Easy Miniature Projects in 1:48 Scale

The quarter scale projects in this list are easily made from regular household materials or art supplies. Some projects explore working with commercially available quarter scale kits, others are built from scratch or using printables.

  • 01 of 08

    An Introduction to Quarter Scale Miniatures

    Campground cottage quarter scale scene by Rosemary Shipman
    "Campground Cottage" from a Debbie Young Kit, exhibited by Rosemary Shipman at the Fall 2012 Seattle Dollhouse Miniature show. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    1:48 scale, where 1/4 inch equals one foot is a popular dollhouse miniature scale similar in size to the "O" scale used for model railroads. As the scale becomes more popular, the range of miniatures is increasing steadily, with a wide range of figures and accessories appearing online and at miniature shows.

  • 02 of 08

    Printable Miniature Shop in 1:48 Scale

    A 1:144 scale printable miniature shop next to one in 1:48 scale.
    A 1:48 scale printable miniature shop next to its 1:144 scale model. Photo © 2007 Lesley Shepherd

    If you need to produce a fast building in 1:48 scale, this two storey shop is made by printing the parts on photo paper or lightweight card. Interior finishes are also provided as printables. With a finished front and open back, the interior is easily accessible for a small two room display.

    This project is a good way to test whether quarter scale is a size that will fit into your collection, or whether the scale is too small for you to work with comfortably. With a wide range of railroad figures and accessories available in "0" scale, which is a similar size to quarter scale, this is a size which works well for integrating railroads and furnished buildings.

  • 03 of 08

    Build a Simple Quarter Scale "Stone" Cottage With a Loft

    Interior of a simple stone cottage model in 1:48 scale.
    Ready for furnishing and a finished roof, the interior of the quarter scale sea witch cottage has a fireplace and mantle along with a loft for displays. Photo © 2013 Lesley Shepherd

    Use the included cutting diagram to make a simple open back quarter scale cottage suitable for a model village. This is an easy to build project based on using illustration board or bookboard or foam core board and air dry clay. The cottages can be made smaller or larger, with different exterior finishes to suit a range of periods and areas.

  • 04 of 08

    Build a Simple Model Tower

    Quarter scale witch on top of a two storey crenellated tower model in 1:48 scale
    Two storey crenellated tower model in 1:48 scale. Photo © 2013 Lesley Shepherd

    While not built in any particular scale, this simple stone tower can be added to small scale buildings or used as a stand alone piece for a gaming terrain.

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  • 05 of 08

    Printable Quarter Scale Teacup Scenes

    A 1:48 scale miniature beach scene with a beach shop and pier, all set into a teacup and saucer.
    A quarter scale miniature beach scene with shop and pier set into a teacup and saucer. The shop can be decorated for a range of uses. Photo © 2013 Lesley Shepherd

    These projects are designed to be fitted into a teacup and saucer. They include printables in a range of colors for the siding, doors, windows and other pieces. You can add items to the interiors, or back the windows or doors with illustrations from magazines to make faux interior views. They can also be used with other containers including small boxes.

  • 06 of 08

    Quarter Scale Plants and Landscaping Details

    Quarter scale garden arbor set in a miniature garden scene in a tea cup
    Printable quarter scale garden arbor set in a landscaped tea cup scene. Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    You can create realistic plants and flowers, or, a printable garden arch arbor in quarter scale.

  • 07 of 08

    Quarter Scale Furniture Projects

    A quarter scale dolls house bakery case with a clear cover and a clear display shelf.
    A quarter scale dolls house bakery case with a clear cover and a clear display shelf to show off tiny pastries. This case is just over one inch high and wide. Photo © 2010 Lesley Shepherd

    There are a range of ways to make tiny furnishings for quarter scale scenes. Several companies, including the ones with reviews listed below sell cast resin or laser cut furnishings.

  • 08 of 08

    Sources for Quarter Scale Kits and Accessories

    Quarter scale cast resin stove by Young At Heart
    A fifties style stove cast in resin in 1:48 scale by Young At Heart. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    An increasing number of suppliers are including 1:48 scale accessories in their regular miniature lines. There are also several specialist suppliers.

    • Young at Heart, make quarter scale buildings and accessories including resin furniture.
    • BJ Miniatures, make a range of houses, furniture and accessories for quarter scale.
    • Petworth Miniatures , quarter scale furniture and building kits, accessories and parts by Gayle Baillargeon
    • Stewart Dollhouse Creations, have a range of carefully cut laser kits and cast resin accessories for quarter scale.