Hobbies and crafts: Design a miniature scene in a teacup that guests can take home after the party.

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I love miniatures. I have since I was a little girl. Tiny environments are magical to me. So why not bring a little magic to your next get-together with your girlfriends? These favors are a joy to make, inexpensive and thoroughly delightful. You can pick up mismatched teacups and saucers at thrift shops and garage sales. Mix the saucers and cups for that wonderful pattern-on-pattern look that we love.

Supplies:

Variety of teacups and saucers

Oasis cut to fit into the bottom of your teacup

Water tubes for fresh tiny flowers (you can get these at a crafts store)

Black marker

Green moss

Miniatures such as tiny flowerpots, paper parasols, etc.

Toothpicks and paper banners cut from decorative paper

Tiny clothes pins

Small fresh flowers

Tape

What to do:

1. Fit wet oasis into the bottom of each teacup.

2. Fill plastic water tubes with small fresh flowers and insert tube into the oasis in you teacup.

3. Cover oasis with green moss — make sure you hide your water tubes with the moss as well.

4. Create a paper-nametag “banner”using a strip of decorative paper with your guest’s names written on each banner using the black marker. Attach banner to toothpicks using miniature clothespins and perhaps a bit of tape for extra support. Insert toothpicks into oasis.

5. Now my favorite and final part. Design a miniature scene on top of the moss. Use your imagination here. You can create all of your scenes a little differently. This is fun! Enjoy the process. Your guests will be delighted by these little gems and even more delighted when they get to take them home.

As always, have fun making this and even more fun giving it away.

Dena Fishbein is the designer and artist behind many home, gift and paper products found at your favorite stores. To ask her how to embellish anything, visit her blog at www.denadesigns.com.