Tutorial: Making a flowerbed – Part 2 – Painting

[insert_php] previous_post('« « %', 'Older Post', ''); [/insert_php] | [insert_php] next_post('% » »', 'Newer Post', ''); [/insert_php]   In the last post, I explained how to make a circular flowerbed.  In this post, I will continue with how to paint it to give it a more realistic look like the left one in the picture below. I used the following items for this project. 1.  Paint all over the flowerbed with a lighter color, especially paying attention to the cracks.…

Tutorial: Making a clay flowerbed – Part 1 – Shaping

[insert_php] previous_post('« « %', 'Older Post', ''); [/insert_php] | [insert_php] next_post('% » »', 'Newer Post', ''); [/insert_php]   Once you have a little yard in front of your house, you'll probably want to plant some plants and flowers in it.  The color of the flowers really pop and bring your little diorama to life. There are many ways to make flowerbeds, but this is the first one I made when I started to build my town.  It's very easy and…

Tutorial: small trees and bushes

[insert_php] previous_post('« « %', 'Older Post', ''); [/insert_php] | [insert_php] next_post('% » »', 'Newer Post', ''); [/insert_php]   Making small trees and bushes is very quick and easy.  I think the hardest part is finding the good fake greens for them.  I usually go to stores that sell silk flowers and garlands of fake plants. What you need to look for is something that has lots of small leaves. For this tutorial, I am using the fake plant below. Take…

Tutorial: Making a road

[insert_php] previous_post('« « %', 'Older Post', ''); [/insert_php] | [insert_php] next_post('% » »', 'Newer Post', ''); [/insert_php]   When you put your house on a green field, it looks great.  But if you made a road that connects your house to elsewhere, your diorama looks like it has a story. On the Sylvanian Families toy boxes, there are usually pictures of the products against gorgeous background.  The kind of roads that I see in these backgrounds tend to have foliage…

The foundation

[insert_php] previous_post('« « %', 'Older Post', ''); [/insert_php] | [insert_php] next_post('% » »', 'Newer Post', ''); [/insert_php]   I am a mother of a three year old boy.  He is now shifting his interest to superheroes, but back when I started to collect Sylvanian Families, he was just as much into it as I was. So when I started to make my diorama, I had to consider the height of its foundation. I also wanted it to be flexible so…