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Miniature curtain projects for dollhouses, room boxes, and dioramas

See also windows

Polly Line's new Lundby kitchen 7, view from the living room

Links to miniature projects



  • photo albums, blog posts, web pages

Curtains - by Askartaja



  • Blogs concentrating on curtains or categories/labels about them in blogs



  • Discussion groups, forums (or forum categories) and photo groups dedicated to curtains.


Supplies for sale

  • Supplies needed for making curtain projects.

Spoonflower - custom printed fabrics


Miniatures for sale

  • Do you have a section for curtains in your shop? Add a direct link to that item here.

Bamboo Shades - Miniatures by Barb




  • Books about miniature curtain projects (also books with chapters about them)



Instructions for miniatures


Miniature printables



  • Wallpapers that go well with curtain projects

1959 Otto Katalog - Stoffmuster


Other Printies

  • Book/magazine covers related to curtains



  • links to sites showing how to make items related to curtains

Austrian Valance - from 1 Inch Minis

Bamboo Shades - from New England Miniatures by Grazhina

Bed Curtains - using Pretty Pleater and Glue, from Studio E, also stained with coffee.

Cafe Shutters - by Otterine

Curtains - from Casey's Minis

Curtains, Cushions, and Things - Merriman Park

Curtains for a little Girl's Room - by Evelyne Martin, Minhas Minis

DIY Wood Window Shades - from Miniatures.com

Drapery and Bedding - from Otterine.com

Draping Curtains - from Liberty Biberty

Front Porch Curtains - Joannes Minis

Make Dollhouse Miniature Drapes and Curtains - CDHM tutorial by Vanessa Parry

Paper Curtains - from Let's Build a Dollhouse

Perfect Curtain Material - how to chose, from Dollhouse Decorating

Roller Blind - By Maureen Heuchert

Shabby Chic Curtains - by Miss Kris

Side Drapes and Pelmet - pictorial



  •  YouTube videos about miniature projects related to this subject

Easy Curtains and Draping - Bentley Miniatures 




Research/ Inspiration



  • SOAK your fabric in water with some liquid starch found in the laundry aisle. At Walmart it usually on the top shelf above spray starch. You can also use Stiffy stuff which is at crafts stores. Pin the wet fabric to a ceiling tile covered in plastic wrap to give you beautiful draped curtains. Draw out the window size and put it under the waxed paper on the ceiling tile (a piece of foam core will work, too) Let this dry WELL. If you are going to tie back a curtain tie it back while wet and if you want it to look like the wind is blowing on it either prop up the ends or prop up the top. Depends on if the wind is coming in the window or the drapes are being sucked out.
  • Sushi mats make nice blinds, also. They are used to roll sushi (rice) into the traditional log shape. The individual pieces of bamboo are thinner than the other kinds of bamboo mats. Most Asian markets, as well as culinary stores, carry them. If you can't find the bamboo placemats at the house-ware type stores, you can surely find them at fine art supply stores or on their websites. They use them to carry the paint brushes and always have them in stock. Or look for one of those roll up calendars with (usually) an oriental motif. You can spray paint if you don't like the colors. Or roll up beach mats. 
  • Use a mini-pleater to align the bamboo or wood strips, and  use tape strips to hold the blinds together
  • You can make curtain rods from bamboo skewers or small dowels with a bead on the end.  Square beads can be glued directly to the wall and leave enough room for the curtain fabric to hang behind the rod.  The skewers and/or dowels can be spray painted any desired color.  1/16 alum or brass rods are available from K & S; also some mini shops and train shops.
  •  To drape curtains realistically, soak the material in a very thin solution of glue and water in a flat tray.  Then hang them where they are going to be ( protect furniture and flooring with plastic wrap) and form the folds so that they hang heavily (preferably pooling on the ground too).  Pin if needed, but the wet material should be enough.  Then when satisfied with the look, walk away and stop adjusting!  Only when completely dry (24 hours) may the plastic be removed.  The material will be stiff, but it will not look stiff. 
  • Make curtains (fly) in the wind --- take a bit of extra Fimo - make it rounded and adhere it to the T-PIN top. This way - the curtain drapes in a ROUNDED fashion - instead of straight. A LOT more realistic!!!




Ideas about what is needed for these projects

  • links to inspiring pages

Curtain Treatments - from Restored Style

Shade Treatments - from Marcus Designs

  • ideas for shop names
  • YouTube videos on the subject




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