1/64 Scale – Background

Hey, hey, hey~!

Today I’m going to start explaining how I made my extra mini diorama (1/64 scale) using Sylvanian Families mini series.

Before I start, I should probably show you the whole scene I made…

Here it is! I made a scene inside of IKEA’s FLISAT doll house!

And here’s what it looks like closer.

Before I start babbling about how I made this, let me show you a couple of the photos I took of this scene.

“Here we go!”

FYI, this car is also a mini series item.   I love it so much!


Somehow I just adore this very toy plastic-y look of these miniatures.

Okay now, let me begin explaining my crafting process.

For the back board, I used a foam board, and painted it light blue with some clouds.  I’m not much of a painter, so I didn’t dare try for more details for the background.

The mountains on the backboard were created on a separate sheet of foam board.  I first drew some mountain lines.

Then I cut along the outline.

I sliced off some of the sharp edges.

And sanded the mountains to give them a 3D look.  If you’re wondering, I used 5mm thick foam board here.

I painted my mountains with some acrylic paint.

Once the paint was dry, I coated the surface with some clear drying glue.

And quickly sprinkled flack powder.

I used a couple of different shades here to add some depth.

Once the glue was dry, I dabbed the surface with a mixture of water and clear drying glue (5:1) as a sealant.

Before the sealant was dry, I lightly sprinkled colored powder (for diorama) to give it some flower field look to some parts of the mountains.  Once everything is dry, the mountains are ready to be attached to the main back board.

Can you see the mountains in the back?  It’s subtle, but makes a pretty big difference in the scene.

Alright, I think this article has gotten quite long.  See you next time!



Kabaya Sylvanian Families Mini Series

Hi, there!

Have you heard of Sylvanian Families “mini series” by Kabaya?

These are boxes containing about 1/64 scale Sylvanian Families miniatures and a piece of candy.  You can find them in the snack aisle at Japanese grocery stores. (For US residents, you usually find them on eBay or Rakuten global.)


Most of these miniatures scale similarly or equal to Epoch’s Sylvanian Families Capsule Toy series.

This is what it looks like when you set up everything in one of the boxes.

What I like about Kabaya’s mini series is that a complete set will let you create a SF house at that super mini scale.  What’s not to love about that?

It’s pretty detailed, too!  Take a look at the views around this house.

When I put my regular SF doll, which is about 1/12 to 1/16 scale, next to it, this is how it scales.  It is a great size to collaborate with a typical train diorama, too!

Well, you know me, I won’t just display this up on a shelf.  I made an extra mini diorama using these mini series miniatures!  After all, I’m more of a crafter than a collector.

I actually got the idea at Sylvanian Kitchen at Lala port Tokyo-Bay.  When I went there last year, there was this display on the wall.

I couldn’t stop thinking about how adorable it was, and I had been wanting to make my own super mini diorama since then.

This is me, making my diorama! LOL!!

Because the scale is SO different with these mini series, the way I made the items in this diorama are pretty different from my usual 1/16 scale crafts.  I’ll introduce my new extra mini diorama next time, and also will be including tutorials in the coming posts!


Happy Holidays!

Hooray, my Christmas display is finally finished! I’m so happy I got it done before Christmas….lol

This year’s display is much much smaller compared to last year’s, but I’ve packed the inside with lots of fun things!


Let’s open the glass door…

It’s a scene of a Christmas gift shop! I have some of the items I’ve received as gifts from my friends incorporated in this scene, too.  I wonder how many of you hard core readers of this blog can spot them. :p

Alright, let’s have the shoppers wait outside for a minute, and I’ll show you around…

This is the view from the side.  I hope it looks exciting enough that you’d want to walk in and take a look. 🙂

“Welcome!”  I made this gray wooden counter using balsa wood.

I’ve repainted an old SF shelf into Christmas design.   I’ve used some store bought items for this display, like the white deer, red robin, teddy bear (I added his scarf), and jams from SF miniatures.

After giving out the last snow dome, I decided to make another to keep, and put on the counter.  This time, I added a sled and a wreath on the cottage door.

This is a cookie mix jar I made with my son.  We used real cookie ingredients from our pantry. (Luckily, SLC is ridiculously dry all year around, so we don’t have to worry about mold etc.  If you’re trying this out, I recommend sticking in a few silica gel balls inside.)

This is another part I like about this scene.  I made miniature paper bags out of washi tapes.

Okay, so did you spot any of the creations by my friends?

This flower pot was given to me by Yuuzu a couple years ago.

These balls of yarn are from Okenoruk.

I boxed some of the Chocolates from Soramama.

And a Christmas plate from Matsuko.

I’m pretty happy with  this display, although I won’t have very much time to display it in my house this year.  Let’s hope it’s still intact next Christmas!

Oh, and I’m going to be doing some constructions on this site during the Christmas break, so I think I will take a bit of a break from posting as well.  My plan is to be back with a new article early January.

Happy Holidays, everyone! See you soon!