Make your own mini bamboo planters from a lotion cap and a coaster

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Here’s a quick, easy, very inexpensive project for you. Use bamboo coasters, old lotion caps and lids, and a little glue to make planters!

A little scotch tape will help hold the bamboo in place while you get started.

All you need for this project are some old bottle caps or lotion container lids (or lip balm containers, or the other small container or cap of your choice) and some bamboo coasters or placemats.

Here’s what I started with:

Step one was to cut the coaster to the desired height you’d like your planter to be. I started with the green cap and decided I’d like the bamboo to extend just above it on either side.

Once cut, I wrapped the bamboo around the cap, using a little scotch tape to help secure it in place while I worked. When I determined the right size to fit around the cap, I cut it and glued it into place.

I like the kinds of coasters with a mesh backing because you can cut them up and they never fall apart. These coasters didn’t have that kind of backing, so once I began cutting, the tiny bamboo slats began to come out. It wasn’t a big deal — I just put them back where they belonged, but if you can find the coasters with a mesh backing, they’ll save you that trouble. Another option is to glue some kind of backing onto your coasters before you cut them. Some paper, mesh, or lightweight fabric, for instance.

I repeated the process with the lid. It was much bigger, so I needed two sections of bamboo. Here’s a look with section one getting put into place:

After my caps were nicely wrapped in their strips of bamboo, I used a rubber band to hold the bamboo in place while it dried. Later I removed the rubber band and added a little twine as both a decorative touch and also to help keep the bamboo in place over time.

All photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

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Wallpaper in the farmhouse kitchen and dining area

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I got a lot of work done on my Craigslist farmhouse’s kitchen and dining area this weekend. I still need to install some trim, but I did a little decorating, just for fun. Here’s a look:

The light fixture and bowl on the chopping block are Etsy finds, mentioned in this previous post.

I made the little woven table runner on a small loom. Here’s a look:

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The wallpaper, including the flower mural, is scrapbook paper.

This little chopping block is from a thrift store.

All photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

In case you missed it, I’ve got a contest going on right now. I’m looking for a new for the dollhouse! Here are all the details.

Take part in my “Name that Dollhouse!” contest

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I’ve got big plans for the secondhand dollhouse I bought recently. It’s going to be featured front and center in an upcoming book or two (or maybe even more!).

From The House of Seven Gables, to Fallingwater, to Graceland, houses with names have presence. Naturally, this needs a great name too. Since I’m planning to feature it in a mystery, the name should be spooky and mysterious but also fitting with the clean, classic look of the house (I’m planning to keep its exterior about the same as it looks below).

The person who suggests the winning name will get the following:
Recognition on one of the first pages of the book and any subsequent books I write using this name.
Recognition on the Flip This (Mini) House blog (right here!) and social media pages and also on my author social media pages.
A Kindle copy of the book.
Bragging rights!

More details coming soon, but it’s not too early for you to start suggesting clever names! To do so head over to the Flip This (Mini) House Facebook page, here.

By entering this contest, you acknowledge there’s no other compensation, financial or otherwise, for having your suggestion chosen as the winning name.

My newest dollhouse says, “I need a cool name!”

Progress on the attic

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With some help from a blow dryer, I was able to loosen up the glue holding the carpet and divider wall in place. Here’s a look at my progress:

A mini book signing

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I’m planning to design new author business cards soon, so I have a big stack of old ones that I was going to recycle. Lucky for me, I realized they’d make perfect mini books! Once I made a few, I was inspired to stage this mini book signing.

The tiny handbag is made from a coaster. The newspaper is an image I found online, shrunk down, and printed out.

You know how I love a tiny bunting or garland to festive-ize a room box!

These coasters are great for all kinds of dollhouse and room box projects!

Decorate This (Mini) Room

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I had so much fun working on the Flip This (Mini) House book that I decided to publish a shorter book devoted to room boxes. It’s filled with never-before-seen photos and projects that are sure to inspire. It’s now available as a Kindle eBook (included in Kindle Unlimited) and paperback.

Decorate This Mini Room by Holly Tierney-Bedord

Decorate This (Mini) Room

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Since my dollhouse is done, I’ve been having some fun decorating a room box. This is the perfect project for a beginner, someone on a budget, or anyone with a short attention span! Any cardboard shipping box is all you need for your structure. Dress it up with scrapbook paper, mini furniture and accessories. Below are a couple of recent projects, including a bohemian bedroom, inspired by a clearance iron-on butterfly I bought a couple days ago, and a Christmasy room filled with clearance minis.








I’ve got some Big News for you! Flip This (Mini) House is now a book!

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Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve had any house-flipping news for you, but I hope this makes up for that!

Flip This (Mini) House is now a book!

It’s available in paperback or Kindle versions.

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Inside, you’ll find all kinds of tips, templates, befores-and-afters, hits and misses, and the whole Flip This (Mini) House story. Much of the information in the book has appeared on this blog, but there is new content as well.

Over 100 full-color photos guaranteed to inspire you and bring out your inner miniaturist! Grab your copy today!

A new mini house to flip?

A new house flipping project

I got together with my friend Janet a few days ago. You may remember her as the friend who found my original mini house at a flea market, back in the summer of 2014. It was just $35! She and her husband then brought it to me and the blog Flip This (Mini) House was born.

Well… She’s at it again. Here’s her latest find. This one I got for the low price of free. It’s in pretty bad shape, but, like my original project, I see a great deal of potential in it. I’m not really sure that I’m ready for another mini house flipping project just yet, but maybe when the snow begins to fall outside I’ll change my mind.

A new mini house flipping project?

A new mini house flipping project?

A new mini house flipping project?

A new mini house flipping project?

A new mini house flipping project?

A new mini house flipping project?