle section of your card or metal spade, use tweezers or...MORE round nose pliers to bend the handle section so that it will form a tight socket around your wooden handle, trimming it if necessary. You may need to make a slight cut in towards the center of the handle on either side across the top shoulders of the spade, depending on how thick your handle is.
    • Use bent nose tweezers or round nose pliers to bend the top shoulders of the spade back on either side of the handle to form the tread where your boot would step on the spade.
    • Trim your skewer to the correct length for your scale (roughly 3 inches for 1:12 scale) and use a rounded needle file or roll of sandpaper to create a concave hollow across the top of your handle, lined up with the blade of your spade. Cut a short length of dowel or skewer and glue it into this hollow to form the "T" of the spade handle. You can also cut a metal socket for the short skewer to form a "D" handle for your spade if you wish. Set the handle aside to dry.
    • Apply glue to the end of the handle and fit it into the socket you shaped at the top of your spade. Set aside to dry.
    • When your blade is securely attached to your handle, paint the treads and top edges of your spade. Paint the blade silver if you have made the spade from card.
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  • 04 of 06

    Make a Dolls House Scale Garden Fork

    Dollhouse scale garden digging fork made from a piece of a recycled food tin and a bamboo skewer.
    Dolls house scale garden digging fork made from a piece of a recycled food tin and a bamboo skewer. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    To make the dolls house scale garden fork or digging fork, use scissors or tin /metal snips and the printable paper pattern to cut out a suitable piece of cardstock or lightweight metal. Use a file to smooth the edges if you cut your fork from metal, using a round needle file to round the top of the space between the tines. Remove any coating from the metal with sandpaper and make sure the tines of your fork are flat and not curved.

    • Place a suitable length of skewer, dowel or rounded toothpick...MORE (for smaller scales) behind the handle section of your card or metal fork, use tweezers or round nose pliers to bend the handle section so that it will form a tight socket around your wooden handle, trimming it if necessary. You may need to make a slight cut in towards the center of the handle on either side across the top shoulders of the fork, depending on how thick your handle is.
    • Trim your skewer to the correct length for your scale (roughly 3 inches for 1:12 scale) and use a rounded needle file or roll of sandpaper to create a concave hollow across the top of your handle, lined up with the blade of your spade. Cut a short length of dowel or skewer and glue it into this hollow to form the "T" of the fork handle. You can also cut a metal socket for the short skewer to form a "D" handle for your fork if you prefer. Set the handle aside to dry.
    • Apply glue to the end of the handle and fit it into the socket you shaped at the top of your fork. Set aside to dry.
    • When your blade is securely attached to your handle, paint the top edges of your fork and the socket on the handle if you wish. Paint the fork silver if you have made the fork from card.
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  • 05 of 06

    Make a Dolls House Scale Construction Shovel

    Dollhouse scale constuction shovel made from a recycled food can.
    Dolllhouse scale construction shovel with a traditional pointed and rounded shape made from metal from a food tin. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    To make the dolls house scale construction shovel, use scissors or tin /metal snips and the printable paper pattern to cut out a suitable piece of cardstock or lightweight metal. You can make your shovel rounded, or cut it to a slight point. Use a file to smooth the edges if you cut your shovel from metal. Remove any coating from the metal with sandpaper.

    • Place a suitable length of skewer, dowel or rounded toothpick (for smaller scales) behind the handle section of your card or metal shovel, use...MORE tweezers or round nose pliers to bend the handle section so that it will form a tight socket around your wooden handle, trimming it if necessary. You may need to make a slight cut in towards the center of the handle on either side across the top shoulders of the shovel, depending on how thick your handle is.
    • Remove the shovel blade from the handle, and curve the blade over a suitable curve to shape it so that it is slightly rounded across the blade. Construction shovels are round, not flat like spades. A pen barrel works well for 1:12 scale.
    • Trim your skewer to the correct length for your scale (roughly 5 inches for 1:12 scale) and use sandpaper to round the top end of the handle.
    • Apply glue to the end of the handle and fit it into the socket you shaped at the top of your shovel. Set aside to dry.
    • When your blade is securely attached to your handle, paint the socket on the handle if you wish. Paint the blade silver if you have made the shovel from card.
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  • 06 of 06

    Make a Dolls House Scale Barn or Stable Shovel

    An aluminum barn or stable shovel made in dolls house scale from an aluminum pop can.
    An aluminum barn or stable shovel made in dolls house scale from an aluminum pop can. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    The stable or barn shovel uses a slightly different construction method and is easier to make from aluminum pop cans or heavy foil plates than from regular tin cans.

    To make the dolls house scale barn or stable shovel, use scissors or tin /metal snips and the printable paper pattern to cut out a suitable piece of cardstock or lightweight aluminum from a pop tin. Use a file to smooth the edges if you cut your fork from metal, using a round needle file to round the top of the space between the...MORE tines. Remove any coating from the metal with sandpaper and make sure the blade of your shovel is flat and not curved.

    • Use an embossing tool to mark out the inner line shown on the paper pattern, pressing down on the pattern while you hold the metal or paper shovel blade on a piece of foam (mouse pad) or folded section of newspaper. Use tweezers or pliers to bend the outer corner of the shovel at the top of the blade folding it at a 45 degree angle along the line you embossed. Use tweezers or pliers to bend up the outer edges of the shovel blade along the embossed line, forming a small wall along the top and upper sides of the shovel. Use the tweezers or pliers to press the folded corners flat to the wall of the shovel (see photo). The upper edges of the shovel will appear crimped or pleated.
    • Place a suitable length of pointed end skewer, dowel or rounded toothpick (for smaller scales) behind the handle section of your card or metal shovel, use tweezers or round nose pliers to bend the handle section so that it will form a tight socket around your wooden handle, trimming it if necessary. You may need to make a slight cut in towards the center of the handle on either side across the top shoulders of the fork, depending on how thick your handle is.
    • Set the point of the skewer handle roughly 3/8 inch into the blade of the shovel (for 1:12 scale) and use an embossing tool around the edges of the point to form a V at the top of the shovel blade. (see photo)
    • Remove the handle from the shovel blade and trim the pointed end away. Trim your skewer to the correct length for your scale (roughly 5 inches for 1:12 scale) and sand the upper end round.
    • Apply glue to the end of the handle and fit it into the socket you shaped at the top of your shovel. Set aside to dry.
    • Paint the shovel silver if you have made the shovel from card.