How to Make a Miniature Wooden Wheelbarrow

Updated June 18, 2018

A dollhouse needs curb appeal just as much as a full-size house does. When you complete a scene by adding detail outside your dollhouse, it maintains the illusion that your dolls are not just waiting for someone to move them around. A backyard garden complete with miniature wheelbarrow adds a touch of realism to the world you have created. A large base board allows you plenty of room to create the garden of your dreams, in miniature.

Use the 1/8-inch diameter drill bit to make a hole in the centre of the wood circle. This is the wheel of your barrow.

Cut two 7-inch-long pieces from the tapered end of a pair of round wooden chopsticks. Cut one 1/4-inch and one 2-inch piece from the remainder. Use instant adhesive to glue the 2-inch piece between the 7-inch pieces.

Coat instant adhesive on a 1/4-inch-long bit of bamboo skewer. Slide it into the hole you drilled in the wooden circle. This is your wheel. Place it between the two 7-inch long shafts. You should have something resembling a wheelbarrow support frame.

Apply adhesive to the long edges of the 3-inch by 4-inch wheelbarrow bottom piece. Allow it to dry until tacky. Put a touch of adhesive on the long edges of the 4-inch by 1/4-inch side pieces and press into place.

Attach the front and back of the wheelbarrow body. Secure the wheelbarrow on the chopstick frame with instant adhesive. Paint, stain or varnish as desired.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-inch diameter, 1/8-inch thick wood circle
  • 3-inch by 4-inch piece of balsa wood
  • 3-inch by 1/4-inch by 1/4-inch piece of balsa wood
  • 3-inch by 1/2-inch by 1/4-inch piece of balsa wood
  • 2 4-inch by 1/4-inch by 1/4-inch pieces of balsa wood
  • Instant adhesive
  • 2 round wooden chopsticks
  • Power drill, 1/8-inch diameter bit
  • Paint, stain or varnish
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Jane Smith has provided educational support, served people with multiple challenges, managed up to nine employees and 86 independent contractors at a time, rescued animals, designed and repaired household items and completed a three-year metalworking apprenticeship. Smith's book, "Giving Him the Blues," was published in 2008. Smith received a Bachelor of Science in education from Kent State University in 1995.