Room Boxes by Denise Morales
Left side of the box.
More air dry clay bunny heads and body made with a simple cloth wire armature.
The flocked small white bunny is part of the CH kit and I used embossing powder and a marker to color the pink bunny. The tiny blue bunny is covered in fake glitter sugar.
My cat loves to play with pipe cleaners and while I was a away one day, it swiped two pipe cleaner bunnies that I had made. I was able to find one, albeit, full of dust and hair, badly misshapen, and with eyes dangling by threads. I cleaned it up and did some repair work but decided not to reflock him because I decided that I liked its tattered look--the pipe cleaner wires are evident and his whiskers and ribbon are frayed. Here it is, pictured above.
The 3D printed yellow chick was part of an on-line kit by Cynthia Howe. I will point out the other pieces to this extremely wonderful kit by Cynthia throughout the box. I left some gaps on the shelves so that I could add some more treasures through the years.
I bought these three white porcelain rabbits from Tina Squire. I then painted and dressed them. They are among my favorite things in the box.
The bowls on the egg dying board are cut from the closing tabs of the plastic strawberry containers. Lisa Pavelka Magic Glos and scrapbooking chalk make the dye. The white eggs and dyed eggs are made with the Hearty clay that is mixed with dots of Sharipie marker colors. I loved making these eggs because they required no oven to bake them like you would have to if using the Fimo-type products.
The laser cut duck was found in a package of farm animals at the scrapbooking section of Hobby Lobby. The blue bunny was part of the Cynthia Howe kit and the funky yellow chick looked better in my head than after I created it from a pussy willow bud and paint. The last bunny is a metal mini that I covered in trimmed fake fur.
I could not stop obsessing over making these toilet paper roll bunnies after I had seen some presented as a children's craft project on Pinterest. I made mine from metal cylinder filagree beads, printed patterned paper and no-hole beads.
Sitting laser-cut bunnies--a RB kit, and tray behind them--a CH kit.
The resin lamb pulls a cart that holds a basketful of plastic eggs that have been covered in German glass glitter. (Glitter purchased from Milestone Miniatures.)
The two 3D printed bunnies on eggs were part of the Cynthia Howe Easter kit (CH kit). Since Paulette had made so many printies that she shared with my miniature group, I tried hard to find ways to use them in this box. I cut some of the bunny pictures out and glued them onto to these wooden blocks that are found in the unpainted wood section of the crafts store. Years ago I had made these Easter eggs and I was thinking of throwing them away or hiding them because I did not like them anymore. Then I got out my micron pens and began outlining the shapes and decided that I liked them again. So, instead of hiding them they are boldly displayed in the box.
I downloaded a "Bunny Tails" label from the internet and made the marshmallows from Hearty clay that was rolled into a snake and sliced with an Exacto blade after it had dried. The tiny plastic eggs in the back left side were covered with decal papers that were leftovers from my kitchen box.
I consider this counter the candy shelf of the room box. The two stacked candy boxes on the left, the two boxed standing bunnies and the pink bunny head candy stick were purchased many years ago at a miniature shop.
These Easter plates and laser cut wood bunnies were some of all of the kits that I purchased from Robin Betterley in her super 1/12 scale Easter hutch collection. I will point out the other kits I purchased from her.
When I spotted this peddler cart tray in the Hobby Builder's Supply catalog, I knew that I had to have this versatile piece. I thought the small compartments would make a nice showcase for displaying a collage of miniatures.
On the left, a plastic egg was covered in green foil, placed in the corner of a baggie, tied with tiny wire, then cut off. A ribbon and bow cover the wire. The white egg in the center was made using Hearty and two halves of an egg mold. It was then embellished with a tiny gold bead strand, nail decal, and bow. Millefiori slices fill an Easter head canning jar and behind that, macaroons fill a clear cylinder.
Center of the box.
The two glitter houses on the left were part of the CH kit. The three precious rabbits were purchased at a show in the 1990's. I am so excited that I finally got a chance to display them as they are cut from a very thin veneer wood and the painting is so fine and detailed--don't know who the artist was.
These two pussy willow bunnies have such a cute cottontail side and a not so attractive face side; that is why they are displayed on the floor in this way.
