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Name: Bev Walker
SW Virginia (Zone 6a)
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Sundownr
Jun 16, 2016 5:54 AM CST
I was so inspired by Shape's 1/12 scale Hobbit Garden ( The thread "1/12 scale Hobbit Garden" in Miniature Gardening forum ) that I had to make one for myself. Shape’s was made from rigid insulation board. I used the insulation board as a papercrete mold for mine. The painted papercrete house front can be mounted to a regular 8x8x16 concrete block. An 8x2x16 cap block can be mounted to the other side of the block for a complete 1/24 scale dollhouse.
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Name: Bev Walker
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Sundownr
Jun 16, 2016 6:03 AM CST
The house is made from recycled materials. The decorative window panes were created from the hardware cloth that runs throughout the papercrete for structural support. It is backed with two layers of soda bottle plastic, one clear, one green. The door was cut from a salvaged wooden shelf board. The porch is an old ceramic tile. Leftover asphalt roof shingles and tar paper will be installed over the block once the house is in place and covered with soil.
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Name: Bev Walker
SW Virginia (Zone 6a)
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Sundownr
Jun 16, 2016 6:17 AM CST
The rigid insulation board mold for the Hobbit House front:

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The individual pieces for the mold.

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Assembled mold. Sorry I didn't get a pic of the hardware cloth in the mold.

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Another angle of the mold. Note the split in the smaller disk for the window where the hardware cloth would be sandwiched in to keep the papercrete out.

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Papercrete house front fresh out of the mold.
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Jun 25, 2016 12:18 AM CST
Pretty impressive work! Does Papercrete hold up outdoors?
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Name: Bev Walker
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Sundownr
Jun 25, 2016 4:49 AM CST
Yes, papercrete holds up very well.
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Jun 25, 2016 6:42 AM CST
Do you have to spray with any kind of acrylic clear spray to better preserve it? And I am assuming it handles painting it, too?
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Name: Bev Walker
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Sundownr
Jun 26, 2016 4:44 AM CST
Papercrete accepts paints and stains very well. I do apply a clear sealer to preserve the finishes, especially for outdoor use.
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beckygardener
Jun 26, 2016 7:14 AM CST
Thank you for sharing that info!
Just one more question .... where do you get Papercrete at? I've never seen it here locally. Do you have a photo of the bag/box?
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Jun 26, 2016 7:24 AM CST
That's fantastic! Great job & TY for sharing!!
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Name: Bev Walker
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Sundownr
Jun 27, 2016 1:20 PM CST
Becky,
You can make papercrete from shredded paper, Portland cement, and Perlite (or other aggregates). Here's a friend of mine's blog explaining his papercrete process:
http://thepapercretepotter.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-papercre...
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Sundownr
Jun 27, 2016 1:24 PM CST
Tiffany,
You're welcome!
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Sundownr
Jun 27, 2016 1:53 PM CST
I created a series of smaller fairy homes using the same method as the block house fronts , too. I just need to create the doors and apply the clear sealer.
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The Butterfly and Hobbit house fronts have screw-in canning jars that will have operable doors. The Flower Fairy (left) will have a non-operable painted door.

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Here are two of the molds and a mock up showing the jar in the back.

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Jun 27, 2016 1:54 PM CST
That is amazing! You make it look so easy! Lovey dubby
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Name: Bev Walker
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Sundownr
Jun 27, 2016 1:59 PM CST
Becky, It's easy NOW, lol. It took me a while to figure out the molds. I still have to get the hinges made and attach them to the canning jar rings that are embedded in the papercrete. I hope to get them finished this week and I'll post pics of the completed house fronts.
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Bev WalkersWayWeeds.com
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
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beckygardener
Jun 27, 2016 2:01 PM CST
Yeah, the mold part is what looks like a LOT of work to carve out.
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Name: Bev Walker
SW Virginia (Zone 6a)
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Sundownr
Sep 25, 2016 4:10 PM CST
Sorry, I forgot to post a pic of the finished House Fronts! D'Oh!

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Finished Block House Fronts: Fairy Duplex & Hobbit House

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Finished Jar House Fronts: Flower Fairy, Hobbit Hole (sold) & Butterfly Fairy

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Bev WalkersWayWeeds.com
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Sep 25, 2016 9:07 PM CST
A D O R A B L E !!!!! I love those Hobbit Houses!!! Too cute! Lovey dubby
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Name: Bev Walker
SW Virginia (Zone 6a)
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Sundownr
Sep 26, 2016 10:16 PM CST
Thank you, Becky. I sold the Hobbit Jar House Front the other day. It was bittersweet.
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Bev WalkersWayWeeds.com
It's all about recycling the WEEDS of our daily life!
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Sep 26, 2016 10:45 PM CST
Then I suppose you need to make more! Thumbs up Smiling
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Name: Bev Walker
SW Virginia (Zone 6a)
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Sundownr
Sep 27, 2016 6:44 AM CST
I may create a few more if I have some time next year.
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