Sorry choochoo I just now saw this post. I hope mini gardeners will see it and start posting. I love my mini gardens and living in a one bedroom apartment I don't have room for much other that mini container gardens so it is a perfect hobby for me.
Hi everyone. If you didn't see it on another thread, I wanted to let you know about my next mini garden project. A friend gave me an old bed pan she found in an abandoned house scheduled to be torn down. She imediately thought of me! She knows me so well and that I can find a use for most anything! I was talking to Choochoo and she suggested making an outhouse garden! I loved that idea. So now I've gotta save pennies for a mini outhouse! Hope there will be room in it for a clothes line! This is gonna be a hoot to create. I can't wait to get started. I'm trying to decide on plants to use. I've got a lot of baby tears for ground cover but the opening is only 7 inches and rule #1 is don't crowd. Probably just have one small tree and the baby tears. I'll have to wait till I gather everything together then see what I can use. I'll keep y'all updated as it progresses.
I think it's a great challenge! I bet you could place a "T-pole" through the spout portion and run a clothesline over to the outhouse or tree to hang lil garments on (underwear?)... that would help to save ground space for planting, hehehe. You'll need a path to the privy, too!
My g-g-dad had his outhouse in the hog lot. There was a toll to be escorted by Ol' Charlie (the resident hog) by scratching his back with a wire brush which g-g-dad kept hanging on the gate to the lot . . . oh the memories this brings up, lol.
Bev, the pole is a great idea. Thanks for that. I plan to use a flagstone path set in tiny pebbles to the "privy". Love the Ol' Charlie story. I sat in an outhouse once for 2 hours before Mom came looking for me cause a snake was by the door!
Char, I found a double decker outhouse that was only like 3"x2"x8". Maybe I can cut it in half and just use the top one. I never heard of a double decker outhouse before. Can you imagine being the one using the bottom one and someone else in the top???
I would love to have the pattern for the outhouse! Balsa wood wouldn't last very long out doors would it? I don't know? If I have to get the double decker and cut it in half I would use my Dremmel tool. I use it at any excuse I can find. (I have 4 of them!) Family members keep giving them to me for Christmas cause they all know how I love them. :o)
There is nothing wrong with that. You have a pair and one to spare if one breaks down.
I got it from a book that I've had for years. You can also make them of a thin Birch, I've gotten several pieces of it.
I'll work on it for you and mail it.
Maybe I'm biased toward Christmas decorations, Char, but I really think your diorama is among your best work. You and so many others have given me inspiration to try my hand and recently bought a multi-color box of no-fire clay "ropes" and figured if I mess up my first attempts, the clay can be smushed and used again.
Fruity, just bought some irish moss at wal-marts couple days ago.
I went to little gh where I had it and brought it in for your picture set up of Easter bunnies.
Here is group without grass. Then here they are in the moss. I put quarters in there so you could see the size comparison.
They look so cute..Now I got to make more...
I love the little bunnies! I made some snails from fimo this winter, and some new mushrooms.
I need to do some clipping on my fairy garden tree before I take some photos, it's grown like 3 inches the last month and the fairies are now hiding under a bush!
I really love to see what everyone is making.
Hi there Domehomedee, Welcome to our little mini garden chat. What kind of "fairy garden tree" do you have? Three inches growth in only a month is quite a lot, but I love to see the fairies "hiding" under the trees and shrubs. My vision is not so good and between that and hand tremors I'm unable to make the tiny items so I just enjoy seeing everyone else's. Post pics of your creations when you get a chance, ok? We'd all love to see them. Have you been making fairy gardens long?
Here are some pics of a couple of my mini gardens. I had an old Weber barbeque and decided it would make two perfect size mini gardens. I removed some of the hardware and painted the halves a rust color. The little house fronts are something I made in clay and then created a latex mold from. The finished project was cast in cement and painted. The little fairies I bought online. Not sure what the bush is but I love the black stems and bright green leaves. The Gnome home has an bonsai pine tree.
Domehomedee, Beautiful! You are a clever and creative person! I have a stack of propane lids I'm itching to get started on, but need a couple of long days to sand and paint before I can think of planting anything. I hope my finished minis look as good as yours!
Ooh, propane lids, what a great find. Inspires me to go on Craig's list and look for potential pots. I keep hoping I'll find another old Weber grill for free.
I've been making mini-gardens for about six years. It started with the "Hobbit house", a recreation on Bilbo's house. It needs some serious clean-up before I post pictures. It's quite large, a 1" to 1' scale, the door stands about 6" tall. I decorate it at Halloween and Christmas, and it has been known to make an appearance on our Christmas card. I have molded several of the fairy and gnome homes and created mini pots for gifts. I am also experimenting with "large" garden decor and have made some pretty cool oversized cement mushrooms. Some day I hope to make an x-large mushroom I could sit on in an x-large garden area.
There is a latex mold making product, I bought it online, you can google it. You paint on several coats and let it dry inbetween. It's important to be aware of the angles on what you are molding. For instance, I will never make a half circle mold again. It was just to hard to get the cement out of the mold without damaging the mold. My next project was flat pieces that I glued together, a cement gingerbread house (boy was this one a job). And when you put the detailing in you need to angle things out, not go to thin and deep etc., you just really need to be aware of how the mold will release when you make the original. Once you get your project latexed, then it helps to make a wood box and pour a back piece from plaster of paris, something to hold the latex in place while you use the the latex front (I hope this makes sense). What I did was take the original and build a four sided box around it, using the original with the latex on it as the bottom of the box, pour the plaster to the top of the box and then when it's hardened put a piece of plywood on the top (this will be the bottom of the mold box when turned over. You can use package tape to seal things off or make transitions from wood to latex easier. This sounds complicated but it's worth it when you end up with a dozen cement sculptures. I think I got six half circle sculptures before the mold started losing integrity and it was a bugger of a mold.
I bought some "putty-type" molding material, but it was so expensive and such a small amount that I gave up the thought of making something of any size. Using plaster to steady the mold makes good sense, too. Thanks so much for the info!! I'll Google latex mold-making!
Domehomedee, I love your gardens! You did such a fantastic job and your attention to detail is awsome! The bar b que seems to be a perfect size. The mushroom seat is going to be to cute! Looking forward to seeing more of your creations.
The hobbits finally got around to cleaning up their garden. Looks like they could use some home improvements though.
The door on this 6" tall. It is made with cement aluminate over syrofoam and wire, it was my first mini-garden from many years ago.