Half Circle Flowerbed

Today’s flowerbed is inspired by my friend.  She told me one day that she wanted half circle flowerbeds for the current starter SF house.

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I made it so that two of the half circles make a perfect circle when they’re put together.

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This is basically a little twist on yesterday’s circle flower bed, but in case anyone is interested, here is the tutorial.

First, draw a circle on a piece of thick paper, cut the circle out, and fold it in half like the picture below.  If you are using 5mm thick foam board like me, measure 5mm from the folded center, and cut it off.

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On a foam board, draw along the line of the half (minus 5mm) circles.  You will need 4 of these.

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Cut the half circles out, and peel off the paper on both sides.

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Hot glue two pieces together to make 2 thicker pieces.

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Measure the length of the straight side, and cut a strip of 1.5mm tall walls out of a foam board.

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Make longer strips for the curbed walls. Please refer to “the circle flowerbed tutorial” for the brick texture making.

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Glue on all the walls like below.

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At this point, you should have two half circle flowerbeds like these.

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Paint the bricks the same way as the circle flowerbed.

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Once you plant all your flowers, it’s best to coat the soil with glue and water (5:5 ratio) mixture to avoid unfortunate plucking.  Make sure your glue dries clear.

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I hope my friend likes these flowerbeds! 😀

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Circle Flowerbed (brick)

I finished three different flowerbeds over the weekend, and this is one of them.

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This flowerbed is made out of foam boards instead of clay.  I know you probably have seen my other circle flower bed tutorial from last year, which uses clay, but personally I like this method better.  It lasts longer and is easier to make, at least in my opinion.

First I drew two circles using a lid of a candle onto foam board.  Of course you can use a compass or anything you’d like for this part.

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Cut the circles out.

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Peel off the paper on both sides.

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Hot glue the two circles together.  It’s better to just put glue on the end instead of all over the inner circle.

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Cut a strip of 1.5cm wide out of a foam board for the wall of the flowerbed.  The length should be a bit longer than your estimate, just to make sure.

Draw 2 lines on the strip with a pencil or clay knife, so that the spaces in between are all 5mm.

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Slit in lines with a carving knife or pencils to define each brick. It’s best to do 1cm apart.

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Very gently wrap the strip around the circle you made earlier and hot glue; if you aren’t careful, the strip will snap in half!

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Cut off the extra strip.

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Don’t forget to make slits on top and the inside of the flowerbed wall.

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Color all over the flowerbed with the color of the cracks of your choice.

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Once the paint is dry, plaint the base color of the bricks to each brick.  You can use your brush, or you could use a sponge to go your job quicker.  Avoid filling in the cracks.

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If you prefer, paint additional colors to some of the bricks.

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Once all the paint is completely dry, give your flowerbed a dark wash.  Dissolve some black or dark brown paint in water (adjust the ratio as you go), and dab the mixture all over the flowerbed. As the dark wash dries, the dark color becomes less noticeable, but it is just enough to give your bricks more textured look.

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Finally, using a dry brush, very lightly brush on light paint such as white.

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After the bricks are done, color the dirt part with some brown, spread some glue on top, then coat the surface with some tea leaves.

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When you plant your plants, simply poke some holes with a tooth pick etc, and stick in your plants.

I will post another flower bed tomorrow.

Muscari (Grape Hyacinths)

This is one of the flowers I loved when I was a kid.  I remember buying a pot of muscari at the flower shop with my allowance.

I made a pot just like the one I used to own, using the same method I used making gerbera daisies.

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First of all, I had to make the right combination of colors with my clay.

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I made a log of these colors following this method. -> “Making color gradations.”

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With muscari flowers, I recommend getting about 1mm thick slices out of these tiny logs. Each of these slices is supposed to be one tiny flower.

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Now take a wire for the stem, and make a core to attach the tiny flowers.

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When you slice one flower out of the log, keep it on the knife, and directly place the flowers on the core of the flower.  Stat from the bottom with bigger flowers and make your way up with smaller flowers.

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I was using FIMO oven bake polymer clay, so I rolled up a sheet of aluminum foil and pokes some holes to stick my stems in while baking.

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Once the flowers are hardened, paint the wire light green.

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I made some leaves with green paper.  Then I stuck the stems in a air dry clay filled pot, which has some tea leaves glued on to mimic the dirt.

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