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Friday, April 27, 2018

DIY Flower Peddler Cart

He is 6 months now.
It seems like forever since I last posted and a lot has happened. We put our house on the market, so I had to pack up my dollhouses and place them in storage and that process took a while and then we bought a house and moving in was another process. During this time my four-legged best friend of 17 yrs. and building monitor passed away. He never made it to our new house. But through it all GOD blessed us with the house of our desires and a brand new space of my own and even a new four-legged friend.

So it was worth it...

This is the future home of my dollhouse display/studio room.
My houses and supplies are still packed up. This room is very dark to me and these old eyes need lots of light. I will get an electrician to address the lighting in here before I can unpack.

The "mini" withdrawal was setting in bad yesterday, so I decided to create a small quick project. I saw the peddler cart on miniatures.com for $59.00 and I thought I challenge myself to make one for less.

I remembered the covered wagon kit in Hobby Lobby and I really liked the wheels and thought it would be a good base for the cart. I picked up a few other things and used some scraps from my wood bin.

I used the sides and extended the base of the wagon with a long wood plank.

I made two handles from small clothes pins.

I then cut off one side of the clothes pin and glued two to the base of the wheel.

I made a canopy top from another plank and added square dowels to the top. I glued on some left over trim around the edges.

I cut posts from the wood dowels and glued them to the wagon base and wood appliqu├ęs along the outside of the wagon.

I glued a dowel in-between the posts along the top, I plan to hang flowers underneath.

I wanted the wheels to turn so I used what I had from the my wood bin. (This is not the best way to do this but it worked). I used sticks and blocks with holes to make the axles for wheels and glued the middle block on a wooden square dowel to give the height I needed. I glued one block on the wheel, but not the stick inside the block in the middle to allow the stick to turn inside to rotate the wheel.

 I used these buttons in the center of the wheels for added dimension.


 I added a scrap which will serve as a counter to wrap flowers after a sale.
I covered the end with a scrap of wood, I will probably add numbers to it like a tag

I have not decided how I want to paint it yet. So update pictures to come later.


  1. Very cute! You are on your way to mini-ing regularly again. 1:1 life can really be a drag sometimes.

  2. Just to read your words and picturing you creating this is so wonderful. I’m just in awe of your work and love to look at it. Can’t wait to see how you finish it.

  3. Hi Jocelyn
    A number of significant upheavals have occurred in your life some sad, as in the loss of you beloved dog,as well as the leaving behind your old neighborhood, while others are cause for rejoicing; a new home, a new pet to love, and a hobby room of your own.
    Your getting your feet wet with a flower cart project is a wonderful way to continue your passion in your new home, since it represents the Season of Spring with all its Hopes of a new beginning.


  4. Hello Jocelyn,
    Welcome back! I am sorry to hear about your helper passing away. What a ad event during an already stressful time. However, I am sure your new, gorgeous little friend will be just as helpful. Congratulations on the new home and the great workspace. the cart is fantastic. Very well designed and it looks beautifully built.
    Big hug