Now that this shape was ready for leaves, I knew I wanted more on the bottom to stick out and act as pergolas etc so I added wire shapes here.
At this point I knew I needed the bonsai to be custom made, so I went and saw a friend who is an expert. He took an existing plastic pot and sat it in the existing hole I had left. We then roughly drew the landscape shape around the pot and cut it down to size so it would fit in the hole and not be seen. He then planted and shaped the foliage for me.
I decided I wanted a balcony out the side so got a bag of Icypole sticks. I made a cardboard template of the rough shape but spent a lot of time getting the inside shape right. I knew it was going to sit next to the house and I wanted it to sit flush. I took my template and sticks on top, glued them together with craft glue and used sharp scissors to cut it all in to shape.
I glued it to the plaster edge I had left myself and then hot glued sticks from the bottom to the ground for structural support. I then hand painted the creamy white sticks to look like darker timber.
I then added sticks, string and beads I had bought from Spotlight.
I added the same string and beads to the bridge…
And added heaps of moss everywhere with craft/wood glue and fake moss.
Time to furnish and decorate… I found mini chairs, table and fence online from a specialty store in Perth…
I bent the fence to follow the contours of my landscape and hot glued it in.
I got plastic filing folders from Officeworks. I bought three of them in purple (my daughter’s favourite colour) and cut them to shape so they would roll up inside the wood and add colour to the light.
I bought little flowers and stick on gem stones from spotlight to finish embellishing it.
I also got a round offcut, glued it on for the verandah and glued in two posts.
I then sculpted the front door out of sculpey and glued it in, leaving it slightly open to let light out and make it look inviting… I glued a bead on for the door handle.
One happy little camper! Happy Birthday Jade
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