Hey Gang, big announcement! I am unveiling a new regular feature…. Mini Mondays!
I bet you didn’t know that one of my favorite hobbies is making 1/12 scale miniatures. I know, I know, it is really nerdy, but hey, it is all about beautiful design and interiors too. I have been rather embarrassed by this hobby for a while, because it sooo isn’t “cool”. But after tracking all the mod miniature and I’m a Giant Challenge hubbub, I thought, hey maybe I can be proud and show how cool minis actually can be. Now is the perfect time to do that seeing as my part-time summer job is teaching doll house mini making to young kids (6th-8th grade). I am probably more excited than they are!
My hope is to meld interiors and furniture design with miniature construction to either quench your thirst for lovely inspiration or encourage you to make you own minis… or both! I know I sure need both. Design and construction fuel each other in my life. I love creating things with my own two hands and the process for creating miniatures stimulates all parts of my brain. I recently created a bank of mini kitchen cabinets (that I will share at a later date) and was so fulfilled by the process of research, design, digital model, scaling, constructing and finishing. Great right and left brain exercise. I am quite pleased with the result not to mention it was free and all custom for my space.
With out further ado, let’s get started! May I present a diy mini pedestal table…
- 3″ wood round cut. Got mine from Joann Fabrics for 80 cents.
- glue stick cap
- mat board
- tacky glue
- exacto knife
- mod podge or other gloss
- fine grain sand paper
- enamel paint (I used Krylon’s short cuts jar in black)
1. Remove the label from your glue stick cap. You will probably need to soak it in warm water and soap. Also sand your wood circle.
2. Look at various pedestal leg style to decide what curve you like, then sketch it out and trace on to your mat board 6 times.
3. Cut out all 6 pieces with an exacto knife. Glue 3 sets of 2 together and allow to dry. Sand the edges to remove any imperfections between the two layers so that is a smooth singular unit.
4. Trim your glue stick cap. I roughly removed as much length as my new foot would take up. But it is up to your eye. Remember that average dining table height is 2.5 ft (2.5″ in mini).
5. Glue on your legs, and double-check when it is dry that all the feet set flat on the ground. you might need to do a little more sanding.
6. Brush generous amounts of mod podge over your legs so that it rounds out the edges. This will also make your legs shiny like the plastic tube so that it will take paint the same way and look like one piece.
7. Paint table top and base with enamel (so smelly!). I recommend enamel because it will smooth out, erasing brush marks, and also has an excellent high gloss finish perfect for this posh table. When dry, glue on the top and you’re done!
So much fun styling this mini scene. Those slip covered chairs are my creation as well, and the two rugs are just a fabric scraps. This whole scene cost maybe 2 dollars. I hope you try this project and please do send me photos of your creations. But can we talk about those flowers for a second? They are real fresh flowers I picked in my neighborhood off many blossoming trees. Amazing. They are stunning mini peonies. And we all know how trendy peonies are. Bingley liked them too :)