Making Miniature Food: A How-To Guide

Dollhouses need life, and what’s the one thing that life needs besides water? Food! Miniature food is fun and easy to create, and it will add a whole new element to your dollhouse. We’ll be covering the process of making the food so that you can recreate the process yourself to make cute, tiny foods for your dollhouse.

Quick Hints Before We Get Started

It’s pertinent to know that you’re making items that look like food. Since these items aren’t edible, you’ll have to use your imagination to truly recreate food. Now, those eggs in the frying pan may not be edible or smell like eggs, but a black pan with a yellow blob looks a lot like eggs.

And don’t worry if everything isn’t perfect – imperfections are beautiful, too.

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Getting Started

You’ll need something to go off of when making your creations. I recommend either recreating foods that you know well or can cook in your home, or you can use the Internet to find food pictures.

The second thing you’ll need is polymer clay.

Why polymer clay?

It’s very easy to work with, it’s cheap and there are a variety of colors available. This is the most useful material to make miniature food.

Just picture something simple like an orange. You can make a small ball with orange polymer clay, add small dimples to recreate the texture of the orange, and that’s it. A small putty knife is a useful tool.

Keep in mind that large putty knives that are used for your home aren’t small enough for the precision you need.

A few foods that are very easy to create are:

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Limes

And if you create little furniture or bowls out of clay, you can use these, too. Your imagination is the limit.

One neat trick is to recreate old Victorian cakes – you know, the large, splendid cakes that were worked of art.

If you want to create a basic cake, you can choose to:

  • Cut four circles, each smaller than the one before, for the cake’s body
  • Flatten the top and bottom of the circles
  • Place the layers on top of each other

Now, you should have a basic cake body. Choose white to make it easy to make. Now, apply lace to the bottom and third layer to allow for a decorated look. You can also add small, fake white beads to the top and second layer to allow for a beaded, elegant look.

Tiny, fake flowers can also be placed on the cake (pink works well) to make it look authentic.