DIY Miniature Shutters

The Lorny Bin, my crazy little big dollhouse is under major renovation.

The exterior has had the shutters removed, siding cleaned and lightly sanded and is getting ready for paint, new roofing shingles and a porch renovation is in the planning stages.

Today we are making new shutters. I could buy shutters but they won’t be exactly what I’m looking for so I’ve had to improvise. I’m quite pleased with the outcome. One pair down, 16 to go!

diy shutters made from paint and coffee stirrers
Side porch is coming along. Ready for new windows.

The shutters were made from contents in a junk drawer that has accumulated years of paint stir sticks. Yep…. the one’s they give you when you buy paint for your big house will make perfect shutters for your little house.

What do you think? What’s your favorite dollhouse upcycle / recycle project?

Keep makin mini memories,

Miniature Mayhem!

I have been crafty all my life. So it’s no wonder I love hanging out in a miniature world. There is a lot of crafting to be had here! I’m restoring a dollhouse and decorating it with a primitive farmhouse flair. If you think the world of crafts is crazy. Try crafting on a 1/12 scale.

Holy bologna I never knew my hands were so dang big. #truth

Within the miniature world there all all these little niches and it can be a bit overwhelming. Since I love building full scale furniture, building miniature furniture was a no brainer. So fun. So easy and it’s way easier on the back! #arthritisisnotmyfriend

Then one day while mindlessly scrolling crafts on Amazon I happened across this needle felting kit. OMG the possibilities. I ordered the kit. I just wanted to make a couple of pillows for my dollhouse.

Pillows turned into cushions. OMG I can make cushions and build a sofa.

Cushions turned into snowmen. OMG I can make snowmen for outside in the winter. (If you’d like to learn needle felting, here is an amazing company, Bear Creek Felting…. oh the possibilities!

Snowmen turned into a Baby Yoda because ummmm lets get real people; everyone needs a Baby Yoda.

Baby Yoda turned into Lorna Jean!

Shit on a shingle! I can make my Grandmother, Lorna Jean. After all, it was her dollhouse. I can make her out of felt and have her in the kitchen cooking and drinking coffee. Or put her in a porch swing. She can work on the roses in her garden…. I feel like I am reliving my childhood.

OH the rabbit holes I have traveled….


I CAN HAVE A LLAMA FARM. I’ll need a couple rabbits too because this effing rabbit hole is BIG! Bear Creek even has a llama kit on Etsy!

So have you ever tried needle felting? I want to take the class, one day. I tend to be a bit of a serial learner. I want to learn all the things.

This episode of my ADHD brain brought to you by me.

Miniature DIY Rag Wreath

1:12 Scale Rag Wreath
1:12 Scale Rag Wreath

I’m a DIY’er at heart. I think I can make EVERYTHING. Actually I know I can…. so miniatures are right up my alley. They are easier to make by nature of their size and typically cost a lot less.

I have seen people making things for their dollhouses out of some of the oddest “trash” and it’s made me look at my trash differently. This rag wreath is the perfect example of that.

Over the weekend I went to toss a plastic water bottle in the recycle bin and I spied with my little eye a wreath. Yup. I did. Stay with me here and I’ll tell you exactly how I did it so you can make one too.

It was the seal ring just under the cap where I saw this mini wreath. You know the one, when you open your bottle of water and break the seal there is that little thin plastic ring that remains around the neck of the bottle. That’s the one! That’s the wreath!

Easy DIY Rag Wreath

Just watch this little video and if you have more questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or join in the discussion over on my Facebook page, The Lorny Bin.

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