This Easter chick pulling a flocked bunny in an egg with button wheels was the last thing I made for the box. I made the chick, bunny, and egg with Hearty clay pressed into my mold. I used a metal mini for the bunny, a tiny resin chick made by Falcon miniatures, and a bead for the egg and pressed these forms into my mold making product: Ranger, Melt Art Mold-n-Pour Molding Moldmaking Compound. Unfortunately, this product is no longer being made but you can possibly find it in on Ebay or you can use another mold-making product on the market. I made quite a few things in this box using the mold maker and Hearty clay which can be found at Hobby Lobby.
Egg topiary--another CH kit that I embellished with air dry clay eggs, white paper flowers, and no hole beads.
I made a mold of the rabbit cookie cutter metal mini and used the chick mold from Ruth Stewart. Then, Hearty clay was used to make the chalked critters.
I downloaded a print from Casa de Bonecas da Eloisa to make the box that was filled with glittered Fimo eggs. I made a mold from a plastic resin rooster ornament that was popularly sold at Michael's back in the 90's in their miniature beaded Christmas tree section to make the rooster on the Easter egg candy jar, shown in the back right corner. The Easter egg cookies in the clear container are made with a Ruth Stewart mold, Hearty clay, and painted with Sakura gel pens. The tiny bunnies are made with Hearty, then painted and one is covered with gold foil and an embroider floss bow. The brown bunny head candy stick is made with a tiny clear plastic cylinder that was originally used to cover the hairs of newly purchased paint brushes.
This blue shelving unit was part of the CH kit. Cynthia had recommended using chalk paints for the furniture piece and I do like the effect and how the paint colors mix together beautifully. I also like using the paint on the Hearty clay, metal minis, and more.
White and brown bunnies were made with a tiny floral wire, cut pom-poms and flocking. To make the green skirt, I colored crepe paper with marker, dipped the long edge in glue then glitter, then sewed and gathered the other end and wrapped it around the waist. Sometime, I would like to do a tutorial on how I made them.
This silver bunny has been waiting such a long time to be displayed in a scene that it turned black over the years. Since I have always loved black bunnies, I did nothing to cover its tarnished look and hung him with silk ribbon so that he dangles in the box.
I searched on Ebay to find this kitchen hutch kit by Shenandoah Designs, Inc. I don't believe this kit is manufactured anymore.
This little white flocked bunny lays in a stroller made from two hollow Hearty clay egg halves that were made using molds. Millefiori was used for the wheels and a thin wire made the handle.
Since I had so many bunnies, chicks and other Easter critters, I decided to place them on long shelves that spanned the top of both left and right sides of the box, so that they formed a long line as if marching in an Easter Parade. I then added green moss onto the edge of the shelves because it gave the allusion of a forest setting and it looked cold and bare without the lacy moss.
The duck cone on the right was made by Karen Markland.
Another hollow plastic sugar egg, except this one had a hole that was cut out in the center, then filled with a pink bunny, Easter grass and eggs. Crepe paper was stitched and gathered on the long side then glued on the edge of the opening. White bunca, paper flowers, foam greenery, and bow finished off the look.
Bunny book was made by Jean Day.
In one of Shelly Norris' on-line shows, I purchased two flower kits from the late Monica Lavoie of Canada. The two kits are shown in the arrangement above, the green gerbera daisy and the blue forget-me-nots, with some adaptation on my part.
Oodles of gesso coats were required to cover-up the original red stripes of this white bowling pin bunny. I flocked this pom-pom chick and gave it a paper beak and painted its eyes and cheeks. Goose or duck--a metal mini.
Letter scrapbooking brads spell out "Easter Parade" in the frame. I punched out some glitter flowers and placed them behind the letters to give the collage a little more kick.
This quarter scale laser-cut bunny chair and table kit was purchased from Jean Day in Canada--loved how they turned out. Strands of a coco fiber liner was used to make the chocolate nests, then they were filled with the air dry clay eggs.
I was trying to use as many Easter printie cutouts from Paulette by lining them up on this long skinny wooden base. These vintage images are so appealing; it is hard to limit their use.
