Tuesday, October 8, 2013

 Hi everyone, I just wanted to share a new project that I am working on this past month.  When I went to Idaho for my camping vacation I stopped to see the Old Victorian House my twin sister had just bought, which I found 4 pictures on my phone this past month and Thought- I should build a little replica of her Victorian House to give to her for a Christmas Gift.  So This is my version of her house.   I still need to add the window glass, but I'm thinking about using white stain glass paint so you can see through the windows and putting a light inside to shine out the windows, then Maybe covering it with some snow to hide imperfections on my roof.  I hope my sister Penny and her Husband likes it when I'm done. 

 I finally found a wood with lines to put on the roof that looks alot like the tin roof on the house.  I am even trying to reproduce the electrical boxes and pipes on the back side of the house. 

 I even recreated the mail box by the front screen door.

 Making the Shingles about killed me to try to fit them into roughly the scale of the pictures.  It took 5,800 cuts to make all the shingles that lay on the side of the house.  I cut them out of thick paper and then glued them onto thick paper to give them the depth of the other wood I glued on the house.  10 Hours just to cut the shingles in the lines I spent at least 2 hours pre drawing. 

 I couldn't find wood siding that was exactly precise to the original house, so my siding has 7 more to 5 more lines of siding, but i could not find any closer wood siding to match. 

 This is how I started my project, sitting on my couch while i try to draw the dimensions of the house on to poster board, lots and lots of redoing each line to make look like the picture.  Once I was done with drawing the house, I cut out the poster board with an Razor blade and hot glued it together to give the house its basic shape.  The house is only about 1 foot x 11 inches for the main part of the house. 


  1. WOW! What a Fantastic project! It looks just like the original!!! All your hard work with the shingles paid off... it looks Fantastic! What a sweet gift!!

  2. Hi Stan! I love the look of this house and the details that you have included for the exterior are just wonderful! I am sure that your sister and her hubby will be thrilled to receive it, if not, I guarantee that I will be! :D


  3. This is a fantatsic present for your sister. I like it. I wish, I had a brother like you.


  4. Sam here.
    You are one awesome brother! WOW! This is going to be a beautiful Christmas gift!
    You are extremely talented and your craftsmanship is wonderful. Do you think you could rub some of your artistic magic off on my brothers? I would LOVE to receive a gift like that!

  5. Stan
    I am always amazed when I come to your blog this house is awesome!! I know I wouldn't mind someone making my house and giving it to me as a gift! you're a wonderful Brother.


  6. I just wished I was your sister ;) Both living in that good looking house and getting a mini replica would be awesome! I love minis of things from "the real life"

  7. WOW, it looks exactly like the real thing. Great job - keep up the good work and thanks for posting your process and progress photos.

  8. Hi Stan, Just found your blog, love how you built your houses, thanks for showing your step-by-step progress it is really inspiring to someone who has yet to build a house!!

  9. What fantastic project, they must surely be absolutely delighted with it. You've thought it all out with great care and gone to great lengths to make it as close to the original as possible. All the cutting for the shingles has paid off because the roof (like everything else!) looks really great.

  10. Hello Stan,
    Your work always amazes me! It is incredible how realistic your building are. Every little detail down to the last shingle looks real...not "perfect" real, but real-life real. You are such a master at reproducing what you see, not what you think you see. I think that is the most important quality and talent for a strong miniaturist. Absolutely fantastic.
    big hug,