boardwalk and a little sneak peek


When I was in high school in Japan, I had a chance to visit the U.S., and there I went to a beach town on the west coast.  It was such a lovely place with a boardwalk, amusement rides, and cute shops… I just always think of that happy memory when I think of the ocean.

To be honest though….I can’t really remember how that particular beach town’s boardwalk looks like anymore! LOL  So this is just my own made up version of it.

Now to be as lazy as I can, I used a big sheet of wood from a DIY store.  It’s hard and sturdy, so my Sylvanians can play hard on my boardwalk.

I drew lines on the board with a pencil.

And made light slits along the lines.  Oh boy, no, I’m not cutting this hard beast!  I really didn’t see a point in cutting out individual boards, so I kept the wood in one piece.

I also skipped using wood stains.  I think acrylic paint being very thinly applied did just fine here.

Then I added a couple more colors for some boards.

Finally I did a dark wash over the whole boardwalk to give a bit of an weathered look.



Under the boardwalk is just some foam board base I made.

Mmm…I like the nostalgic look of this scene…

Oh, before you go, here is a little sneak peek of what I’m working on at the moment.  It’s a bunch of different crafts in progress at the same time, but you might be able to guess what they are! What you don’t know, is what they’re for! Teehee!!

I’ll let you know when I’m through with all the beach  town related tutorials! Don’t miss it!


6 Replies to “boardwalk and a little sneak peek”

  1. It looks wonderful. I like the little wave shaped divider and pool around the sea creatures amusement ride.

  2. Ooh, I love sneak peaks! This tutorial is going to be a fave as it looks so easy. Just grooving the boardwalk planks is a great idea. Like Donna, I had also assumed it would require gluing acres of individual planks, hooray. Also relieved to see the base is the easy, quick foamboard and I’m looking forward to see how that looks from underneath with the railing.
    Hmmm. Now the mystery current project has me wondering. I see flower window boxes, a fouuntain and pretty pedestals for flower pots or statues. It could be the hotel, or the town series…but which part…oh, the suspense…!

    1. Yay! Yup, it is pretty easy, and sturdy. I’m just not very good at doing the same thing forever, so I will think of shortcuts anytime I can. The base is actually not visible at all from outside, although I did paint it to be safe. All you can see from the ocean side is just beach underneath.

      Hahaha, glad someone is excited! 🙂 Your guesses are pretty close!

  3. I adore this diorama so much. You did a fantastic job creating a boardwalk scene. Good idea scoring the board to make the planks. That saved so much time versus making individual planks.
    Isn’t foam board so versatile. You can do so much with it. Love the palm trees too! Hoping for a tutorial on those,
    Can’t wait to see what you are doing next!

    1. Hahaha, thank you so much! Yeah, I don’t like spending too much time on one project, I have way too many things I want to make and not enough time….ever! >.< Mmmhmm, foam board is amazing! Especially the cheap dollar store ones! 😉 Yes I do have a tutorial ready for the palm trees as well. It'll be the last of the beach diorama series.

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