Books are obviously a thing I love, but so are miniatures. I’ve loved dolls houses ever since I was a kid and had a well-loved bunch of Sylvanian Families playsets along with various collections of small things.
So perhaps unsurprisingly, one of the things on my 2020 writing Christmas gift post was a mini DIY study, a craft kit made up of tiny parts that you stick together to make a tiny study full of books. I swooned over it and was lucky enough to receive it as a gift. And if you’re interested in it, read on as I’m going to do a review of my experience with it.
- You can do each piece or group of pieces one at a time, in pretty much any order. The instructions advise you to build furniture first, followed by the accessories, books etc but there’s no real dependency or order you have to do things in.
- The pieces are of a decent quality. I only found one piece that was a cut a bit off and tricky to glue.
- It will keep you occupied for a good while. The number of pieces along with the need to let things dry means it will probably last you a few weeks.
- It looks awesome when finished and you feel a real sense of accomplishment.
- The pieces come in lots of plastic bags, which isn’t great for the environment but I will be reusing them. You’d expect the pieces for each item to be together in a bag, but this isn’t the case. And the key to identifying what you need is confusing, so I found most pieces by eye.
- You may need to hold things together whilst the glue dries – make sure something interesting is on the TV.
- The instructions are not always clear. Sometimes it shows you the pieces and says “assemble”. But unlike the Avengers, they won’t just do so when you ask.
- The light. You’ll notice that the working light is not in my build. This is because you have to wire it up (in miniature), use a lighter to shrink the sealant and try to glue metal with not-for-metal glue. So that did not happen.
In total it took me a few weeks. Minus the “shall I attempt the light” procrastinating that went on for, well, a couple of months. You can’t do it for too long as your eyes go funny. But glad I did it and it’s now seated on my bookshelf looking spiffy.
What do you think? Have you tried anything like this yourself? Maybe you’ve got a craft project on the go you’d like to big up? Please share in the comments.