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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Quick, easy, inexpensive decorating tips

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Here’s a room box I recently made.

The placemats are snippets of burlap.

The oversized planters are napkin rings.

The flowers are from the Dollar Store.

The wooden vase is from a craft store. It came in a bag of about a dozen wooden vases for a dollar or two.

The table is another Dollar Store purchase, painted red.

The floors and walls are scrapbook paper.

The plates and mugs were inexpensive purchases from miniatures.com.

The only “splurges” in the room are the chairs and faux light fixture.

 

The best part of all? The whole room came together in a matter of minutes.

Tip: Pull off a a bit of the burlap all the way around each placemat to give them a nice, even look.

Tip: Adding trim makes all the difference! This room wouldn’t look quite right or finished without it.

If you like the napkin ring planter idea, but think these feel a little too oversized for use inside a dollhouse or roombox, put them outside the house on a porch or beside a front door instead.

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

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.

Tea for two

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Today I created this sweet little room box:

The faux light fixture and two baskets shown above are recent purchases from Etsy artist MiniHome Co. Below is a photo of all my recent purchases from her: Two baskets, a macrame-style wall hanging, and three faux light fixtures. Check out her Etsy shop here.

The cute little glass animals are recent purchases from my trip to Prague.

The pink tasseled wall-hanging was made from some inexpensive jewelry.

This mirror was a quick project. You just need a snippet of twine, any inexpensive craft store mirror, and some glue.

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

Love miniatures? Learn more about the Flip This (Mini) House mid-century dollhouse project here, here, here, or by searching through older posts.

Check out the Flip This (Mini) House book, the Decorate This (Mini) Room book, and the Style This (Mini) Room book by clicking any of these links.

Check out some more of my room box projects here, here, and by searching through older posts or following Flip This (Mini) House on Facebook and Instagram. Both feature occasional exclusive content.

Stick around to see the latest project: a farmhouse style dollhouse makeover!

The Mouse Mansion

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Have you heard of the Mouse Mansion? I stumbled upon this adorable display (about 1/12 scale) at the Amsterdam airport when I was traveling last week. I’ve often noticed when traveling in Europe that they’re WAY more into dollhouses and miniatures than we Americans are. I remember, years ago, seeing a beautiful little shop in Venice devoted to nothing but extremely high-end roomboxes. Somehow, I can’t picture that kind of shop making a go of it at an American mall.

Here are some photos I took of the adorable display. Check out their website using the link above to learn more.

Mouse Mansion photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Photos taken at Amsterdam Schiphol airport, February 2019. All rights reserved.

Love miniatures? Learn more about the Flip This (Mini) House mid-century dollhouse project here, here, here, or by searching through older posts.

Check out the Flip This (Mini) House book, the Decorate This (Mini) Room book, and the Style This (Mini) Room book by clicking any of these links.

Check out some of my room box projects here, here, and by searching through older posts or following Flip This (Mini) House on Facebook and Instagram. Both feature occasional exclusive content.

Stick around to see the latest project: a farmhouse style dollhouse makeover!

Easy Wall-hangings

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It’s easy to make little wall-hangings like these recent creations.

The card that came with some earrings was the perfect backing. I started with a strip of trim, affixing it with double-sided tape, layering a contrasting trim, and repeating the process.

This little table, above, is made of a rock slice and some wooden beads. The wall-hanging beside it is made of a cardboard earring card, some wood grain craft tape, a small metal tree from a craft store, and some trim.

Chip clips are great for mini craft projects!

 

Displaying mini collections

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If you enjoy collecting in your human-scale life, why not extend that to your mini world? I love collecting tiny baskets for my dollhouse and room boxes. Here’s a look at some of them on display:

I made the little macrame owl on the wall using a Jonathan Adler pattern. The plant is made from doubled-over painter’s tape, cut to shape. The birch tree is a twig wrapped in fuzzy yarn.

Un-be-weavable!

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Check out some of my recent weaving projects!

The black and white weaving makes a great little table runner, rug, or throw for the foot of a bed.

Here’s another look at the lemon-themed bedroom, but with the blue curtain covering the tiny bamboo shade:

This little curtain didn’t take long to make. I used a loom that came free with Mollie Makes magazine. Here’s a look at the process:

Wondering how I made the bamboo shades?

They’re made from inexpensive coasters, cut to size…

I tried out this old necklace with the blinds…

And felt it was the perfect cord. I snipped off a portion of the necklace and glued it into place with Elmer’s glue.

Looks good!

Wondering about the pretty artwork in this orange room?

These were gift tags designed by Katharine Watson, sold by Crate & Barrel.

Using some black paint (and a piece of junk mail as my workspace), I outlined three of the trimmed-down tags. After they dried I used double-side tape to affix them to the wall.

The tiny pillows in the lemon-themed room are from Shepherd Miniatures. The little books are copies of my own books, cut from my author business cards.

If you find when you’re weaving with a potholder loom that the yarn wants to slip off, wrap it all the way around the loom. You can then weave using one layer or both, depending on your project’s needs. Problem solved!

 

 

 

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!