Seed Rack for your Playscale SeedPacks

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Making a Seed Rack or any other Shelf

1:6 Scale Easy Project with minimal tools.

Now that you have made all your seed's time for a proper rack to display them. The packs I gave you in the last DIY post were 25, so I designed this rack for 25 slots. 5 across and 5 rows down.


Materials Needed

Minimum for 10" x 13 1/8" of Foam Core

5 Scraps of thin cardboard or wide popsicle sticks 5" x 1 1/4-1/2" deep

30" of 1/4x1/4 wood or foam core strips cut to length and covered.

hot glue gun or quick dry sticky glue for paper

12 or so straight pins

contact paper or print paper (+glue)

Sticky glue, I used E-6000 because it will stick to contact paper, and is tacky and needs to set overnight.


Marker or pencil

Exacto knife or straight blade cutter

Ruler or a Square for cutting straight lines


Since I was starting from scratch, I made patterns, to adjust and see how this baby was going to go together. Here are my final measurements. The shelves to the right, I cut from thin cardboard a little larger than 5" across, and I wanted a more rustic look. The rack sides to the left are to be cut from a 3"x11" piece of foam core also.


Here are the foam core cutouts. I actually marked the two side pieces inside and keep them straight in my head. 


I covered the small bottom piece with contact paper leaving one long side bare and covering the others, bringing the edges underneath. The bare long side is then hot glued to the bottom of the back piece.


Then cover the front of the back piece with contact paper/or paper leaving the side edges bare (for accepting the glue better). Glue the bottom edge of the back to the bottom bare side edge as shown.


Already you can see how it will stand.


Reinforce the joint with three straight pins inserted from the back into the bottom.


Lay out the sides (inside of the side pieces on the contact paper/paper and apply, trimming the edges around to the outside to cover the edges. 


Here you can see how the pieces will go together.


The back will be a bit higher than the sides. (I'm planning on using that edge to attach a sign.)


Side pieces: Glue the bottom edge of the side to the outside bottom edge and over the back edge of the back piece. Work quickly with hot glue, or use a sticky glue.


Again three pins into the bottom, here I angled one pin for improved stability.


And 4 pins across the back edge. Press in hard. Complete the other side also.


Face the outside of the side pieces with contact paper and trim the edges right up to the edge. I also faced the back of the unit with contact paper/paper, in case I want to ever use the back as a display also.  Unless something is a 'built-in' I always finish the backs


One side done, then do the other, and then the back.


Final steps insert shelves, cut and trim to fit tightly. Hot glue and sticky glue in place. A drop of hot glue will hold them evenly as the sticky glue dries. The shelf fronts I faced with a 1/4" piece of mini-wood to keep the seed packets from sliding out. You could use wood, or cut 1/4" pieces of foam core and cover with paper to match. These I sticky glued in place and left the whole thing stand over night.


I plan to make a half circle sign for the top of the seed rack, but this design would make a great toy/book case for any room.


This was easier than I thought, and I may try and do some bookshelves or storage shelves myself, from now on. It's quite sturdy and perfect for older children and adult use.  


The Rack is 11" high, the doorway behind is 12" high, the desk is 4" high, just to give you an idea of scale! 

Next project the CHOPSTICK Desk!  
And what is that lurking behind?

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The Town House Girls!

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The girls have moved a few things around in the the townhouse they share. (this is really two townhouses combined see this post HERE.


Mulan is madly working on the last of her doctoral thesis! 

Carly: It's too bad it's so cold outside (40 degrees) that we couldn't get the windows and the gardening done with everyone home today!


Mulan: There I have sent it off, my thesis is done. All that is left now is graduation in May!


Teresa: (reporter for Channel 7 news) That's great news, Mulan. Congratulations, do we call you doctor now?


Mulan: Of course not, and thank you. 


Gilly: That's great Mulan, now you can come to my Zoomba classes.


Zoe: I finally graduate in May, too. It's been a long haul going to school half-time and working full time at Vickie's. But I'm looking for a teaching position for Fall.


Mulan: That will be wonderful, Zoe. I'm sure you will find one.


Carly: My dance classes have filled up nicely. Jeffrey and I haven't set a date, but I'll be moving out in Fall. There will be so many changes! 


Zoe: I can't believe that Barbie and Ken bought the remodeled townhouse. Everything is different now. 


Carly: Yes and Chris and Robb have the remodeled Mansion. Well we can still have barbecues with them. 


Mulan: Well, here's to changes---does anyone want more wine?


Gilly: Of course, and then maybe we ALL can have a quick run in the park!?!

Collective: Nooooooooo, uh-uh!, Not me, ugh!, Brrrrr! 

and I have four electrical contractors crawling over my house since Monday and 
the Roofers start tomorrow pulling off the roof for the new one! 
Since my doll stories are in Real Time---I don't know when I will be able to get back into the doll room or do Gardening with them! 

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Fun Project: Barbie and Dollhouse size Seed Packets

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I knew I wanted some new seed packets for Trish's Garden Center, which I will be working on this week---since we still have crappy weather scheduled for next week. The weather is Blessing us with a lovely weekend with warm temps and storms, and then below freezing at night again. 
Such is Chicagoland. We are so far behind, so Trish is also.


Anyways...How fun are these? There are slews of dollhouse scale seed packets on the internet 1:12 scale, but Barbie is larger. I finally found a site with very clear FREE packets that I could enlarge for Barbie.


See the Planting instructions on the back...too cute!


