One of the best places I have found to source realistic miniature props is in the Christmas ornament section of any store. That is the first place I head these days when I am out shopping. Actually I start looking in July when the craft stores start stocking their holiday items. I like to look for things that can be used as is without any alteration as well as items that can be updated to suit another purpose in a miniature scene.
This year I found these adorable red glitter lanterns at WalMart. I will say that these are what I consider low-quality in the realm of ornaments. They are made of cardboard, glitter and thin plastic sheeting for the "glass". However, they are cheap, $1.97 each so they suit my budget and are detailed enough to make an appearance in a diorama scene. The greenery on top of the lantern came with it, but the candy canes did not. Just a little extra touch I added when setting up this diorama.
The lanterns are quite large so while they are great as oversized props for the 1:6 scale crowd such as Barbie, Monster High and Fashion Royalty, they would be perfectly suitable for the larger dolls-American Girl, Tyler Wentworth, Gene, Dollfie and similar 16-18 inch range. Multi-purpose props are the best!
Without further adieu, a quick front porch diorama dressed for the holidays.
Here's how I made this scene:
Shingle siding: printie (found image on Google & printed multiple copies & taped together)
Porch floor boards: printie (found image on Google & printed multiple copies & taped together.
Door: Barbie dollhouse door. (no idea which house but it has a B logo on the top half). It came in a bag from the thrift store without a door handle just a long hole where one should be. This is what the detail looks like.
Door Knob: I printed the face plate from Google & sized it to cover the hole. Then I used a round knob from a jewelry box. It has a nail sticking out of the back so I just cut out a piece of foam core for it to stick into. The foam core is the size of the door plus the surrounding trim. I then glued the trim to the foam core. The door is stuck in place with the knob. (so I can use it again).
The trim & threshold are also made of foam core covered in scrapbook paper. Isn't that crackle look divine?
The hole I had to cover (from the back)
Merry Christmas Sign: Printie from Google. (you can see I didn't even bother with adding trim to the top of the door for this scene!)
Mini Pine Trees: loot from the thrift shop
That's it. Easy peasy.
Thanks for stopping by!!! What are your favorite sources for mini accessories other then traditional miniature retailers?
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