Using Household Items For A Budget-friendly Model Railroading

Like with any hobby, model railroading entails spending on the tools and materials to perform the activity or complete the project. Everything is worth the expense, given that it provides sheer fun, a unique experience, and an array of other excellent benefits. If you’re on the thrifty side, don’t fret, as you can still enjoy model railroading without breaking your wallet. You might be surprised that there can be junk sitting at your home, which you can utilize in this hobby. So, read on and discover the common household items for a budget-friendly model railroading.


Household Items as Tools

Model railroading requires investing in different equipment to build the model. Yet, many household items can work as excellent alternatives, still helping you complete the project.

  • Clothespin and rubber bands: Both items can be used to temporarily hold different parts, especially during painting or drying.
  • Old CDs and DVDs: If you’re tired of repeating the movies or playlist or they’ve become broken, don’t toss them in the trash. You can use them as a cutting mat or a paint palette.
  • Bottle: Cut bottles into half and use them as an instant container to hold other small parts. Keep the bottle caps as they can also be used for storing small amounts of epoxy glue or paint.
  • Toothpicks: These thin, tiny wooden sticks can do a lot. You can use them to move the smallest sceneries slightly, stir and apply glue and paint, and briefly hold parts together.
  • Ziplock bags: These bags come in different shapes and sizes. Use them to organize and store your materials properly.

Household Items for Sceneries

Your project won’t be complete without the sceneries, as they help bring the model closer to life. What’s great is that you don’t need to spend a lot on them. Many household stuff can be used to make different items for the scenery.

  • Straws, cotton buds, and old pens: These items can be used to create gutters or pipelines.
  • Milk cartons: You can use them as roofs of waiting sheds, homes, mini grocery stores, or other establishments.
  • Long bottle caps: Cut them lengthwise, and they can serve as an entryway canopy.
  • Wood skewers, nails, and screens: You can use them in making guardrails or fences.
  • Old magazines and newspapers: Make paper mache and mold them to create hills, mountains, and other terrains.
  • Pillow or plush to fillings: Just be sure to paint them well, whether your model follows spring or autumn, and these items can work great in making bushes or layers of grass.
  • Kitchen scrubbers: Take the rough green part of kitchen scrubbers. Cut them into pieces and use them in making hedgerows to create lush boundaries in certain areas of the project. Alternatively, you can take the soft yellow sponge and toss them in a blender. Once shredded, it can also be used for adding vegetation.
  • Actual plant stems or twigs: Dead plant stems can be used to make trees. Be sure to dry them out first to remove the moisture and keep insects away. Afterward, coat them with glue for sealing.
  • Wine corks: Break and paint them nicely to create rock formations, rubbles, or coal.

Final Words

Those are only a few household items that you can use for your models and train layouts for a more budget-friendly hobby. Just use your imagination and add some ingenuity – we’re pretty sure that there are lots of other things available in your home that find a new purpose in model railroading.