Egg Carton Dollhouse Garden Projects.

What to do with those left over egg cartons…? We’ll show you new uses for the leftover egg carton pieces. These will be of special interest for those who would like to make something for a scale model or dollhouse setting.
The first most popular use is for making textured stone wall and flooring effects in a rustic style to use on a Chateau, walled garden or castle or just for ‘crazy paving’.

Our first [of three] projects is using the lid of the carton. This nice flat piece lends itself for making the flagstones, bricks and different types of rock walling because it has quite a rough texture that can be easily cut and painted.

As you can see in the above photo, the pieces are easily torn into shapes and using the suggested colours on the LHS of the photo will give you a nice aged look. Lastly some crushed dried tea leaves make for lovely dirt ‘grouting’. Also little bits of green flocking makes a nice ‘moss’.

Our 2nd project uses the spiked, pointed egg separators on the base of the carton. We will use these to make Flower Pots.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED
* Scissors, craft knife / box cutter
* Glue – Tacky or UHU
* Small old bristle brush and/or piece of make-up sponge.
* For decoration, bits of lace or small jewellery pieces.
* Paints – Terracotta shades – eg. Burnt Sienna, Red Earth, or similar.
– Moss colours – eg. Olive Green, Green Oxide, Yellow Green or similar.

For this first project the method is virtually identical for the wall or floor settings, it simply revolves around the context and style you wish. As you can see in the above photo, the pieces are easily torn into shapes.

METHOD.

  1. Sketch a pattern of the paving you wish to use in your scene, however is it is going to be more formal the it’s best to measure carefully.
    TIP: You can do this on paper if you don’t want to put marks on your miniature scene, then you can lay the pieces onto the paper template and transfer them afterwards. It’s a bit of a jigsaw but satisfying.
  2. Remove the label from the carton lid and chose which side has the best texture as sometimes the surface under the label might be preferable for your need.
  3. Tear or cut out pieces to suit your template. Should more formal ‘stonework’ be needed, then measure out and mark each sized stone on the underside of the lid where it won’t show. Cut these out with knife or scissors and carefully ’round’ each corner to make them look more realistic.
  4. Leave a little room between each rock or paver [about 2 or 3 mm] which is to replicate the room for a mortar finish as you find in real life.
    TIP: It is worth taking time on this bit to make sure you like the layout, as once it is glued in place you can’t undo it easily.
  5. Glue them in place and start from the back then move forward as it is much easier to fit and trim any last minute changes.
  6. Let it dry completely.
  7. Use the paint to colour the paving as you wish starting with painting them all with your base colour. Using your brush or sponge, dab the paint on in layers going from darkest to lightest. Sometimes after drying the effect is different due to the pigments in the paint or brand of paint. Just touch them up again. Real stones and rocks have a great variety of shading and colours, however, if the paint is applied too thickly you can lose the lovely texture of the cardboard.
  8. When fully dry, carefully run some thin glue between all the joins in the pavers if adding dirt [dried crushed tea leaves] or No More Gaps or similar fillers to simulate the grout.
  9. TIP: If using grouting, it’s useful to let it set for a minute or two until half set, then gently pat the filler in place with a damp finger [or gloved finger] to to smooth down any overfill or rough edges.

EGG CARTON FLOWER POTS

This Second project is a great quick, easy, inexpensive and fun project for the miniature garden. Ideal for creating a rustic or Mediterranean style garden or even adding the odd window box to the front of a dollhouse.

egg carton flower pots

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

* Central spikes from the lower part of the egg carton, and thin strips [3-5 mm depending on size of flower pot] cut from the carton lid.
* Scissors or craft knife
* Glue – tacky or similar
* Small bristle brush or make-up sponge
* Paints – Terracotta shades, Burnt Sienna, Red Earth or similar.
Moss colours – Olive Green, Green Oxide, Yellow Green or similar.
Other colours – limestone colours [or to suit your theme].
* Tea leaves – dried and crushed for the ‘soil].
* Optional florist’s Oasis or some air drying clay to fill the pot and to ‘plant’ your flowers into.

METHOD.

  1. Cut out the shapes as in the photo below and trim to the size required.
  2. Using a piece of scrap card or from the lid – it should be flat to make the base of the pot. Glue it into place and allow to dry.
  3. To make a rim cut a thin strip and glue it around the top, making the join at the back of the pot so it won’t show.
  4. To decorate the pot use very thin pieces of lace, scrap book paper die cuts, or even small bits of broken jewellery. A walk through your local plant nursery will give you more ideas for decoration.
  5. When dry paint your pot the desired colours, and since these pots are rustic it looks nice to have some weathering or moss around the base.
  6. TIP: If you wish to display them empty, such as in a potting shed, paint the inside too, and they will also look good stacked on a shelf or even half full awaiting to have some flowers planted in them.

RECTANGLE POTS

A good size is 2 x 5cm long and 2.5cm high, but is only a suggestion. A window box sizing will depend on the size of the dollhouse window and the measurements adjusted accordingly.
Cut out a flat base from card or the lid, and cut a long piece from the lid. This will be dependant on the length of the four sides. Fold this piece around the base and glue making the join at the back where it won’t show. Glue the top rim and any decoration on, let dry then paint as desired. See photo below for suggestions.

Some more ideas which might inspire you to try them out too. We hope you have some fun in the mini garden where weeds don’t grow and flowers always look good.

EGG CARTON BRICKWORK MOSAICS

This is a simple way of making backgrounds come to life with textured brick work made from egg cartons. The egg carton can be cut with neat edges for a more formal precise look, or torn to give a more textured appearance of weathered bricks. Tearing into random shapes and then pieced back together like a jigsaw will give the appearance of “crazy paving”. A final coat of paint in your preferred colour (for slate, terracotta or limestone) will finish the look.

EGG SHELL MINI-MOSAICS

This is the third project which is more labour intensive but if you like Jigsaws or mosaics then you will enjoy the challenge that this will bring. Once again it is still about the garden and has the recycling theme too.

METHOD.

You will some clean, rinsed eggshells, although raw or ones that have been hard boiled seems to make no difference in their use. The most important thing to do is to remove the membrane which is a little easier if the egg has not been cooked and still a little damp from the rinsing. Tweezers are the best tool to use. Don’t worry if the shell breaks while doing this because you have to break it up anyway,

Paint the shell whatever colour you like, but over estimate the shells needed because there will be a lot of shapes that will not be suitable. This is because the ends of the egg are very rounded and if you use these pieces your mosaic will raised and not flat.

Choose a fairly simple pattern first – something in a rustic style – as this will give you a little practice before starting on something that has a more involved pattern.

Squares are the hardest shape to get as the shell does not have a ‘grain’ like wood or paper, and we have found the shells favourite shape is a lot of triangles. However with a bit of experimenting, we have found that painting the inside of the shell with glue and letting it dry [which mimics the membrane], using very sharp scissors we have been able to cut square shapes.

Use an ordinary white glue – not Tacky – as the slower drying time will allow a longer manipulation time with the pieces of eggshell. Use tweezers or even a blunt darning needle to coax the pieces into place

Miniature mosaics are certainly a work in patience but the effect is fantastic and simply using egg shells that are normally just thrown away.

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