Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Making Plants for a Dollhouse

Remember how I mentioned that I always seem to find some useless item that just fits into a plan that I'm hatching?  Well, today was another instance of that sort of positive karma.  Last night, I realized that my dollhouse needs some foliage.  I thought up a plan where I would print out leaves, painstakingly cut them out, and glue them to wire to form a plant.  Then, I saw a terrific tutorial, albeit in Spanish, but quite well documented with pictures, that I just knew would be easier than my cockamamie scheme.  So that was plan B. 

Then, out of the blue, comes plan C.  Just today, on the way to dropping off my daughter at her school, there was a coffee table that caught my eye.  It had large crystals supporting a glass and mirrored top, and gold legs.  It was quite the glamorous piece of furniture.  Alas, it was far too heavy for me to lift, since I am recuperating from a major surgery and was instructed to pick up nothing heavier than a gallon of milk.  But, in between the mirror and the glass was a small planter filled with plastic flowers.  And I knew right away that I had just discovered my miniature plants.

The large planter is a Barbie planter, formerly pink, spray painted white. I swear, I don't know what I did before I found plastic primer.  I dry brushed the once-green, now faded to yellow, ferny things that were surrounding my flower cache.  The planter had stylized flowers in it, that were removeable, so I placed the fern-like stems into the holes.  The other planter was the top  of a plastic lighting fixture for a Barbie dog (don't ask).  The flowers are a dried seed head of a chive plant, spray painted pink and then dry brushed on the stems.

The inspiration
The spider plant pot I fashioned after a Bjorn Wiinblad "face vase".  It looks more like I modeled it after Sesame Street's Bert, but it will do for now.  The leaves were the petals of the fortuitously found flowers, that I primed white and then dry brushed three different shades of green.  The single baby spider plant is the piece of plastic that holds the plastic flowers onto the stem, glued to a tendril of a green painted paper clip.  I crammed it all into the pot, and voila!

So, here they are, my plants.  Oh, and yes, since my daughter plays with this, with her friends, I fully expect these to be completely broken and beaten when it is time to unveil the finished dollhouse in May.  I need you to know that I am aware of that.


  1. They're so cute. :) Especially love the pink chives.

    The blog is looking really good too, by the way!

  2. oh well, at least they'll have fun with them and that's all that matter right :)



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