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Make Miniature Plants and Flowers for Dolls House, Railroad and Model Scenes

Use These Instructions to Make a Range of Plants and Flowers in Several Scales.


11. Make Miniature Moon or Phalaenopsis Orchids

Dollhouse miniature pink moon or phalaenopsis orchid.
Photo © 2013 Lesley Shepherd
These tiny orchids make wonderful modern plants and can be made in a range of colors. They also work well made as  spray for a simple bridal bouquet.


12. Make a Scale Miniature Bouquet

A dolls house gardener delivers a rose bouquet for a miniature wedding.
Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

Not only for a dolls house bride! These little bouquets can be used with model horse scenes, or as cake or package decorations for a special celebration.

13. Make Miniature Lilies

Dolls house scale lilies arranged in a printable miniature jug.
Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

Lilies can be made for miniature gardens, or as flowers for arrangements or bouquets. With an almost endless color range, lilies can be adapted for a range of color schemes and period arrangements. They are simple to make using assorted common paper punches.

The jug shown here as a flower container is available as a printable in several dolls house scales


14. Make Miniature Easter Lily Plants or Stems

Dollhouse scale Easter lily made from paper and wire.
Photo Copyright 2011 Lesley Shepherd

These Miniature Easter Lilies can be set in pots or used as stems for floral arrangements or garden scenes. Easy to make, the are a slightly different shape than regular lily flowers.

15. Make Miniature Water Lilies

Waterlily flowers are glued to the edges of leaves ready to place in a dollhouse scale fish pond.
Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd
Water lilies add color to ponds, fish pools and lakes. They are easy to make with curved scissors or a simple 'daisy' type paper punch.

16. Make Miniature Flag Iris

Dollhouse flag iris planted beside a miniature fish pond made from florist's foam.
Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd
You can use a simple daisy punch or teardrop punch to make flag iris from paper, paint and wire. I use a one inch punch for 1:12 scale iris, and have made them as small as 1/48 scale with smaller punches. Daisy punches also work for making lilies and Calla lilies.

17. Make Miniature Calla Lily Plants and Flowers

Dollhouse scale calla lily planted in a miniature pot.
Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

Calla lilies are easily made from paper and wire using a tear drop or daisy shaped punch or hand cut petals. They can be made in a range of colors and are easily made in smaller scales for railroad landscaping alongside house or water features.

18. Make Miniature Marigolds and Cockscomb Flowers

Finished marigold and cockscomb flowers shown with a miniature sugar skull for the Day of the Dead
Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

Make miniature marigolds (Cempazuchitl) and cockscomb flowers for dolls house floral arrangements or to decorate tiny Day of the Dead shrines. These flowers are made from tissue paper, thread and wire.

19. Make Miniature Spider Chrysanthemums

Arrangement of dollhouse scale spider chrysanthemums in a miniature celadon vase.
Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

These elegant spider mums are hand cut from fine paper using paper colored with watercolors. These are an 'intermediate' miniature project as they require a bit of care to color and cut. Make them in your favorite colors for a range of fall displays. They are also wonderful for dollhouse table decorations or in miniature wedding bouquets.

The tiny paper mums are also outstanding as decorative details for full size cakes for showers or other special occassions.

20. Make Single Flowered Dahlias

Bouquet of single paper dahlias in dollhouse scale.
Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

This is another intermediate miniature project which can be simplified for a beginner if you use colored paper as the basis for your dahlia petals. The intermediate technique uses careful applications of "Inktense" pencils to create the realistic flower types.

As dahlias have a wide range of colors, you can make these single dahlias to suit almost any color scheme. The flowers are made with simple daisy or teardrop shaped punches.

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