Miniature twig furniture can be used inside a dollhouse or outside in the garden for fairy furniture. Fairy furniture is whimsical and organic so twigs are the perfect natural material to use to make it. When possible, look for twigs that naturally form the shape of the type of furniture you want to make. Once you make your first piece you will be able to expand the same techniques to make all the twig furniture you want.
Things You'll Need
- Garden nippers
- Brad gun
- Clear glue
- 25-gauge wire
- Wire cutters
- Needle-nose pliers
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Place the type of furniture you want to make in front of you for measurement. Measure the height of your fairy doll. Divide that height into 6 feet. Round off your number. Example: if your doll is 8 1/2 inches tall, divide 72 (because 6 feet equals 72 inches) by 8 1/2 which equals 8 1/2, and round this to 9. This means your fairy is a 9:1 ratio with human scale or 9 fairies per 1 human height. For each measurement on your furniture piece, divide by 9.
Cut the posts for a bed, first using garden nippers. Use semidry twigs. Measure your real bed posts' height and divide by 9 or your number. Cut the bottom of the post very straight. The top can be straight or natural branch. Cut the rails of the bed next. The rails are the next largest pieces. Apply glue to the end of a rail. Position the rail at the correct height. Nail a brad through the post into the end of the rail. Do both sides first and then stand them up to complete the front and back rail. Finish the headboard shape with a second rail spaced above mattress height using the same technique. Follow by adding smaller bed slats.
Decorate the bed with organic shaped twigs. Strip off the leaves to reveal the shape of the main twig and the smaller twigs branching off to the sides. Position the twigs in the headboard and foot board areas at angles that look interesting to you. Trim the angles of the twigs to fit your bed. Glue, brad or wire the decorative twigs into place. Use 25-gauge wire and wrap across adjacent twigs in a straight or X pattern. Disguise the wire with glued raffia ties over the wire.
Make boards by positioning several twigs that are straight next to each other to the width you want. If you allow random lengths they will look more natural. Cut cross bar twigs that are smaller than the width and glue and brad nail them into place. Keep your brads so they will not come through the top surface.
Work from the largest pieces of wood to the smallest for each furniture piece. Use twig material that is dry but still flexible. Use a fast-grabbing glue.