Friday, December 10, 2010

SUGAR N' SPICE PART 3 .....................PLUS KITS!

I  almost "hear those sleigh bells jingling" and so in the "nick" of time,  here is the  
3rd and final segment of Sugar n' Spice which completes the project. 


                                                                 THE SCRUB TABLE

You will need: smooth white matboard + 4 legs, approx. 2-1/2”H. (these may
be something like Houseworks #7202 or #7025 balusters cut to size or an
assembly of 3/16” or ¼” sq stripwood and Tiny Turning bits similar to that
described for cabinet) + 1/16” or 3/32” sheet basswood + posterboard
(.030, approx. 1/32” thick) + paint and stain (Ceramcoat’s antique white
#2001 acrylic and Delta’s Brown Antiquing gel used here) + drawer handle of
your choice (may be the same as those on cabinet)

-Prepare four, approx. 2 ½ “H legs with at least a ½” long square top section. 
Paint desired color and when dry antique with brown gel.  Wipe gel back off
while wet until desired look is achieved.  A damp cloth may be used to further
remove gel.  Set aside.
-From ½ “high matboard strips cut two side pieces 1 ½” long and a front and a
back piece 2 ⅝” long.  
-From posterboard cut a faux drawer 1⅜”L x ⅜" H.  A design may be tooled
into the drawer front as was described for cabinet, if desired.  Glue drawer to
front piece, 1⅛” from one side and centered top to bottom. 
-Paint and antique the front and side pieces to match the legs.
-From sheet basswood cut a table-top 4” x 2¼”.  Sand smooth and ever so
slightly round off the top edges and corners.  Divide the top into four equal
sections lengthwise with light pencil lines and then use a pointed stylus to scribe
in the faux board.  Hint: an easy way to divide the top into equal sections is to
cut a piece of paper the same size as the top and fold it into 4ths & use it as
a pattern.
- Glue the front, back, and side pieces and the legs to the bottom of the table top
with the front, back and side pieces between the legs, front edges of the pieces
set in 1/32” in from the front edges of the legs and the whole assembly centered
on the bottom. 
-When glue has set add a handle of your choice centered on the faux drawer.
-If desired the top may be treated with linseed or olive oil. 


Using old scissors cut a 1 ½” x 1” piece of screen door wire-mesh/
hardware cloth (hardware store purchase).  Seal cut edges with a thin
brushing of Liquid Solder or E-600.  Use 20 gauge wire to form a rectangle
1 ½” x 1”, starting and stopping on the center of a side, and two 2 shapes per
diagrams.  Using either of the afore mentioned adhesives, adhere the rectangle
to the underside of the mesh piece and then the other two pieces diagonally
from corner to corner, forming an X with the “feet” pointing down.

SET PRINTER TO 3.13"W X 2.45"H

The unbaked gingerbread boys, waiting to be frosted, are made the same as
explained in PART 1, by tracing around a metal-miniature cookie cutter onto
brown cardstock, cutting them out and slightly embossing them on the backside
for some dimension.  You may also choose to use a paper punch like the one
pictured here.  Looking online I see it is available thru eBay.  Punch out of brown
cardstock and trim fingers from hands. 
Boy paper punch approx. 5/8"H

The decorated gingerbread boys may be created by using the same method as
the undecorated ones and then adding "frosting" by using a pointed toothpick to
apply Scribbles Dimensional Paint. 

Or you may choose to use the decorated gingerbread cookies printies below.
Print these onto cardstock.  For ease in decorating, before cutting  out, use the
pointed end of a toothpick or a needle tool to carefully apply craft glue or
Diamond Glaze over the frosting on the cookies.  This will add dimension and
realism to the frosting.  Let dry thoroughly and then carefully cut out the cookies. 
Use a water colored pencil to color the back sides and edges of each to match
the front color as closely as possible.

Click on image and copy & paste to computer.
Set printer to print image at 4.30"W x 0.81"H


Draw a 1 ¼” circle on plain white paper.  Fold for four equal triangles and cut to separate.  Roll triangles into cones, holding with glue.  When glue has set fill each
cone halfway up with Scribbles dimensional paint and pinch to close.  Put a bit
of the paint on the tip of the cone and place on a place or tray with glue.  You can
also add a small smear of paint on the tray and/or the out side of the top of the cone.


