How to make a miniature windmill

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22 April 2022
Learn how to make these quaint little windmills as part of our miniature beach series in this fun tutorial by Candy Chappill, guaranteed to add a smile to any face!

Follow the nine simple step-by-step instructions to create your very own miniature windmill like Candy Chappill demonstrates here... Perfect for a beach scene or as decoration in your dolls house garden. Use the template provided or alternatively, use up any paper scraps you might have lying around!

DIY miniature windmill tutorial

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You will need

  • Double sided/patterned paper
  • Sewing pins
  • Scissors
  • Decorative sequins
  • Long head pins
  • Spacer beads
  • Straws
  • Superglue

Download template and colourful papers


1. Use the template provided to mark the pattern.

Miniature windmill step 1

2. Pierce all the dots on your template with a pin.

miniature windmill step 2

3. Use a pair of sharp scissors to carefully cut along all the lines on your template.

Miniature windmill step 3

4. Using your head pin, thread on a decorative sequin, and push it through one of your pre-pierced dots.

Miniature windmill step 4

This project originally featured in the May 2015 issue of Dolls House & Miniature Scene. Pick up a digital copy of the magazine, or subscribe for year-round inspiration straight to your door or digital device! 

5. Continue threading all your pre-pierced dots onto your head pin, going in order around the square.

Miniature windmill step 5

6. Thread on some spacer beads – this is to stop the windmill becoming too squashed when finishing.

Miniature windmill step 6

7. Thread the full head pin through the pre-pierced centre dot. This bit can be a bit fiddly.

Miniature windmill step 7

8. Using a sewing pin, pierce a hole all the way through the end of a straw.

Miniature windmill step 8

9. Thread your full head pin through this hole in your straw, and pull it as tight as you can – this is where your spacer beads come into effect. Once tight, add a blob of superglue over the hole, and trim the head pin once dried.

Miniature windmill step 9

Blown away by this tutorial? If you're looking for more beach-inspired miniatures, catch the waves with a totally rad tutorial where you can create a miniature surfboard using polymer clay or add some shade to your scene with this miniature parasol tutorial!

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