A walkway with “Welcome to Happy Tree” sign is part of the modular layout. Most of the items and buildings are made from cardboard and common items, using affordable, nontoxic materials such as white glue (“school” glue), sand and paint. Crafty Time with Dave features step by step tutorials so you can create these projects and more, designed for 1/64 to 1/35 – scale vehicles and figures.
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The main components are cardboard, sand, white glue, and paint. Many projects also incorporate packaging that would have been thrown away. Reduce, reuse and recycle!

These tutorials are free.


The main tools used are a ruler and scissors. White glue is nontoxic. That said, please follow all safety instructions for any tools or materials you use. Use common sense. And have fun!

For all ages

Crafting scale-model buildings is easy to learn at any age. It is a fun hobby that you can spend a lifetime mastering!

The goal is for these projects to be enjoyable and accessible to all. Your feedback and photos are welcome!


Readers of the Shelton-Mason County Journal regularly enjoy this free feature in the recently-expanded Activities Pages.

About Dave Pierik

Dave Pierik is the Office Administrator of the Shelton-Mason County Journal, a community newspaper in Washington State. Dave is the creator of Crafty Time with Dave, a regular feature in the activity pages of the paper. In what’s left of his free time, he is also a cellist.

Let’s make something together.

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