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5 Mini DIY Projects: From Small Floral Arrangements to Toy Disco Balls | Architectural Digest

There is something unusually satisfying small editions of things full size. The details are more intricate, the things are more wonderful, the possibilities are more creative. Psychologically, there are some ideas about why People are attracted to smallness Elements.

One of the hypotheses suggests The mini versions are especially attractive Because of the ability to include a lot of detail in a small space,” says Megan Marcum, PsyD, senior psychologist at AMFM Healthcare in San Juan Capistrano, California. This way, we can see everything at once, which can be attractive. Some researchers also suggest that we are drawn to miniatures because we can visualize our dominance, and thus make us feel safe. “Having a miniature replica of something we can only dream about helps us connect to that possibility,” adds Dr. Marcum.

Aside from its undeniable charm, itty-bitty DIYs are a creative way to display items you might not have room for, if they were full size. Here are five small DIY projects that are sure to make a big impact.

Small bouquets of roses

Lily of the valley blossoms create visual balance.

Excerpted from The Little Flower Recipe Book by Gil Rizzo (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2022. Photo: Maaike Bernstrom

“Make mini-arrangements is all about the fun of slowing down and pondering the intricate details of nature,” he says. Jill RizzoThe florist and author Little flower recipe book. These small bouquets are the perfect entry point for aspiring florists or anyone looking to downsize a bouquet in a creative way. Rizzo adds that the scale makes it easy to pluck out spent flowers and replace them with a piece of something new. It’s all about the experience.

To make a small arrangement you will need:

The berries add an unexpected sculptural element.

Excerpted from The Little Flower Recipe Book by Gil Rizzo (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2022. Photo: Maaike Bernstrom

“Little flowers can be seen everywhere once you start looking for them,” says Rizzo, so you don’t have to plant anything specifically if you’re already planting flowers or have access to wildflowers. Some flowers are naturally small, and the larger flowers often have smaller secondary flowers that are perfect for a miniature arrangement. “If you don’t have access to a garden, buying small live plants is a great source for clipping foliage and flowers,” adds Rizzo.

Step 1: Gather supplies and flowers.

Step 2: Use a kitchen squeeze bottle to fill a small pot with water.

Step 3: Arrange the flowers as you wish. When mixing varieties, use the same ordering formula you would for a large bouquet, says Rizzo. Try combining a basal foliage, or a leaf with a larger focal flower, and a smaller secondary flower. Rizzo recommends finishing some gestural items such as towers or vines.

The fourth step: Find the perfect place for your arrangement. Look for a surface that is not too crowded, or else your valuable work may be overlooked. “The first place I make little arrangements is on the ledge of my kitchen window to admire it while doing the dishes,” Rizzo says.

small pottery

Small pottery looks lovable on screen.

Amanda Kelly

What better way to display your flower arrangement than a small DIY vase? Amanda Kelly, a miniature artist in Roanoke, Virginia, first started making small pottery in 2020. “The first pots were really bad, but I kept practicing,” she says. “Don’t be afraid to play around and get comfortable with the material. It took me months to perfect my own technique.”

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