Anyway, I tightly screen shot each one off the PDF page, and copied it onto a doc, and then enlarged each image to 200%
example of screen shot at 200%, and then I down-sized them a bit, to fit 4 across my paper (8"), so I figure 175%.
The 25 different packets fit on two pages without big borders. I printed on good printer paper, cut them out and then covered each folded packet with clear packing tape

Free images are always nice, but please do remember to give credit to the generous artist that took the time to do these!

She has lots of cute things on her blog site, many that could be enlarged for Barbie Scale which is 1:6, also called Playscale. These seed packets are the nicest ones I found! 

Tell her....Sandi@barbieoldnewgreenredo sent you! 

What will Your Dolls Plant this Spring???

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Tale of Two HOUSES--SOLD!

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The Townhouse and the Victorian are SOLD!

Chelsea: Wow, this is the coolest ROOM! I can see everybody from here!

Barbie: Chelsea, how about this great closet?
Ken: This addition is really amazing.

Chelsea: Can we keep the big bed, I love the colors, too!
Barbie: We will see, okay?

Lara: I think this will be perfect for you, and your bid won!

(later downstairs!)
Chelsea: Oops I tipped over the dishes.

Ken: I've signed the papers, so I really need to get to the hospital.

Lara: Well, we just have to go over the details, on what stays or leaves in the furnishings.
Ken: Anything Barbie decides on is fine with me---except leave out the flowering plants, I couldn't stop sneezing upstairs, and we will need a bigger bed in the big bedroom.
Barbie: (giggle)

Lara: No problem, we work all the details out!

Ken: Great I'll leave it to all, you ladies!

Now, I just have to sell the condo at the GrandView...

Ken: I can see the hospital, a quick jog across the park!

Lara: So, lets get down to the druthers and others....
Barbie: Well, Chelsea is happy with the second floor. I love everything down here. And having two work areas is perfect! I imagine a sectional here someday, but these couches are fine.

(Meanwhile, Chelsea samples some snacks in HER new room!)

Barbie: I do love that Chicago print and the dishes, could we keep those? We never had anything that matched in the HFIM house.
Lara: Sure, and the desk was originally from the HFIM house...Richelle had it painted, but I'm sure that will be just a bit of cost for that.

Lara: What about everything outside? 
Barbie: Everything is fine for now, I'm sure Ken will want a grill back there. We may need a gate to the street, since Foofie won't have her old pen.
Lara: Yes, it's hard to believe we are sitting where the dog area was, isn't it!
Barbie: I know, it's hard to even remember what it looked like before---this is really incredible.

Next Door a similar scene. 
Barbie's sister, Chris and her husband, Rob, are signing papers for the Victorian.

Rob: We've been here for over two years, and sure are ready to be out of the rental.
Vanessa: I'm so glad you two, finally won out on this house.
Chris: We are too, it will be great living next to Barbie. The girls will LOVE it, being so close.

Rob: How about the renters, will they be staying on?
Vanessa: I can have new rental agreements signed and ready for you at closing. We can't do anything about that until then. How about what you want to keep, leave or even change in the house?

Chris: Well, that bedroom set in the Master has to go. It's just not my style, even though it's adorable. I won't need the plants or anything in the kitchen, we have all that. Except for the plant behind me. I'll need to put it on a stand, or the cats will dig in it. 

Vanessa: Okay---making notes. Anything else? 
Chris: Rob, what about this table and chairs?

Rob: Well, it's a bit too fancy for us...the furniture in the living room is okay, but the clock can go. I'd like a big TV on that wall. The girls loved their bedroom the way it is.

Chris: I'm good with that, when can we close and move in?
Vanessa: Sure, we can do all that and we can close next week. So congratulations, you are officially Chicagoans!

(While the grown-ups are working out details, the girls are visiting in the townhouse)

Chelsea: This will be soooo cool being right next door!

Skipper: Yes, and we are right across from the park!
Scooter: And, we can walk to school. 
Chelsea: How, about we go to the park now?

Can we go to the Park?????

(Waving at their mom and dad at the windows, they get permission to go to the park)

Chelsea: I hope the weather gets better soon!

Chris: Thanks, Vanessa. Everything should be great, we can't wait to move in to OUR home!
Vanessa: It's BMR Ltd.'s pleasure, even better when our customers are happy.

(Walking next door, they visit with Barbie and Lara!)

Lara: I hope Vanessa took good care of you?

Chris: Everything went great, we're so excited!
Barbie: We are too, I can't believe what they did to these houses. It's hard to even visualize what it looked like before!

Lara: Well, thank you---I will pass that on to the contractor and Richelle, too, for the fantastic decor.

Robb: We're going to love that open floor plan 
Chris: ...and the great kitchen and having Barbie right next door! We always dreamed of living next to each other when we were growing up!

Outside the family gathers in the yard.

Chris: I wish we had more yard, it's more like a parking lot for the renters.
Barbie: Well, you can always come over here.
(kids) Yay!!!!!

Rob: Even though I'm outnumbered, who is up for a Pizza Date, girls? 

(Back next door)

Lara: Congratulations, Vanessa,  on your first BMR Ltd. sale. Your clients were thrilled.
Vanessa: Phew, thanks. I'm glad they were happy. Now we have to clear these places out!

Lara: Two projects down, and new ones to start. How about dinner, my treat?

Vanessa: I'd love to, but, we have two condo's getting ready to list at the GrandView. Ken's and Alan White's. Problem with all these sales, there seems to be a domino effect.

Lara: That's the beauty of working within a neighborhood---continuous commissions and referrals! I'm glad you are on top of it. Say, put a hold on Ken's, I think I have a buyer already. We can save $$$ on all the listing costs.


Lara: Oops, I have a text from Mr. Pittman, there's a problem at the Magnolia project, I have to meet him. See you tomorrow, Vanessa. And, thanks for your great work!


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