A-Z of miniatures crafts: J for jam making

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Learn how to make miniature jam for your dolls house or miniature scene with this easy-to-follow tutorial by Ann Sutcliffe.

In just seven steps you’ll have made jam for your miniature larder – the perfect addition to your dolls house! The finished product is extremely effective and the fabric lid adds a rustic, homemade touch! Happy ‘jam’ making!

DIY miniature jam tutorial

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You will need

  • Liquid polymer clay (Fimo)
  • Red oil paint
  • Mixing cup
  • Mixing stick – cocktail, coffee stirrer or chopstick
  • Scalpel/craft knife
  • Strawberry canes
  • Tiny red pompoms
  • Glass jam jars
  • Metal pan
  • Baking tile or similar
  • Small piece of fabric
  • Cotton thread
  • Small sharp scissors
  • Scrap of paper for labels
  • Wooden board

How to make miniature jam

1. In a disposable plastic cup, smoothly mix together the liquid clay and the red oil paint to a smooth dark red colour.

Mixing liquid clay and red oil paint

2. Cut tiny slices from the strawberry canes and mix with the miniature pompoms into the red liquid clay to create jam texture. For jelly, omit this part.

Creating miniature jam texture

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3. Carefully drip the clay into each jam jar using the end a wooden mixing stick. Put any leftover mixture into a metal jam pan. Put the jars of jam and the pan onto a baking tile and make a few drips or spills on the tile. Then bake everything according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Dripping jam into miniature jars and miniature jam pan

4. Allow to cool. Moisten an oversized scrap of cloth for the top, stretch over the jar and secure with cotton thread. A dot of glue on the knot will secure it.

Miniature jam cloth top

Top tip! To fill the larder with jams and jellies, use orange or yellow coloured oil paints to create marmalade or apricot jam; purple for plum jam, and red and brown for chutney or mincemeat.

5. When the cloth is dry, cut away the excess with small sharp scissors.

Miniature jam jar finished

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6. Make some tiny labels for the jars and glue in place.

Miniature jam labels

7. Arrange the jars, pan and drips together with some strawberry slices on a board.

Miniature jam collection finished

Now you know how to make miniature jam, get to grips with more miniature techniques from the A-Z series… Go back to ‘I for inlay’ where you’ll learn how to make an elegant piece of miniature inlay or jump to 'K for knitting' where you'll learn how to make a miniature pot cloth and dish cloth!