Miniatures of Quarantine: How this Hobby Became a Favorite During Lockdown

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Quarantine welcomed many new miniature lovers to the hobby, and we’re so excited to see so many new faces and lovers of miniature making.

When I had children, I put all my dollhouse miniatures into boxes and packed them in the closet, as I knew I wouldn’t have time to create.

Miniatures Have Changed Over the Past Decade

Fast forward nine years, I was finally able to get them all back out (insert happy dance here) as I now had the time to devote to this passion of mine. To my surprise, the dollhouse miniature hobby was much different from when I left it nine years earlier.

As I knew it, the hobby was for an older generation and mainly consisted of Victorian-era furnishings. To my surprise and delight, this new era of miniatures now consisted of more young women like myself, creating more modern, on-trend pieces.

Younger Generations Join the Miniature World During Pandemic

Interest in miniatures has exploded in the past year as a younger generation of stuck-at-home hobbyists has discovered just how cathartic and fun it is to build tiny versions of spaces that reflect how they want to live. With miniatures, you can make a world exactly as you want it. You have absolute control over it, and during COVID especially, that has been very empowering.

Thanks to social media during the pandemic, this growing miniature community of dollhouse hobbyists. People searched for a creative outlet, and many turned to Instagram for inspiration.  For instance, #dollhousereno or #moderndollhouse are just a few hashtags that helped this inspiration.

This younger generation of stuck-at-home hobbyists has discovered just how cathartic and fun it is to build tiny versions of spaces that reflect how they want to live. People were finding with miniatures that you can make a world exactly as you want it and have absolute control over it. During COVID especially, that was very empowering.

“I’ve always been kind of obsessed with miniatures. Everything’s just so little, and I love it.” Jessa @jessatiarks started making miniatures during quarantine. She had the advantage of knowing a little about CAD and 3D modeling, so creating and printing 3D miniatures was inevitable.

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Designed and created by Jess @jesstiarks

 

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Designed and created by Jess @jesstiarks

 

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Designed and created by Jess @jesstiarks

Pinterest Provides Inspiration for Miniature Making

Searching interior design on Pinterest during the pandemic is what started Dena’s @daintylittledollhouse passion for miniatures. “I have always been creative, and I work at a financial institute that doesn’t allow me to be creative. I saw dollhouses as a fun project that I could do, allowing my creative juices to flow.”

Dena started by making houses for friends and family as gifts. So many that she is running out of people to gift mini homes. Thankfully several people have asked if Dena would commission custom work for them. Dena is thrilled, and she loves this newfound passion for dollhouse miniatures.

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Created by Dena @daintylittledollhouse

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Created by Dena @daintylittledollhouse

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Created by Dena @daintylittledollhouse

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Created by Dena @daintylittledollhouse

YouTube Tutorials Inspire New Miniature Hobbyists

For Kim @maineminiaturist, it started with a YouTube video by The Square to Spare, where she created this record player. Kim has made several other unique creations, including a replica of her grandparent’s house! You can listen to the entire story here.

Covid-Miniatures

If dollhouse miniatures intrigue you, then what are you waiting for? Jump right in as these three miniaturists did! Also, read this article on “4 Things to Know Before Building a Dollhouse” to help your get started. You will quickly find that dollhouse miniatures are fun, challenging, and a creative activity that allows for total freedom of creative expression – anything is possible when creating in a miniature scale. The only limit to what you can build is your imagination!

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