Handmade Sylvanian Projects

The pages below showcase some of the crafts and projects that I have made for my Sylvanian Families critters.

Since I display most of my collection in various dioramas inside my cabinet, I have included some of the techniques, trial and errors and successes that I have had while building and maintaining my Sylvanian Families displays.

Sylvanian Families Flower Template

Sylvanian Families Canal Boat Repaint and Remodel

Sylvanian Canal Boat Remodel

My attempt at reving a faded old Sylvanian Families canal boat.

Replacing Broken tails on Sylvanian Families and Calico Critters bunnies

New tails for bunnies

Sometimes bunny tails get damaged... I don't judge. But I do try to fix them where I can.

Making Miniature trees for Sylvanian Families dioramas

A Tree for Watermill Bakery

My first attempt at creating a tree from scratch. I have since given up on this method and will rather stick to plastic foliage as it is less messy.

Handmade Dress for Sylvanian Families and Calico Critters

Handmade Sylvanian Dresses

Some of my attempts at sewing for my Sylvanian Families. I have also recently started adding some crochet pieces to this page.

Custom Sylvanian Families Badger repainted to a ratel

Ratel Custom Repaint

My attempt at salvaging a battered little badger figure. I really should look into flocking in the future...

Custom made glasses for Sylvanian Families and Calico Critters Figures

DIY Sylvanian Glasses

My favourite project! These glasses are super easy to make and look very cute on any Sylvanian Family member.

Custom repaint of Sylvanian Families bears to Cheetah Family

Cheetah Custom Repaint

My first custom repaint project - making a cheetah out of a Sylvanian Families bear.

DIY Miniature Cobblestone pathway for Sylvanian Families dioramas

Cobblestone Roadway

This project was my first attempt at laying down egg carton cobblestones. It was made on a mobile surface so that I can use it in photos.

Sylvanian Families Flower Template

Building my Sylvanian Village

When I just started collecting in 2011, I was inspired by a fellow collector who was building her own village called Carrot Creek at the time. Although my own display does not even begin to match hers in scale, I hope that one day I will be able to inspire someone else with my ramblings. 

Original Rooibosch Hill Sylvanian Families display

The Origins

These are the photos of my original Sylvanian Families display. They were housed behind glass in my living room. My husband was so kind as to put some LED ligts in my display cabinet for me. This was before I started building individual displays for every shelf, so it is till quite bare...

Sylvanian Families Watermill Bakery display shelf

Watermill Bakery

My first project in constructing my village, was my Watermill Bakery scene. This is my favourite building and the Appleblossom squirrels are one of my most treasured families. I received them from the collection of a fellow collector from the US and though it fitting that their shelf should be the first one that got my attention.

Beachfront scene made in miniature for Sylvanian Families scale

The Beachfront

My second project in constructing Rooibosch Hill! This one was really fun, I decided to do it because the Farthings are real jolly beach hounds and the whole family was received as gifts, little sister Farthing coming from Spain! The little snack carts are just too cute and I think the scene focuses a lot of well deserved attention on them as well.