I used inexpensive, unfinished wood bowls from Lara Crafts.  These come in a
package of 8 assorted sizes and can be found at craft stores such as Michaels.
These are filled with Scribbles Dimensional paint for frosting and applied to
disguise the out-of-scale thickness of the bowls.  Chrysnbon soup/serving spoons
were inserted in frosting before it dried.


The jars are the smaller half (approx. 7/16”H) of a #2 size (approx. 15/16”),
2 part pharmaceutical capsule.   These can be purchased at health food stores
and online. Note: These capsules have other interesting uses miniature-wise. 
Insert a dowel or unsharpened pencil into the capsule and press down lightly to
slightly flatten the rounded end.  For the lid punch a 3/16” round from posterboard
and glue to the now flattened end. 

Set the capsule on the lid and fill as desired with colored craft sand (this sand has
other uses in miniatures, esp. baking) Note: Melissa and Doug off kits with asst.
color sands and can be order thru Amazon.  But also look to dollar stores and
the dollar bins at Target, Michaels, and Joann’s for very inexpensive little kits
with a nice variety of colors, and some come with funnels.  You can also use
fine glitter if desired. 
For bottom, run a very thin line of E-600 glue around the capsule edges and then
cover it with a piece of clear packing tape.  When glue has set, trim tape to size.

The thinner candy canes in the purchased glass bowl (a quick look on eBay
shows a nice selection) are made follow directions in part 1.  The larger ones
are made using packaged ones from Darcie.  These are out of scale but can be
reworked.  First add a dab of craft glue to each end to prevent fraying.  Using
pliers (two pair work best) twist the canes, one hand going one way and the
other hand the opposite way until a desired pattern is achieved.  Cut with wire
cutters; leave as is for candy sticks or bend one end for canes.  Seal each cut
with a dab of glue.  For a shiny finish use clear nail enamel or acrylic gloss.
Print out two mirror images of the trees and glue back to back; repeat.  Cut one
tree in half lengthwise and glue the cut side of one half to the face of the uncut
tree; repeat for other side.

                                               Click on image and save to computer. 
                                               Set printer to print at 1.62"W x 1.16"H

 For a bit of whimsy add a gingerbread man escaping his fate….
Run, run as fast as you can!  You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!"
Click on image and save to computer.
Set printer to 0.75W x 0.95H
Print on cardstock.
Cut out and color edges and back with brown water color
pencil.  Slighty. bend arms and legs to a
running position.



Now on to “real life” for me for a bit…decorating the tree, baking some real
cookies, finishing the shopping and getting the house ready for a two week
holiday visit from 2 year old granddaughter Malene and parents.  Do check
back here from time to time to see what new little bits I might have for you and
then a new project for January decorating.

A huge thank-you to all of you who have helped to make my blog so successful,
it is really gratifying. Have a wonderful holiday season and please  take time to
“smell the spices of the season”, that is what it is all about!



  1. Great finish for this sweet project - thanks Joann! Have a wonderful holiday season with your family!

  2. Nice Holiday project! I am interested in the kits so I'll pop on over to see what that entails. Thanks!

  3. Joann, Thank you so much for this incredible project and the offer of the kit!! I am so happy to tell you that I just purchased one and will look forward to having it arrive!!!! I hope you have a great Christmas!!!

  4. Ooooh! I wish I could afford to get one, because I most definitely want one! Off to bug the hubby now. :) Fabulous project, Joann!

  5. Such a wonderful wonderful project. :) Thank you so much! I'm about to start my real sized baking so I just loved this.

  6. I am a long time reader of all your diy articles. Thank You so much for all you're inspiration!! You bring new life to miniatures.

  7. Muiiiiiiiiiiiito legal....


    bjus da SusydoBrasil

  8. I love your blog concept and your projects!
    Thank you for sharing your tricks and your knowledge with us.
    As soon as possible I will try one of your furniture for my dollhouse which is under construction.

  9. Yet another round of wonderful projects and creative ideas. Thanks so much for sharing them all!