Tiny Micro or N Scale Printable Buildings

Printable micro  miniature or "N" scale buildings you can use for railroad villages, doll houses for a doll's house, or as small buildings for a children's toy town, a Christmas scene or to set or hang as decorations. Railroad N scale and dollhouse scale meet at a point between 1:144 and 1:160 scale. These buildings are sized to fit in that range, the more realistic ones are set at 1:144 scale, and many can be furnished to make micro scale buildings for dollhouse toy shops or...MORE nursery settings.


Make sure you check on page two for the wreaths, swags, trees and other ways to decorate these tiny scenes.

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    Three Tiny English Village Shops in 1:144 or Micro Scale
    A Group of Printable Miniature Shops in 1:144 Scale. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
    These three Victorian shops are a great introduction to making village buildings from paper. They can also be printed out and glued to wood for a more long lived building. Each of the shops has a printed interior and can function as a dollhouse for inside 1:12 scale dolls house. The shops are based on buildings in Lewes UK.
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    A 1:144 scale dolls house with a snowman outside shown beside a quarter for scale reference.
    A micro scale dolls house makes a good building for a miniature Christmas village Scene. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
    It is possible to decorate in this scale using micro mini furniture or items designed for N scale railroad scenes. This house, based on a set of row houses in London, can easily be used as a dolls house for the children in a 1:12 scale scene.
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    A paper miniature village church with a bell tower in 1:144 scale
    A printable miniature church in 1:144 scale. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
    This tiny colonial village church is the only building in the realistic series which does not have an open back and a finished interior. The church can be added to a village scene or used as the backdrop for a scale nativity ornament.
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    Three Putz style printable miniature cottages in N scale for a Christmas village display.
    Three Printable Miniature Putz Style Christmas Houses in N Scale. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    These little fantasy house printables are a smaller scale version of the vintage cardboard collectibles for Christmas villages and trains. The parts are interchangeable and these houses have no interiors. These are easily assembled for a tiny Christmas village, or used as Christmas tree decorations. If you want to glitter them to resemble the traditional glitter houses, use glitter for miniatures.

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    Printable towers mixed with other Putz style houses for a miniature Christmas village
    The towers in the series of printable miniature Putz houses mix with the other roof styles to form an entire village. Photo copyright 2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
    These sections of crenellated printable miniature buildings can be combined for castles, schools, town halls and other buildings and can also be used as square additions for the other fantasy or putz house styles. You can use these for model forts for a dollhouse (1:12 scale) nursery or toy shop, or you can use them to contstruct all kinds of traditional glitter houses in miniature. In the glitter house tradition, the port cochere entrances and multi story crenalated towers were used for civic...MORE buildings or larger, more expensive glitter houses.
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    A set of printable miniature bungalows and a Church for a traditional dimestore Christmas village.
    A group of traditional dimestore style printable miniature bungalows and a church. Photo copyright 2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    The muliti part fantasy church is an example of how simple parts can be combined to make a much more impressive whole. The other small buildings in this set can be used on their own or as additions for the other buildings in the set. Samples of how the various parts can be combined can be seen in an online museum of the original dimestore houses, also known as glitter houses, coconut houses or putz houses, online at Papa Ted's Place.

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    One eighth inch Christmas Wreaths, garlands and a tiny tree decorate an N Scale Village Shop.
    A tiny tree, wreaths, and garlands decorate buildings for a 1:144 Christmas village or N scale railroad scene. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Use these tiny wreaths, trees and garlands to turn your printable miniature buildings into a decorated Christmas village. The techniques also work to add Christmas decorations to N scale model railroad layouts.