Celebrating the Thanksgiving Harvest in the Miniature Garden
Thanksgiving DIY for the Miniature Garden
We are grateful to add this miniature garden to our series, A Year in the Miniature Garden. We’ve used this garden for all seasons, and changed the accessories to match the holiday or occasion. The others in this series are at the end of this blog, in case you missed them.
Today, we are serving up a couple of quick do-it-yourself projects so you can decorate your miniature garden for the day. Note that it is okay to pull-in a couple of Christmas accents if you need some sparkle and twinkle in your scene. Being Canadian, this hint has been slow to adapt, our Thanksgiving in October, a couple of weeks before Halloween.
Miniature Holiday Stakes
You decorate your full-size garden with in-season plants like Chrysanthemums, ornamental squash, corn stalks and hay bales. In the miniature garden, your patio space is usually limited, so look for ideas that you can stake into the wee garden beds instead.
The following simple DIY can be made with buttons too. The variety of holiday and whimsical buttons have grown exponentially recently, if you haven’t been to a fabric store lately, go. To me, fabric stores are right up there on the list of other stores that specialize in craft supplies, art supplies, dollhouse stores, hardware and bookstores – I either want one of each, or to live there! Lol!
We found this Wood Necklace Kit at Michaels Crafts, along with the Maple Leaf Brads and Lollipop sticks.
The Maple Leaf Brads are just wrapped around the stick, with a drop of glue on the back to hold them in place.
Flip it over and glue the stake on the back with two-part epoxy if you can, some will need drilling. Shim the other end of the stick so the sticks dry straight – or tape it to stay in place while the glue dries.
A wee horn of plenty, or cornucopia, is a standard harvest icon and a fun, quick DIY to do while you wait for the turkey. I assembled the first cornucopia for the Canadian Thanksgiving, then proceeded to forget where I found that miniature rope that I used. It was perfect! I couldn’t find any more! OMG! It was a miniature garden CRISIS! Lol!
What to do with ½” scale gourds in a 1″ scale garden? Treat them as ornaments, of course! (That one took me a minute to figure out. I thought I ordered 1″ scale! Lol!)
Alas, not to worry. After a little stomping-of-the-foot-because-I-had-to-compromise, I tried regular burlap twine. It did look okay, but, I wanted a cleaner look. The yellow burlap twine looked finer after I separated the strands, but when it connected with the glue, it handled just like the brown twine. I resorted to painting cotton string to get the horn-look that I wanted.
The two burlap-twine-horns were coated in glue afterwards, to lock-in the strands and keep them neat and tidy. Now looking back, they look more natural than the one I made with the cotton string. We live. We learn.
The left and top horns were made from a single strand of regular burlap twine. The one on the right is painted string, the bottom one is the perfect miniature rope – it must have been from a tag or leftover from a gift because I can’t find more of it. Click to enlarge.
The next best thing is to make your own twine: Put a dollop of paint in a small container, add about a teaspoon of water and mix it together. Put the strand in the container, mix it with the paintbrush to coat it. Remove and place on rag, squeeze out excess and let dry. Rinse paintbrush off.
You will need:
- 1 yard of string
- 3″ x 3″ paper from a paper bag, leaf or anything flexible and brown
- white craft glue
- clip or 2 clothespins
- brown paint (optional)
Make a cone out of the 3″ x 3″ paper. Brush glue on one side and glue together to complete the cone shape.
Don’t cut off the excess paper yet. You can use it to hold onto the project later.
Wad-up a cone from the leftover paper to stuff inside the cone. This will help keep the shape of the cone while you put the string on.
Generously brush on the glue about half-way down the cone.
Start gently, holding the end of the string in place as you make the first loop around the cone.
Squeeze together rows as you go.
Don’t pull too tightly. Keep the string rows together.
Finish the cone to the end. If you run out of string, unwrap and start further down on the cone. The glue will dry clear.
Cut it off completely now, or you can wait until the glue dries.
Tape the end to keep the string in place while the glue dries.
Use a clip that stands up or 2 clothespins to stand the horn up while it dries.
Add some greenery (sedum cuttings) or sparkle (gold beads) to make it more interesting.
Or fill it up with small seashells, seedpods (different sizes and shapes) and colored beads to represent the “plenty.”
Now the miniature cornucopia with the holiday stakes and decor easily deliver the message: Happy Thanksgiving!
Here are the others in this series:
July 4th and Canada Day in the Miniature Garden
Father’s Day in the Miniature Garden
A Birthday in the Miniature Garden
Mother’s Day in the Miniature Garden
Earth Day in the Miniature Garden
Spring [Easter] in the Miniature Garden
St. Patrick’s Day in the Miniature Garden
Valentine’s Day in the Miniature Garden
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