Miniature Gardening forum: All those little details

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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
May 10, 2013 8:55 AM CST
I've been making a list of features and details I've seen in other mini gardens that I think I could duplicate without buying ready-made, and working my way through making them. Would love to hear about and see details that you like and have made, whether installed in a garden or not. I don't mind having a few ready-made things, and would probably buy a bunch more if I wanted to spend more on this, stuff I could never make myself, but would like to discuss here things people can do/re-purpose without just buying (except for materials like paint, glue, sticks or other construction materials.)

Let's see your stuff! Hear your ideas!

Hollowed, painted corks, whirlygig saved from a birthday cake
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Clay (Crayola air dry) bird bath parts and bricks drying:
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Shed made out of old mini blind slats and little sticks smaller than popsicle sticks. I don't remember why many years ago I bought the little sheets of shiny squares on mesh backing, but as DH suggested, they make great windows...:
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Wind chime of florist wire, beads, rocks meant for necklace-stringing:
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Other wind chime:
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DH made the table, I made the chair, bought plate and watering can:
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Cyclone beach fence made of "not popsicle sticks" and florist wire:
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Showed DH the little wooden bird house I already had, asking for more, and he showed up the next day with this, used a pencil for the stake, nail with head cut off for perch. Needs another coat of paint.
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This pool was the lid of a fast-food container. I cut off the rim, painted a few coats of blue, aquarium rocks. The chair isn't meant to be in the pool, but fits there to share the pic. The chair is florist wire, hot glue, fabric scrap glued on a piece of plastic tub lid that's waterproof and easy to cut to shape.
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This was bought years ago for my daughter's Barbies. Painted it and decided the back was a good place to glue a gaggle of the friendly plastic doo-dads I made (...in the 90's?) Going to use that "tacky" stuff to place items inside, so I can rearrange if I want.
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My real outdoor gardens are very sedate as far as having hardly any gizmos or gadgets, so it's fun to let that restrained part of me really go with this mini thing.
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In case somebody wants to copy/paste this, it has the stuff above included, kind of a list, kind of notes:
alum. cans as sheet metal
basket: line with fabric for utensils
bird bath
bird feeder
bird house
boots (Barbie)
bridge
burgers, dogs, shish-ka-bobs for grill
butcher block table
cake columns: gazebo or Roman row
cake decoration: whirlygig
coil of wire for hose
corks as tiny planters
doughnuts (clay)
fences, various types
grill
hammock
hanging baskets (plastic bottle lid, wire)
magazine or book
marble as gazing ball
mushrooms
napkin holder
picnic table
pool & lounge chairs
sconces
shed
sign
statues
stream/waterfall
stump
swing set
table, chairs, bench
tiny pots
various paths
wind chimes
wire arbor/trellis
wishing well
wooden play/slide thing
wreath
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
May 10, 2013 2:14 PM CST
Wow, I'm not into miniature gardening but I'm impressed with the creativity, thinking out of the box, fun visualizations, dedication to recycling/re-purposing etc. Thanks for all that has been inspiring...I'm still in the 'used-dryer-sheets as snow bkground' for my greeting cards' stage... Blinking
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goldfinch4
May 14, 2013 4:58 AM CST
Very creative! Do you plan on keeping your gardens indoors?
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
May 15, 2013 8:12 AM CST
Thanks, and thanks!

These gardens are for outside, except for a few months when it's too cold. Spraying the painted items (and others sensitive to getting wet) with clear urethane will prevent them from being ruined, at least too quickly, by rain and dew. I don't know about fading, time will tell... Anything wobbly or light enough to blow away in the wind can have a piece of wire glued to the bottom, so it can be stuck in the soil for security.

Having a ton of fun the past few days, making/painting more mini garden decorations! Will take more pics soon.
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TerriStanley
Jul 6, 2015 6:21 AM CST
Very cool!
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jul 6, 2015 3:01 PM CST
Here's some of the decorations added to my mini garden more recently...


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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Jul 6, 2015 9:31 PM CST
I like that lady bug on the succulent!
Name: Jeanne
Baytown, TX Zone 9a
Texasgal77
Feb 24, 2016 6:22 PM CST
Adorable! We've made alot of things as I have done three Dollhouses. Most everything is for the interior! I will have to find pictures. There is a very extensive writeup on the other DG site.
I believe it is under Crafts.

I love the way you think! You have an excellent start! Keep up the good work!
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Feb 24, 2016 7:26 PM CST
TYVM!

Here's the 2 wine cork pots in use. They were bright blue but have faded a bit.
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Name: Jeanne
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Texasgal77
Feb 25, 2016 2:05 AM CST
Thanks for the pictures. I will have to get my daughter to save her wine corks for me! Thank You!
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Aug 15, 2016 12:23 PM CST
I made a micro picnic table & bench yesterday with craft sticks (similar to popsicle sticks but the ends aren't rounded) for mini #2. The sticks not hard to cut with wire snippers. It makes the cooler look huge, but it's hard to keep everything on the same scale in a mini.
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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Aug 15, 2016 12:31 PM CST
Tiffany, some people go camping with HUGE coolers!! Nice picnic table!
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Aug 15, 2016 12:36 PM CST
Awww, TYVM!!
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beckygardener
Aug 21, 2016 7:17 AM CST
What a great idea to use craft sticks to make a picnic table! I will have to remember that craft idea for when my granddaughters come to visit. Too cute! Thumbs up
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Aug 21, 2016 8:32 AM CST
Thanks! The hardest part was waiting for the glue to dry at various stages.
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beckygardener
Aug 21, 2016 9:42 AM CST
What does the frame of the picnic table look like? I was trying to see how you built the frame. Any possibility of a photo of the underneath side of the picnic table?
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Aug 21, 2016 10:01 AM CST
Sure! I glued the scrap pieces to the top, then the legs, then the supports to hold the legs more securely.
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beckygardener
Aug 21, 2016 10:43 AM CST
Thank you!

Very nice! Thanks for sharing the frame in photos! Do you seal it with anything considering it looks like raw pine wood?
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Aug 22, 2016 7:50 AM CST
TY! I didn't, hoping it will turn a darker, more aged color.
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