The rabbit stakes were made two different ways: 3 were made with rabbit shaped sequins that were given many coats of Gesso, then painted; and the other 4 were made with punched card stock and scrapbook or remnant dollhouse wallpaper. They stand in a basket that has a wooden push-pin base. The pom pom chick basket was made in a class with Sherrill Jenkins.
Bunny head made with a large charm pressed into the molding compound and Hearty clay. Tiny bunnies made with air dry clay and a Ruth Stewart Easter mold.
Bunny in the far back right corner of shelf was a brass charm that was painted; white Fimo bunny was purchased at a show years ago, lamb--a CH kit; white ugly bunny was made with wire and flocking.
This page was not long enough to display all of my Easter photos, so please go to Hippity Hop Easter 2 to finish viewing the few remaining photos. Thank you.
From left to right: chocolate cupcakes with printed bunny face toppers, coconut bunny cake--class with Sherrill, 3-layer Easter cake made with Premo Sculpey clay, air dry icing, bunnies and eggs, and chocolate cupcakes--a RB kit. Golden "Spring" and "Easter" signs were a gift, with my order, from Jean Day.
When I spotted this rabbit head in the CH kit, I knew that it would make a perfect tree-topper.
To make the garland: string tiny beads on 30 gauge wire and glue millefiori slices on the wire and in between the beads.
On the left the rabbit ladies' dresses were made with crepe paper, silk ribbon, lace and bunca. The EASTER sign was a CH kit and the chick basket was a RB kit.
My friend Nancy had painted an egg with glass paint and I loved the effect so I decided to to paint the shell casing "vase," that holds the chocolate bunny pops, with the glass paint. The white and pink Easter basket and rabbit cut out that you cannot see well from this angle were part of the CH kit. Also, the lace doilies that are displayed on these shelves are inexpensive Martha Stewart stickers found at the crafts store.
Top down view.
This is one of my most favorite bunnies in the whole box--a 3D printed CH kit.
Bird house--RB kit.
Displayed on the top of the hutch are eggs, bunnies, topiaries and an ornament-filled Easter tree. All of the bunnies were made with air dry clay pressed into molds, then flocked and the tall bunny was painted with Pearl Ex powdered pigments. The tiny bunny in the teacup was originally made with Sculpey clay then was pushed into the mold-making compound. Joanne Swanson's tree tutorial was used to make the ornament tree; then I added German glass-glittered eggs and millefiori slices to fill it up. The topiaries were made by gluing headpins into green pearl beads, then painting the wire brown and gluing railroad turf greenery on the pearls. For the two larger eggs, one egg was painted and the other egg was embellished with paper flowers that were embossed, while damp, with a ball stylus and foam pad.
Hurray! I can finally scratch this Easter themed box off my list as I have been wanting to create one for decades. I have had so much fun with this theme and I could have had a box twice this size as the possibilities for creating Easter miniatures seems endless. I have made hundreds of little tiny Easter things to fill this shop. In addition to miniatures that I made, this shop also includes items that I have made through kits, group projects and miniatures collected from past decades. I felt the worst part in doing this project was that no sooner had I started it than I had to close off the spigot of ideas in my head because I knew that I would not have enough room to display them if they came into fruition. Isn't that one of the most enjoyable parts of miniatures--immersing yourself in dreaming of the many ways and possibilities of doing something? In completing this box, the biggest challenge was finding cohesive ways to grouping and displaying 100's of tiny Easter things so it did not look like 100's of individually displayed items. On a humorous note, in response to wondering why this box was taking so long to complete, a friend described that I had found six more inches to decorate. I believe that is fairly accurate after you look at the photos. Enjoy!
Completed September 2015.
Easter candy gingerbread house was a class taught by Sherrill years ago.
A hollow plastic egg found at the crafts store was cut in half, painted pink, glittered, then filled with chocolate candies that were made from air dry clay and Sculpey. In the background, is the top of the egg that has a blue bow, greenery and a flower.
The pink and lavender sugared dancing bunnies were made from a metal mini mold shared by my friend Judith.
In the background is a tall bunny that started as a bronze charm and I primed it and painted it with chalk paint and antiquing medium. The three tiny "stuffed " bunnies are made with air dry clay head, wire body and legs, and velvet cord for the arms which have all been flocked. The pink and blue dresses were made with pleated cupcake liner paper and the purple one was made with crepe paper.
