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HOW TO: Make a Tiny Pumpkin

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  • Orange polymer clay

  • Green Polymer clay (or brown)

  • Toothpick or clay pick

  • Oven

Let’s Get Started:

  1. There are two routes to take when creating your pumpkin, you can choose to use orange clay, or white clay ,and add paint later

  2. Preheat your oven to 275

  3. Start by making 8, equal logs of clay - the clay should be approximately 1” long and ¼” wide

  4. Pinch the ends of each log slightly to taper.

  5. Carefully bend the logs to make a crescent shape

  6. Begin connecting the logs to form a sphere

  7. Press together gently to seal

  8. Use a toothpick to smooth any connections and add additional detail

  9. Roll another small piece of clay, appx ¼” long, and 1/8” wide, this will be the stem

  10. Taper one end, and insert into the top of the pumpkin.

  11. Use the toothpick to smooth the connection

  12. Bake the pumpkin for 15 minutes

  13. Remove, and let cool

  14. Finish with modpodge

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HOW TO: Make a Tiny Moleskine notebook

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How To: Make a Tiny Moleskine notebook


  • 1 sheet of brown kraft paper

  • Sewing needle

  • 1 sheet of white printer paper

  • Thread

  • Scissors/exacto knife

Let’s Get Started:

  1. Cut 1 - 1.5” x 1” piece of brown kraft paper

  2. Gently score down the middle of the paper with x-acto knife, be sure not to cut all the way through the paper

  3. Fold in half

  4. Cut 3 - 1.5” x 1” white paper

  5. Fold in half

  6. Open the folded papers and place the white papers inside of the brown paper

  7. Using the sewing needle, puncture 6 wholes through the cover and sheets

  8. Sew the sheets together through the pre-punched holes.

  9. Trim any overhang of the white pages


Wondering where that tiny Moleskin would look best? Because I love it on the table of the San Francisco Living Room! So Cute.


HOW TO: Make a Tiny Cactus

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Plants, in general always add a little something special to a room. This plant might be tiny, but its petite size and handmade look are sure to put a smile on your face.

This tiny plant looks great in any room, but I think it really shines in the Chelseamakes Simplekit dollhouse: The Mill Valley



  • Green Polymer clay

  • Brown polymer clay

  • A toothpick

  • Wire

  • Wood or metal bottle cap

  • Oven


  1. Find yourself a clean surface.

  2. Pre-set your oven to 275 degrees

  3. Begin by rolling the polymer clay in your hand to soften. Work with clean hands to make sure your cactus is free from dust and debris

  4. Once soft separate and roll to create 6 balls – (1) Large – 3/4”, (2) Medium - 1/2”, (3) Small – ¼”

  5. Gently press on each of the clay balls to flatten to approximately 1/8”

  6. Pinch on end and re-flatten as necessary to form the paddle

  7. Using the toothpick, make light indentations to make the cactus spikes!

  8. Insert the brown clay into the bottle cap

  9. Insert a piece of wire so that it sticks out from the bottom of the largest cactus paddle

  10. Insert the paddle into the brown clay

  11. Cut two small pieces of wire an insert into the medium sized paddles

  12. Insert into the largest paddle

  13. Repeat the process with the smallest paddles

  14. Bake at 275 for 15 minutes

  15. Remove from oven, let cool

  16. Coat with modpodge to finish

For an added bonus, I coated the brown clay of the plant with black seeds and added some little red flowers. You can also experiment with different cactus styles!