How to Make a Miniature Wooden Wheelbarrow

Written by jane smith
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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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you 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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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

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