Free project: Fright Night

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05 October 2021
Explore the darker side of miniatures by creating a 1/12th scale coffin for your fright night scene in this tutorial by Eleanor Catalina Stevens...

This quick-make project is the perfect way to bring a touch of horror to your spooky Halloween scene!

DIY miniature dolls house coffin

By Eleanor Catalina Stevens.

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You will need


  • 2mm thick sheet wood
  • 2x32mm wooden sticks (x8)
  • Burnt umber and raw sienna acrylic paint
  • Hinges and pins (x2)
  • Fabric
  • Doll (optional)


  • Paintbrush
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Craft knife
  • Steel ruler
  • Pencil

Download the templates here!


1. Using the templates provided, cut all of the pieces from 2mm thick sheet wood. Distress the edges of each side panel and lid, using your craft knife. It’s up to you how creepy and battered you’d like your miniature addition to be but be sure to leave enough edge surfaces for gluing.


2. Apply glue to the corresponding edges and leave to dry. Once ready to be handled, glue each side piece to the edge of the coffin base (template piece A).


3. Position and glue the supports in each corner, in addition to the centre of both longer sides.


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4. Place the coffin lid (template piece B) in position and mark 15mm in from each side for the hinges. Secure these in place using the supplied pins.


5. Using various shades of brown acrylic paint, stain all surfaces with a wash of colour – not forgetting the visible portions of the distressed edges – and leave to dry.


6. Line the coffin and lid with your chosen fabric, securing it in place using a touch of glue.


7. Lay your doll inside and position the lid as desired before adding to your Halloween scene.


Ready for another project? Don't miss this miniature Halloween cookies tutorial using polymer clay!

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