Using SketchUp to make a miniature house of an existing real one.

  1. Take a few photos of the house;

  2. Use SketchUp > Import > New Matched Photo;

  3. Export from SketchUp model a few 2D Graphic… Top View, Front/Back View, Left/Right View and an Align View to the roof;

  4. Print all of this photos and start crafting. :slightly_smiling_face:

day view

night view

general top view


The real house-hut was made in the mid-ninteenth century by local craftsmen.

+1 for JimD (Hey makers! We want you to Show Us Your Shop!)


Very nice! How was the physical model fabricated?


Thank you, @TDahl !

To answer your question, I’ll make a presentation of how I worked for doing that model, but because I use Google Translate to write in english, I will use more pictures for examples and fewer words. I hope it’s ok.

I drew the contour of the base of the house on a sheet of paper. I used small pebbles for the base, which I glued together with adhesive.

For the beams I used balsa wood, and for the floor I used some wooden slats. The “beaten earth” of the porch (prispa), I created it using gypsum/plaster and than painted it.

The walls were made of chopsticks for skewers, glued at the corners with wood glue. After that, I put on them with gauze, and then dressed everything with gypsum.

For both, the wood in the corners and the wood used for beams, doors or windows, to give them the old patina, I used a soldering gun, or matches, and two substance: Patina Varnish and Picture Cracking Varnish.

The roof structure is made of the same wood, and the shingle also made of balsa wood.

I used the same materials and the same technique for making the outside kitchen, fountain and fence.

That’s it!

Have a nice day!


Beautiful work. I am very pleased that you created the model by hand - very nice. I used to do a lot of modeling 40 to 45 years ago, some kits, many things from scratch (still in boxes in my current basement). Makes me smile just thinking about it. :slight_smile:


:slightly_smiling_face: Thank you!

That was the third miniature house I’ve done, I’m trying to learn the technique working.
And this was the first.

Maybe in a few days you will say you have resumed modeling. :wink:


I added three models for the “Model Garden” @ 3D Basecamp, I hope the models are correct (passed verification with Solid Inspector 2) and 3d-printable, being the first of this kind for me.

I chose to create the virtual models of “Sculptural Ensemble of Constantin Brâncuși at Târgu Jiu” (was a Romanian sculptor, painter and photographer. Considered a pioneer of modernism, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century.)

The Sculptural Ensemble of Constantin Brâncuși at Târgu Jiu is an homage to the Romanian heroes. The ensemble comprises three sculptures: The Table of Silence, The Gate of the Kiss and the Endless Column, on an axis ~1.500 m (~4,920 ft) long, oriented west to east. The ensemble is considered to be one of the great works of 20th-century outdoor sculpture.

The Table of Silence (Masa tăcerii) - SKP 3D model

The Gate of the Kiss (Poarta sărutului) - SKP 3D model

The Endless Column (Coloana fără sfârșit) - SKP 3D model

All three models are miniature and fit into a 4 "x 4" x 6" (10 x 10 x 15 cm) box.

Brancusi 3D Warehouse Collection


Nice table for exhibits, @TheOnlyAaron! :wink:

Wooden boards have a thickness of 2 cm?


1" rigid foam installation sprayed with Plastidip (gotta keep it light for shipping)!