In October/November 2022 I took a class at the Smithsonian called Build a Tiny Interior, taught by Marcie Wolf-Hubbard. Yes, it’s an offshoot of a class I have taken a couple of times before taught by the same artist – Build a Tiny House!, and you have seen examples of my Tiny House work here on the blog.
As I have mentioned before, I have always loved dollhouses and as a child spent a lot of time building my own mini homes in various materials. Now so many years later, I am rediscovering this path with great pleasure.
In a short series of posts I will tell you about my Tiny Interior project.
Now the finale: here is the whole room and its furnishings.
You can see how I trimmed the box so that the room didn’t feel too high or narrow and yet would show off the furnishings. I think it worked out well.
I am also happy that the room does not feel too crowded even with all the items in it. I am glad that I waited to trim the box until I was sure of the furniture sizes.
I purposefully did not make any more accessories for the room. My granddaughter is still very young and I wanted to think of safety, so I avoided creating small versions of stuffed animals, for example. Everything here is sturdy and too big to swallow. Also, I figured she would add her own toys, dolls, etc. to the room, as she likes. After all, it’s her room!
I would be happy to answer questions about any aspect of how I made this Tiny Interior. And I hope you will consider trying something like this yourself. It really is a lot of fun.
If only I was smaller so I could fit inside
I have been saying that all my life as I gazed into whatever miniature world I was creating or playing with. I even remember thinking it about the little boats we made and put in the creek, I could almost feel how it would be to see the grass rushing by and so on.
This is absolutely wonderful!
Thank you. It was so much fun. I love making Tiny Houses and this one was even better since it had an inspiration for the actual structure and also hoping she would like to play with it. I find it very calming to make these little environments.
It is completely fabulous and I have to agree with Diane that I would love to shrink down so I could explore it.
I think that is what has spurred me on in continuing to create mini worlds since childhood, and play with dolls (my adult version being “I am making figurines”) because I imagine being right in there myself.
really great. did you make the little afghan too?
Yes, I did. Using my dishcloth cotton yarn!
Thank you for sharing this joureny with us. It is remarkable — the creation of the room and the reason for doing it.
Thank you. I really enjoyed it. I could make things like this all day long, as long as there are recipients who want or can use one!
Gorgeous – absolutely gorgeous! I wish I could walk around in a full size room like that!
Ever since I was little I have had dollhouses or mini environments around, and in each one, I say the same thing! I also used to like to read books about tiny beings (such as The Borrowers).