How to Save on Ordering a Custom Build Diorama or Room Box in 1/24, 1/12, or 1/6 Scale

How to Save on Ordering a Custom Build Diorama or Room Box in 1/24, 1/12, or 1/6 Scale

Have you ever wanted to create a custom build diorama or room box in a specific scale? Perhaps you're an avid collector or a hobbyist looking to showcase your miniature figures or models in a unique and personalized setting. In this blog post, I will discuss how you can save money when ordering a custom build diorama or room box in scales such as 1/24, 1/12, or 1/6. I will also explore the price differences between using wood and paper as materials for your project.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Understanding Scale in Dioramas and Room Boxes
  3. Benefits of Ordering a Custom Build
  4. Factors Affecting the Cost of Custom Builds
  5. Price Difference between Wood and Paper
  6. Choosing the Right Material for Your Custom Build
  7. Tips for Saving Money on Custom Builds
  8. Conclusion
  9. FAQs

1. Introduction

Dioramas and room boxes offer a fantastic way to display and showcase your miniature collection. They provide a unique setting that brings life and context to your figures or models. While ready-made options are available in the market, ordering a custom build allows you to personalize every aspect of the diorama or room box to suit your specific needs and preferences.

2. Understanding Scale in Dioramas and Room Boxes

When it comes to creating dioramas and room boxes, scale plays a crucial role. It determines the size and proportions of the elements within the scene. The most common scales used are 1/24, 1/12, and 1/6. These scales represent the ratio between the size of the miniature item and the real-life counterpart. For example, in a 1/24 scale, every inch of the miniature represents 24 inches in real life.

3. Benefits of Ordering a Custom Build

Ordering a custom build offers several benefits over purchasing pre-made dioramas or room boxes. Firstly, you have complete control over the design, layout, and overall aesthetic of the piece. You can choose the theme, materials, colors, and even add specific details to make it truly unique. Secondly, a custom build allows you to create a diorama or room box that perfectly complements your collection, enhancing its visual impact. Lastly, it provides an opportunity for personal expression and creativity.

4. Factors Affecting the Cost of Custom Builds

Several factors can influence the cost of ordering a custom build. These include the complexity of the design, the size of the diorama or room box, the intricacy of the details, the materials used and the cost to ship the item to you. The more elaborate the design and the larger the scale, the more time and resources it will require to create, resulting in a higher cost.


5. Price Difference between Materials

When it comes to selecting materials for your custom build, two popular options are wood, PLA, resin and card stock. Each material has its own unique characteristics and price points. Wood is known for its durability and sturdiness. It offers a solid base for your diorama or room box and can withstand the test of time. However, wood tends to be more expensive due to the cost of materials and the labor involved in crafting with wood.

PLA and Resin are relative new comers to the miniature world and are sturdier than card stock, but have other limitations.

On the other hand, card stock is a more affordable alternative. It is lightweight, versatile, and easily customizable. Card stock can be treated to become sturdy, it can be shaped, folded, and painted to create intricate designs. While it may not have the same level of durability as wood, PLA or resin it provides a cost-effective solution for those on a budget.

A good example for the difference in materials is flooring. Floors can be made out of wood planks that are hand painted and individually placed in the scene. The same can be done with PLA or Resin and all three options would take a lot of time and material.

In comparison a printout of a wood floor on card stock can be altered to look more like a wooden floor at a substantial saving. 

Another way to save would be on lighting. A diorama or room box that has lights really showcases the individual items on display and adds another element of realism. However it requires wiring and additional custom materials which drives up the cost. 

6. Choosing the Right Material for Your Custom Build

When deciding between wood and card stock for your custom build, consider your specific requirements and budget. If you prioritize durability and longevity, wood may be the better choice. However, if you're looking for a more affordable option that allows for greater creativity and customization, card stock could be the ideal material for your project. Ultimately, the decision should align with your preferences and the intended purpose of the diorama or room box.

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7. Tips for Saving Money on Custom Builds

If you're interested in saving money on your custom build, consider the following tips:

  • Plan your design carefully and provide detailed specifications to minimize changes and revisions.
  • Opt for a smaller scale, as larger scales require more materials and time.
  • Consider using a combination of materials to balance cost and durability.
  • Collaborate with me to explore cost-effective alternatives without compromising the overall quality.
  • Opt for a print over three dimensional materials
  • Forgo lighting
  • Take out anything that is not necessary. Remember that the artist has to make almost everything by hand and even a simple small cup can take time to make. 

By implementing these strategies, you can achieve cost savings while still obtaining a high-quality custom build that meets your expectations.

8. Conclusion

Ordering a custom build diorama or room box in 1/24, 1/12, or 1/6 scale allows you to create a unique and personalized display for your miniature collection. Understanding the price differences between materials helps you make an informed decision based on your budget and requirements. By following the tips provided, you can save money while ensuring the final result is a stunning showcase of your miniatures.


    1. Q: How long does it take to complete a custom build diorama or room box? A: The time required to complete a custom build depends on the complexity of the design and the number of orders ahead of yours . It is best to consult with me directly for a more accurate timeframe.

    2. Q: Can I request specific features or details in my custom build? A: Yes, that's one of the advantages of ordering a custom build. You can discuss your requirements and preferences with me to ensure your vision is brought to life.

    3. Q: Are there any limitations to the materials that can be used in a custom build? A: While wood and card stock are popular choices, there is a wide range of materials that can be used in custom builds, including various types of plastics, metals, and fabrics. Discuss your options with me to find the best fit for your project.

    4. Q: Will the items be exact replicas? A: While I try to mimic the look and feel of real objects and settings each miniature creation is only a representation of it's counterpart in real life.

    5.  Q: Can kids play with the miniatures? No, my miniature creations are collectables and are meant for  age 14years or older. If you want certain items not to be glued in place, let me know at time of ordering.


  1. Q: Can I change the scale of my custom build after placing an order? A: It depends on the stage of the project. If the project is in the design stage and nothing has been build yet, the scale can be changed.  A fee will apply, since changes to the scale may require adjustments to the design and materials used, so it's important to communicate any modifications as early as possible.

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"My Name is Enzie (NC) and I am a multi disciplinary artist based in southern California, USA.

I specialize in life-size commissioned pet and people portraits and custom-made miniatures in 1/12, 1/24, and 1/6 scale.

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