Friday, April 12, 2019

Making Tulips



The National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts is having an online house party with the theme of  "Around the World in 8 Days."

It includes a swap where the theme is visiting various countries around the world. I decided to participate in the swap because I could make tulips as a gift from The Netherlands.

I combined two tutorials.



The blog My Small Obsession has a brilliant Paper Tulip tutorial.  And the UK magazine Dollshouse and Miniature Scene had a tulip tutorial by Marianne Cook in the April 2017 issue. I had printed it out in 2017 and kept it as a project To Do.

My Small Obsession uses coffee filters for the paper. And she uses a regular hole punch to punch circles.  I love when tutorials use supplies that I have around the house! I shaped the punched circles on an eraser or foam pad using a ball stylus.

Then I followed the advice of Marianne Cook and dipped the 50 mm wires into yellow paint. (That seemed easy). Per Cook, I added three brown threads around the "pistil."

Then I took three shaped petals and put them around the pistil, spaced evenly. When those dried, I added another three petals overlapping.

Then I cut the leaves as directed. I wrapped them around the bottom of the wire.

Once dry, I stuck each flower into self-drying clay in a bead. And luckily, since I had to make 18 items for the swap, one tulip looked lovely in the bead.




And off I mailed my 18 tulips. I should receive 15 swap items back in May (I think). I can't wait. I'll show you the swap packages when I receive them.

The Cook tutorial also suggests painting each petal for that tulip look, so I tried that with one tulip. I am definitely tempted to try to make more in this style.



Have a great weekend!!


8 comments:

  1. The tulips are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs Maria

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  2. They look simple enough to make but I do not have the patience. You did a great job, they look adorable!
    Mini huggs,
    Conny

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  3. This looks like so much fun and the resulting vases with their jovial tulips look wonderful!

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  4. How clever! The lovely tulips in their vases will represent Holland perfectly. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Drora

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  5. So Pretty! Your tulips are Lovely and I immediately think of the Netherlands when I see them in Real life and in miniature :D

    elizabeth

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  6. Beautiful tulips, there is a Dutch song... As spring comes I'll bring you tulips from Amsterdam, 100 reds 100 yellow for you the most beautiful...
    I love them,
    groetjes van Marijke

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  7. The perfect way to bring in spring! They look lovely!

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