Mini Cooking Books

Mini Cooking Books

One of the things I (now that I have been exposed a little while) that I love about miniaturists is that they all seem to be so very generous about sharing their ideas, their skills and showing others how some of the work they achieve is done.  It does add to the length of time a newbie like me takes to actually get anything done as it is so awe inspiring you spend so much time gawking you never actually do anything. Well since the meltdown, I have actually taken time to make several little things, some with and some with less success.

I was quite happy with my tiny little books, I still have some covers cut, that need to have their interior pages added to them.  I just used covers of cookbooks I liked from Amazon (I am not selling them so not infringing on copyright), the interior pages are blank anyway and I took the exact measurements of the books from Amazon to use for the final measurements of the little books (then after 4 or 5 I cheated and made all the rest the same size). I just typed the titles in the nicest small fonts I could find and used on of the colours on the cover for a solid coloured spine.

Mini Cooking Books Showing Titles on Spine

Mini Cooking Books Showing Titles on Spine

The titles are only vaguely readable here I think they printed at 4pnt size not sure what would make them more crisp (any ideas please let me know).  Is it my printer? Do I need to just make the spines wider than they would actually be, so I can fit larger title fonts on them?

I thought I would do a tutorial of my own and show how I made these little fruit crates thinking that I have gawked quite significantly and not seen a tutorial on how to make them. (yet!)

As luck would have it – immediately after taking photos to show the steps I was working on, I saw several- I wasn’t even looking for crate tutorials – I swear!  So what I will do instead is link to the tutorials here and I will give you the measurements for the version that I made (which I stole from a 1:1 scale tutorial – which I will also link to!)

The Real Life Crate Tutorial is from How to Build it a site run by Husband and Wife DIY-ers who share projects.

The Miniature Tutorials (using pallets or crates interchangably).

  • From dno on Live Journal (in Russian) – If you have not seen this journal you should look through it, there are some amazing step by step photos of the most intricate and realistic work!
  • From Mini Manie (in French) – Also has great work and several tutorials here
  • These are for Wedding Favour/Decor so not necessarily in scale but worth looking at – TwigStudios
  • These are for coasters, so also not necessarily to scale – from Instructables
Mini Crate Tutorial Cut These Pieces

Mini Crate Tutorial Cut These Pieces (Mat Grid is 1cm X 1cm)

The measurements required for the 1:12th scale version: (I used 3mm Balsa Sticks and cut them using the metal ruler and a craft knife)

  • 6 pieces @ 34mm x 5mm for the two shorter sides
  • 4 pieces @ 26mm x 5mm for the internal supports
  • 6 pieces @ 38mm x 5mm for the two longer sides AND
  • 5 pieces @ 38mm x 5mm for the base

I first built the two short sides by placing the 3 short side pieces equally along two of the internal supports. Place the two supports at 34mm apart and place one side piece at the top, one at the bottom and the last in the centre with equal gaps between the pieces.

Fruit Crate Sides Assembled

Fruit Crate Sides Assembled (Mat Grid is 1cm X 1cm)

The next bit I forgot to photograph, so hopefully explanation works okay.  Lay out the five bottom pieces so that they have equal spaces in between them but cover a total distance of 38mm.  Then glue a 38mm long side piece so that it sits across each end of the base (the side piece should be resting on its edge (38mmX3mm edge).

Once the glue is set, the two side pieces you built in step the first step should fit neatly between the two 38mm pieces that are holding the base together.  Glue them and wait for the glue to set.

When the glue has set, you are able to place the longer side pieces so that they join the top of the long side to the two short sides and then place the middle piece lining it up with the pieces from the other sides.

Fruit Crate Mini Placing Last Side Pieces

Fruit Crate Mini Placing Last Side Pieces (Mat Grid is 1cm X 1cm)

I used a metal file to file mine down but did not sand (much) between paint coats, as I wanted a rustic feel.

Mini  Succulents and Ranunculi with mini Crates

Mini Succulents and Ranunculi with mini Crates (Mat Grid is 2.5cmX 2.5cm)

I made the ranunculus using smaller versions of the video tutorial here from Irina Ivanitskaya.

After I made the succulents I realised that the ranunculi are still a little large for the scale, but I thought I did okay for a first attempt at teeny clay flowers.  The Aloe Vera was made using this tutorial from Susi of Mini Eden.  I am going to try that again, I quite enjoyed making the Aloe leaves, I crushed several with my giant fingers so only ended up with this one when I thought I would have enough leaves for about 3 of them.  The dirt in the pots are from used coffee pods.  The pots are painted tattoo ink cups and I got that idea from Dragondee.

I was hoping to end this post with a shot of the house assembled (without the facade which I haven’t done much work on yet).  But my last attempt at that failed too.  First off my husband returned from the hardware store today with two extra clamps to help with the house, but they were 45cm clamps instead of 60cm ones which I needed for the house.  I still attempted to rebuild and try to get the house together.  Because there is a table full of craft related items with a 24X18inch space (my green cutting mat in the photo above) space when the house fell apart (again) it knocked some things onto the ground.  This time it happened to be a glass jar with some of those tiny glass stopper jars with nail art micro beads in them and some smaller plastic containers also with micro beads.  So the jar smashed and several of the teeny ones smashed too, there were coloured micro bead everywhere which might have been all magical and pretty were it not for the laceration causing shards amongst it.  One shard slit a squishy ball with an eyeball painted on it (courtesy of 2 year old niece) and the water inside turned some of the magic into gelatinous magic.

So I thought I would just post this mini update and I will try again another day on the house build.  I have forgotten what day we are on now with the build, but I think I started late in May, and the point of taking note of the time it takes was to give some who have never tried (like me) an idea of how long some of this takes.  I had some unrealistic expectations and wanted to be able to put everything together real quick.  It doesn’t turn out like that… well I am sure that some can build a house like this quite quickly after a few builds, but generally it isn’t like folding a paper plane 🙂

Good Night, Wherever you Are!