How to create a miniature wheelbarrow

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12 June 2020
Learn how to make a miniature wheelbarrow using art clay for your miniature scenes, dolls houses, dioramas and fairy gardens.

As part of our 'miniature garden' series, Candy Chappill shares how to make this delightful wheelbarrow for your garden scene in eight simple steps. 

Miniature wheelbarrow tutorial

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You will need

  • Art Clay Copper Clay
  • Roller
  • Spacers –1mm
  • Tissue blade
  • Spacers 1.5mm
  • Sewing needle
  • Sanding pad & file
  • Swivel pin vice
  • Drill bit 3.5mm
  • Firing method
  • Brass brush
  • Green polymer clay
  • Spacers 2mm
  • Scalpel
  • Superglue
  • Thick copper wire
  • Wire cutters

Download the template used in this project here. 


1. Roll out clay 1mm thick, and cut two wheelbarrow sidebars from your template. A tissue blade is good for cutting these long straight lines.

2. Roll out more clay 1.5mm thick and cut around your wheelbarrow wheel template. For more intricate cutting a sewing needle is perfect.

3. Once your copper pieces are dry, sand and refine any rough edges using your sanding pad and file. Be delicate with the 1mm thick pieces as they‘ll snap easily.

4. Drill some holes in your pieces – these will hold the axel of your wheelbarrow. Candy used a 3.5mm drill bit. Drill a central hole in your wheel and one right in the end of your wheelbarrow sidebars.

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5. Once your pieces are completely dry, refined and drilled you‘re ready to fire. Candy fired hers in a kiln at 970°C for 30 minutes and finished it with a simple brass brush.

6. To make your wheelbarrow top, roll green polymer clay 2mm thick and cut around your templates. Cut a 2cm wide long strip (this will be for the ends).

7. Once baked and cooled (Candy baked hers in the oven at 130°C for 30 minutes), glue your wheelbarrow together. Start with the sides and base, then measure up the ends, trim appropriately and glue.

8. Glue your wheelbarrow sidebars along the edge of your green top part using superglue. With pliers, bend the drilled ends in, and using some thick copper wire (which will be your axel), thread your wheel onto it.

Your miniature wheelbarrow is ready for use... how good does it look?!


Don't stop there! Get stuck into the rest of the 'miniature garden' series:

Miniature bird bath tutorial

Miniature garden gate tutorial

Miniature dog kennel tutorial

Miniature garden wall tutorial

Miniature stained glass window tutorial

Miniature spade and fork tutorial

Miniature terracotta pots tutorial

Miniature Victorian lantern tutorial

Miniature paving slabs tutorial

Miniature weather vane tutorial

Miniature topiary trees tutorial

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