Christmas

Waiting for Santa – Christmas Roombox

Hello friends and happy New Year! Despite being a little late to share my latest roombox for Christmas, I think it was worth the wait! This piece, which I have titled “Waiting for Santa,” was a ton of fun to make. At first I was a little worried about mixing so many textures, patterns and colors in one space, but I love how it turned out in the end. I hope you love it, too!

Waiting for Santa

Christmas-themed miniature roombox diorama with a Christmas tree and Santa coming down the chimney

The tree is lit, the milk and cookies are out, and the puppy is waiting patiently – albeit a little mischievously – for Santa to arrive! Little does he know the big guy is about to catch him unwrapping one of the presents!

Lighted dollhouse miniature Christmas tree with pine cones, ornaments and ribbons

It was a joy decorating this Christmas tree! I got the bare tree from MrTrain on Etsy, added a set of battery-operated warm white LED lights from Evan Designs, and got to decorating with ribbons, tinsel, ornaments and tiny pine cones.

Dollhouse miniature golden retriever puppy with a Christmas present and bow on his head

The puppy is an artisan piece by JadeMinis I picked up second-hand, and I added the ribbon wrapped around the body and the bow on his head.

Santa's boots coming down the chimney in a dollhouse miniature roombox

Saint Nick just came down the chimney – hopefully he doesn’t track snow all over the wood floors!

Handmade dollhouse miniature Christmas cookies, glass of milk and letter to Santa
Christmas fireplace mantle scene in a Christmas roombox

I used all the same decorative elements from the tree to make the wreath and the garland on the fireplace. I feel like they came together really well!

Black and white buffalo check handmade dollhouse miniature wingback chair with The Night Before Christmas book

I adore this fully illustrated version of The Night Before Christmas that I made from a printable by Ever After Miniatures on Etsy. I made the chair based on a tutorial by Bentley House Minis on YouTube. I couldn’t resist the buffalo check fabric, so I decided to make the stockings and tree skirt match, as well. That’s also a lighted floor lamp in the corner behind the chair! That was quite possibly one of the trickiest elements for me to figure out how to make. Also, how cute are the fuzzy little slippers?

Miniature Scandinavian Christmas gnome

I’ve also become a *wee* bit obsessed with the gnome trend, so I had to make a pair for my mantle. They’re made from a combination of felt, polymer clay and yarn.

Handmade dollhouse miniature female Christmas gnome
Dollhouse miniature cuckoo clock

This is a cuckoo clock by Reutter Porzellan that I repainted and added fake snow to the roofline. The slight modifications made it much more Christmas-y.

Handmade dollhouse miniature Christmas nutcracker

Believe it or not, this little nutcracker was one of the most time-consuming aspects of the whole roombox! He’s sculpted entirely from polymer clay, and I think he’s super charming and sweet!

Christmas presents under the tree in a dollhouse miniature roombox

No Christmas scene would be complete without gifts, so I made all the presents and gift bags. I also snuck a little snowglobe I made under the tree for some magic.

Black and white buffalo check dollhouse miniature Christmas stocking hanging from a garland

I hope you enjoyed this look inside my Christmas roombox! Once again, I’d like to thank my husband, Tom, for helping me with the photos for this. ‘Til next time!

Featured in December 2020 Issue of DollsHouse & Miniature Scene

Don’t miss the December 2020 issue of DollsHouse & Miniature Scene magazine!

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and I’m really getting into the holiday spirit, especially thanks to the lovely feature of some of my Christmas goodies in the latest issue of DollsHouse & Miniature Scene magazine!

Sadie, the lovely author, has put together a fabulous feature about Christmas traditions from around the world, and I’m delighted she chose to include my Bûche de Noël, eggnog and puddings amongst the other gorgeous global foods.

Once again, I’d like to thank Sadie for the honor of being included in this AMAZING Christmas issue – and if you’re not a subscriber, you’re missing out!

The holidays are going to be unusual this year, to say the least, so I hope everyone celebrating can find moments of joy with their loved ones despite the trying circumstances we find ourselves in.

In the meantime, I’ll be watching HGTV’s Biggest Little Christmas Showdown this weekend! Happy Thanksgiving!

Featured in the 200th Issue of American Miniaturist

Featured in the 200th Issue of American Miniaturist

Don’t miss the December 2019 issue of American Miniaturist Magazine!

