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Making Detailed Miniature Plants for 1:48 Scale Dollhouses and Railroad Scenes

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Make Quarter Scale Hosta Plants
Quarter scale hosta plant made from paper painted with acrylic paints.

A hosta plant in dollhouse 1:48 or O railroad scale made from petals of paper painted with acrylic paints.

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To make tiny hosta plants for your scale scenes, paint paper with a mix of yellow green and dark green so that it forms thin striped lines. Use sharp curved scissors to cut slightly pointed leaves from the paper which are about 1/2 inch long and 1/4 inch wide. (see above). Take a 1/2 inch section of fine (#28 - #30) wire and cover the end with green paint. When the paint is dry, glue the base of a hosta leaf close to the end of the wire, gluing the leaf around the wire to shape the leaf slightly. Set another leaf over the base of the first one, gluing it slightly further around the wire, and continue gluing the leaves around the wire until you have two layers of leaves glued inside one another, with some slightly above a second lower layer. When the glue has dried, use tweezers to pull the leaves slightly down and out from the wire. Trim the end of the wire so that it sticks down about 1/4 inch from the base of your hosta and use this section of wire to 'plant' the hosta so that the base of the bottom layer of leaves touches the soil in your pot or garden.

You can make several varieties of hosta by giving them characteristic white, green or yellow blotches down the center, or by making them from rounded leaves rather than slightly pointed ones.

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