Thursday, 10 May 2012

Making up Paper Kitsets

Some of the 1:12 scale paper kitsets from Paperminis
I've spent several happy hours recently making up kitsets I bought from the Paperminis website. Ann Vanture is the creator. She has an incredible array of do-it-yourself miniatures for dolls houses, all made from paper. Each is pre-printed, beautifully coloured and finely detailed. Most of the kitsets are in 1:12 scale; other scales used range from 1:6 to 1:144.
  I bought some of the kits to make up for my Edwardian dolls house. The "Wonderland Toy Room' package contains all you need to make up stacking blocks, a Chinese checkers board, several puzzles in boxes, a toy trunk, a doll in a box, an aeroplane, a little dolls house and even a toy theatre.
  One of the things that really appealed to me about these sets is that you don't need any special equipment. Just a craft knife, metal ruler, nail scissors, glue and a good cutting mat - things we usually have in our tool boxes. The hardest part was cutting out each individual piece for the locomotive jigsaw. Now those were tiny!
  The printed papers have all the cutting lines and fold lines clearly marked. As long as you take your time and keep to the lines when cutting and folding, all the pieces go together easily. You shouldn't get stuck - the kits come with clear instructions and there are even on-line tutorials at Ann's Paperminis site.
 I am thrilled with the results! Now I'll get on with making up the mini dolls house and toy theatre.

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