Making Miniatures – Paper Asian-inspired Shelf

Miniature Asian-inspired paper shelf for my friend's doll display

Miniature Asian-inspired paper shelf for my friend’s doll display

If you’ve been reading my blog for a bit, you might remember the holiday gifts I made for my friend and her doll displays. I decided to try out a few more things to accent her displays to give her (no surprises here, she’s already seen my instagram posts). The first thing I wanted to try was an Asian-inspired shelf based loosely off a shelf I saw on Pinterest.

Like the other laser cutter and other projects I’ve been working on lately, I started by designing/drafting it in Adobe Illustrator.

I decided to start with a paper model, rather than going immediately to mat board or plywood on the laser cutter. I used the Maker Space Silhouette paper cutter, and did two copies of each part in scrapbooking card stock paper. I figured that two layers of paper would be stable enough for a small miniature shelf.

Miniature Asian-inspired paper shelf for my friend's doll display

Miniature Asian-inspired paper shelf for my friend’s doll display

Once it was cut out, I glued the two layers together with a glue stick, and then assembled it using white glue. I then coiled thin strips of paper into little feet, and then glued them up, before gluing them onto the shelf as well.

After that I painted the shelf inside and outside with brown paint (two coats) and then added a layer of self-leveling glossy medium to make it look vaguely like laqueur.

Miniature Asian-inspired paper shelf for my friend's doll display

Miniature Asian-inspired paper shelf for my friend’s doll display

Miniature Asian-inspired paper shelf for my friend's doll display. I’ve shown the finished piece here with some of my friend’s tiny doll shoes. If you love fashion dolls or miniatures, consider following her at @CanadianFashionDoll on Instagram!  If you want to see more of the doll-related things, or miniature things I’ve made, click the tags. If (doll tag, miniature tag)

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