April 2024 Challenge Submissions

For April, we asked you to send in a picture or two (no more, please!) of how you used repurposed items in your miniatures. For full directions, look here.

Please be patient with the Create team (we are all volunteers) as it it may take a few days for your pictures to be posted. You WILL receive a gift but it might take a few weeks. 

Here are the beautiful submissions:


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From Jennifer Lockhart:

Here are two pics of a 1:48 gate house I made from a Pringles chip can. The outside stone was made with DAS clay. I washed and papered the inside to get the oily residue off. Yes, I ate the chips. I never said it was a waist-wise or heart smart project, but I still get a kick out of it every spring when I get it out to display.

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From Lori Jackman:

This is a room box I made out of mostly has repurposed items. The floor lamp is a door stop, the top of it is the plastic lid holders from a pizza box, and the rest are beads that I had on hand. The couch is covered with fabric that a friend of mine gave me which were leftover scraps from upholstery she had done. The legs on the couch are electrical connectors I found in my husband's workshop, and the arms on the couch are yellow earrings I had. My husband sold women's shoes wholesale, and some of the trim and tables are from his collection of buckles and trim. The table in front of the couch is a piece that I got out of the back of a radio I had and thought it would make a cute table.

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From Kim Fitzsimmons:

Miniature collecting can get very pricey and I try to thrift as much as I can find. It’s great to find a bargain piece, but there is such joy in finding something in everyday that works. The ceramic elephants (shaker set) in front of my antique shop and the Chinese fisherman in the window behind the elephants were thrifted for $1. The clock is actually a pencil sharpener found in an antique store for just $4. I love to repurpose everyday objects!

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From Julie Johnson:

I am sending you a picture of how I repurposed my mom’s embroidery hoop.  A work in progress.

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From Suzanne Mooney:

I made the pair of candlestick holders from earring backs. For each holder, I glued 2 earring backs together with a straight pin & then painted with gold craft paint. A birthday cake candle was cut in half for each holder.

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From Kim Kehoe:

I recycled this ghost box. It came with a bunch of fake paper candy and sequins. I recycled what I could and then made the box into 4 Halloween scenes and using it as a roombox. 

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From Ann Gee:

My minis are in sewing machine drawers, using porcelain doll heads and their extremities. The doll was my first one, the second one a bear I found at Goodwill. The postcards from San Diego Zoo and the miniature mohair bear I made as a remembrance of my visit. They are both working clocks.

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From Jackie Browder:

Another Bunny box photo with a recycled candy box!

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From Marlene Prickett:

This building was constructed with 9 cardboard boxes and extra cardboard between the floors! The shelves and little tables in these 2 rooms are made with the little triangle plastic pizza supports … my grandson saves them for me! I constantly reuse “trash and recycle materials” in items that I make for my little neighborhood!

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From Angelika Oeckl:

Everything is made from found odds and ends. The case is made from an old leather skirt. The bottles are Christmas lights, the stethoscope is made from a piece of headphone cable and a plastic price tag loop. The instruments are bra hooks, earring backings, and ball pen tubing. There are odd beads, rubber bands, band-aid strips, and cotton. The blood pressure cuff is also made from leather and more headphone cables.

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From Ynez Fritsch:

This was an "Itty Bitty" group project in 2019. A discarded Tide box enclosing an old-fashioned laundry/storage area in the basement.

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From Suzie Aguilar:

‘Celebrations’ Candy bottles: My (non-miniaturist) sister and I made scenes in the larger bottles. (This is mine.) Then she found a smaller bottle and challenged me to make one in it also. I loved spending time with my sis making memories and miniatures! (Food is by Cute in Miniature on Etsy.)

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