Collecting | Miniature log cabins

I have a small collection of little log cabins. Or a little collection of small log cabins.

Two of the buildings are incense burners, and the third is a Christmas ornament. They’re not particularly old or valuable, which makes them very easy to find and collect.

I see cabins like these at thrift stores all the time, but I was able to resist the temptation to own one until last fall. In a weak moment, I gave in and bought one. And then another. And before I knew it, I had three.

miniature log cabin

Of course, three of anything is a collection and all but begs to be displayed together, preferably under glass. The closest thing I had to a glass museum case was this tabletop greenhouse.

The greenhouse’s frame had been stained a delightful (and by “delightful” I mean “hideous”) orange color when I bought it years ago. A few months back, I finally decided to paint it white. Unfortunately midway through the painting process I realized that I couldn’t get at the inside of the frame where it pressed up against the glass (and by “glass” I mean “clear plastic”). So now the greenhouse is white on the outside and orange on the inside. Sigh.

To create a miniature forest inside the orange/white greenhouse, I stacked some styrofoam pieces on the bottom, varying the height of the “terrain.” Then I added the cabins and some trees…

… and blanketed the landscape with faux snow.

winter diorama
After the blizzard, I went hunting for my stash of miniature deer.

I love them all, but I decided I’d have to cull the herd a bit …

Because some were too Christmas-y:

Others were too tall:

These guys were just wrong:

I almost used these two:

miniature deer
But I liked this little group a bit more:

I burrowed the chosen ones down into the snowdrifts.

miniature log cabins
miniature cabins
And then I stepped back to admire the scene.

miniature cabins
Here’s an aerial view:

miniature cabins
I decided the cabins needed a little Terry Redlinesque glow inside them at night, so I added some battery-operated tea lights.

winter scene diorama
Ahh. Much better.

miniature deer and cabin
I have a feeling that this is a collection that will continue to grow.

4 Replies to “Collecting | Miniature log cabins”

  1. Oh my, I love the little log houses! My husband and I actually priced out some in hopes of living in one. I will have to settle at looking at yours because all we could afford was a little bitty one to live in – not good, lol. I love how you have displayed them and the pretty snow scene in the woods you created. You are so creative! I love the table top greenhouse too and I have never seen one before. Guess what I will be shopping for now!

  2. Oh, so cute! I have a couple of these little cabins but this has made me want to find a few more. Love the idea of the snowfall, and the battery operated tea lights inside. Thanks so much for sharing this creative idea!

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