Shrinky Dink rabbits.
Three pom- pom bunnies sit in a grass filled silver bowl. The pom-poms were cut and shaped and a layer of flocking was glued on top. They were further detailed by painting and chalking their faces, then adding flocked paper ears and velvet cord arm and legs.
Chocolate bunnies--RB kit, chick cut-out--CH kit.
I added roses to the RB bird house kit and the boy and girl cut-outs were part of the CH kit.
The cream-colored bunny, in the background, was purchased at a show and the other two tall bunnies were made with Hearty clay. Tall skinny "pencil" resin figurines were popularly sold back in the early 1990's or late '80's and I took the tiniest pair from the rabbit collection that I had and made a mold of them. The boy and girl pair are displayed on this table, although the girl is shown in another photo. The tall yellow bunny is made with Hearty, painted with chalk paints and sprinkled with fake sugar.
I do consider my room boxes as memory boxes that display treasured things that my children have proudly given to me over the years. This tree holds some of those things.
These folk art bunnies were made from Woodsie sticks that looked like large flat back toothpicks.
More molded air dry clay rabbit heads, this time displayed as 3D portraits. The long skinny face in the center with the green oval background came out stretched when I pulled it from the mold, but I liked the look, so I kept it.
The three "gossiping" egg ladies were made with Hearty, painted with chalk paints, and colored wire was poked into the clay for the legs and feet. Two clay chicks pull their nest that is filled with tiny white eggs and two yellow feathers that were gifted to me by my cockatiel. Two more yellow chicks snuggle together in their half hollow egg basket cart.
From left to right: a paper cone is filled with paper flowers, Easter grass, and a bunny head; Paulette Svec made the stuffed chick wearing a pink crocheted hat; Easter grass, eggs, and a chocolate bunny fill a glass jar; tea set tray is a kit from Robin Betterley, (RB kit); a decal covered egg is placed in a canning jar with a bunny and bow top; and lastly, millefiori slices from China fill the last jar. Here is the link for the cane rods from China. If the link no longer works type in cane rods or millefiori slices for 3D nail art on Ebay and you should get a varied selection. At less than $3.00 for 50 cane rods, that is a "no-brainer" for any do-it -yourself miniaturist. There are countless ways to use them in different scenes.
My daughter Sage noticed that this armoire was begging for more decoration, so she painted these flowers on the top and bottom of the piece. The roses on the top of the armoire were made with thin strips (that I cut) of the two-sided crepe paper using the same technique to make silk ribbon roses with a rose tool. Except with the crepe paper, you can shape the petals with fine point tweezers to make the petals curl and fan out.
The pink rabbit holding the orange carrots, a CH kit, turned out cute. The small frogs were made from Shrinky Dink paper and the black and white rabbit next to it is made with card stock and a printie. The blue birds are brass charms that were primed, painted and chalked.
Right side of the box.
This laser-cut Easter arch was purchased at a show for me by Paulette and I colored it with chalk paints and chalk. No Easter scene is complete without those golden Easter eggs.
The bunny on the far left was a charm that I had been saving for years and painted with chalk paints. The second bunny on the left is a shrinky dink; the lamb is a paper print that was cut out and then layered onto cardstock and cut out again to give it some weight--a club project led by Paulette Svec. The fourth critter on the left is a metal mini bunny that I painted with chalk paints. The hopping bunny is a metal bead that was painted with Pearl Ex powdered pigments. The last bunny and bunca-covered lamb were made from a mold using Hearty clay.
I just love making what I call "nonsense" or "kindergarten level miniatures" and this tree provides a great place to display them all.
The 3-D bunny egg painting card, in the back left, was a class led by Paulette. The two Easter "feather" trees were made from bump chenille pipe cleaners, painted with chalk paint, and decorated with air dry clay eggs. The collage egg houses were made by gluing together 15-20 punched egg-shape card stock and embellishing with various trims, foam flowers, and window template printies.
Since I liked the way the white flocked RB rabbit pull toy turned out, I decided to make two more and group them. The gray rabbit was part of the CH kit and the brown one was painted with chalk paints using a cheap ugly plastic rabbit I had in my stash.