Tutorials, tips&trics II

Here you can find more tutorials and tips&trics, since the other tutorials, tips&trics-page was getting a bit long. I hope you like them, enjoy!

Overview of tutorials, tips & trics in the order they appear:
- Tutorial working Roman blinds
- Tip for basematerial for making a golden cane/butterfly palm
- Flip-flops with printable in multiple colours
- Real (writing) pencil
- Printed tissue napkins
- Autumn leaves
- Modern sofa
- Upholstering a chair

October, 2015

Would you like to make some working Roman blinds for a project? It's a lot easier than you might think! See my post on this here and enjoy!
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April, 2015
image: Ikea.nl

With the same realistic kind of stalks, ending very thinly at the end of the leaves, which is impossible to replicate I think. And even if it could be; why bother if there is material that resembles it nicely in miniature? Although not everyone will have access to it, the material for this is not only perfect but:

free (got your attention?)
and in many peoples homes - ending up in vacuumcleaners/the trash - without even realising it

Huh? What could this mystery-material be? Cat whiskers! I've been collecting them for a long time, when my eye caught them on the floor or my duvet. Having a bunch by now, perfect for a full palm.

'see' the plant already?

I know this goes without saying and can't imagine anyone thinking of doing it, but just to be very clear in this day and age and not knowing who might read this:

with this tip I absolutely do NOT imply or advise
anyone to pull whiskers out- or cut them - of any cat's face.

They loose them quite often and collecting them might not go fast, but neither does a collection of miniatures, it takes time. And you can always work on a (few) stalk(s) as you find them if you don't want to wait. Unless you wait for a tutorial, for me making that plant will not be in the near future. So in that case you'll have time to collect enough of them (or have them collected by family and friends with furry friends if you don't yourself) and in time I will do a tutorial on it.
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August, 2014

Flip-flops are comfortable and make a fun sound. I made a pair that I have myself and if you like, you can make your own. In black/white, or blue/white, green/white or pink/white, see the tutorial & printables at the end of the post here.

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Sunday, February 16th, 2014
Wanna have miniature pencils that actually write? This is how!

It isn't even very difficult, the only thing is that you have to find the right stuff for the 'wood'. I had it in a stash of dried flowers and couldn't tell you where to get it, but nature has several kinds to use for it. It needs to be a thin hollow stem.

For the lead you use the filler of a pencilpen (don't know the english word for it, and google translates it as 'pencil'), but it's a pen that has very thin 'pencils' inside you can push out, you know what I mean right? It's in the picture, but a bit of a fancy one, and maybe not recognizable as such ;)

.....It happens that you break the lead while sanding it. You can solve this by making smaller pencils from the broken pieces and try again. Getting the lead in the 'wood' needs to go without pushing too hard. If you feel you need to do that, you probably have to sand a bit more so it fits better.
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Saturday, October 5, 2013
For napkins with a print on them I wrote a how-to, it's easy and makes very realistic miniatureprintnapkins!

Click here to go to the tutorial and have fun! 
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Friday, April 5, 2013
This is a really smart idea from Bridget, from Tweety Petie Products I found for beautifully naturally colored autumn leaves! Key is to use the (vertical and tilted) veins in the right position, otherwise it looks off (I think), but a simple but great idea!! I'm thinking you could do this with (thin) green leaves as well, first put inside a book to dry for a few weeks/months (how long does it take to dry leaves?) and then punch out leaves, varnishing them with matte varnish. Because they were dried, the color should stay green (I know from a 4 leaf clover I dried once and had it displayed in a list for years). Click here for the tutorial.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Josje recently made a great modern sofa and she also explained how she made it. Wanna know? Look
here for her instructions.

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Kris from 1 Inch Mini's shares great tutorials and tips on her blog. One of them is this tutorial for upholstering a chair I wanted to share with you here.
You find the tutorial (and her blog) here.

In the end of the tutorial Kris mentions piping for the finishing, you can find the explanation for that here.

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