Bigger doesn't always mean better, as Japanese artist Tatsuya Tanaka proves with these tiny dioramas that he makes for his ongoing Miniature Calendar project.

He's been creating these miniature worlds every day since 2011, and we first featured his works of art a couple of years ago, but since then he gave life to hundreds more of creative ideas, some of which you can find below. Using everything from slices of bread, earphones, banana skins, and Pringles tins, Tanaka gives life to these everyday objects by reinventing them as props for the miniature people he combines them with. Whether he's using a bottle cap to recreate a restaurant scene or turning green plastic straws into a bamboo forest, the artist knows how to turn even the most unremarkable household item into truly unexpected miniature dioramas. Vote for your favorite below, and then check out more of his unique artworks on Instagram where he has almost 600k followers.

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#6

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Jörg Zingler
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Be careful, there are Aliens in those eggs ;)

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#7

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Daria B
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This one shows actually where our beloved potato snack comes from originally.

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#8

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Judie Bodner
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Soon we will sit under a tree and I will read you poetry

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#9

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Marie
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This one is so nice! Good work on light

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#13

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Bobbi Newell
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

See kids? Sometimes it's OK to play with your food! 8-D

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#16

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Daria B
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These must be the sound the athlethes make at each jump.

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#19

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Daria B
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hope to see more hardware board miniatures. I always immagined them as little big cities.

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#35

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rosellellesor
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Their butts must've been burned so bad. :D

#44

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Helen Vnuk
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a very interesting and funny way to get kids to eat their vegetables.

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#47

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Simin Lai
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, I guess reading is a staple for these people.

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#48

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Jonna Baldres
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He used some of the same miniatures in #46. :)

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#57

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Carly Noelle
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This looks like it would make a really cool book cover.

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