dollhouse miniatures tutorials  diy mini tumbler in scale 1:12

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1.      Select Two wooden beads about 10 mm and 5 mm Ø

2.      Using a  5 mm drill, select the larger wooden bead (this will become the mini-tumbler base) re-using it by drilling to a depth of approximately 4  to 4,5 mm .

3.      Fill this bead-hole with wood glue; screw a bolt into it to 4mm depth. (Follow pictures above) Allow time to dry (up to two days)


4.      When dry, place the screw into a vice. Cut off the screw head using a fretsaw. (Almost every saw can do this job.)

5.      The large bead base will then look like this picture above.

6.      Cover the top of the screw using pollyfiller - As above.


·     Tip: Round the bottom of the mini-tumbler, with help from your drilling machine:  Find a smaller screw  - similar or the size to the smaller bead’s hole. Slip it into the bead hole. Place it into your drill chuck allowing it to turn very slowly whilst rounding the top; using fine sandpaper. (This is important as this step aids the mini toy to rock when in use.)  Follow the pictures.

7.      Remove from the chuck. Fill the rest of the bead using pollyfiller once again, set aside, allowing for time to dry thoroughly. (May take two days) 


8.      Glue the smaller bead on the top of the larger one.


9.      Before the glue is fully dry, test the tumbler, by finding out where its centre is. (The mini- tumbler won’t work unless it is balanced when vertical.)  If it doesn’t work, move the smaller bead until is does Follow illustrations above


10. Fill the small bead with Pollyfiller; allow to dry thoroughly, as usual. Using sandpaper again to get a         nice round top/head.                



I am not the right person to explain how to paint wooden mini-tumbler toys.  I have only used acrylic paints, and did not manage to achieve a perfect finish at the time.  If enamel paints such as Humbrol or Testors were used a high gloss finish may be achieved. 

The important part of this stage is to have fun! Use your imagination.


11. When painting them, use white paint a for the first/ base layer. Allow to dry for a few days, then you can start to decorate them. There are many possibilities, using dots, lines & various paints & colours.


Mini-Tumbler base is blue in these 4 illustrations


 This picture shows the drill chuck and pink mini-tumbler base during band application. 


·        Tip: Find something that can hold the mini-tumbler base I used a pen top; packing small pieces of tissue paper between so excess paint can’t mess up the tumbler head. (See pictures above)

        The Mini-tumbler/pen top  “unit” can then be placed in the of an electrical drill chuck.

        Operating it slowly allows you to make paint lines/bands small or bigger. This makes the

                   Paint finish look more professional because banded colours will be of similar width!



Here are some ideas for you after we finished. We hope you have fun with our tutorial