13 June 2013
Kati Kainulainen shows us how to make this great miniature herbarium, very popular with the Victorians. ...
A herbarium is a collection of plant samples, which are dried and pressed before assembling onto paper and make a lovely little detail in a dolls’ house study or office.
You will need:
• White paper for pages
• Grey/natural tone paper for covers
• Tiny plants and flowers (dried and pressed)
• Sewing needle and thread
• Paper glue
Cut three sheets (65mm x 55mm) from white paper for pages and one sheet from grey paper for the cover.
Fold the papers in the middle (horizontally) and place them inside each other. Level the edges with scissors if necessary.
Mark tiny dots in the top sheet, 10mm from top and bottom.
Take a sewing needle and thread and push the needle through the cover and through the pages using the first dot as a guide. Then push the needle back through the other marked dot.
Leave some thread to create a knot and tiny bow on the cover.
Cut a few small pieces (25mm x 35mm) of paper and carefully glue some dried and pressed plants on them, for example forget-me-nots are tiny and pretty and work really well for small scale.
Carefully glue these small sheets into pages of the herbarium.
Create a tiny place to write some information like the name of the plant and so on.
Cut a small piece (19mm x 20mm) of paper and glue it in place to make a beautiful cover for the herbarium.
With a needle and thread, push the needle through the edge of the front page. Make a knot and leave some thread. Do the same on the back cover.
Make a small bow to keep the tiny herbarium closed.
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