How To's

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures' How To's are a series of instructions that will have you creating your own miniatures in no time! Created with the beginning miniature maker in mind, each project can be easily completed in less than an hour and often with materials readily on-hand.

A hands-on experience makes learning about miniatures super fun. We provide these easy to make How To's, developed by TMTM's Associate Director and Director of Education, Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb, free of charge so that everyone can experience miniatures first-hand. Please tell your friends about our site.

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission of preserving and promoting the art of miniatures. If you will be using one of our How To projects with the public, we ask that you please credit The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures in Tucson, Arizona.

How To Make a Miniature Bolo Tie

How To August 2014 Miniature Bolo TieCreate an authentic tiny bolo tie in this quick and simple tutorial provided by The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. Perfect for your southwestern vignettes.

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How To Make a Pair of Miniature Leather Sandals

How To July 2014 Leather SandalsCreate this summery pair of miniature leather sandals with our July How To tutorial.

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How To Create a Mini Southwestern Tin Wall Sconce

Miniature Tin Wall SconceThis tiny little punched tin wall sconce will be the perfect finishing touch for your miniature southwestern abodes!

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How To Make Tiny Tiki Torches

How To Tiki Torch May 2014Learn how to make your own miniature 1:12 scale tiki torches from common craft supplies. Perfect for your miniature landscapes or Fairy Gardens!

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How To Make a Mini Yoga Mat & Yoga Block

How To Yoga Mat April 2014Even your tiny friends can stay fit and limber now! Learn how to create this mini yoga mat and yoga block out of common craft supplies.

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How To Make a Mini Potting Bench

How To Mar 2014 Potting BenchLearn how to make this charming 1:12 scale miniature potting bench in this month’s How To from The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. Perfect for your 1:12 scale dollhouses or fairy gardens!

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How To Create Tiny Cooking Utensils

Tiny Cooking UtensilsWho would have thought you could make such adorable miniature cooking utensils out of such ordinary objects.

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How To Make a Petite Piñata

How To Petite PinataLearn how to create this adorable miniature piñata with this How To tutorial provided by The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. Perfect for your 1:12 scale fiestas!

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How To Create a Mini Chile Ristra

Mini Chile RistraLearn how to create a very tiny, authentic looking chile ristra out of polymer clay. The perfect finishing touch to your miniature southwestern holiday scene. These would also make great ornaments.

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How To Mini Stock Pot and Pot Holder

How To Stock PotCreate a mini stock pot and pot holder just in time for wee holiday gatherings!

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