Miniature Vintage Typewriter Tutorial


Hi guys! It’s Cath. Today we’re going
to make some super cute miniature typewriters. I’m mainly using jumbo popsicle sticks and
toothpicks for this project so no complicated supplies needed. As usual, this is in 1:12
scale standard dollhouse size. Let’s get started. I first thing I do is grab some jumbo popsicle sticks. Take one and split it in half.
Just score it on both sides with your craft knife and snap the wood. Glue these 2 pieces
together to create a panel. Once that’s dry, draw a line at the 1.25
inch mark. Cut that out. This will give you a 1.5 by 1.25 inch rectangle. This will be the base of your typewriter. Then grab another jumbo popsicle stick. Draw a vertical line at one end. And another vertical 1.25 inches away from the first line. Then draw a horizontal line half an inch from the bottom. Half an inch away from the vertical line on
the right, draw a slanted line towards the bottom left. Then from the bottom left corner,
draw another line that slopes upwards and meets it. This kind of looks like a foot. At the top right corner, add a curved line. Now let’s cut this out. Again, just cutting
it with my knife on the lines we drew and then snapping the pieces off. File it to smooth out any rough edges. For the curved area, I just wrap some sandpaper around a skewer and run it against the wood. Make 2 of these. Alright, let’s put these pieces together. With some wood glue, attach these 2 pieces to the short sides of the base. As you can see, these 2 pieces create the sides of the typewriter. Then cut a 1.4 inch piece of popsicle stick. Slide it between the 2 side panels to make sure it fits. Mark a the height you need. It should be the same height as the side pieces. Draw a line at that mark and cut it out. Don’t
throw out the small piece! We’ll be using that too. Add glue to the sides and back. Then slide it into place. On the smaller piece, draw a trapezoid shape in the middle. It’s basically just a triangle with a flat top. Cut that out. Glue it to the top of the typewriter. Now I’m going to paint some areas
that are much easier to reach now than after all the pieces are assembled. With some black acrylic paint, I paint the inside of the back area. I also add the black paint to the keyboard area. Next, cut out another 1.4 inch piece. Split it in half. Take one piece and glue to the back of the typewriter between the 2 side panels. This closes up the typewriter. Cut out a 1.25 inch piece. Split that in half and add one to the top half of the back piece. Okay, let’s close up the front. I grab a coffee stirrer and cut off a 1.5 inch section. Glue it to the front. You could also use a popsicle stick for this if you don’t have wooden coffee stirrers. Now let’s paint the typewriter. You can
use any color you want but I’m going with a classic red here. Add it everywhere you have bare wood showing including the front… the back… the sides… and the bottom. I added about 2 coats of this acrylic paint for a nice even look. To make the keys of the keyboard, I take a
toothpick and paint it black. Make a bunch of these. Then cut out about 15 quarter inch
pieces. Just score it with your knife and break the pieces off. Glue them to the keyboard area with some wood glue. Just place them in a row with a little space in between each one. Once you have the first 2 rows in, grab a
coffee stirrer and cut off a ¾ inch piece. Cut off about a third so you have a thin little spacebar. Add a super small piece to the middle for height. We’re going to add it to the front center area of the keyboard. But before we do that, let’s paint the bottom black. Now glue it in. To finish the keyboard, cut out about 15 more toothpick pieces. These should be a tiny bit shorter than the quarter inch pieces in the first 2 rows. I dab on some white acrylic paint to the tops of these keys. Paint the spacebar white as well. Look at these beautiful colors. Okay, now let’s add on a coat of polyacrylic
for a nice glossy finish. So this next step is completely optional and
reserved for people who have way too much time on their hands…like me. Type numbers 0-9 and the entire alphabet into a word document. Shrink it down to font size 4. Print that out. Cut them out. This is so ridiculously tiny. Just add some glue to the tops of the keys and add the letters on. Don’t worry about
accuracy here…no one is actually typing anything with this typewriter. Then add a droplet of varnish to the top of each key. This will create a nice glossy dome look. Super cute. Okay, we’re almost at the end guys- with a skewer,
cut off a 1.75 inch piece. Smooth out the ends and paint it black. While that dries,
write or print out some tiny text. Cut it out. Ideally, the paper should be a 1.5 by
1.25 inches rectangle. Position the paper upside down on top of the typewriter. Then push the skewer down
at the back. Fold the paper back and you’re done! How cute is that? This little pink one is absolutely perfect
for Valentine’s day! I had so much fun making this little rainbow
of mini typewriters! If you liked this video, make sure to give it a thumbs up! If you decide to recreate it, snap a picture and send it to me on instagram! Hit that subscribe button
if you haven’t already and I’ll see you next time. Bye!

100 Replies to “Miniature Vintage Typewriter Tutorial”

  1. oh my god I love this so much. I am a writer and I love all things that are related to writing but especially old typewriters. sadly my hands are way too shaky and I don't have enough patience for this. do you sell these?

  2. You just get more and more amazing every video i watch . You deserve 10 million views minimum , i'm putting your channel on Autoplay .

  3. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

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  6. Definitely going to try this! How on earth do you have the patience to make FOUR of them!? You amaze me every time.

  7. Holy shit it's amazing that just 6 months ago you were celebrating 10k subscribers when now you're just topping 160k!!!!

  8. Iโ€™m sorry it this sounds weird but I love youโ€™re works as much as I do your projects, it makes me sleepy and relaxed I could just watch and listen to you for hours.

  9. I am so glad to know I'm not alone in my obsession with miniatures. Haha

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  10. As I live and breathe. I might have to try this myself one day. You know, they do remind me of the Royal Quiet DeLuxe series portable typewriters. It still does my heart good that there are people who take time to build a representation of a long-held hobby that I have had for 37 years.

  11. Love your videos all amazingly addictive ๐Ÿ™‚ love the way you just get on with it no messing about. Precise and to to point. You also have a Very lovely voice

  12. Those little ones remind me of a Royal Quiet Deluxe lineup I saw one time. They were painted just about every color of the rainbow. I had a Robin's Egg one made in '58 (it was one of the last of that model–it had a keystone shape top opener versus the chrome button opener used on the earlier ones). I do miss it, and wish I hadn't sold it.

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  14. Hi Cath, I'm your new subscriber… Can you help me make a mini cash register for my DIY Supermarket?

    Thank you very much…

  15. Ok i have only recently got into miniatures & i have literally watched nearly all of your videos! You're amazing and thank you for such clear instructions ๐Ÿ™‚ i have subscribed! ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Super cute! Iโ€™m going to try this one! Thank you very much for sharing!!!โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ

  17. LOL ๐Ÿ˜‚ ( no ones typing on these jaja)so cute you make awesome ๐Ÿ˜Ž miniโ€™s your also just a awesome artist ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽจ Iโ€™ve noticed in other vids anyway thanks for all your vids keep them coming I love ๐Ÿ’• learning from you ๐Ÿค—XX

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