The best part of peeking in a dollhouse window is discovering the tiny accessories inside. Miniature plants are as much a part of a dollhouse as they are a full-sized home. Anyone can create miniature ivy by using bits of green fabric or paper for the leaves on top of a vase formed from a toothpaste tube cap or other tiny cap. Vary the look by having long vines trailing over the sides, or bunch ivy leaves together on top of the miniature vase.
Sketch an ivy leaf to use as a pattern on a sheet of white paper. To draw ivy, make leaves with one point at the top and two points on either side. Round the bottom of the leaf on either side, joining the two sides where the stem meets the leaf. The pattern only needs to be about a 1/4 inch high. Cut out the leaf pattern. Leaves need not be perfectly shaped.
Trace the leaf pattern onto green construction paper. Make about two dozen ivy leaves to give the plant a full look. Cut out the leaves. Folding the paper in half before you cut will double the number, allowing you to cut half as many.
Use acrylic paint to decorate the cap of the toothpaste tube in pale green or a colour to match the decorating scheme of your dollhouse. Set the cap aside to dry for 45 minutes. Once it dries, fill it almost to the top with brown or green modelling clay.
Cut several lengths of florist's wire ranging in size from 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches. Hot-glue the tiny paper ivy leaves along the upper half of the wire stem to both the left and right sides. Leave the lower half of the stem empty so you can stick it into the clay soil later. Curl about half of the wires before you attach leaves so you can drape them over the side of the pot. Give the leaves at least 30 minutes to dry thoroughly.
Stick the empty ends of the florist's wire into the clay in the pot, taking care not to disturb the leaves on the top half more than is necessary. Arrange the ivy stems in the pot by draping, while keeping others upright.
Try using green tissue paper, silk or thin velour instead of construction paper to vary the ivy's appearance. If the leaves make the arrangement top heavy, cut a small circle of cardboard wider than the bottom, paint it to match the pot and glue it to the cap so it remains upright.
Tips and warnings
- Try using green tissue paper, silk or thin velour instead of construction paper to vary the ivy's appearance. If the leaves make the arrangement top heavy, cut a small circle of cardboard wider than the bottom, paint it to match the pot and glue it to the cap so it remains upright.
Things you need
- Green construction paper
- White paper
- Toothpaste tube cap and other small caps
- Acrylic paint
- Modelling clay
- Craft glue or glue gun
- Green florist's wire
- Wire cutters