Category: "Flowers and plants"

Container tree, part 2

by brae  

Completed the container tree. I built up the interior of the container with glued-in layers of foam, first thick layers of builders foam (shown below) and then thinner layers of white foam sheet to get to the right height.

I filled the spaces around the foam with ballast glued in with Woodland Scenics scenic cement. My local go-to store is HobbyTownUSA.

I topped the ballast with loose underbrush foliage, again glued with scenic cement.

The flowers were made from pre-cut impatiens flowers purchased from a local show, loose yellow foliage and calyxes punched from origami paper.

I made leaves from a dusty miller punch and origami paper.

I attached the leaves and flowers to thin floral wire then planted these around the base of the tree to fill the container before the scenic cement had time to cure.

It's just enough to finish the look of a container tree.

I added a pair of cardinals by Mini Gems, too. :D

Container tree, part 1

by brae  

I made a small tree, but instead of planting this one in the ground, I wanted a container tree that I could reposition. I'm using the same wire and putty technique I've used in the past for the trunk, and candytuft for the foliage - notes at the bottom.

I measured the wire structure against the wall to make sure I had good height.

I used a clamp covered with plastic wrap to hold the tree while protecting the clamp.

Applying the putty.

Painting the tree.

Painting the separated candytuft branches -- I ended up making quite a few more than shown here.

Ghost is modeling to show the smaller stature of the tree.

I built a container from basswood and small scale siding from my box of scraps.

I wanted something compact but believable in proportion to the tree.

I stained the planter box with Minwax stain, the color is Fruitwood.

I coated the interior with a heavy layer of tacky glue. This will seal it for when I get to planting the tree.

More to come....

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Notes: Link to the first tree I made using this technique - follow the links in the first sentence back through the process.

A good starting source if you can find it is the DVD Master Miniaturists: Landscaping Primer with Diane Myrick. I got mine through interlibrary loan. This whole series is just awesome! 

This is the tutorial by Connie Sauve on using candytuft for the foliage. I doubt I will go back to using individual leaves again unless I want a specific type of tree where candytuft won't work. :]

I buy candytuft from Scenery Solutions.

In the mood for autumn

by brae  

A friend sent me an inspiration pic of a real life pumpkin flower arrangement. I hope I did it justice in mini.

Dresser by Dollhouse Smithery, black bottle from CW Lubin, doily from Stewart Dollhouse Creations, mouse purchased years ago (unknown vendor).

Planter carts for spring!

by brae  

I took a short break from making pillows to upcycle some plant carts for my etsy shop.

Hammered bronze...

Rustic...

Ivy Hollow - tree, part 4

by brae  

I've finished up the tree. :]

Love looking up through the branches.

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