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Toothpick doll: A simple doll about 1/4 inch high.
Suitable for children?
I was trying to do projects like these when I was nine or ten, but I also had to have surgery on a cut thumb a few years later.  Young children can do a lot of these projects, but must be supervised.  Beginners of any age should remember to use knives sharp enough to cut with gentle pressure. See Tools
section for more precautions.
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Here are some projects in 1/144 scale that you might like to try.
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Suitable for beginners
Suitable for people with no access to special tools or materials
Best suited to perfectionists or those with a sense of the ridiculous
Tiny toys made from toothpicks or matchsticks.  Very detailed instructions with diagrams.
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Tiny houses--dollhouses for dollhouses for dollhouses.  Easy concept, but needs to be done with care.
Shops in matchboxes (or in any kind of box):  A flower shop, a bakery, and a book shop, all made with tools and materials that should be in most homes or at the corner store.  Many different techniques are suggested, and you can make them as elaborate or as simple as you wish.
TIny houses
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Design and build your own 1/144 house from scratch: A long description of how to do this, using only materials that you can find easily in most places.  I describe how I built this stone house, but you can adapt the instructions to make almost anything you fancy.

This page was last updated on: May 15, 2010

Toys in Miniature: Frances Armstrong
That's a Canadian dime, which happens to have a boat (the Bluenose) on it.  It's about 3/4 inch in diameter.
Suitable for children?
I was trying to do projects like these when I was nine or ten, but I also had to have surgery on a cut thumb a few years later.  Young children can do a lot of these projects, but must be supervised.  Beginners of any age should remember to use knives sharp enough to cut with gentle pressure. See Tools
section for more precautions.
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1/144 house to make
Toothpick doll
Toothpick doll: A simple doll about 1/4 inch high.
I'm working on making these pages easier to print.
Click here for this page in easy print form.
TIny houses