I’m so excited to share that I’ve been featured in American Miniaturist‘s latest issue, which also happens to be their 200th issue! They included some of my favorite Christmas cookies, and I’m honored to see them featured alongside such gorgeous holiday minis by talented artists all over the world. You won’t want to miss this issue!

Featured in the 200th Issue of American Miniaturist

See more of my published features here!

How to Make a Miniature Snowy Mailbox Scene for Christmas

How to Make a Miniature Snowy Mailbox Scene for Christmas

Happy New Year, everyone! Today, I wanted to share a little tutorial on how I made this miniature snowy mailbox scene for Christmas. I love how it turned out, and I hope you enjoy!

How to Make a Miniature Snowy Mailbox Scene for Christmas

Basic Tools & Materials:

Most crafters are likely to have the items on this list on hand.

  • Chalk paint in black and brown
  • Paint brushes
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Small beads of your choice
  • 3/8″ ribbon (double sided)
  • Card stock

Specialty Materials:

These materials are more specific to this particular project.

  • 2″ to 3″ wood slab
  • 1:12 scale miniature metal mailbox
  • 1:12 scale miniature cardinal
  • 1:12 scale miniature pine cones (I used Bright Delights’ version)
  • 1:12 scale pine garland
  • Miniature bottle brush tree
  • Aleene’s True Snow or Glitter Snow
  • Unfinished wooden block – 1/2″ or 3/4″ cube
  • Brown kraft paper
  • Baker’s twine
  • Fake snow (optional)
How to Make a Miniature Snowy Mailbox Scene for Christmas

How to Make The Miniature Snowy Mailbox Scene

The finished piece measures about 4-1/4″ tall and 2-1/2″ in diameter.

  1. Start by painting your mailbox. For this shiny silver mailbox, I found a couple of coats of chalk paint gave me the rustic, matte finish I wanted. I used wire cutters to snip off the flag, but that’s completely up to you. I painted the mailbox itself black, and the post is a dark brown.
  2. Once dry, use a hot glue gun to affix the mailbox to the wooden base. You’ll want to select one that’s about 2-3″ in diameter.
  3. Next, apply a layer of True Snow. You can use a palette knife or an old paint brush for this. Make sure to give it some texture. Allow to dry overnight.
  4. If your mini tree has a base, use wire cutters to snip it off. Then, hot glue the tree to the base next to the mailbox post.
  5. Now, you can apply a second layer of True Snow to the base (you can also sprinkle on some additional fake snow and gently pat it into the True Snow while it’s still wet to give it extra texture), also dabbing some on the branches of the tree. You’ll also want to apply a layer of True Snow to the top of the mailbox. Allow to dry overnight.
  6. Measure and cut a piece of pine garland long enough to drape over each side of the mailbox and gently bend it into a “U” shape. Snip shorter lengths of the pine garland with your wire cutters and then hot glue them to the longer piece in sections to create volume and body.
  7. Use your hot glue gun to apply whatever beads you selected, as well as the pine cones.
  8. Hot glue the garland near the center of the mailbox so an equal amount hangs down on either side.
  9. Create a multi-loop bow from your 3/8″ wide ribbon and hot glue it to the top of the garland.
  10. Hot glue the cardinal to the top of the mailbox.
  11. Take a small paint brush and dab True Snow on the garland to give it a snowy look.
  12. Cut a piece of brown kraft paper large enough to wrap your wooden block. Coat the block with glue from a glue stick, and wrap with the kraft paper like you would any gift box. Finish it off with a piece of baker’s twine tied around it.
  13. Hot glue the wrapped gift to the snowy base.
  14. Create small envelopes from colored card stock. I used red and green, and then I printed out a white envelope addressed to Santa Claus. Glue them together with a glue stick, then affix them to the interior of the mailbox with a small dot of hot glue.
  15. Lastly, if there are any spots where you can see the hot glue, take a small brush and dab a little more True Snow on to make it blend in better.

That’s it! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

How to Make a Miniature Snowy Mailbox Scene for Christmas
How to Make a Miniature Snowy Mailbox Scene for Christmas
How to Make a Miniature Snowy Mailbox Scene for Christmas
How to Make a Miniature Snowy Mailbox Scene for Christmas
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