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Have a Seat

Grab the Scissors and Make Some Teensy Furniture

By Kate Lain


We love all things miniature at The Huntington. Tiny treasures can be found around every corner of the institution—a fairy door in the faux bois along the edges of the Rose Garden, bonsai masterpieces in the Japanese Garden, and miniature portraits in the Huntington Art Gallery. In the Jay T. Last Collection of Graphic Arts and Social History is a set of late 19th-century furniture cutouts for children. We have reproduced a sofa, table, and chair here for you to cut out and assemble.



1. Cut out each piece of furniture. Be sure not to cut off the tabs on the sofa and chair.

2. Fold each piece of furniture according to the small gray folding diagrams below. Folds are represented as dashes.

3. Using tape or glue, adhere the sofa and chair tabs underneath and behind the decorated surfaces so that they don’t show.

4. Snap a photo of your finished furniture set and share it with us on Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr by tagging us.


Kate Lain is the new media developer at The Huntington.


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