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Miniature vines projects for dollhouses, roomboxes and dioramas

Vines clamber over arbours, cottages and houses.They include roses, wisteria and grapes, along with the ordinary ivy.




Links to miniature vine projects



  • photo albums, blog posts, webpages


Vines in blogs

  • Blogs concentrating on vines or categories/labels about them in blogs


Miniature vine groups

  • Discussion groups, forums (or forum categories) and photo groups dedicated to vines.


Vine Supplies for sale

  • Supplies needed for making vine projects.

Hanky Panky Punches - flower and leaf shapes

Scenic Express - Sliflor ivy, leaf flake foloage


Miniature vines for sale

  • Do you have a section for vines in your shop? Add a direct link to that item here.


Vine books

  • Books about miniature vine projects (also books with chapters about them)


Instructions for miniature vines


Miniature vine printables


Vine wallpapers

  • Wallpapers that go well with vine projects


Other vine printies

  • Book/magazine covers related to vine


Vine links

  • links to sites showing how to make items related to vines

Grape Vine - by Marjo Caris

Vines - from All the Small Things

Wisteria - from Marini Minis in Picasa 


Miniature vine videos

  •  Videos about miniature projects related to this subject


Research/ Inspiration about vines


Vines Tips/Hints

  • Cover a thread or wire with glue and sprinkle with parsley
  • What's underneath doesn't always have to look like what's on top. This is why, for example, we often put a false bottom in the stew pot or the fruit basket and then layer a bit of meat and a few vegetables or fruit pieces on top. In other words, why fuss to make something look good if it's going to be covered up?  Use this same principle when making climbing vines. Tape a piece of plastic wrap over the wall or doorway or window, then very thinly stretch the green railroad stuff alone, sometimes over florist wire, or embroidery thread, or whatever - even fine scale tree roots - to form the actual shape on the wall, taping here and there to hold it in place. When satisfied with how it looks, then do one of two things. 1) Carefully remove the vine, still on the plastic, and lay it flat and either spray it with glue or dot glue here and there and sprinkle on leaves. When it's thoroughly dry, remove the vine from the plastic and glue it to the wall, adding strategic leaves where needed.  Leave some spots purposely bare or spotty, where leaves have dropped or didn't grow for some reason. 2)  Woodland Scenics ivy comes as a mass to be pulled apart, so after add the glue just layer short snips and bits on top. SometimesI add a few intact strands pulled from the mass and let each wander out by itself, which really adds to the effect. This process is often more realistic than having a solid mass of ivy leaves. Using this technique makes the purchased ivy as well as the punched leaves go a long, long way. When someone looks at a vine and sees recognizable leaves, they have the illusion that the entire thing has leaves on the under sides, as well.
  • Tiny Vines and Climbing Plants for smaller scales- brown embroidery floss, Aileen's Extra thick tacky glue, green craft paint, Woodland scenics grass or flocking in green, wax paper This method is hands-on and messy but the results are great.
    Measure out about 6 inches of embroidery floss. Separate into various groups of 3 inch pieces 1 strand, 2 strands and 3 strands.
    Take your Scenics material or floss and spread it out very thin and scattered on a section of the wax paper. (don't have it covering the entire sheet some blank spaces are fine.) Dip the tip of your index finger in the green paint. Blot most of the extra off and run your finger down the floss. You don't need to cover the entire strand. Let some of the brown show through. Do not try to get it perfect or even. By the time you do all of the strands, your first ones will be fairly close to dry if you have not saturated the floss. Wash your hands and the floss should be ready to go. Now, dip the tips of your index finger and thumb in the glue. Slide a piece of the floss between your index finger and thumb then keep hold of the very end. Holding the opposite end of the floss with your other hand, dip it in the scattered greenery. Trust me when I tell you it doesn't take a lot and you don't want the entire strand covered. Lay them on the wax paper to dry.
    When you are finished and they are dry, you can start with the thickest pieces for the base of your vine and add smaller and thinner pieces scattered out as you go up. The Aileene's Extra Thick Tacky glue is the best to do this with and gives the best results. Now, if you want it to be a flowering vine, you can either add tiny pieces of colored paper you've twisted on the end of a pin, or soft flock material or even dip the end of a toothpick in paint and add dots of paint. You can also alter the colors of floss you use or the colors of paint when making your vines and climbing plants
  • Try the grocery store for vine material.   A green scrubber by 3M will pull apart into vines. It can be used it in all scales
  •  Make vines with nylon net. Take eight to ten times the desired finished width and probably 1.5 times the length. Cut long (length - 2") about 2" wide. Put plastic wrap around where you want the vines. The next is messy -- Mix the darker green acrylic paint and clear Tacky in a gallon Zip bag. Put in the net and mush it around until it is covered. Start working out the paint before you take it out of the bag. Remove the net from the bag and start twisting the long strips into branches or trailers. Because it is rough net, it will not look like a flat piece of string. Start with the bottom of the net this is the most bottomest part of your vine and start poking and prodding where you want it and how you want it. The nice things are you can put the vines where you want and if you don't like the thing, it can go in the garbage can quietly. Wait until it is really dry and take it all off your piece. Carefully play with your dry vine and paint a darker shadow on the area where the vine willl go.Vary the foliage so it looks like multiple layers, not just for ne.



    Ideas about what is needed for Vine projects



    Links to inspiring pages



    Ideas for shop names dedicated to vines



    Videos about the subject

    DIY Vines for your Dollhouse Garden or Diorama - by Whitney LaBrie



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