The beach or nautical-themed miniatures on this list of tutorials can be used to add to your scale scenes or summer keepsake boxes and scrapbook pages. Several of these projects, including the boat signal cushions or the nautical knot rug, can be made in full scale, to add a nautical theme to a house or cottage. As a back to school project, these miniatures add a new twist to "How I spent my summer vacation'.
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These little air mattresses are fairly simple to make from plastic straws. They look great in miniature pool settings or laid out with sleeping bags on top. One enterprising miniaturist used them to decorate a retirement cake, along with the palm trees below.
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You can use air dry clay or polymer clay to make shells in popular miniature scales, or you can use 3D nail art molds which give you a range of common shell shapes. The nail art molds can be used to cast seashells from PVA glue, epoxy putty, polymer clay or other materials
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Use these miniature palm trees for tropical beach scenes. They are easily made from painted paper, and wire or fabric leaves. You can build them to a range of sizes and scales and they work equally well for cake decorations, desert gaming terrains or nativity scenes, depending on which size you make them. If you need a particular type of palm tree, just pay attention to the style of the fronds, and the way the fronds are arranged.
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This quarter scale teacup scene with a pier and beachfront shop is made from free printables, with a bit of floral foam and sand. You can use the storefront to display beach food including ice cream or fish and chips, or use the space for toy boats, air mattresses and other popular beach shop items.>Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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Made from air dry or polymer clay, these seagulls are easy to sculpt to add to a miniature scene. You can perch them on pilings, rocks or add them to the roof of a house or boat.
Seagulls are an easy shape to sculpt, even in the small scales used for dollhouse displays. This is a good bird to practice with, and an easy project if you make it with air dry clay. Once you work out how to make them, you can make them larger for home decor, or make them out of fondant icing to add to summer cakes or cupcakes. The process of sculpting them remains the same, regardless of which material you use.
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Make Miniature Sailboats
These sailboats can be made in a range of scales and are easy to make with paper or fabric sails and simply carved hulls. If you don't want to make them from carved craft wood, shape the hulls from floral arrangement foam, and give them a good protective coating of paint.
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Tie an Ocean Plait Rug from a length of string or decorative cord for a miniature rug, or use regular rope, or a retired climbing rope to tie a rug in full size as a welcome mat for your home.
Try tying a few of these using different weights of rope and cord. The knot can be used to make placemats or coasters as well as rugs.
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This type of miniature water feature allows you to add fish, plants or other items into a scene built below the surface of the 'water' without worrying about bubbles or seals to hold in epoxy resin or other materials as they dry. You can make a swimming pool, a child's paddling pool, or a lake using this method. All you need is a sheet of plastic which is stiff enough not to bow across the width of your water feature.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Make a flashing or steady beam working miniature lighthouse lamp for a scale scene. These lamps are easy to make using LED bulbs and wooden beads, along with scraps of wood for the keeper's cottage. The lamps can be made to run off the transformer for a dolls house or made from LED lamps that run from watch batteries so they can be set in room boxes or other locations which aren't wired for power.
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These bright pillows are based on standard nautical signal flags. Their simple bold designs can be used in a cottage or on a boat, in full size or miniature scale. A list of the flag meanings is included in the instructions, in case you want to spell something out in particular for someone who knows their flags!
In miniature, the signal flags are made from bias binding tape. In full scale, you can make the patterns using cotton quilting fabric.
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If you need a hat for a pirate, the standard felt tricorne is fairly easy to shape from a scrap of wool felt. Also worn by revolutionaries and naval officers, the tricorne can be made for men or women, in a range of colors. The one shown here is fairly standard, you can make more elaborate tricornes with larger brims, or brighter trims.
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This trunk is modeled on one owned by a sea captain in the late 1880's. The chest has a movable tray and can be used as a traveling trunk, captain's chest, or tack trunk.
Seaman's chests were rarely the round-topped boxes seen in Hollywood movies. In tight quarters, everything must be made to do double duty or at least stow away efficiently. Round-topped chests were designed for coach travel, where their round top design prevented other chests from being stored above them.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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If you need a water feature to suggest a beach theme, you can use a range of materials to suggest fresh or salt water. These instructions show you how to determine the shape you want, and how to cast and landscape simple water pools for miniature scenes in any scale.