Egg box architecture and a little stitching


Box scene – number 2

3D illustrated book pages?

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Water effect still drying out – be another couple of weeks or so before it all comes clear(ish)

How it came about

Was working on the big model but with the positional vertigo kicking in with super ferocity over Christmas, being up a ladder was proving not as much fun in the new year as I would have liked.  So I’ve resorted to seated mini-ing for the moment.

I had oh, such plans for this box. I was going to make one half of this with a little of that; then some of the other with a pinch of something else …  and so on.  The one thing I was not going to do was egg box bricks!

All out of the window as the plans contained too much mixing of media in too small a space.

The things that stayed:

a general design of a garden scene and a water feature and, yes, some egg boxes (stonework), and some stitchery (plants).


  • 1 small wooden box (eBay)
  • one pixy/green man type wall plaque (Dolls House Gallery)
  • Railway miniature greenery (various)


  • everything else.

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The box closes with an interference fit of left side built up lip into right side shallower base but it’s now not quite closable due to ‘road works’.

Outer dimensions:

  • 2.55″ x 3.75″

Inner dimensions:

  • left half = 1.5″  x 2.85″  x 1″
  • right half = 1.725 x 3.25″ x 0.5″

Beginnings of left side and hinges

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Hinge problem:  if you look at the first photo of this group you will see that the hinges have 2 large-headed tacks and 2 over-sized screws each.  I thought of swapping all or some of them for something else to give them a better look, but the wood didn’t look up to it (see same photo) so the solution has been glue and liberal sprinkling of ground cover.

Water effect:  with a thick darning needle I made a shallow hole in the plaque man’s mouth and added a home-made fountain bowl (Creative Paperclay) to catch the water, which is my usual of Triple Gloss Glaze and a very, very thin strip of plastic to support a small arching of the spouting water.

Right side and matching together

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Plant life:  a mix and match of ground cover powder in various shades, tufts of railway modelling grass torn up and shortened and a little bit of miniNature flowering field strip, plus embroidered flower offerings attached to hessian threads dyed shades of green.  Leaves are a mix of cut hessian and embroidered bits.

When I first picked up the box with the idea of making something from it, I knew that the left side was a garden water feature and the rest a garden view of some sort.  Once I’d fought through the practicalities of size and space it became (in my mind) a couple of pages from an illustrated/illuminated book, hence the bit of gold edging and the odd leaf arrangement winding down the sides.

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A little shadow helps the view


The archway stonework could have done with being a little more honey coloured rather than chestnut and the pathway view could have been done better, I think.  Overall it was very enjoyable to wrestle with it.


I looked at the large model house today with the idea of returning to work up a ladder, and, boy oh boy, the rooms and figures looked incredibly oversized in comparison to this box scene 😉


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