A proper garden needs flowers. Lots of them. Unfortunately artificial flowers usually don’t come in doll scale, so I have to make them.
After spending hours searching for artificial flowers with small leaves and blossoms I have quite a stock of artificial baby’s breath in various colors, small twigs of fake cherry blossoms and other small blooms I can use to make tiny flowers. Miniature vines and artificial herbs are what I have been taking apart for the leafage.
Making flowers that are in scale and don’t look too obviously artificial requires a lot of fiddly work, since most of the flowers are made of various ‘ingredients’. I’ve hot-glued blossoms to stems for hours and cut larger leaves into smaller pieces.
Making flowers turns out to be a challenge, even for somebody with a lot of patience. But I am quite happy with the results.
This one for example is made of cherry blossoms, parts of a miniature vine and fake rosemary. I love hollyhock of all kinds, so my girls need to have some, too.
I used painted Styrofoam for the base, which I covered in pine bark mulch parts. I want to be able to arrange the flowers to find the best position before I glue them to the flower bed base permanently, that’s why I decided to make every flower on a separate additional base. The gaps will be filled with a mix of coco fiber soil and wallpaper paste.
I have a lot of perennials in my real garden that are above knee-height, but my doll garden will mostly have low-growth flowers to make the scene more suitable for taking pictures.
This is what the smaller flower bed looks like after I covered the gaps with my coco-paste mixture. I have to admit, my dolls are obviously much better at weeding the flower beds than I am…:D. I probably have to add some fallen leaves and more weeds to make it look a bit more real.
I also just finished a bird bath, like the boulders it’s made of plaster. The water is a mix of transparent varnish for the wet look and a piece of clear film for the reflecting surface.