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Here’s another tutorial I came across online – mini bales! Of course you can buy pre-made bales but what’s the fun in that? Besides, most of the ones I’ve seen for sale have been either too big or too small. I wanted something in between.

Instead of a milk carton, I used pieces from that Breyer box I still haven’t thrown out. (there’s not much left to throw out now, ha!) These were folded up, taped together and stuffed with pieces of scrap paper to give them a little more weight.

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Then they were covered with a few layers of tissue paper.

HayBale_02For the straw, I cut some raffia that I’ve had on hand for ages. I ended up splitting the long strands individually before cutting them in tiny pieces. Not one of my better ideas but it looks ok. My fingers do not agree.

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It was a huge mess to make though.

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Even with extra gluing and trimming these things still shed like crazy. Also, I would have used colored tissue paper or painted the paper before covering, to disguise the white box a little better.

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But overall I’m pleased. They’ll be fun props to use in photos. 😀

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Several years ago I posted a picture of some muck buckets I had made from recycled Jello cups. This isn’t exactly a tutorial for that, but since I was making a new one I figured I would get some pictures as I went along.

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They’re really, really simple. I scratched the use-by dates off with my fingernail, then painted the inside with a couple coats of paint. Since they’re transparent, there really isn’t any need to paint the outside. I added a coat of varnish over it as well.

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In the light, they can be a bit splotchy but honestly, my eyes don’t pick it up quite as well as my camera can. I’m not too bothered with it because you know… it’s just a bucket.

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The handles were made by splitting a piece of embroidery floss in half, (my floss is made up of six individual strands) then twisting it together. I punched holes in the side with a tack and threaded the twist through with a large needle.

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The fork is a plastic Breyer fork with a new (longer) handle added to it. I haven’t figured out a way to make these from scratch yet! 😛

I also got it into my head to make a hay net. To make it, I found a tutorial on how to make a real one and re-created it in miniature.

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I split five strands of embroidery floss to give me ten strands altogether. You don’t have to split them- I just wanted something thinner. 🙂 My strands were really long (around 12 inches, which is plenty) but I found that keeping them long made things much easier in the long run!

Haynet_02It was a lot easier to tie than I expected it to be. Some tips though… keep the end anchored to something, and don’t tie your knots too tight until you’re happy with how you’ve placed them! You could also use something like macrame cord (you can find really thin stuff on ebay… this is also great for making rope halters) instead of floss, so you could slightly melt the ends and knots to keep them from coming undone later.

For the hay, I cut up some raffia and went over it with watered down green paint. I cut this up into a bunch of tiny pieces once it was dry.

Haynet_03I covered a round wooden bead with glue and rolled it around in the pieces, then later glued more pieces to any bald spots. I don’t have any pictures of this because it was a mess and really frustrating. Once I fit it inside the net, I continued to add more pieces until it was well covered. The result…

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Another way to make these would to simply stuff a mesh bag of sorts and tie off the ends. The one on the left here was made from a bag that held chocolate coins. It’s got to be ten years old at this point… I can’t believe it’s held up!

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Enjoy!

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I’ve been pretty awful with updating this thing this month. I haven’t been doing much hobby-wise that’s all that interesting anyway. Plus, I’m working full-time again, (yay!) which means less time devoted to all of my hobbies. (so sad)

Off and on I’ll continue painting my barn… I think I’ve gotten the white the way I like it, and the roof’s now gray, as is the floor and such. Last night I started working on the green trim and door, and I think I’ll go over that a bit more tonight as well.

Mm. I’ve also learned that cardboard bends when it’s painted. The sliding door is currently smashed under a few hardcover Harry Potter books in an attempt to flatten it out again. (wiped it down with a wet washcloth first… maybe that will work? Who knows!)

The whole thing is pretty rough around the edges, but hey. The cat approves! Now to avoid getting any more cat hair mixed in with the paint, ugh! 😀

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