by Claire Allison

Timaru couple Fern and John Oliver are helping raise funds for the Cancer Society by sharing their love of making miniature houses.

Mr Oliver likes to buy 12th-scale kitset houses and sets himself the challenge of building the house and the contents that feature inside, often using printed papers off his computer and textures to enhance them.

He searches the internet for patterns and instructions and comes up with ingenious ways of replicating furniture and other household effects.

One of the Tudor houses Mr Oliver has made is wired with and miniature LED lights, and he even has fireplaces with firewood.

Inside story . . . The couple source and make tiny items to furnish their creations.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Mrs Oliver constructs houses from cardboard boxes, her first being a doll’s house made from scratch out of cardboard.

She enjoys making chairs out of bottle caps and furniture out of card and has even built a television out of an old cellphone.

Both are volunteers for the Cancer Society, driving clients to and from treatment, and that affiliation prompted them to show off their miniatures to the public at the Cancer Society for a week.

From Monday, Mr and Mrs Oliver will be on hand to show people their miniature houses and talk about how they are made.

The display will be available to view at the Cancer Society Centre at 32 Memorial Ave in Timaru from 10am-4pm each day and until 8pm next Wednesday. Gold coin entry.Sports brandsAir Jordan 5 (V) Original – OG White / Black – Fire Red